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Old 01-25-2011, 05:39 PM   #31
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That was a damn fine way to greet the end of the day and start of the evening.

Golden Hour in Goldwell. Yeehaw.

I had heard they were refurbishing the old Phoenix Inn and calling it the Atomic Inn over in Beatty, so I had to check it out. Once I saw the front of the place, I knew I had to stay there.



It's about the same price as the Stagecoach right up the street. But uber funky! Nice lights, strange russian posters on the walls, odd pictures and knick-knacks in the rooms...yeah, my kinda place!

We might be on threat level orange and there's a bomb in the front yard but funk trumps all.
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Old 01-25-2011, 05:46 PM   #32
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Next morning I gassed up then stopped in to get a breakfast bacon sammich and shoot a few emails to alert folks on the change of plans. I saw a couple of FFs out there (one from LA, one from Phoenix on a GSA with street tires) and they told me they'd ridden Titus the day before and that it was in good shape.

I had been a bit nervous to that point because the NPS had listed Titus as Closed due to "mud at Red Pass" for the previous month. Mud and steep hills on the GS is not a pleasant experience. So I felt much better going out there solo (I have a SPOT just in case).

But of course, I had to go tool around Rhyolite again first. I just like it out there....

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Old 01-25-2011, 05:48 PM   #33
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I guess the old train depot is privately owned? It's fenced off and there is a private property right in back of it.

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Old 01-25-2011, 05:51 PM   #34
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But it's Time for Titus!

I stopped a few times and took quick videos to try to give you a feel for what it's like out there, the road conditions, and get you itchy to go ride it.

This is on the smooth road heading out to Red Pass. Still flat, very easy dirt road.

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Old 01-25-2011, 05:52 PM   #35
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Great pictures of a great looking place.
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Old 01-25-2011, 05:55 PM   #36
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Another beautiful day!

Here's a short look at the approach to Red Pass. Puttering down the road and enjoying the view.



Note: you could tell that road would be slippery clay and nearly impassable when wet. But it's in hardpack great shape right now. You Gogo FFs could totally bomb it (but you'd miss the views).
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Old 01-25-2011, 05:57 PM   #37
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I stopped at the top of Red Pass to enjoy the view and walk around a bit.

Nice!

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Old 01-25-2011, 06:01 PM   #38
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Wow. Hahaha.

A short vid riding down into Leadfield on the back (West) side of Red Pass.
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Old 01-25-2011, 06:04 PM   #39
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Was almost down to Leadfield and took a photo break and a tour of the GS.

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And made it down to Leadfield for a drink o' water and a short break.

Yeah, I was really stretching it out and enjoying every foot of the road.

The TKCs were great! I had aired down to 24 front and 26 rear. I didn't want to go lower than that.... No slips and good grip in the dirt and loose stuff. I could break it out if I gassed it (ASC and ABS off the entire time), but it was very predictable. I also did some emergency braking testing and they were much, much grippier before a slide than the dual sport tires I usually ride (Trail Attacks or Tourance).

Anyway, here's Leadfield.

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It just gets better and better....

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Old 01-25-2011, 06:21 PM   #42
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Poked around Leadfield a while. Not much left. That place was another of the wild advertising swindlers used to sell a bunch of worthless paper stock. I'm amazed that was still going on in the 20s and they hadn't stopped it yet.

Found Klare Spring a bit further down--no mountain goats--and did see a petroglyph of one though.

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As you move further and further down Titus Canyon, it gets narrower and narrower.

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Old 01-25-2011, 06:25 PM   #44
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Here's what it's like pulling into that spot in the above photo.

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I must say I like the petroglyph better than some of the other art there, 'specially that plaque. Y'all Californians are a little off, but still, a beautiful place to ride nonetheless.
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