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#641225 - 10/01/10 12:44 PM Re: Westward Ho ! 2010 [Re: big-t]  
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cry it's all so beautiful





#641251 - 10/01/10 02:19 PM Re: Westward Ho ! 2010 [Re: Kathy R]  
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Y'all are a gonzo bunch.

I would venture to say you are crazy. But it does look like you had a great time!


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#641354 - 10/01/10 07:52 PM Re: Westward Ho ! 2010 [Re: Bullett]  
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Jan said it before I could, great picture. AND, we have a new signature for Ken - "Here comes Kenny". I think the picture accompanying that phrase should be a poster on his wall at home.


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#641424 - 10/02/10 12:33 AM Re: Westward Ho ! 2010 [Re: big-t]  
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We managed to get a little earlier start today with the extra rest and it didn’t take long to get to the good stuff.


The longer we were in Nevada the better the riding got. Gates were getting more and more plentiful though, and we were long from finished with the sand and silt.

Rocer, here comes Todd. (nice bugeye in your avatar by the way)



Somewhere in here I got crossed up in the silt and smacked the ground too. Luckily, nothing other than a little soreness later. It is amazing how quick the transition is from cruising along to laying on the ground.


After we had a snack with the NZ boys, Rob (larryboy) caught up to us. We had just taken a break and I was tempted to keep going when he suggested another one at the old homestead just up the trail. However, it felt better to stop again and visit for a bit. He is a good rider and an interesting fellow. Rob had ridden this section before and shared a lot of good information with us about the area.

As Todd’s pics show, the old house is in a beautiful setting with a creek running by and the large trees around. Quite rare in our Nevada experience so far.



Not too much further we were on some fast gravel for a little while. I noticed something out of the corner of my eye. It was Rob about 100 yards off the road so I went to investigate. He was at the hot spring filling the tub. The water in the spring is crystal clear and so hot you can’t hold your hand in it. This would be a great place to camp and soak, but it is mid day and 90+ degrees, so we move along.



Soon we are off the gravel and following a fence line. Rocky, loose and just right!

I got to the other end and hit another gravel road. Here comes someone way off in the distance.



It was Rob. He told me he had crashed in front of Todd. But, without a pic it may not have happened ;-) Rob was off, then Todd came through.



It just kept getting better. We were gaining altitude so the temperature was more comfortable as well. We are some kinda lucky to be here.



This little climb up Coyote Mtn looks pretty innocent, so I started up it. It is surprisingly steep and extremely rocky. Like riding a pogo stick on a pile of broken cinder blocks. I got far enough up it to get an incredible view, but failed to get a photo.




We continued, encountering an increasing number of range cattle, and finally spotted this place which looked really nice. I could not see anyone around.



I wondered as we came through here if we might have somehow become the only people left in the world. It was fantastic.



According to our roll charts the town of McDermitt should soon come in to view. Not yet though.



Eventually we can see the green of some irrigated land down in a distant valley(in Todd’s pic) but we aren’t there yet. We descend some pretty steep drop offs on the side of the mountain, winding our way toward a stream bed that we will follow to the flat land.



The surrounding bluffs as we continue are incredibly beautiful. You can’t turn your head without seeing something photo worthy.





Further proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy (and on dirt bikes)

Somewhere down there is McDermitt, and the Say When casino.





Hey, we found it. I think this may have been my favorite single day of riding. Rob decided to forego camping that night, so we were 6 for dinner at the Say When. Superb dinner though I have no memory of the food. It was all about the company. What a great day!





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#641429 - 10/02/10 01:13 AM Re: Westward Ho ! 2010 [Re: Kenny Haynes]  
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Superb dinner though I have no memory of the food.


For me...

Chicken Fried steak and mashed potatoes...... grin

Was a great meal,especially since we only had a power bar since breakfast


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#641465 - 10/02/10 04:23 AM Re: Westward Ho ! 2010 [Re: big-t]  
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Forgot I had a video from toward the end of the day.

click the pic.



#641501 - 10/02/10 01:42 PM Re: Westward Ho ! 2010 [Re: Kenny Haynes]  
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Day 6

Fort McDermitt to Lakeview Oregon


Nice and easy road coming out of Fort McDermitt as Disaster Peak looms in the background



This is the turnoff,we are headed to the Zimmerman ranch,as the trail runs thru it.




Zimmerman ranch ahead.




Out route directions said to stop and say hello to the Zimmermans,but there was no one in sight so we just tiptoed past.... grin




An over abundance of rain this year left us plenty of places to wash off our wheels



Kenny climbs toward the rising sun.



..while the Juniper keeps our boots shined





The road is never boring..



..and the gates are plentiful




..just to keep these guys in check. Disaster Peak in the background.



Kenny picks his way down the hill



Looks like there was a fire here



I swear,The gate was closed before I left..



Its amazing ,the punishment the tires and suspension take on a trip like this



Better road




Bet its cool in there



A bit of a break before decending into the next valley.



Beautiful country




I see green ahead,that means dinner and gas Denio Junction coming up




This is it...the whole place in one photo... grin A pretty welcome sight when your hungry or needing gas.

There is a rather unusual motorcycle that sits out front,maybe Kenny has a pic ?





Hmm! Is it too early on the day ?



After lunch I chatted with this local. He came down from his place,"bout 75 miles back up in the hills” to get a tire repaired.He said my WR would be a great bike for chasing Jackrabbits.... rofl

And after hearing where we we headed,he casually remarked “better git er done,storms a brewing that way”

He was right,last day we ran into it and chased it all the way back across the country...



Moving on Kenny blazes the way



Another gate.



Looking back up the hill from the gate



..and into the desert again.




Water in the desert?? Been a rainy year and as I remember that was pretty deep.





Someones watching us....pretty sure they were waiting for me to fall so they could laugh... tongue




Bikes only thru here.



Kenny,waiting for the old guy with the camera..lol...Again..




The trail goes on.....you can see the road climbing on the left.It really doesn't look that bad but it was a fairly aggressive climb with lots of loose rock.





Kenny checks out the view from the rocky section in the previous pic



Looking back..




Navigation department on the WR.Between the roll charts,my 60cx and Kenny's Zumo,we still struggled to stay on track.The 60cx worked best out in the boonies,but the Zumo was much better when we were closer to civilization.



Moving along




TREEEEEES!!!!

I almost forgot what they looked like...

We must be in Oregon ??




After 6 days of intense riding,it was good to be able to ease up a bit.Ten to twelve hours a day and over a 1k miles of constant rocks,sand,intense climbs and descents and off camber trails had taken their toll.We were looking forward to being able to kick back a bit as we rode.Not that Oregon was a piece of cake,but at least we could get a breather between the hard spots.


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#641632 - 10/03/10 04:31 AM Re: Westward Ho ! 2010 [Re: big-t]  
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Todd, how long and what kind of miles were you guys doing each day?


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#641637 - 10/03/10 05:03 AM Re: Westward Ho ! 2010 [Re: big-t]  
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There had been some significant differences between the gps indicated route mileage and actual mileage on some of the routes up until now. Today looked like a long one either way and we had been told by a couple of others that the longer numbers were more accurate. It could be 300+. The Ktm’s seat was designed to be excruciatingly painful starting at about 40 miles. On top of that, with stops for fuel, food and photography our average miles per hour was down in the 20’s somewhere so far. It had me worried a little.

I had heard the riding near Disaster Peak was great and we soon saw the peak in the distance.



As Todd mentioned, we were soon on the Zimmerman ranch. Very nice that these folks share their land. The riding there was great.

Big T gives the wr a bath.



Lots of gates to open and close and the terrain is fun to negotiate.


We pass through the burned section Todd mentioned and it looked like a lunar landscape. Just when things are feeling more and more remote, we see this.



Apparently hunting season had started. Always makes me nervous. I look a little too much like a deer/antelope to feel comfortable.

Looks like some more climbing ahead, yeah!



We cross a stream a couple of times and start following it uphill. This has to be an oasis for the local wildlife.



Soon I come up behind a pick up truck blocking the path. Hunters have taken an antelope and they are field dressing it close to the stream. One of them offers to move the truck and we gratefully pass by on our way up the hill.

Here comes Todd again.



We pass a small abandoned dwelling and the climbing starts again. Stellar riding on this section, and we have another perfect weather day developing.

I set the self timer on the way up and these two goons showed up in the picture.


This sign warns pet owners to keep their animals under control lest they be caught in varmint traps that are apparently plentiful in the area. I’m guessing that will keep Paris Hilton and her Chihuahua pup out of here.



Denio Junction looks like a green oasis from here. A friend recommended the hamburger highly, and I’m thinking lunch will be a good idea along with more fuel. The food was really good.



Until today protein bars had been lunch for the most part. It was nice to sit down, eat and chat with some folks. Our friends had passed through about an hour before us.

Interesting machine though I doubt it is completely accurate. I suspect God is a Ktm rider.



A little while after Denio, the trail all but disappears as we cross the desert floor. This stuff is fun but one has to keep an eye out for arroyos filled with water. Luckily, they provide decent traction and aren’t too deep.



It just keeps on going…




This climb was rough, rocky and very fun. It afforded a great view of the valley we had just crossed as well.





The climbing wasn’t completely over though. Nevada rocks!



We ran in to this young man on an older bmw near the Sheldon Reserve. He was going to camp nearby.



More later…

#641668 - 10/03/10 01:35 PM Re: Westward Ho ! 2010 [Re: Kenny Haynes]  
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I just caught up. This looks like a great adventure. Someday I hope to attempt such an adventure.

Keep the pix coming.

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