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Old 12-28-2012, 10:28 PM   #1
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Steep and Rocky's Winter Vegas Ride

Winter has found its way to our new home in Payette.


Christmas is now over so time to load the bikes in the PU and head south. Decide to start our trip by riding around Las Vegas.

After several hours of driving through snow and ice covered roads, we get far enough south to get out of the snow. We get to the Vegas area by mid day Thursday. Time to take a short ride before heading to or motel. Start here.








Kodachrome Road





Lots of bright colors along this road.























The south end of the road comes out onto this main road within sight of Vegas.






We turn away from Vegas and soon find this road.











Red Needle



It is hard to see in the picture, but you can barely see the Henderson in the distance.



Rock formation near Red Needle







Little bit of steep and rocky






Lava Butte



We then take Rainbow Garden road.







White Eagle Mine. Not much left except a hole in the ground.



We then take this road which should take us back towards the truck.













Before long we arrive back at the truck and head towards town to check into our motel. We head out to the "Strip" to look around a little as it has been a few years since we have been there.

View from our room in the Rio Friday morning.



We leave on todays ride from the motel parking garage.



Had a really nice ride today, but it is getting late and I will work on that part of the report later.
Stay tuned for Fridays report.
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Old 12-28-2012, 11:44 PM   #2
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As usual, at home waiting to see more pictures
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Old 12-29-2012, 12:24 AM   #3
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Great pictures and report as usual.I have one more day left in Ridgecrest before I leave. Talk to y'all later.
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Old 12-29-2012, 05:29 AM   #4
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Day 2 - Friday

Friday morning we leave directly from the Rio parking garage. Taking surface streets, manage to slip out of town with minimal traffic. Turn off a 4 lane hiway onto this road.



Once we get away from the hiway, we don't see another person until we get near Pahrump several hours later.

Continue on along this road.





Can see Vegas in the distance.



Not your normal view while out in the middle of the desert.



Cross this pipeline several times during the day.



Take this road





Old homestead site





Find a little rocky



Is difficult to see in the picture, but there is a steep and rocky section ahead.



Looking back at the section we just came up.



Continue on





Come out onto this paved road out in the middle of nowhere



Takes to Goodsprings. (We did see a couple of people in this town)









Leave Goodsprings on this road.



Head towards these radio towers.



Road gets very steep and a little rocky.



Reach Potosi Towers.



Note the elevation, over 6200 feet. Climbed 2000 feet in a mile or so.





We often ride to radio tower sites as the view is always worth it. However, not many sites offer a good view of Vegas in the distance. Would be quite a view at night.



First snow we saw. Too bad it was not the only snow we would see for the day.



Looking off the other side (away from Vegas.) Will be down in that area soon.





Time to ride back down



Stop at this old mine site.













Take this road



The roads in this area are either in the bottom of a sand/gravel wash or a rocky section between washes.















Part of the old Potosi mine.





Old Potosi town site.



Nice house/cabin, but no one around to be seen.



Old Potosi Mill site. See a jeep parked, but see no people arond.





Leave Potosi area on this road.





Follow this power line for a ways. Not too bad of road except for the several steep "Vee" shaped gully crossings every hundred yards or so.



This would make a great "Name the Location" picture if it was not in Nevada and in the PNW.



Follow this road for miles towards Pahrump. Was a fairly fast road (4th and 5th gear) except for the many steep gully crossings that kept you from relaxing.





Not sure what the cross was about. Rocky took the picture. Maybe she will explain later.



Take this road for a mile or two.





Stop to look at this hole on the ground. Talked to two guys also looking at the hole and they said it was called Cathedral Canyon.







Continue on and soon reach the edge of Pahrmp.





Stop for a quick fuel and snack break.



Leave Pahrmp area via Lovell road.



Was a fun and fast paced road.



Was fast paced until we reach this.





Was in and out of snow for the next few miles. Part of it was slow going.



After a little struggle on the steeper uphill sections, reach Lovell Summit. At least it will be down hill now.



Turns out it was steep down hill, much of it snow covered.



Make it to the bottom of the steep part without incident.



Soon reach this paved road.



Could of stayed on the snow free paved road all the way to the hiway, but we have an hour of daylight left, so we take this road.



If you look at the sign post carefully, you will see it says the road is washed out ahead.

Road starts out okay.



Little steep and rocky, but no big deal.





Getting into real steep and rocky. Also getting into snow again.







The GPS says this road will go through, but show we still have about 15 miles to go to get to a main road. We only have about 30 minutes of daylight left, are getting into more snow and it appears the extreme steep and rocky may go on for a long while. We hate to do it, but turn around and reach the paved road leading to the main hiway just as it is getting dark. The three factors; pending darkness, snow and extreme steep and rocky were more than we wanted to tackle at once. If not for the pending darkness, we may of pressed on for a while. As it was, we "wussed" out and took the easy way back to the motel. Besides, we had the Rio buffet waiting for us. Ate way too much and enjoyed every minute of it.

Todays plan is to check out of the Rio and head towards Bullhead City. Will take a short ride on the way. Stay tuned for the next installment of our ride. Thanks for looking.
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Old 12-29-2012, 06:12 AM   #5
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Thumb Looks like fun!



It looks like you two are having fun and enjoying the warm weather. I'm looking forward to the rest of your report.
Thanks for sharing it!
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Old 12-29-2012, 06:25 AM   #6
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Old 12-29-2012, 07:16 AM   #7
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You two always have the best vacations!
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Old 12-29-2012, 08:12 AM   #8
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The GPS says this road will go through, but show we still have about 15 miles to go to get to a main road. We only have about 30 minutes of daylight left, are getting into more snow and it appears the extreme steep and rocky may go on for a long while. We hate to do it, but turn around and reach the paved road leading to the main hiway just as it is getting dark. The three factors; pending darkness, snow and extreme steep and rocky were more than we wanted to tackle at once. If not for the pending darkness, we may of pressed on for a while. As it was, we "wussed" out and took the easy way back to the motel. Besides, we had the Rio buffet waiting for us. Ate way too much and enjoyed every minute of it.

Todays plan is to check out of the Rio and head towards Bullhead City. Will take a short ride on the way. Stay tuned for the next installment of our ride. Thanks for looking.
First off, awesome report! Makes me want to hop int he truck and go myself!

...and I'll say you absolutely made the right choice here. ;) Fun as it would have been to continue, given the circumstances, it was the smart choice. Go back another time to explore further, but no sense pushing your luck in the cold, dark and rocky.

Hope the rest of the trip goes well. :)
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Old 12-29-2012, 08:26 AM   #9
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Kodachrome road. !!
Looks so pretty....
I sure never thought about riding around Vegas before this.
Thanks for the journey!.

BTW....You didn't "wuss" out near dark on that road,
seems to me that you "smarted" out.
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Old 12-29-2012, 08:35 AM   #10
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Another great Steep and Rocky adventure!
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Old 12-29-2012, 09:22 AM   #11
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We hate to do it, but turn around and reach the paved road leading to the main hiway....
I didn't know you guys knew that maneuver.



Thanks for the pics. I had seen some Nevada dirt roads a few years back when flying into Reno, and had wondered what the riding would be like. Now that I have seen some from ground level, I'm thinking I need to ride them one day.
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Old 12-29-2012, 09:46 AM   #12
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Hi guys!

Awesome ride report!!!!

Love the scenery, soooo different !
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Old 12-29-2012, 02:31 PM   #13
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Another great Steep and Rocky ride. The two of your really know how to enjoy the world around you.

Last week I was reading about the Old Spanish Trail, while I'm reading about it the two of you are experiencing it.

Looking forward to the rest of your ride.
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Old 12-29-2012, 02:50 PM   #14
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Old 12-29-2012, 09:22 PM   #15
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We had a great ride today. Am currently in Bullhead City AZ. Just got done planning tomorrows ride. Am too tired right now to do a report for todays ride. Am headed to bed. Will post it later when I get time.

It will be worth the wait.
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