July 7, 2023 at 6:04 pm #2344
Kurt and Dean are planning an Epic Northern Nevada Dual Sport/Adventure ride for the second week in October (moved from the second week in September). Tentative dates are from October 7th-11th, 2023. The route will start and end in Reno and cover more than a thousand miles offroad. We are planning to go light and utilize hotels each night. Expect challenging terrain and spectacular sights that are unique to Nevada.
Planned overnight stops are:
- Battle Mountain, October 7th
- Jarbidge, October 8th
- Wendover, October 9th
- Eureka, October 10th
Dean led a similar ride in 2014; here is a Forum post with some great pics from that ride:
Set aside some vacation time and watch this thread for more details on the route, lodging and sights on the way!
Rides: KLR650, KX250July 7, 2023 at 6:45 pm #2347RenoDeanoParticipant
Thanks, Kurt. Well done!
H. D. ChaneyJuly 7, 2023 at 7:24 pm #2348
Thank you Dean, you ‘da man!
Rides: KLR650, KX250August 7, 2023 at 8:31 am #2473raceu2Participant
sign me upAugust 25, 2023 at 4:15 pm #2579
Hey guys, I am working on the route and logistics for this ride and should have an update by the end of next week. I am not going to check hotel prices until after Labor Day however.
Rides: KLR650, KX250August 30, 2023 at 11:58 am #2587
We are going to shorten up the ride time for this one from 7 days/6 nights to 5 days/4 nights (I already edited the first post on this thread with the update). This will reduce the hotel and food cost as well as the number of vacation days needed for those that are working. The distance per day will be higher however.
The other big change is that we are planning to pick up three stages of the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Battle Born North Adventure Ride. This is a ride that has been on our radar for a while. Rocky Mountain did some really good work preparing their route – check out the link above.
The updated days for the ride will be Saturday, October 7th, through Wednesday, October 11th – 5 days and 4 nights.
Here are the updated stages (the stages I am going to lift from the Battle Born North ride are in bold):
- Reno to Battle Mountain
- Battle Mountain to Jarbidge
- Jarbidge to Wendover
- Wendover to Eureka
- Eureka to Reno
We are planning to hotel it in Battle Mountain on the 7th, Jarbidge on the 8th, Wendover on the 9th and Eureka on the 10th of October.
Dean and I will get together this weekend to go over my map files. I will share those here once I get Dean’s input.
Rides: KLR650, KX250September 5, 2023 at 12:37 pm #2598
Dean and I reviewed my maps yesterday and this ride is a GO.
Here is a screenshot of the entire route:
The GPX files are attached to this post in a zip archive (only visible to DDMC members). Kickstands up at 8 AM in front of Michael’s Reno Powersports on Saturday, October 7th.
The total distance for this ride is 1121 miles. The two longest days are getting to (stage 1) and returning from (stage 5) the RockyMountain Battle Born North route. Those days do feature some tarmac, so the distance should not be unreasonable. However, if any riders want to cut down on the distance for day 1 and day 5 you can add an extra day before and after the ride and stay in the hotel in Middlegate Station, which is on our route. Dean is planning to do that. Dean may also leave a trailer at Middlegate Station in case a bike needs a rescue. I will be riding the entire route from and returning to Reno.
Hotels in Battle Mountain, Wendover and Eureka should not be a problem. There are limited options in Jarbidge, but I just called there and found out that the Outside Inn currently has 6 rooms available for October 8th and The Barn has 10 rooms available.
This route will be pretty rugged – not a problem on a dual sport but more challenging on a bigger adventure bike. There are bail-outs throughout this ride, although if a rider can’t handle the trail to Jarbidge the only option might be to backtrack to Battle Mountain and then meetup again in Wendover.
I will add the section mileages and distance to gas in a follow-up post.
Rides: KLR650, KX250September 6, 2023 at 8:07 pm #2609James ChuckParticipant
99% for sure I’m going to join you.
For each night/stop, which hotels would you recommend?
I’ll definitely borrow the soft pannier/bag. Thank you. Should I carry a fuel bladder?September 7, 2023 at 11:15 am #2610
I’m really glad you will be joining us on this epic ride – I’ll have those soft bags ready for you.
I haven’t checked out the hotels at our stops in Battle Mountain, Wendover or Eureka yet, but there are a good number of options at each of those places.
The Outdoor Inn has 6 rooms in their main hotel, and an additional 10 rooms at another building they call The Barn. The rooms in the main hotel are $85, while the rooms in the barn are $69 . The Barn is cheaper because there is only a shared bathroom down the hall. They only open The Barn if the main hotel is full. You can reach The Outdoor Inn at (775) 488-2311.
The Tsawhawbits B&B has 5 rooms available for $100, but breakfast is included. You can reach the Tsawhawbits B&B at (775) 488-2338.
I chose to save a couple bucks and reserved a room at The Outdoor Inn on October 8th.
The longest distance to gas on this entire route is 188 miles. With fuel injection and a 5 gallon tank on your XCX you won’t need to carry an extra fuel bladder.
Here is the daily distance to gas breakdown:
Day 1, Reno to Battle Mountain: total distance 269 miles, gas available at Middlegate Station 125 miles in as well as in Battle Mountain
Day 2, Battle Mountain to Jarbidge: total distance 187 miles, gas available in Jarbidge
Day 3, Jarbidge to Wendover: total distance 219 miles, gas available in Montello 162 miles in as well as in Wendover
Day 4, Wendover to Eureka: total distance 188 miles, gas available in Eureka
Day 5, Eureka to Reno: total distance 258 miles, gas available at Middlegate Station 129 miles in
The total mileage for this adventure is only 1121 miles.
Rides: KLR650, KX250September 7, 2023 at 11:26 am #2611
BTW, on day 1 and day 5 we have the option to stop for lunch at Middlegate Station. On the other days lunch will most likely have to be whatever you can carry with you, such as jerky or trail mix. Plan to carry a couple liters of water every day as well.
Rides: KLR650, KX250September 8, 2023 at 12:11 pm #2612Dennis LarryParticipant
I stayed at the Sundown Lodge in Eureka last week and it was just fine. Directly across the street is the Owl Club for some grub and a beer if you guys choose.
DennisSeptember 8, 2023 at 12:30 pm #2613
Thanks for the 411 Dennis!
Rides: KLR650, KX250September 8, 2023 at 5:21 pm #2616James ChuckParticipant
Thank you. Will get on the horn and find out.September 11, 2023 at 8:43 am #2620RenoDeanoParticipant
Kurt, you say the longest distance between fuel stops is 188 miles! What leg of the journey is that? I will also be staying at the Outdoor Inn in Jarbidge.
H. D. ChaneySeptember 11, 2023 at 11:17 am #2621
Hey Dean, there are two days with long distances to gas:
Day 2: Battle Mountain to Jarbidge – 187 miles between gas stations
Day 4: Wendover to Eureka – 188 miles between gas stations
I have a GiantLoop 1 gallon gas bag you can borrow if you want. The nice thing about the GiantLoop gas bag is that on days where you don’t need it you can roll it up and it won’t take up much space in your luggage.
Rides: KLR650, KX250
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