March 14, 2022 at 3:43 pm #753RenoDeanoParticipant
Five DDMC members (Prez David Guilford/Ride Leader, Reno Deano, Dave Keller, Randy Carlton, and Kurt Fankhauser) met at the Spanish Springs Chevron on a cool 40-degree morning for a dirt ride (minimum of pavement) to Gerlach, NV for lunch at Bruno’s. The weather was slightly overcast but the Sun did shine on us a few times. The route (developed by Wayne Gilmore) took us East of Nixon on two-track roads (some improved and some as they were 20 years ago). Saw a fair amount of critters (donkeys, cows, antelope, and a herd of sheep that we had to navigate through. The sheepdogs unsuccessfully tried to herd David as he rode through. Lunch at Bruno’s was excellent as always. We split up on the return trip with Randy and I taking the Smoke Creek desert way to Sutcliffe at Pyramid Lake, while David and Kurt backtracked to Coyote Canyon and down to Nixon. We met up at the intersection of Hwys 445 & 446, within five minutes of each other. Randy and I had stopped at the Bonham Ranch Hot Springs for about a half-hour for a short break. David and Kurt ran from Gerlach to where we met without a break. Great day of riding. Enjoy the pictures. (click on the “circled i ” in the right-hand corner of any picture to see comments on the picture.
H. D. ChaneyMarch 14, 2022 at 6:04 pm #754Dave GModerator
Thanks Dean. Was a great ride. A little windy.March 15, 2022 at 9:20 am #755March 15, 2022 at 9:22 am #758March 15, 2022 at 9:24 am #761March 15, 2022 at 9:30 am #763
Randy at the first gate crossing with his ’22 KLR. Randy regretted running the top box with the high crosswinds. Dean and I wished we had the fuel capacity of his KLR on the outbound route though – 145 miles was at the limit for our tanks. The KLR is tough to beat as an all-around bike.
Rides: KLR650, KX250March 15, 2022 at 9:34 am #766March 15, 2022 at 9:35 am #769March 15, 2022 at 9:38 am #772
More fantastic scenery in Kuvima Valley. We saw many burros and 3 herds of pronghorn antelope – more wildlife were near the trail than domestic cattle. The burros and antelope took off way too quickly for us to get a pic though. One small herd of antelope ran parallel to us for a half mile or so. We clocked them at 51 miles per hour (GPS).
Rides: KLR650, KX250March 15, 2022 at 9:41 am #775
We ran across this herd of sheep – probably more than 200 on each side of the trail – on the route north. They were protected by a half dozen basque sheep dogs and a couple shepherds. The sheep dogs appeared to move the sheep off the trail, then set up a perimeter for us to pass through. They encouraged us not to stop, ha. Those sheep dogs must have a heck of a job watching the herd at night when the coyotes are out.
Rides: KLR650, KX250March 15, 2022 at 9:45 am #778
After a fabulous lunch at Bruno’s and gassing up Dave and I went back towards Nixon on a slightly different route, while Dean and Randy returned via Smoke Creek. Here is a shot of Dave up in the distance on the return ride. Temps were in the high 40s for the ride out to Gerlach, but on the ride back to Nixon temps got up into the mid 50s here and there. Dave and I made good time, touching 70 mph in places.
Rides: KLR650, KX250March 15, 2022 at 9:46 am #781March 15, 2022 at 9:47 am #784
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