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Old 08-01-2014, 06:57 AM   #76
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Cow trucks

Yeah, Don. The first cattle truck outran me and was stuck behind it (and smelling behinds). I was able to spin up to about 80 and the second one couldnt pass. I was then able to retake the first one on the Denio Summit hill and remain methane free for the rest of that pavement ride!
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Old 08-01-2014, 10:13 AM   #77
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Day 5 - morning…

I'll throw in my quick notes on Day 5 - the morning:
  • The morning section had us riding the TAT. The first 50 miles was mostly long stretches of flat, fast, straight, gravel road. Decent views, but not very entertaining.
  • At Jack Creek Rd the trail turns to more challenging two track - alternating between slightly rugged and soft sand.
  • Bizarrely abandoned Prinz cars

Private property warning, but it's on the TAT, and there weren't any other roads, so we went through as quietly as possible.


Mark and Don - preparing for the more challenging two track off to their left.


Mark checking out the Prinz




What happened to the TAT? That's Danny on the left and - if you look really closely - Mark on the right. We followed the wrong turn for a few hundred yards before it disappeared.


Long section of silty two track


Mark crosses Kelly Creek


Mark about to run over a giant lizard


Mark approaches a large herd of wild horses


Break at Chimney Damn Reservoir




Danny headed into Paradise


"Paradise is exactly like where you are right now - only much, much better." OK, maybe a little more run down.
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Old 08-01-2014, 10:58 AM   #78
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Day 5 - afternoon.

Day 5 - afternoon.
  • Lunch in Paradise
  • The climb up and over Hinkey Summit, through Lye Creek, and then the two-track around Granite Peak dropping into Orovada was one the trip's highlights for me. The lush summit area and the views infected me with constant earworms of Julie Andrews from The Sound of Music. It really was stunning.
  • Orovada - Denio: we took the faster route due to time.
  • The final 28 miles into Denio was all straight, paved, highway 140.
  • One gross event during the 140 slog - I was riding behind Don as a cattle truck passed us. Sure enough, just as the cattle trailer passes Don some bovine joker less loose a mixture of poo and pee - misting Don in the process. On a desolate, empty road such as that, I had to consider the cow's timing. Maybe cows aren't as dumb as I thought. Regardless - I vowed to have at least one burger in retribution.

Stats for the day:
210 miles. 10 hours.
Max elevation: 8200 ft, min: 4000 ft.


Lunch




Mark getting local intel




The climb to Hinkey Summit was beautiful


It just got greener and greener as we climbed.




Choppy, but gorgeous


After passing through Lye Creek


Mark


Mark transposed on Google Earth view. I continue to be amazed at the detail and accuracy that Google Earth displays. Repeat: this is not a photo I took (except the overlay of Mark). It's a screen capture from Google Earth lined up to approximate my picture above. Uncanny.


Danny - commin' around the mountain






Tracks in Google Earth around Granite Peak


Denio Metropolis
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Old 08-01-2014, 11:00 AM   #79
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Hinkey Summit - Hole in the Wall

I just found this picture on Google Earth. We missed this, but if I go back I'll check it out:

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/47298743
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Old 08-01-2014, 12:48 PM   #80
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What do you mean if?

Greg shot mostly pocket cam and smartphone pictures, some nice stuff. Wish the K-man would post. I know he has a collection.
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Old 08-01-2014, 02:05 PM   #81
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Excellent! Always wondered where that Lye creek road went.
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Old 08-01-2014, 02:09 PM   #82
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Got hooked on the ride report, great !
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Old 08-01-2014, 04:35 PM   #83
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Excellent! Always wondered where that Lye creek road went.

That's the one. It is a fun climb from Orovada.
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Old 08-05-2014, 07:14 AM   #84
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Standby, while I kickstart the Montesa. Message left for the Mark and Greg show. I'll post for the Denio Loop. Plan was to stay at Denio for a next day ride, spend the night, and head to Soldier Meadows.



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Old 08-05-2014, 01:43 PM   #85
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Denio Dayride
The border crossing- no guards


Bomber site- Mark signs in (GPS time stamped and finger printed)




On to Bog Hot- Greg dips a temp gauge


Today it's smokin'


Sage Grouse nesting in the rocks.
Latest BRC info on the ESA for Sage Grouse- In 2005 Greenies wanted to drop the hammer and list them. Bush, said no, give the 11 States (yep 11) 10 more years.
Since then, I think Oregon and Washington are almost done with their plans as they recently went through public hearings. Wyoming is the only one of 11 states with an approved SG plan.
Don't know about Nevada.
Like every other endangered bird or reptile in foreign countries, they taste like chicken.


Heading south on Sagebrush Creek we hit East Rock Springs for a shade break under the Aspens


Greg shared lunch and we checked routes.


WIP- stay tuned
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Old 08-06-2014, 12:02 PM   #86
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Day 6 - "I think we're going feral."

Day 6 was another "no luggage day". We had to do some special planning, and Mark had to do some extra special riding, to ensure it would not be a "no fuel day". Denio Junction had no fuel and our last fill up was the day before in Orovada - some 73 miles prior. Today's main loop was scheduled to be about 125 miles, but we were hoping to extend it out a bit if and fuel time allowed. So it would be nice if we all had a significant buffer of reserve.

Before breakfast Mark graciously took on the task of riding solo up to Fields, OR to top off his bike and a 2 gallon fuel jug lent to us by the nice folks at Denio Junction. This was a 50 mile journey for about 5 gallons of fuel. The rest of us lounged and ate a breakfast.

The route started up to the Propeller Meadows - the site of a B24 crash in 1945. A very nice memorial was setup by Hodakaguy (see report http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=797608). There's also a good documentary available at Oregon Public Broadcasting http://www.opb.org/television/progra...t/b-24-mystery.

If you look at the 3D renderings and altitudes, another 50 or 100 feet in elevation might have put the B24 safely over the ridge.

Route to Propeller Meadows


B24 Memorial installed by Hodakaguy


Danny contemplating the wreckage


The serious moto-photo-man





Something missing?

On the way down from Propeller Meadows Danny noticed his rear sub-frame bolt vibrated out. Luckily someone had a spare bolt that fit.



Showing off crossing a 6" stream of water…


… and paying for it.


Sense of humor about the whole thing.


Three Creek Gorge


Don living on the edge.


Apparently the right-handed N's were hunted to extinction


Nice Romainian family (from California) enjoying the hot spring. This spring has little fish that are cleaning the dead skin from the woman as she soaks.


East Rock Spring - offering a cool and shady rest spot




Perfect camping lunch.


Should have been a model


Following a route Mark "found" on Google Earth


Donkeys


In preparation for day 7 we knew we'd have to fuel up in Fields, OR, and getting there and back before Denio Junction's kitchen closed would be tight. So we stopped in Denio Junction, placed an order, and told them we'd be back in an hour - just before the kitchen closed.

One of the great things about the folks at the Junction is their flexibility in accommodating adventure riders!

Fields for fuel


The only gambling we did all trip


Stats: 163 miles. 9 hours.
Stats for Mark: 213 miles. 10.5 hours.

Quote of the day:
"I think we're going feral."
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Showing off crossing a 6" stream of water…


… and paying for it.





Oww!
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Old 08-07-2014, 02:02 PM   #88
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Good post Greg, Mark you're up. Well -not at the moment.....
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Old 08-22-2014, 09:34 AM   #89
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To Soldier Meadows

Okay, enough waiting.
I'll post to Soldier meadows. I think this was a route Wachs followed when I read his 2nd ride post. Mark emailed SM and told them we were coming. They were brand new caretakers. May have been the reason we felt they were good to dirtbikers. They sell fuel only in a one or two gallon qty. DW had a big ride to Gerlach when they needed more. Our 6.6 tanks on two of the bikes were covered. Two riders with smaller tanks bought some.

After the day loop, and a Fields fuel shuttle, we got a bite in Denio. Spent the night there, got early chow and hit the road in the AM.

He humped his last leg for this crew


Headed down 140 to the Alta Creek turnoff, some road scenery

Tried more of the 'get ahead' for crew pictures this trip. This route headed south had solid road base & no water crossing for bigger bikes.

KLR Country

Approach to Onion reservoir

Danny picture- Great scenery route

Very few campers - Off the beaten path keeps this part of the State real local



Knott Creek Reservoir- I think

When I whined about the Owyhee, Mike told me 'You take the good with the bad". After the 200+ mile ride from Battle Mtn- this is what he meant. (If he was with us)

Some of these canyons narrowed down into trail width where we followed the cows.

DW had a picture of this cabin- can't remember if it was Basin Cabin. A few more Montana/ GPS pictures would help the memory- maybe

Kitchen and bunkhouse at Soldier Meadow. They had other riders trucking in bikes with fuel support from Northern Cal. at the time.

We camped on the lawn away from the house. A steady tradewind offered air conditioning if you pointed the tent opening that way for the night.

The tent poles jumped ship in Battle Mountain

This pic taken after the ride to the Hot Springs. No way to get one with Mark under the Arch as evening sun was a blazin'

A few more on the way. Mark found a neat viewpoint. The BR desert picture etc. WIP

Tracks in white starting at the 140 Alta Creek turn off. (Map - Garmin topo 24k)


This is the fenced, locked, and signed area. (USPNW maps) We stopped at the waypoint. A backtrack was the same distance.
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Old 08-25-2014, 09:34 PM   #90
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The last leg from Soldier Meadow, through the Black Rock to Mill City for fuel and food. We pushed through to Battle Mtn for a 190 mile day.


Double Hot Springs. Signed and posted. Poached if the campers went in.




This way to the mini-playa viewpoint


Cool view from the top after a bit of sandy river wash and hill climb practice.


Heading out on the floor of Black Rock, the desert was soft. We stuck to the 'road'. Dave made reference to this in his post. His group was there about a week later.

Today it rained so hard at the Burning Man, the Believers were hauling ass. Might have to change the name to Drowning Man next year and charge more.


Pocket Camera on the playa photog. GPS location of the 'burning man'.


Fishback Mountain and we're headed east to Mill City


No side knob wasted on this track


There was a long section powerline and pipeline road we rode for a few hours. It was cut across hills and small buttes of 100 ft elevation. Some of it better or worse than paved road a few feet to one side.

We pulled in to ABV and the locals were still pit racing the lot.
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