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....
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
Bet its cool in there
A bit of a break before decending into the next valley.
I see green ahead,that means dinner and gas Denio Junction coming up
This is it...the whole place in one photo...
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....
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
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...
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
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.
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.