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Old 06-14-2010, 10:55 AM   #31
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Awsome report Hodakaguy. I'm hooked. The last time I went through Hawthorne was in the early '90s. Do they still have that old Police car parked at the south end of town with the mannequin sitting in it? Just curious.

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Old 06-14-2010, 08:56 PM   #32
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Awsome report Hodakaguy. I'm hooked. The last time I went through Hawthorne was in the early '90s. Do they still have that old Police car parked at the south end of town with the mannequin sitting in it? Just curious.

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I didn't see the old police car but it's possible that I was checking out something else and missed it as well. I can't wait to get back down that way again....Soooooo Cool!

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Old 06-15-2010, 06:47 AM   #33
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Looks like a great ride!
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Old 06-15-2010, 07:10 PM   #34
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6-1-10....Day 7


We broke camp and headed down the road a few miles to the BuckBoard General Store in Smith NV to get fuel and something to eat.




Alan and Mark fueling up.




Unique mail box at the store.




Bike Took: 1.78 gallons
Total Miles: 986

After eating a quick bite we were on our way again. Quickly we were back into the trees and spent quite a bit of time riding on some great single track and in rocky canyons.

Here are a couple shots taken from the helmet cam footage.






This was a great trail, it would follow the creek and drop down into it once in a while. LOTS of rocks!






I was out front going down the canyon when I came around a bend and noticed a bunch of sheep heading our way! We shut down the bikes and watched as they drove hundreds of sheep up the canyon. Watching the sheep dogs work was pretty cool, they really keep the sheep moving in the right direction.








Panorama of the sheep in the canyon.




After we popped out of the canyon we headed down towards the town of Carson City NV. Whats this structure?




Another old mining operation. These look like some kind of brick/rock furnace. Not sure what they were mining/smelting here?




We filled the bikes again in Dayton NV and headed to the Subway across the street to get some lunch. Made a few calls home and relaxed in the shade for a bit. While we were there a kid came up to us and said "Hey, aren't you the guys that was up at the old Comstock Mill the other day?" I said yep, turns out he was one of the kids that we took the picture of that was there playing paintball that day. Small world.

Bike Took: 1.3 gallons
Total Miles: 1039

Just leaving Carson City and heading into the mountains above Virginia City again. Had to stop and take this picture.




The valley near Virginia City.




Another fun rock filled canyon to play in




Reno NV off in the distance. We have a route planned around Reno this time so we can stay on dirt. Sweeeet!






Endless power line road.




We got to the bottom and noticed Mark was missing from the group. Craig headed back up to see what happened.




Uh Oh...there's the problem. He was ok just got a little sideways on a rock. Craig helped upright the beast and we were back on our way again.








At the bottom of the hill we came around a bend and found a couple wild horses grazing in a meadow.






We took a side trip up another canyon to check out some Indian Petroglyphs.




These were very cool! I wish I knew what some of them stood for back in their day.












Back on the trail.






We finally hit the road for a short while and ended up in Fernley NV for the night. We got a hotel, hit the showers, washed cloths and went next door for a great dinner.

Filled again just outside of Fernley NV.

Bike took: 1.379 Gallons
Total Miles: 1095




Alan and Mark topping off the BRP's with a home brew paper funnel.




ADV cloths line






Marks bike took a little damage from the rocky trails...but nothing a little duct tape and a few snap ties won't fix!






We had to wait quite a while to get the bikes into the room this time. The owner of the motel was up and walking around working on stuff till about 10:30. We finally checked and the coast was clear....in the bikes went.

Can't wait to hit the trail again tomorrow.

Total Miles so far: 1110
HRS on bike: 100.5

LOTS more to come!

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Old 06-15-2010, 11:01 PM   #35
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Bad ass report! Love that fish lake valley - were out there the same night as your crew.
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Old 06-16-2010, 03:29 AM   #36
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Great stuff HG

I hope there is more......
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Old 06-16-2010, 05:22 AM   #37
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Awesome single track shots.

Cool helmet cam stuff. Love the off the beaten path routes. Looks like you just skimmed the surface of Death Valley. Here's some DV if you're curious for another trip?


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Old 06-16-2010, 05:37 AM   #38
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Bad ass report! Love that fish lake valley - were out there the same night as your crew.
Were you the one with the toy hauler camped by the springs?

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Old 06-16-2010, 05:37 AM   #39
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Great stuff HG

I hope there is more......
Yep...more to come soon

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Old 06-16-2010, 05:39 AM   #40
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Cool helmet cam stuff. Love the off the beaten path routes. Looks like you just skimmed the surface of Death Valley. Here's some DV if you're curious for another trip?

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...t=DesertSurfer
Thanks for the link, some day I'll get down there and do some exploring in the death valley area. Soooo many cool places to check out.

Looks like you had a great trip

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Old 06-16-2010, 07:01 AM   #41
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Great trip report. You are in my stomping grounds, I have been to or by most of the area that you covered. I love this state, so much to see and never a bad experience. Keep up the coverage, lovin' it. Heading out at the end of this month to do some more exploring.

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Old 06-16-2010, 08:54 AM   #42
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Great report and photos! They look so familiar. I've been to many of those places too... been a few years. Used to have a group of people that I rode ATVs with, and we hit a lot of those areas.

I'm hoping to get one of those 530EXC's sometime in the near future too.

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Old 06-16-2010, 04:30 PM   #43
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6-2-10.....Day 8


We were already topped off on fuel so we woke up early, packed the bikes, had a great breakfast at the restaurant beside the Hotel and then hit the trail again. After a short stint on slab we were back in the dirt again!




We stopped here for a quick rest. We noticed a trail going up the edge of a HUGE hill. Wow.






More desert flowers along the trail.




Hey what's this??




Whats left of a old Mining Mill Site. The equipment is long gone but a lot remains to be explored. Not sure of the history on this mill, but it was often common practice to remove all the equipment when the ore became non-profitable to work. There is a good chance the equipment that used to be here was moved to another mill site way back in the day. Very cool!




Looking back down towards the bikes.




Alan sitting up on top on his BRP.




Wonder what this was?




Craig standing next to some of the mill ruins.




This piece of glass was laying up on top, it was about 3/4" thick. Wonder what it went to?




Some kind of old metal tank and chute above the mill workings.




Not a lot left of the metal tank.




Standing up on top.




Our tracks would take us up the canyon above the mill ruins. Good chance we will see quite a few mine sites today, they didn't build a mill this big without a large volume of ore to process.

We left the mill site and continued up the canyon, wasn't very far before we came to the first mine.





Some kind of little shack, not sure what it was used for.






Looking back down the hill, some kind of old loading chute.




Just a little further up the road we come to a VERY large open pit mine.






A piece of the tailings laying around the mine site.




This little critter was hanging around the open pit as well.




Looking back down the valley from the open pit site.




Craig and I decided to head down and double back a bit to check out a few more relics while we were there.

A couple more Collapsing audits.






No way this is safe to enter. We'll have to settle for a picture at the opening.




Old rail tracks.






Whats left of an old outhouse.




We decided to check out this little shack. Is it a powder shack?




Nope it's a shed they used to store their core samples that were drilled about the area.






This little piece of tailing was sitting at the shed above.




With those mines looked at we headed up the canyon again. There was a lot of great riding here, fun stuff!

Looking back down the canyon that we just came up.




Shot of the mine workings that we are heading towards.




We waited here for Mark a few minutes and could neither see or hear him. Uh oh, better head back down and take a look.




There he is, he managed to get a little sideways on the rocky hill. We had him up and going again in no time.




Craig waiting at the top of the hill.




Here we are about to arrive at the mine at the top of the canyon.




Alan got a little sideways going around a corner here in the soft stuff, good thing I had the camera rolling LOL.




Here we arrived at the next mine site.






Hmmm...this looks interesting. We better check it out further.






Inside the mine shaft. We just went in as far as the entrance to take these pictures. Way to dangerous to explore this one.








After checking out the mine workings we rode some beautiful single track for a while.






Mark heading across the single track. This trail was awesome! High speed, felt like down hill skiing.




LOTS of pictures on today's post so I'll split it into two sections for Day 8.

Continued Below......

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Old 06-16-2010, 04:31 PM   #44
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Day- 8 Continued from above....

We stopped up on top to grab something to eat.






While we were sitting there eating lunch Alan asks Craig "What kind of souvenir is that you picked up" Craig decided not to keep it. Lol.




We started working our way back down to the lake bed through another canyon when we came across this cool rock formation.










Craig had to ride back up and try it again.




Just a little further down the canyon we came across these old school buses. By the looks of them they may have been used as camps or ??




OK...Everyone in the school bus for a picture.




Alan checking the bus out.




Taking one of the buses for a spin :-)




After checking out the buses we were back on the trail again. Hmmm...that looks like some sort of natural cave in the distance.






Better go check it out. Standing in the mouth of the overhang.




In the back of the overhang there is a little lava tube that you can crawl back into. Hmmmm.....




Some of the lava around the cave had cooled to a wild texture, this almost looked like coral.




Craig standing in the entrance.




And checking out some more lava formations.




Alan and Mark showed up so we yelled down to them to bring up a flashlight so we could check out the lava tube passage. Here Alan is grinding his way up to the cave.




And into the tube we go.




It was HUGE once you got inside. There was an old wooden ladder that would take you up over a rock formation and then the cave kept going. Unfortunately it smelled like bat urine so bad inside that you about gagged. We didn't spend much more time inside exploring.




Back outside again we walked around a bit checking out the cool lava flows ect. There were a couple more smaller entrances to yet another cave and someone had taken the time to stack a little rock wall around them. Hmmm....




The lava flow on this section looked like it had scales.






Back on the trail again...lots of wide open nothing. I LOVE IT!!




The trail started following some power lines, it was a fast section and we were hauling the mail. Fun Stuff! Here Craig is catching some air over a roller.




Soon we came to one of the many closed gates on the trip. Usually they just have a sign on them saying to please close the gate after you pass. Here Craig got off his bike to open the gate and found some old horse bones laying about in the brush.




We were sitting there and I thought, hey that could be the original Adventure Rider neck brace. We decided that we better try it on for size.

Mark in his "Modern" neck brace.




And with the robust cave man neck brace on. The fit is great! Look for a full review of the "Strong as a Horse" neck brace in the future from Mark. LOL






Craig hung he bones up on the barbed wire fence so other riders could see it better and wouldn't plow into it at high speed.




Soon we arrived back in Gerlach NV for fuel. We topped off here grabbed a bite to eat again at Bruno's and headed to Trego Hot Springs for the night. The wind had kicked up and there was a sand storm brewing out on the playa.

Bike took: 2.833 Gallons
Total Miles: 1238.0




We soon arrived at Trego Hot Springs and got camp set up for the night. Hot Springs here we come!




It was windy and dusty out on the playa. Here Alan is playing with his sleeping bag wind sock.




Couple shots of camp for the night....home sweet home.






With all the dust in the air the goggles helped to get camp set up without getting a bunch of crap in your eyes.




This sign is posted next to the springs.




The Hot springs. The spring is made from a ditch that the railroad dug to get the hot spring away from the tracks that run right along side the springs.




And the source of the hot springs. This spring is pretty weird, the hot and warm water don't want to mix so you get about a inch of the top water that is boiling hot and the rest under it is warm. It feels great as long as you keep slightly moving to keep the hot water stirred up, if you stop moving for a minute it gets VERY hot quick.




Train passing by the springs.




We all headed into the springs for a soak. Felt great!




People have taken the mud from the hot springs and made faces along the banks.




Alan decided people pay really good money back in the city to get a mud treatment so he'd try it out for free while we were here.










Just playing around with the camera a bit..






And a nice camp fire to finish off an amazing day.




Total Miles so far: 1261

Lots more to come!

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Old 06-16-2010, 04:39 PM   #45
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YOU ARE KILLING ME, STOP POSTING THESE AWESOME PICTURES!!! What a trip , this is some cool country.
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