Tagged: Epic Northern NV Ride Report
October 12, 2023 at 6:27 pm #2705
Yay! Everyone made it back safely from the Epic Northern Nevada Adventure Ride.
The game plan for this ride was:
- Day 1: Reno to Battle Mountain via Middlegate and the Clan Alpine Mountains
- Day 2: Battle Mountain to Jarbidge via the Tuscarora and Independence Mountains
- Day 3: Jarbidge to Wendover via the Snake Mountains and Delano Mountains
- Day 4: Wendover to Eureka via the Toana Range and Ruby Mountains
- Day 5: Eureka to Reno via the Desatoya Mountains
Days 2, 3 and 4 are part of Rocky Mountain ATV/MC’s “Battle Born North” route. Days 1 and 5 were Dean and my creation to somehow get us waaaay east without riding tarmac the whole darn day.
Now I can’t report that we accomplished everything that we set out to do, but we definitely did fail successfully.
Paul, Dave, Randy and myself met up in Reno at Michael’s Powersports – Dean we would meet in Middlegate.
Rides: KLR650, KX250October 12, 2023 at 6:31 pm #2708
We started out by going up the Old Toll Road to the top of Geiger Grade.
In case anyone needed a reminder that offroad riding in NV can be challenging, shortly after starting up the jeep road we came across a pickup that had rolled off the trail. No driver was evident. The trees could have prevented a few more rolls, possibly preventing serious injury to the driver.
Rides: KLR650, KX250October 12, 2023 at 6:34 pm #2711October 12, 2023 at 6:37 pm #2714October 12, 2023 at 6:40 pm #2717October 12, 2023 at 6:44 pm #2720October 12, 2023 at 6:48 pm #2723October 12, 2023 at 6:51 pm #2726October 12, 2023 at 6:53 pm #2729October 12, 2023 at 6:57 pm #2732October 12, 2023 at 7:04 pm #2735October 12, 2023 at 7:12 pm #2738
We finally reached Middlegate Station a few hours later than planned – Dean was patiently waiting.
There are plenty of Strike Fighter Squadron and other Navy badges posted up in the head. Very cool.
We all enjoyed a huge lunch/dinner at Middlegate Station.
After lunch Dave headed back to Reno on Highway 50 – he was just planning to ride out with us for lunch.
The rest of us decided to scratch riding through the Clan Alpine range and instead ride tarmac to Battle Mountain. This was partly my fault – my bike’s USB power accessory died and my phone went black. I wasted some time tinkering with that issue. In hindsight, doing the entire day 1 route offroad would probably require either extraordinary good luck or two days of riding (spend the night in Middlegate).
Rides: KLR650, KX250October 12, 2023 at 7:21 pm #2741
As planned, Randy headed back to Reno on tarmac after spending the night at the Big Chief in Battle Mountain.
Dean, Paul and I started Day 2 on the Battle Born North route out of Battle Mountain, in the direction of Midas then Tuscarora. The trail was decent two-track and we averaged 35-40 mph.
Rides: KLR650, KX250October 12, 2023 at 7:31 pm #2744October 12, 2023 at 7:33 pm #2747
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