|09-13-2013, 11:03 PM||#61|
Joined: Jul 2010
Location: Tallahassee, FL
Really enjoying this RR, looking forward to more!
Two wrongs don't make a right, but three left turns do
Deals Gap: 318 curves in 11 miles
Florida: 11 curves in 318 miles
|09-16-2013, 04:15 PM||#62|
Joined: Nov 2005
Location: Cotati, CA
Eureka, NV to Coyote Mountain, NV
This is the first day of riding with Nate and Art and was wondering how we would meld together. Turned out pretty good, our pace was similar and they didn't mind
stooping when I wanted to and vice versa.
We rode out of Eureka for a couple of miles on US 50 the got on the dirt and headed
northwest towards Battle Mountain. Pretty decent roads, not too dusty and even a mud hole here and there. The scenery improved as we climbed into the first
mountain range, nicer than the flat desert plains.
Great riding in the rolling hills.
As we rode on we started noticing large piles of rock and gravel on the side
of the hills. Of course the were tailings from the many mines in the area.
Mines, we need to do some exploring. How about this one:
Where's that entrance go?
That entrance was about at an 80 degree angle and we didn't have any rope. A couple of tow straps yes but they're a little hard on the hands.
It was tempting to enter but common sense prevailed so we just took the pictures.
We continued on to Battle Mountain for lunch at a pretty good Mexican restaurant and fueled up.
The next real town and fuel would be in McDermott and there wasn't going to be enough daylight left in the day to reach it so we decided to camp tonight.
We hoping to find some trees in the mountains and after consulting the map we saw Humbolt-Toiyabe National forest was within reach and in it was Coyote Mountain with an elevation of 7500'. That sounds good, has to be
something there and we can reach it by dusk.
The roads out of Battle Mountain started out pretty good but got horribly dusty pretty quick. We had to keep good buffer zone between one another for visibility and not suck in too much dust.
I was riding in the middle when I looked in my mirror and saw three dust trails behind me instead of one. It turned out to be
the two the Canadians we had heard about earlier in the trip and they were riding WR250r's. We stopped and talked for a bit and compared bikes. The little bikes are so much easier in sand, gravel and technical stuff but not so good on the faster roads. The exact opposite of all our bikes. Shortly after our stop we came to a soft, sandy trail section and we never saw them again.
Once we got through that we were back some easy dirt roads again and wanted to get to Coyote Mountain before dark. I took the lead, got into a pretty pace and just followed the GPS track. I wasn't paying attention to time and after a while I didn't see any dust in my mirrors.
I pulled over and decided to wait. after about 15 minutes I got a little worried
and checked my GPS and roll chart. I had blown by a turn a few miles back
and was off the TAT. I had seen the guys in over an hour and I was worried
that they be worried about me. They had no idea where I was. I back tracked,
found the correct turn on got back on track. Luckily they had stopped on the way up Coyote Mountain looking for a campsite. Oh, I forgot to mention that
Humbolt-Toiyabe National Forest is a treeless forest, no trees anywhere so we
wouldn't be camping in the trees.
We found a spot near the top that was sort of level with very few rocks and no brush. It ended up being a great spot. We were about 7500', cool temps
and nobody or any source of light for as far as we could see. The stars that night were amazing as was the Milky Way.
The local coyotes were yelping it good that night and Art was wondering if we were safe. He hadn't had any real experience with coyotes and didn't know
what to expect. He told him not to worry and after a couple of shots he wasn't worried at all.
Packing up in the morning on Coyote Mountain.
Tomorrow we'd head off and run into a funeral.
|09-23-2013, 07:33 PM||#63|
Joined: Nov 2005
Location: Cotati, CA
Coyote Peak to Denio Junction.
We left Coyote Peak and our goal for the day was to reach Denio Junction. After riding a bit we came up a hill in the middle of nowhere and a jeep was parked at the top.
Being the friendly group we are we stopped and started talking to two gentleman. They said they were there for an ashes spreading ceremony and
were just waiting for everybody else to arrive. They offered us water and some breakfast pastries which we gladly accepted. During the conversation it came up
that is was Nick's birthday and the birthday of the deceased, Liam. The guys then
pulled out a bottle of whiskey and offered Nate a shot and of course he
In the mean time a number of other vehicles arrived and a variety of weapons
began to appear. Apparently the Liam was an avid hunter and gun aficionado and to celebrate his life they were "gonna blow stuff up."
And when two Barrett 50 cals came out we believed them.
It being Nate's birthday he was offered the opportunity to shoot the Barrett.
I was about 15' away and still felt the concussion. After that we all sang Happy Birthday to Nate and Liam and were invited to a memorial BBQ in McDermitt.
In fact the first guy we spoke with was heading out to his combination
convenience store, gas station and butcher shop in McDermitt to cut up
half a steer for the BBQ. We told him we had to get gas soon and he replied his place was the closest gas station. That's where we headed.
We got there, filled up our tanks, and went inside for some lunch and there he was, cutting up the meat for the BBQ. He asked again if we wanted to come, Nate and Art really wanted to but I knew if we did we'd never get out of there until the next day. So me being the old man in the group convinced them to continue on to Denio.
Just before we left we got an update from the KLR couple stating there wasn't
any fuel in Denio or in Fort Bidell, CA. No fuel until Lakeview, OR over 220 miles away.
No problem for my Dakar or Art's KLR but no way would the KTM make it. So Nate purchased a small gas can and we figured we could siphon
some fuel from the other two and just barely make it, so we went for it.
Right out of McDermmit the TAT jumps into Oregon for awhile before dropping
back into NV. Before crossing the border you ride through Zimmerman Ranch,
I don't know how many acres it but it has to be thousands.
You can see the homestead on the green patch in the distance.
In the roll chart, Sam C. says we should stop and the house and say hello but when
we got there nobody was home, so we left them a nice note.
After the ranch the roads weren't very well defined but were easy to follow.
As the sun dropped towards the horizon we rode up and down through numerous small canyons
and made to Denio Junction. This complex is basically the hub for the locals
consisting of a bar, restaurant, casino and gas station without any gas.
Their inviting sign.
We booked a couple of rooms and made our way back to the restaurant before it closed. Of course the bar would be open for hours more which was
most important because remember it's Nates Birthday, his 30th birthday and the
boys wanted to party. And they're very good at it. I headed for my room around 11pm and at that time the bar tender, Sherrie told me they were going on their 10th shot each, not including beer or drinks others had bought for them.
Check out their thread for a better description of that night.
There is one picture of me standing on the bar which anybody that knows me would find quite unusual but when in Rome...
Needless to say we did not get an early start the next morning.
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