Tagged: Epic Northern NV Ride Report
October 12, 2023 at 7:35 pm #2750October 12, 2023 at 7:39 pm #2753October 12, 2023 at 7:39 pm #2756
We got into Battle Mountain the night before too late to try to find a 17″ tube for Paul, and his 21″ tube in the rear wheel flatted twice more on today’s ride. After the second flat Paul installed my 18″ tube and that lasted through the rest of the trip. It was actually pretty hot in the middle of the day for changing tubes but Paul knocked them out in record time.
The second flat occurred after riding on NV 225 for a short distance. Just as Paul was wrapping up the repair a pickup truck pulled over. I think that was the only vehicle that passed by while we were stopped. We motioned that we didn’t need help but the driver popped out anyway. His name was Paul Conrad and he was a ranch mechanic from Owyhee. He hung out and talked motorcycles with us for 15 minutes. We didn’t run across a lot of people on this ride, but the ones that we did meet were all super friendly.
Rides: KLR650, KX250October 12, 2023 at 8:33 pm #2757Dave GModerator
Great report so far Kurt.
Day 1 was really fun. There were some challenges but I really liked the route. I think it could be part of a good day trip to Middlegate.
I have some video here https://photos.app.goo.gl/XTHv6uVpaui2vnzu6
There’s more but the files are huge and google photos said no. Working on shrinking them and edit a bit.October 13, 2023 at 10:41 am #2767
Great videos Dave. I wish you had one on the steep part of the hill climb later.
I totally agree on the Day 1 route to Middlegate. Both the sand and the rocky climbs would be fun on lightweight dual sports. It could be a there and back day trip or possibly also a weekend trip, spending the night at Middlegate Station.
Rides: KLR650, KX250October 13, 2023 at 11:02 am #2774October 13, 2023 at 11:03 am #2777October 13, 2023 at 11:07 am #2780October 13, 2023 at 11:15 am #2783
We got into Jarbidge just after dark and checked into the Outdoor Inn. A friendly couple originally from the Reno area, Jase and Ann, run the Outdoor Inn and Cafe. Jase is one heck of a cook – we all had his fried rice with teriyaki chicken dinner and it was excellent. The next morning Ann served us biscuits and gravy, which were great as well.
We had breakfast with an overlander from the Sacramento area, Dana Nichol. He is a state lobbyist for veteran’s rights and a very interesting character. There were quite a few people camping out in the Jarbidge Mountains as elk hunting season was just kicking off, but there weren’t many people in Jarbidge itself.
Here’s a pic of downtown Jarbidge:
Rides: KLR650, KX250October 13, 2023 at 11:18 am #2786October 13, 2023 at 11:21 am #2789October 13, 2023 at 11:28 am #2792
The Jarbidge Community Hall features nice construction. It was built in 1910 and recently restored. Jarbidge itself was founded in 1909 when gold was discovered by Dave Bourne. Bourne enhanced his discovery by telling an LA newspaper that there is “$27 million of gold ore in sight”. That brought 1,500 prospectors to Jarbidge. Not much gold was really found, but the town remains a cool place to visit for people who want to get off the grid for a while.
Rides: KLR650, KX250October 13, 2023 at 11:34 am #2796October 13, 2023 at 11:41 am #2799
Dean was pretty baked after leading us into Jarbidge the night before, and decided to skip going out to Wendover and instead head back to Eureka. So we decided to get off the Battle Born North route and point our bikes toward Elko. The way out to Elko via the Jarbidge Mountains and Rough Hills provided great fall scenery:
Rides: KLR650, KX250October 13, 2023 at 11:47 am #2805
Once we got into Elko we had a Maverik lunch then hunted for some spare rear tubes.
After that we split up, as I still wanted to check out Stage 4 from Wendover to Eureka while Dean and Paul were going to go directly to Eureka from Elko.
It turns out that Dean and Paul had a heck of long ride that afternoon and evening. They didn’t have a reservation in Eureka for Monday night and there were no vacancies there or in Austin (lots of mining engineers were in the area). They ended up riding all the way back to Middlegate Station and spending the night there. At least they got a killer breakfast out of the deal.
I was lucky and had an easy cruise up 80 to Wendover to hang with my pal Wendover Will.
Rides: KLR650, KX250
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