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Old 09-28-2010, 08:29 PM   #1
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Great Basin Heavenly Loops 2010

I just got back from 3 1/2 days of stellar riding in Nevada and Oregon. Disclaimer: Pictures don't do it justice. Get out there and see it for yourself.

The last two years for my fall ride we have hauled camping gear on the bikes and headed out from the Boise area to the Idaho, Oregon, Nevada high desert.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...s+forks+owyhee

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=512149

This year I wanted to haul my RV and bike to a central point and do day rides without all the extra weight. After a little detour to go into Burns to get an alternator belt for my tow rig, we made it to camp Wednesday afternoon with some time left to do a 80 mile loop.

Optima Red Top battery review: My alternator belt broke about 3/4 of a mile from my house. I remember hearing a tink noise and 100 miles down the road I found it was missing. (I finally remembered to go look for it today and it was laying right where I thought it would be) I noticed the volt meter was reading low, but it does that sometimes. The gauge is sticky. Anyway I barely made it to NAPA in Burns 142 miles later. And the first hour I was running the lights on the pickup and trailer. The voltage was so low the tach quit working about 6 miles from Burns and the engine started missing the last 2 miles. I kid you not, it died just as I pulled into NAPA. I am amazed it ran on the battery alone for that long. The battery is at least 6 years old. Good stuff. Anyway, back to the ride.

The players:
Myself on a DR650
WhiskeySierra (Bob) on a DRZ400S
Coolsen (Craig) on a DRZ400E with a fresh 435 big bore needing broke in.
DirtyWurty (Mark) on a DRZ400S
Desert Drifter (Darrel) on a DR650
All Suzuki's, weird. That never happens.

Our first stop a couple of miles from camp.



Thousand Creek Gorge







Craig on the left and Bob looking at ???



I like this picture with the clouds casting shadows over the valley. We lost Darrel here as he decided we were going too fast for him. (he is new to dirt) He didn't want to end up like this:



On the way to the crash site.







Back at camp we have the full moon coming up to the East.



And to the West we have the sunset.



It was a great warm up for the next three days.
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Old 09-28-2010, 10:03 PM   #2
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Old 09-28-2010, 10:34 PM   #3
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Craig on the left and Bob looking at ???

Looks like a great ride! I burst out laughing when I saw thing pic, love it! It really looks like Bob is photoshopped into the picture (look at the feet) great camera work getting everything clear and crisp
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Old 09-28-2010, 10:38 PM   #4
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Looks like a great ride! I burst out laughing when I saw thing pic, love it! It really looks like Bob is photoshopped into the picture (look at the feet) great camera work getting everything clear and crisp
I noticed that too. Especially his left foot. It looks like he is hovering.

Don't do it Bob, don't jump it's not worth it.
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Old 09-28-2010, 11:20 PM   #5
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Yippee!

I been waitin for this RR
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Old 09-28-2010, 11:25 PM   #6
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Ride reports from Oregon/Nevada are awesome. I can smell the sage already.
More pics please...I especially like the one looking over the valley mottled with cloud shadows.
I was at the Alvord Desert during that full moonrise this last Saturday. Frickin' fantastic!!! Especially with that fire that was going on north of Burns.
Then south of WhiteHorse Ranch the following evening for those crazy sunset clouds.
Eh, it's true, I was car camping,.......but with two pretty ladies.

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Well so much for day one! I know there's more to the story
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Yeah! What he said!

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I jumped off that cliff...........and was killed.

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I jumped off that cliff...........and was killed.

The End.
Bob, I hardly knew ye.
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Our camp on the morning of Day 2. I guess Bob is still alive. I think that's him in the background making a face or maybe dancing. Today we are headed to Gerlach for lunch at Bruno's.



Hee



Haw





Our route to Summit Lake







Mark and Bob



Summit Lake



Soldier Meadows











Getting near the Black Rock Desert. You can see the dust blowing in the distance.







A lizard soaking up some Autumn sun.



Getting closer to the dust storm on the playa.















I finally made it to the Black Rock Desert!! I have been wanting to see this since October 15th 1997, the day the land speed record was last set.
763 miles per hour. That would have been impressive to see in person.
















Craig and Bob

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That's more like!

Excellent, I am so sorry I didn't get to make it. Great group of of folks to hang out with. But now I'm working but the wife is ing

So as Oliver said.... "more please"
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