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Old 11-05-2012, 07:12 AM   #16
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Hiya

This is me doing a happy dance We had a great time, saw some wonderful sites, and no break downs or injuries.

Steep is still in bed I'm certain he'll add another installment to our adventure real soon!
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Old 11-05-2012, 07:27 AM   #17
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Its great riding out there,a couple years ago 2 of us rode from Chico in nor cal to Jordan River Oregon,camped there for 3 nights and rode all over the place,checked out Silver City Idaho,the badlands around Jordan river.
Then we rode back through Denio and stayed another couple nights in Gerlach,rough livin in Gerlach but there just aint a lotta choice out there.

High Rock Canyon is a must see out of Gerlach,there's a BLM maintained cabin at the upper end of it. Then if you really want steep/rocky the Onion Valley reservoir route out of Denio will satisfy you,we took that route this year and ended up riding in the back gate of Soldiers Meadows after 165 miles of back country trail and jeep trails.
Good to have a solid GPS route for that one,and a light-ish bike as it gets ugly in spots.

Homemade raviolis at Bruno's in Gerlach are pretty dang good! Thanks for the ride report,I like seeing where other people go out there.
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Old 11-05-2012, 07:50 AM   #18
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I Then if you really want steep/rocky the Onion Valley reservoir route out of Denio will satisfy you,we took that route this year and ended up riding in the back gate of Soldiers Meadows after 165 miles of back country trail and jeep trails.
Sounds very similar to the route we took, rode through the soldier meadows back gate as well, be sure and check back we may have ridden the same route!
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Old 11-05-2012, 05:24 PM   #19
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Steep is still in bed I'm certain he'll add another installment to our adventure real soon!
Easy to tell that you already know the story, otherwise, instead of hearing about a Steep-nap, we would be seeing your trademark smiley.

You know, this one:
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Old 11-05-2012, 09:45 PM   #20
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Day 1 - Denio to Gerlach

We left the Denio motel just before sunrise.



A few miles down the road, go through this gate.



Sunrise is still a few minutes off.



Takes this road.





Over Emigrant Pass



Little steep and rocky down the other side





Turn up this road that should take us to Vicksburg.



It does, but not a lot left at Vicksburg.





Mine shaft



Road above Vicksburg. Got to check it out.



Looking back towards Vicksburg



The road was steep and rocky and took us to the top of the ridge where we had a nice view of the valley below.





Found this road that looked like it would drop us back down to the valley.


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It soon turned out to be an extremely steep and rocky down hill road. Didn't get any pictures as it was too steep to try to stop for pictures. Very quickly reached the bottom.



Once back in the valley, road towards the Ashdown Mine.



This mine is still in operation so was unable to get much closer.



Could see something in the distance, Had to check it out.





Got on this road for a few miles.



Took this road.




Turned out to be a fun road with just enough steep and rocky.







Come out to the Alta Canyon Road.







It has its share of step and rocky.



See what looks like a picnic table down below.



There is a picnic table. Break time.





Continue on



Steep and rocky ahead



Much steeper than it looks in the picture.



Almost didn't make it here, but I managed to save it and keep going.



See water in the distance.




Its Onion Valley Reservoir











Have a couple of roads to choose from when leaving the reservoir. Take this road as it looks less traveled.



Soon come to Little Onion Reservoir.







Nearby rock



Nearby cabin







Leave the cabin on this road.



Snow



This road also has a little steep and rocky















As I am approaching the "main" road, I see a big horn ram in the distance.





It does not let us get close enough for a good picture.



Back track up the main road a mile or so to see Knott Creek Reservoir.







See the first other people we see since leaving Denio out in a small boat.



Leave the reservoir and head south.









Pass this old ranch site





Cross this pipeline





Then pass Pearl Camp











You can barely see the road going up the hill to the right of the picture.



It did get steep and rocky in places







Antelope















You can see the road going up the hill in the center of the picture. BTW; It was steep and rocky.





Reach Paiute Windmill





Almost 100 miles so far. Time to top off the fuel tank.



Leave the windmill and enter White Rock Canyon.





Gate on the back side (east side) of Soldier Meadows Ranch



Soldier Meadows Ranch









Came in the back way, but leave via the front gate.



Get on the main road.



Soon come to this sign.



We had only planned to stay on the main road for a few miles as I had a nice route planned to take us into Gerlach. However, we had already been riding for 8 hours and had only logged 110 miles. Much of our riding has been slow going. Only had 3 or so more hours of daylight. Need to pickup the pace if we want to make Gerlach before dark. Made the tough choice to skip part of our planned route and take the main road at least as far as the playa north of Gerlach. After a long hour of riding the main road we reach the playa north of Gerlach.



Have fun racing around on the playa









We work our way towards Gerlach.



Exit the playa near Gerlach as the sun came out for a few minutes before going down behind the nearby hills.











Last stop is to fill up the near empty tanks.



Go the the room and clean up and then walk to Brunos for prime rib dinner.

End of Day 1, stay tuned for Day 2
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Old 11-05-2012, 10:06 PM   #21
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Wow.







And, just forget about Mr. Tappyfoot, the post was well worth the wait.



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Old 11-05-2012, 11:02 PM   #22
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Beautiful!

It sure looks a lot drier than it did in June. That whole section from Knott Creek to Soldier Meadows looks like the route we took this year. I imagine some of the upper part was the same too but I think you may have taken some side trips. I was afraid we would not be able to get thru to Soldier Meadows but it worked out and was a beautiful ride. It did take a long time tho. I think we left DJ around 8 am and arrived at Soldier Meadows at about 2:30. Luckily Kathy hooked us up with a great lunch!

It is good to see another report from Steep and Rocky!
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Old 11-06-2012, 06:45 AM   #23
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Nice RR

Sweetheart! Nice route too!
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Old 11-06-2012, 06:47 AM   #24
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Beautiful!

It sure looks a lot drier than it did in June. That whole section from Knott Creek to Soldier Meadows looks like the route we took this year. I imagine some of the upper part was the same too but I think you may have taken some side trips. I was afraid we would not be able to get thru to Soldier Meadows but it worked out and was a beautiful ride. It did take a long time tho. I think we left DJ around 8 am and arrived at Soldier Meadows at about 2:30. Luckily Kathy hooked us up with a great lunch!

It is good to see another report from Steep and Rocky!
Mike,

I'm not certain of your route but ours was schemed three years ago, the only real backtracking we did was to Knott Creek reservoir. When we left Denio we did not take Alta canyon road but turned off the highway earlier and caught one of those little red roads (on the bench mark maps) to get to Vicksburg, and Ashdown mine then we caught Alder creek road and turned off it to hook up with another little red road that took us along little alder creek ( I like the little red roads rather than the red dashed roads) then we met up with Alta canyon road toward the top at the cattle guard.

I was a little disappointed when I read your ride report since you visited some of the sites we wanted to visit, but the scenery was so amazing, and different, since we went through during a different season it didn't make any difference, (although I now I know why I don't go to ride reports) if you hadn't sent us a link I would have never known you had been there earlier.

Seems we are kindred spirits! Loved your adventure, Hated to see all the carnage!
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Old 11-06-2012, 08:37 AM   #25
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Thumb Great ride!

Wow, what a great first day with some amazing scenery! I'm looking forward to the rest of the story...

Thanks for taking us along for the ride! Happy belated Anniversary!!
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Old 11-06-2012, 10:22 AM   #26
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Wow, more great pics!
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Old 11-06-2012, 11:23 AM   #27
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Day 2 - Gerlach to Denio

Before we left Sunday morning, we discussed our proposed route. Yesterday, we were reminded just how big this area was and if you avoid the main roads, how slow the going can be. While on trips like this one, fuel is often the limiting factor and during this trip, we were already stretching our fuel range to the max. However, yesterday we found that available daylight turned out to be the real limiting factor. Today's planned route was 40 miles longer than yesterdays proposed route, although the last 25 miles was going to be on highway 140 so it did not matter if that portion was after dark. We had also stashed some fuel where we planned to hit the highway on Friday evening. We didn't know what the roads were going to be like, therefore it was impossible for us to really know how long today's planned route would take. Since we didn't want to miss riding the High Rock Canyon 4X4 road we decided to skip the mornings loop over Wagon Tire Pass and and stay on the main road until the turn off to High Rock Lake. This would give us the time to take the time to enjoy the sights we did see and not have to be rushed.

Since the first several miles was going to be on the paved portion of route 34 and to save daylight, we left our room well before sunrise. Since I had failed to get a picture of the house we stayed in the evening before, I tried to take a couple of flash pictures in the dark before we left.





It was actually a pretty nice place and the cost was about the same as the local motel. If you want more info on the place we stayed at, PM Rocky as she was the one that found it. If (Rocky says when) we go back to Gerlach, will try to stay there again. Anyway, left Gerlach well before sunrise.



Last look at the playa as our road turns north away from the playa.



Stop to see the Fly Ranch Geyser. Access is blocked so we have to look from the main road.




Sunrise near the geyser.





Continue on along route 34.







See what turns out to be Leadville mine in the distance. Have to check it out.









Road is getting a little rocky.



Rocky showing me how to ride the rocky stuff.



At this point, the roads turns to the left and goes straight up the hill. It was steep!



Rocky makes it look easy. It was not.















Looking back towards the main road from Leadville



Next stop is the petrified forest.







Most of the petrified wood is just under the surface of the ground.





We then leave the main road here.







Oasis in the desert. Or at least a spring.








Couple of wild horses



Had we known, could of saved the money from the room in Gerlach.



The sign says: The Little High Rock Hilton



Fully stocked kitchen and sleeping area. Wonder how the room service it?





Plenty of free parking



Continue on



Soon reach this planned community at beautiful High Rock Lake.



Looks like the housing down turn hit here as this was the only place to be seen.



Wonder what the monthly HOA fees are?



The nearby beautiful High Rock Lake. Must of already drained it for winter.





We then take a short side trip to try to find a nearby hot springs









More wild horses.



Find the hot springs. The water is very hot, but not a good place for soaking.





Can barely see the trees at Soldier Meadows in the distance. (near center of picture)



We head back towards the High Rock Canyon road.





Reach High Rock Canyon











































Notice the wagon ruts worn into the rock





































Mt goats















Stevens Camp in the distance



























Turn off onto this road



Map calls it "Massacre Ranch (site)" Believe it may be the Lassens massacre site. No signs telling about the place.









Soon reach the main road (8A)



See several windmills along the road.









Turn off the main road onto this road.





This is the area where the Stolpa family got snow bound back in 1993. (Rocky will tell you more about the Stolpa later) Very rugged and remote area.







Getting close to the Virgin Valley Ranch and the Royal Peacock Fire Opal Mine.





Wonder what the rent is?







The Virgin Valley Ranch is a little run down













Opal mine is often open for tours, but is closed for the season.





Nearby wild burros





More burros a mile or so down the road





Interesting house. Looks like they used anything they could find to add on. Wonder what the home owners association thinks about this place?













Sign closer to the main highway



Virgin Hot Springs







Soon reach the main highway (route 140.) Put in our fuel we stashed and hit the highway towards Denio. Get to Denio and load up the bikes and head for home. Just under 200 miles for the day. Todays ride was a little faster than yesterdays ride. May of been able to to the entire planned loop had we not spent too much time looking around at things. As it was, it was a great ride and we made it back without breakdowns or injury. We head for home satisfied with our Black Rock Desert ride.

Hope you enjoyed riding along. Stay tuned for our next major trip between Christmas and New Years. Wonder where we will go? Only Rocky know for sure.
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:21 PM   #28
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Great report, it makes me want to head down there next year.
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Old 11-06-2012, 03:08 PM   #29
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Great report, thanks for the interesting views
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Old 11-06-2012, 04:42 PM   #30
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The two of you always have the best adventures and certain know how to celebrate special occations. Happy anniversary!

Thanks for sharing with the rest of us and I'm looking forward to seeing where you go between Christmas and New Years.
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