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Old 10-02-2014, 02:52 PM   #1
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The Smith Creek Playa- following the thin red line

6 Days of poking through the hills of Desatoya Mtns to Toquima Caves. Trail383 led three of us on his Fall NV ride. Weather was great to the last day of snow on the mountains. Perfect traction with wet soil west of Austin. Dry and dusty east of town.
-Players: Ed, Todd, Bob & Don
-Two of us with electrical and carb issues, but it didn't affect the ride time.

Heading down the 722 weather looked great. I hit rain north of Winemucca.

Martian OP and campsite

We were a ways off the mucky playa.

West side access

Maybe I can clean this up

You're supposed to pump those things every 5 years

No cow tubbin' for the week

Standing water for a day or so. The Playa had some lake front property too.

Ed got it cleaned up nice with some farm siphons. Water was fairly hot. We never got into it.

Three of us setup camp and rode Day 1 - Up next

Weather made this an exceptional ride. One day of hard wind, temps were moderate. Moderate meaning- you don't cook in your helmet at standstill.
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Old 10-02-2014, 05:24 PM   #2
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I have been on every road in the Desatoyas and have GPS tracks if interested. The main ways from Middlegate to Austin are in the Statewide Motorized Trail System posted on GPSXchange.com

Pony Express route and overland stage stations are there. The old Cold Springs pony station is very hard to find but well worth the time. Only thing I haven't found yet is plane crash site.
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Old 10-02-2014, 08:09 PM   #3
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Thank you Jerry, I bet Ed has the crash site on next year's ride. Today was just camp setup for 5 days 781 miles of exploration. At night the stars were so bright without a moon, I could see the tent outline from inside. Perfectly quiet all night, the coyotes woke us everyday at 05:30 AM. Great camping after the winds settled down.
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Old 10-02-2014, 08:13 PM   #4
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A couple of pix from day one.
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Old 10-02-2014, 08:14 PM   #5
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Old 10-02-2014, 09:44 PM   #6
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Internet Explorer Sucks! I can't see your pics Todd. If I use Google Chrome they are there.
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Old 10-02-2014, 10:30 PM   #7
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Too bad we didn't take a picture of the fountain of fuel spraying out the top of the DRZ on day one...
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Old 10-02-2014, 11:38 PM   #8
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I guess I'll post up some of my pics of the first day. I'll put the rest up tomorrow.
Camp. With our own personal weather station that we could view online.



The DR is ready to rip!



Todd's DRZ with some smoke donated from Northern California.





There's Don getting geared up.



And finally we are riding!



Porter Canyon.





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Old 10-03-2014, 10:00 AM   #9
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Tuesday 9-23 / 1st day of riding. 128 miles.
Todd can post up on DRZ stuff, my no-name Chinese front wheel bearings went slack with only 1300K. That night I replaced them - with more no-name Chinese bearings. (OEM only after that)

Crashed early and woke up with the morning Coyote alarm clock.

Tarp made a racket all night- next year bike cover

Exploring north of 722

Ed has a lot of explorer in his blood. Cool weather made it fun.

Nevada makes the cheap Coolpix look good

Twins

Solar powered web cams. Don't pee on the lens

One less cow to follow in the cattle truck

Boring scenery shot

Ed checked a lot of the double track. Some of it ended in a little draw and others - a viewpoint.

Ed and Todd at Cold Springs. They kept the pace up for the day.

Cold Springs- Decent food and prices. Building looks fairly new (No fuel). Good thing we brought snacks, they were closed today.

Pony Express Marker west side of Highway 50

Lots of rock pinnacle on 722
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Old 10-03-2014, 01:44 PM   #10
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The DRZ - a little rich

The change to the Clark 3.9gal tank and Yamaha petcock unmasked a problem I've probably had for some time. The needle valve is apparently not working.
After just a few seconds with the gas turned on but the motor off, it has gas going into the cylinder. I cleaned the carb out and check the float height before the trip, but definitely didn't fix the problem. So for the trip I metered the flow to the carb with the petcock partially open. This worked fairly well, as long as I didn't forget to turn off the gas before turning of the motor. I'll try a new needle valve, seat, and o-ring.
Secondly I must be a little rich on the bottom end here at about 2000', because up at 5-10K' it was very rich on the bottom and blurbled any time the gas was whacked at low engine speed.
Great trip, lots of fun, and at my current pace, about 5 years worth of riding in a week.
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Thank you Jerry, I bet Ed has the crash site on next year's ride. Today was just camp setup for 5 days 781 miles of exploration. At night the stars were so bright without a moon, I could see the tent outline from inside. Perfectly quiet all night, the coyotes woke us everyday at 05:30 AM. Great camping after the winds settled down.
I have GPS file of everything. PM me e-mail address and I will send it.
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More.















There were a bunch of weather stations, solar panels, antennas, cables, webcams, etc. in this area. Some serious research going on.



Arrrrrrrgh!

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I'll add a few more too.

Some stitched panoramics






So much to see









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Old 10-04-2014, 09:10 AM   #14
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More of the first day.





Found this sweet power line road on Google Earth that didn't show up on the maps.














Overland Mail Station.



I wanted to have lunch down there at Cold Springs but they don't open until 4:00 pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.


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Old 10-04-2014, 09:31 AM   #15
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Wednesday 9-24 / 2nd day of riding. 191 miles.
Ed and Todd both had 4G on the Playa. Ed checked weather and found high winds for 9-25, so we opted for the Orphir Pass ride today. Bob joins us for the fun.

We slid down the valley and crossed the 115 to head south- Yomba Reservation.

The Orphir Wash sign is at the east side of town. Fairly easy climbing to the 8858' saddle.



Checkin it out

View from the Saddle before descent to 376

A shot from the June trip to the summit

The top mile of descent was easy with recent rains and wet soil. One switchback is a direction change in the hillclimb. It didn't turn on to a level step. Don't know how we climbed this in 2013 with dry loose dirt. My bike was not well set up and I guess a hard head is better than advance knowledge.

Quaky Aspen turning colors

Below the mile of heavy descent Orphir Canyon had a fire. The road had ripple and wash from forestry opening the road to fight fire. Water had cut cross road channels for drainage from heavy showers.

Ed - We're sitting in Orphir below the fire line.

Ed on the DR

We went into Carver's for fuel/food and headed north to Kingston Canyon. Some hunters and crazy UTV's on the road heading back to camp.
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