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Old 04-06-2013, 01:33 PM   #211
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stayed the night there last august and it was the only overnight rest stop we did on our 44 hr drive cross country from seattle to harlingen, hell of a trip, but we really enjoyed east of ogden nice scenery, wish i could join you guys on my klx 400 sr, so when are you coming down to the border to ride the sierra madre?
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Old 05-15-2013, 05:38 AM   #212
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May 2013: The Long Way Around the Great Salt Lake (Day 1)

Plan is to have ejtv and jakbrand meet in Salt Lake City for the first part of this trip to explore northern part of Utah and Nevada, north and west of the Great Salt Lake, as far as McDermont, then head south and east toward the Bonneville Salt Flats and back to Salt Lake City. For the second part of the trip, we would meet A-rider to ride south to the Standbury Mountains, Little Sahara and Cherry Creek.

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Here's what we did:



The Utah portion of the ride was dominated by features like salt flats and sand dunes left over when old Lake Bonneville retreated.
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Old 05-15-2013, 07:04 AM   #213
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Dang dude that teaser pic is killing me! The heck with working I must have reporting done soon!
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Old 05-15-2013, 07:46 AM   #214
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Looking forward to the next chapter! Jarbidge in May.
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Old 05-15-2013, 08:27 PM   #215
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The Long Way Around the Great Salt Lake (Day 1 cont.))

BTR-SLC flight uneventful. My daughter picked me up (recently moved to Utah, how lucky!) and we went to the storage unit. I found it, well, dusty, but unchanged after 6 months.



I started tbang's WR to make sure it still worked. It did. And sent him a voice clip. He will join us in August for the one way trip to Spokane. Then picked up boots, tarp, helmet, giant loop, gear, tools, etc., and headed to ADS Sports in Ogden to pick up my KTM 500 at their shop. They had kept her all winter, added new tires, lower seat, worked on the two recall notices, did some butt surgery on the rear fender and lights, changed oil and filter, etc., and most importantly, added a 5.2 gal extended Acerbis tank.

From there, we stopped at my brother's house in Ogden to get everything ready. The first time you get everything out on the floor and try to figure out what you need, even with a list, is a nightmare. We brought everything from tools to food to stoves to tarp, sleeping bags, 1st aid kit, water filter, etc. And it all has to fit in… Here I am in his garage with Sol, my grand-dog. Notice the bushwhackers on my handlebars. They worked great in the cold and rain:





Here I am at the office two days before my official 50th birthday:



Here are some pics at dinner the day before my official birthday:



And here's the dinner BD celebration at my brother's:





Paleo dinner:



Sorry, too many non-moto pics, I know.

To bed early to meet jakbrand at 7 am for breakfast in Ogden Utah to celebrate my real birthday with a 12 hour ride on the dirt.
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Old 05-15-2013, 09:23 PM   #216
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The Long Way Around the Great Salt Lake (Day 2 part 1)

So the plan is to meet jakbrand, share some BS about all that had happened in the last 6 months since we rode in Utah…well, mostly we worked and most importantly, we trained and trained to be ready for this ride. Last thing we want is to ruin a perfectly good week because we are too tired or sore…

Here's jakbrand after breakfast and some final supplies, turning on his SPOT.



After what seemed like an eternity north on I-15 on pavement, we veered west toward the Golden Spike National Historic Site, for the most part a non-event, and beyond. Here's a trusty park ranger asking us: do you have enough fuel? Yes we do. Nice beard though.



Here now approaching the northern shores of the Great Salt Lake:







Playing around the dried salty shore:







The overcast Utah skies in early may were spectacular:



The plan was to continue riding west, south of the Sawtooth NF.



We struck singletrack here and there along the way, mostly cow trails, but good enough for us!





Playing around one of the many passes we rode over that day.



Wondering what these plastic tubes were on the side of the road…we think they were designed to protect the seedlings to protect from erosion…



Another pass:







And he first of many snow obstacles. This one we were able to ride/walk/push the motorcycles on the uphill side, right of the picture, to avoid the dreaded re-route. I think this was by Ingham Pass. No pictures of the work here. That happens when you're too scared or concentrating too hard...

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Old 05-15-2013, 09:46 PM   #217
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The Long Way Around the Great Salt Lake (Day 2 part 2)

Celebrating getting around the snowbank…



Asking for directions near Etna, Utah…We found many of the roads we planned to ride being in private property…so rerouting was an everyday deal...























Late in the day, after having crossed into Nevada...



...we selected a camping spot away from the dirt road and protected from the wind.



jakbrand "cooking" water to add into dehydrated meals…



One of many spectacular sunsets that week:

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Old 05-16-2013, 08:38 AM   #218
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Northern Nevada

was not what I expected. The landscape was blanketed with green grass and thick stands of sage brush. It resembled images from the Mongolian Steppes minus the camels.

More photos from Day 1 - SLC to Northern Nevada


Spanish Moss Ranger at Golden Spike




dry lake



desert sage conservation project




passing through one of a zillion cattle gates. This gap had a cattle grate and a wire fence gate. Some of the wire fence gates later in the tour were nearly impossible to open and close, but we employed ingenious methods to close the more difficult SOB's.




I do not condone cross country riding but I hope that skirting an occasional snow field can be forgiven.



desert steppes






















My 6 gallon gas tank provides about a 240 mile range. We had already covered 250 miles for the day and I had switched to reserve about 5 miles before our camp. Next gas was at least 10 miles away in Jackpot, NV, but I'll worry about that little issue tomorrow.
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Old 05-16-2013, 10:11 PM   #219
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The Long Way Around the Great Salt Lake (Day 3)

I kept jakbrand up all night. The coyotes he said. I laughed because while we did hear coyotes in the early AM, he meant that I coughed for an hour straight from midnight to 1 AM of so. I was sick as a dog. Thank you Nyquil for calming me down.

After breaking camp we headed to Jackpot for breakfast, gas, a few supplies and a little bit of gambling....



This is where the high rollers park:



jakbrand has never gambled….so he puts a dollar in…



Pulls the lever…



Pushes a button or two, gets a ticket stamped $1: I won I won I won!



Just then, security escorts us out for taking pictures inside a casino: you know we have bishops and big wig politicians here and we don't want them outed…

We must have opened about 200 of these gates during the week…and closed 200…for a grand total of maybe 400 gates...



Plan was to head toward Jarbidge via the Humbolt NF, Jarbidge District mountains, possibly eat lunch in Jarbidge…









Several stream crossings as we approached the NF:







As we ride higher into the mountains…



…we reach around 7500 feet and after a valiant effort crossing a couple of snowdrifts, the snow makes us do a reroute away from what we knew would be a spectacular approach to Jarbidge over the Elk Mountains and Lime Creek Basin...



...so instead we end up heading north outside of the NF, ride a bit of pavement west and then head back south to reach Jarbidge from the NNE…climbing up to the what they call the "island" NNE of Jarbidge...









We could tell nobody had ridden this sector this season because of the fallen trees...



I made a big mistake crossing this log. I had been practicing on a trials bike all winter and now I could show off my skills, and this was a tiny log compared to what I had been hopping over…but unlike my trials bike, the KTM has a lot of engine compression and its flywheel is not as heavy, relative to the size of the engine…so I get ready to do the double blip…first blip, front end, hits log, compresses, second blip, front clears the log, rear hops onto the log, at which point the engine stalls, locks the rear and slams the front end into the ground and almost sends me over the bars and I lesson learned, the double blip on a KTM needs more throttle action...

Eventually we begin our descent into Jarbidge…after playing around a bit climbing some hills…and coming back down after the inevitable crash or two…of course, the pictures don't do justice to the steepness, yada yada yada...





When we got to Jarbidge, basically one street and a row of houses on either side about 1/4 mile long, was deserted, not even a dog. Eventually we found half the town here at The Trading Post...



We happen to have arrived at Beer 30. Come in…so we grab couple too and chat with the locals…



...we share stories about our ride, the snow, road closures, why they live in Jarbidge, how isolated they are from city folk, things to do and eventually we ask where can we grab something to eat and find a place to sleep. The proprietor then picks up his phone and calls The Red Dog Saloon to let them know we need dinner for two and two rooms.



A little bit of pool…



and a nice meal. Like in most places out west, we always order their burgers. Something about the ground beef out west makes burgers there taste better than at home.



Here we are at the Red Dog Saloon bar with the manager, Wanda. Husband, Dennis, in the background. She really looked after us: cooked dinner, opened up earlier than usual for breakfast, prepared drinks and coffee, did our laundry, got our rooms ready, etc. All the beer 30 crowd ended up showing up at the Red Dog a couple of hours later. Bar hopping in Jarbidge Nevada



Got gas and then played fetch with the border collies of the gas station owner.



Motel was across from Red Dog Saloon



I have to say Jarbidge was a jewell. Highly recommended as a stop for gas, food, beer and a bed. Plan a moto trip out there. A bit out of the way, which is exactly the point.

The Red Dog Saloon # is 775.488.2420. Wanda will take care of you…she kept saying: Don't forget about Jarbidge. We won't.

Outdoor Inn , also highly recommended, though it doesn't open until later in May. Both are owned by the same family.
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from Day 2
















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Old 05-18-2013, 06:41 AM   #221
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Anytime I get the chance to read about anyone heading off to Alaska, I get interested because two of our kids live there. This RR really adds a special interest with all of the back country involved. Thanks much!

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Old 05-18-2013, 07:27 AM   #222
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Old 05-18-2013, 10:32 AM   #223
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The Long Way Around the Great Salt Lake (Day 4 Part 1)

So after breakfast at the Red Dog and discussion about the best reroute, we settle on riding north and then taking NF Road 071 west toward Mountain City. One of the main features of our plan was to then cross the Owyhee Desert and reach the Santa Rosa District of the Humboldt NF.

NF Rd 071; can't tell, but we had lots of rain for the first half of the day. I have to say those Klim Badlands pants we wore, while obscenely expensive, actually do work, keep you dry, ventilated and warm:

















So we get to Mountain City, no services…only the Post Office is open. That tells you something…We take a quick rest and turn around to head back up the western section of the Humboldt NF Mountain City District, in the rain, beautiful though, only to be turned around by the snow, again, at around 7300 feet, just half a mile from the pass by Picnic Flats...and another major reroute. This time we head north on pavement toward the town of Owyhee. Arriving, cold and wet.



At this grocery store/gas station, jakbrand buys a whole box of zip locks to protect his electronics. Watch this, it won't rain again for the rest of the week he says. I swear it never rained again the whole week. Every day I told him, you should have bought the zip locks Sunday morning when we started the ride…At Owyhee we had hot chocolate, hot coffee, ribs, tapped off our tanks and we headed toward the desert again.
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Old 05-18-2013, 11:52 AM   #225
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The Long Way Around the Great Salt Lake (Day 4 Part 2)

Crossing Sheep Creek Dam. Here the road got really tricky, but we eventually found a faint double track.





The characteristic feature of the Owyhee Desert is Sage. Also, the sky, after all that rain, was stunning. That pretty much was the subject of my pictures, not so much the KTM's.., and the dust was not as bad as it would have been otherwise.



We crossed dozens and dozens of gates...







As we approach the Owyhee River, there were a series of irrigation canals, ditches, fields, etc. Finding the right roads became a bit of a problem. Eventually we found a cowboy on horseback, leather chaps and all, who showed us the general direction to cross the South Fork of the Owyhee River. He did say, you know, these are all private lands…I don't mind, but be careful. We had tried to be respectful of private property, and to that point I don't think we had crossed any "no-trespassing signs"…but as we got to the other side of the river, we did see the signs at a couple of gates, but on our way out though, as we faced the signs closing the gates…Certainly if we would have approached the crossing of the Owyhee Desert from west to east, I think we would have turned around at the sight of the signs…maybe.





The crossing was not very dramatic:



So after this picture, jakbrand turned around and found another spot to cross the river itself…except I missed the pic.

Because words can't describe what we found in the Owyhee Desert, here are more pics:







Why the sage is mowed for tens of miles in the middle of nowhere was beyond us…a quick google search didn't reveal much. Anyone? Anyone?



More sky, desert and jakbrand's KTM somewhere:











Only the dust tails can be seen from jakbrand's KTM:





And as evening fell, we settled for this spot to spend the night, just north of Botton Lake Well, about 2/3 of the way between the Mountain City District and the Santa Rosa District of the Humboldt NF…

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