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Old 03-28-2013, 08:16 AM   #16
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Old 03-28-2013, 06:44 PM   #17
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Day 1 - Part II

After finishing the Red Rock Canyon loop, we headed towards Mt. Charleston to check it out. To our displeasure, the main road to Mt. Charleston was paved. Stopped here to check out the "visitors center," but it was mostly just a souvenir/junk store.




Worse than that, Mt. Charleston was not even near the top of the mountain, but was just a bunch or fancy houses and shops in a canyon.





Back tracked a few miles and took this road.



Road started out innocent enough.



But soon turned into some serious steep and rocky.





If the steep and rocky was not enough, there were several rock step ups to deal with.





This little climb is a lot steeper than it appears in the picture.





Here is a short video I took of rocky climbing one of the steep sections.

http://fototime.com/CBF41DB0E9C75B4/convx264.mp4

Sorry for the heavy breathing on the video, but I was a little winded from making the climb myself.

We continue on this road.







For Ladybug



If it wasn't rocky, then it was very loose sand.



What little is left of the Lucky Strike Mine



More steep and rocky below the mine.



The highway is hopefully at the end of this road.



Found the highway and took it back to the truck.



A great first day of riding.

Stay tuned for the report for Day 2.
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Old 03-28-2013, 07:20 PM   #18
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Old 03-28-2013, 07:42 PM   #19
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Thanks for the new installment.
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Old 03-28-2013, 07:45 PM   #20
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Day 2

Today's ride starts out near Caliente NV. We park and unload the bikes here.



They are building a new power line nearby. One of the poles was very near where we parked.



We take this road.



It brings us to the Delarmar cemetery.





Take this road towards Delamar.



Delamar town site and mine.















Leave Delarmar and take this little steep and rocky road.





Come to this road.



Finally got a wild horse to stand still long enough to get a picture.



This was a very nice road and we were having a blast, blasting down it.



While blasting down the fun road, finally noticed that Rocky was not behind me. Stopped and waited for a while and finally turned around and went looking for her. Finally found her. She had a flat rear tire. Didn't get a picture of the changing operation, but did get this one of the cause.



After fixing her flat using one of the two light weight front tubes that I carry, we continue on.



Long horn cattle. They did not want to get their picture taken.



Follow this road. It is suppose to take us to some RR tracks and Rainbow Canyon road.



Come to the tracks



Lyman Crossing. Someone needs to trim the brush.



Explore Carp Siding. A book we had that tells of such things showed a large water tank (more of a large swimming pool type affair) that was once used to fill the steam engines.



These old mail boxes where also shown in the book.



Can't find the water tank/pool, but do find the pipe from the water tank used to fill the steam engines.



Finally figure out the large flat area is where the tank/pool once was, it had been filled in.




Head down Rainbow canyon towards Elgin.

Rainbow Ranch.



Elgin School House.





Along Rainbow Canyon

























Soon reach Caliente and the end of riding for the day. I was worried about Rocky's rear tire as it suffered while running flat before she stopped and was almost worn out anyways. Also did not want to run the light weight front tube for the rest of the week. Had a good used rear tire and heavy duty tube in the truck,so I installed them onto Rocky bike. should be good to go for the rest of the week. End of Day 2
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Old 03-28-2013, 11:15 PM   #21
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Another great ride report and excellent pictures.
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Old 03-29-2013, 06:14 PM   #22
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Its OK to ride paved roads once in a while! Cool country.
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Old 03-29-2013, 06:49 PM   #23
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Day 3 - Thursday

Thursday morning finds us in Caliente. We leave from town.



Turn off the highway here.



Ride up this road.



Turn off onto this road.



A little rocky



Steep and Rocky



Even a little single track.



Follow these roads/trails for miles.









See lots of these piles.



Only visible tracks are hoof prints. Not a tire track to be seen.



OH NO .......

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No tire tracks should send alarm bells ringing to any rider on any trail. Most trails that I have been on without tire tracks I would never do again and I wish I had not ridden them at all.




No tire tracks and I might meet a wild horse.

We like to live on the edge, so we press on.

Finally come out to this road that has tire tracks.











Take this road.













Come to the Comet Mine.















Looking down the shaft.





Continue on





Manhattan Tunnels











More wild horses.





Bristol Wells



Bristol Charcoal Kilns.









Leave Bristol Wells and head towards Bristol Mine. Get within about 1/4 mile and reach this.



It is getting late in the day, so we head for "home." At least home for the night.

Stay tuned for Day 4.
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Old 03-29-2013, 08:51 PM   #24
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Day 4 - Friday

Today's ride started in Pioche NV. We unloaded the bikes in this small city park.



We rode through downtown Pioche.



We cross over highway 93 and under the old tram and head east.



We take this road.



Pass this ranch.



Take this road.









Soon reach the Hackett Ranch.












Local Lore has it that the Hackett ranch was a place where western author Louis L'Amour often visit and the ranch and Hackett family were inspiration for some of his writings. We then visit the Hackett Cemetery.









We then rode up on Gold Bug Mountain behind the cemetery looking for the mine. Never found the mine, but found some good roads.







We then took this road towards Fay.







Nearby mine shaft.



Then found the Fay Cemetery.













Continue on.



Jennie Mine.



Utah/Nevada State Line



Gold Springs Road



Etna Mine





This mine shaft was well protected.





Newels Spring





Take this road.



Cross back over the State line into Nevada.





This turns into a fun road.







Marchell Springs







Road came out here.





Take this road for about a mile.



Take this road.




Soon reach the Panaca Summit Charcoal Kilns.









Continue on









When we get almost back to Pioche, pass this guy riding around the area near town.



As we get close to town, check out the large building at the lower end of the tram.







Back in town, visit Boot Hill Cemetery.









Upper end of the Tram.





Back to the truck and load the bikes.

End of Day 4. One more day of riding before we have to head for home.
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Old 03-30-2013, 08:27 AM   #25
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Very cool guys. I wanna do the same trip this year, we normal camp about 20 mi from there
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Old 03-30-2013, 08:37 AM   #26
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Great picks, and awesome to look at. Doesn't look like Sweden at all:)
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Old 03-30-2013, 08:57 AM   #27
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Great pic's and ride report!
I rented a ST1300 the last 2 times I was in Vegas and had some great rides in the desert, I always wondered how cool it would be to go back there with a proper dual sport,
Thanks for showing me!
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Old 03-30-2013, 08:16 PM   #28
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Old 03-30-2013, 08:49 PM   #29
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Day 5 - Saturday Mini Report

We leave the Caliente motel early in the morning. Our plan is to drive north and ride near Ely. While on the way, we pass the turn off to the Wilson Mountain Scenic Byway. Rocky mentioned that she really wanted to ride that loop. I said, why not? So we turned around and parked near the start of the loop. Earlier in the week, we had talked to a couple of locals about the loop and one person told us that it was unlikely impassable due to snow and another said that it may be open. Well, we were going to find out.

Long story short, we had a good ride and then decided to head for home and drive until we either got home or got to tired and look for a motel. Made good time and just got home. Will unload and unpack the truck tomorrow, including the cameras, so will have to wait for a full report complete with the usual too many pictures.

Stay tuned for the full report where you will find out if we made it through the full loop or turned around due to snow.
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Old 03-30-2013, 10:09 PM   #30
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Nice report, great photos and good job finding a flower out there in the desert.

I thought the two of you were in NV a week earlier. I tried to make contact with you as I drove through Payette today but didn't have any luck. Now I know why.

I'm glad the two of you have been out having fun.

Waiting to find out if you made the loop or turned around due to snow.
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