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Old 03-31-2013, 09:29 AM   #31
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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.
Sorry, we missed you.
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Old 03-31-2013, 03:25 PM   #32
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Day 5 - Saturday, Full Report

We leave this Caliente motel in the morning.



We were headed towards Ely, where we planned to ride for the day.

While driving, we pass the turn off to this.



We knew snow could be an issue, but decide to give it a try. We soon turn off onto this road.









We continue to climb and soon reach this.




Before long, the snow gets deeper.



Should we go on or turn back. You know us, we hate to turn back.



We take turns breaking trail through the snow drifts and continue on.





Here is a short video of Rocky making it through this drift.

http://fototime.com/AB9B28ACEA22CF2/convx264.mp4


Finally made it to the summit.



Good views





Now to make it down the other side.



Ran into some snow, but nothing that stopped us. Made it down below the snow.



Saw a glimpse of some wild horsed, so turned up this way.





Totally out of the mountains now. We were the first ones over Mt. Wilson for the year.





Come to this intersection. The official loop went to the right. We consulted our map and decided to go left in the hopes of making it to Atlanta even though the sign indicated Atlanta was in the direction we had just come.







Pass this ranch.



Someone spent a lot of money to keep people out.












Pass a second ranch.









As we get closer to Atlanta, the roads get faster.











Atlanta turned out to be mining operation. Could not see much since most of it was posted and fenced off.



Atlanta RV park and what we assume is sleeping quarters for the mine workers.



The road to the highway (and back to the truck was fast and mostly smooth.



Met a little farm traffic.



Almost back to the truck.



Back at the truck, we load the bikes and head for home. The entire trip, the weather has been perfect. Before we even get to ELY, this storm catches us. Now glad we are in the truck instead of the bikes.



Make it home safe and sound late Saturday night. Another great riding trip and a good way to spend spring break.

Now time to go back to work.

Thanks for "riding" along with us.
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Old 03-31-2013, 05:18 PM   #33
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Come to this intersection. The official loop went to the right. We consulted our map and decided to go left in the hopes of making it to Atlanta even though the sign indicated Atlanta was in the direction we had just come.
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There you go again, with the outlaw antics.







Good ride, wonderful pics, thanks for posting.
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Old 03-31-2013, 09:19 PM   #34
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You guys should buy a snowmobile the way you run around in snow.
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Old 03-31-2013, 10:10 PM   #35
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Looks like fun!

What elevation was that pass on your last day?
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Old 04-01-2013, 01:39 AM   #36
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Old 04-01-2013, 04:24 AM   #37
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Oh man. We leave for just a few days to go have some fun, and we get catch up on two more pages of you twoses hooligan antics. Thanks for sharing the absolute beauty and history of an area where I thought little beauty exsisted.
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Old 04-01-2013, 06:17 AM   #38
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Looks like fun!

What elevation was that pass on your last day?
Approximately 8100 feet.
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Old 04-01-2013, 08:25 AM   #39
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And from now on,
all Ride Reports must contain what shall forever be known as.......
"The 888 disclaimer"
In light of recent posts, I believe the new disclaimer shall be:
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Does he know yet that we're not laughing "with" him?
I bet the SWAT team is still laughing too
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:04 AM   #40
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Fine report Steep and Rocky.
Glad you did the cut through to Red Rock. There is more off of Lovell Canyon road!
And another way around the back side of Mt Charlseton & Wheeler pass, connecting to Cold Creek - disclaimer needed.

Did you two see or go through Beaver Dam area near the Pioche area?
Cool backcountry and stream with a concrete water slide (at least back then) plus frog giging..
I cleaned cattle guards for the BLM out there 35 years ago...

The Elgin area is nice - never been there...

Ely.... Spent two weeks in the hospital there from a death defying car crash 30 miles north of Ely. Thanks to all the nice residents of Ely.

You two, and the mastery of the gps (plus maps too?), connect trails better than anyone. Credit where credit due.


I woulda given my left.....



.... handlebar grip to ride with you folks on that ride.

Supreme and well done, showing some great backcountry of a desolate state out of my old party town of Glitter Gulch Nevada.

Thank you.
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Old 04-01-2013, 10:04 AM   #41
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with the usual too many pictures.
Never to many pics when they're good ones! Love it!
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Old 04-01-2013, 05:08 PM   #42
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In light of recent posts, I believe the new disclaimer shall be:
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Does he know yet that we're not laughing "with" him?
I bet the SWAT team is still laughing too
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Old 04-01-2013, 05:57 PM   #43
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Fine report Steep and Rocky.
Glad you did the cut through to Red Rock. There is more off of Lovell Canyon road!
And another way around the back side of Mt Charlseton & Wheeler pass, connecting to Cold Creek - disclaimer needed.
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Did you two see or go through Beaver Dam area near the Pioche area?
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Supreme and well done, showing some great backcountry of a desolate state out of my old party town of Glitter Gulch Nevada. Thank you.
Many folks wonder how we put together our routes, this particular vacation was the loosest planned trip we have ever taken. It all started on the way home from our winter ride, we decided to drive HWY 93 rather than 318. While Alan was driving I had the benchmark map open marking places we thought might be interesting to explore. A few weeks before we left I called BLM inquiring about MVUMs which they did not have, but they did send me everything that was free. The person I spoke to was very helpful, and the info she sent me included the OHV trail map.

So we had made reservations in Vegas since it was spring break, but decided to drive 93 down to Vegas to check out the conditions in the target areas I had marked earlier, I was driving since Alan had worked all night. He woke up at Ely and drove while discussed the places we thought might be worth exploring, locals indicated the weather had been warmer than normal so we decided we would ride the Rocky Gap Road near Vegas, and cancel all but two of our nights lodging in Vegas, and come back to the Caliente/Pioche area!

The second day we rode the Delamar/Rainbow Canyon area and cookie picked up a nail in the rear tire, while Alan was working on the tire, a couple from Caliente drove up and were intrigued by our hobby, they were the folks who first told us about the Hackett Ranch.

The next day we rode the trails using the map BLM Gave us and coordinating information from the Benchmark map and Alans GPS software, while buying gas in Pioche I asked a guy about the Hackett Ranch, he seemed to know the area and gave Alan some instructions using the benchmark map to get there.

We went back the our room, Alan started putting together tracks to Hackett Ranch, while I found a few interesting things to look at on the back side, using maps and info from the internet.

Day 5 was totally spontaneous, Alan had tracks to ride near Ely but we literally changed our minds on the fly, he turned around we looked at our benchmark map and then headed out, going to Atlanta was spontaneous as well, that was plan B if we couldn't get over the top.

I have the best riding buddy ever, our situation is unique, it's almost like we're riding solo, with an invisible buddy who's there just enough to be good company. We can change our minds in a heart beat and the day may not look anything like we thought it would in the morning, and nobody's cranky about the changes. We call this freestyling and we are doing more and more of it. We like going to an area, picking the brains of the locals, and really enjoy an adventure.
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Old 04-01-2013, 05:59 PM   #44
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Thanks...

Everyone for your words on encouragement, now get out there and ride, and don't forget to write a RR.
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Old 04-04-2013, 01:23 PM   #45
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Thanks again,really enjoyed it and I am working on getting strong enough to ride again this summer.

Great RR and pictures.
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