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Old 03-31-2007, 09:55 PM   #1
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CA/NV Ride Report

My spring break from San Jose State University was this last week and I thought I'd squeeze in a quick little tour through some of my favorite roads in CA while trying some new ones in NV.

Each day I kept track of how many miles ridden, ride time (anytime the wheels are spinning), average speed, and max speed with my Sigma Sport BC800 which has been calibrated to plus/minus 1mph.

Overall I had a great trip, now to the pictures...

Day 1: Fremont CA to Lake Isabella CA
Miles: 400.4
Time: 7h 10m
Ave Speed: 56.32mph
Max Speed: 106.8mph

Leaving Fremont I headed over highway 17 to 1 south. The harbor in Monterrey.


I ate a quick lunch sitting on the beach just south of Carmel


Highway 1 was beautiful as usual. Not many cars on the road for a thursday morning so I was able to keep up a spirited pace. Most of the drivers were very courteous and let me pass with minimal delay which kept my illegal (but safe) passes to a minimum.

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Old 03-31-2007, 10:01 PM   #2
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From 1 south I cut east through highway 46 into Templeton. 46 runs through a little valley full of small little farms and ranches.


After a quick jaunt down 101 I was ready to tackle 58.




These were fun. At accelerated (above the posted speedlimit...) speeds I was able to get the front wheel off the ground and the back end got light, I'm not sure if it actually left the pavement or not .



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Old 03-31-2007, 10:04 PM   #3
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After crossing interstate 5, 58 continues into the central valley and into Bakersfield. Hot, dry, straight, and boring.

Leaving Bakersfield I took 178 toward Lake Isabella:



It winds along the Kern River, there are some sections of really nice pavement. Unfortuantly I didn't get any good shots of it.




I camped the night at Lake Isabella. It was cold. I woke up at 3am and it was 35 degrees INSIDE my tent. Brrrr.

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Old 03-31-2007, 10:12 PM   #4
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Day 2: Lake Isabella CA to Tonopah NV

Miles: 306.2
Ridetime: 5h 8m
Ave Speed: 60.42mph
Max Speed: 100.1mph

Leaving Lake Isabella I rode east on 178 which took me into InyoKern.



I found this little desert painting just south of China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station.



178 continuing through Searless Dry Lake and Panamint Flat Dry Lake was pretty desolate.



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Old 03-31-2007, 10:22 PM   #5
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There's a spur that connects 178 to 190 and takes you through some of the hills on the western side of Death Valley. Some of it is dirt but most of it is mixed/broken pavement.





Can you guess where the natural fed spring is?



About 40 miles from anywhere in the Death Valley hills, I ran across 3 middle age ladies in a Jeep Liberty with a flat tire. They had a spare, all the tools needed to change the tire, and the knowledge to change a tire, but what they were missing was the key to the lock that held the spare tire to the back rack of the SUV. They asked me to call AAA for them from the next phone I reached, however I did one better. I pulled out the flat repair kit that I always carry with me and had their flat patched in about 30 minutes. Good PR for our sport; I think they'll be extra nice to motorcyclists from now on.

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Old 03-31-2007, 10:35 PM   #6
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Dipping below sea level:



They call these "Devil's Corn". They looked like piles of harvested corn to the pioneers who barely escaped the furnace of Death Valley.



Sand Dunes:



Tonopah NV sits on the western side of Famous Area 51. I got to talking to a local, who was very excited to see another motorcycle in town (he rides an EX250), who told me it is not unusual to hear random sonic booms at all hours of day and night, spot contrails of dogfights thousands of feet in the air, and see strange lights at night. They must have had something to do with the F117 stealth since the fire station proudly displays this mural and statue.





I got a chuckle out of the DMV office. They're only open 3 days a week for 4 hours a day. Tiny.



Since I spent more time in Death Valley than I had planned, I was unable to make it to Ely and since Tonopah has no campground, I ended up in the Clown Motel which would be a great set for a horror movie. Quick, someone write me a screenplay, I'll cut you 50% of any profit the movie makes. Clowns everywhere but hey, it was cheap and I'm a poor starving college student.




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Old 03-31-2007, 10:49 PM   #7
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Day 3: Tonopah, NV to Fremont, CA

Miles: 519.26
Ridetime: 8h 4m
Ave Speed: 64.83mph
Max Speed: 125.1

Leaving Tonopah I took 376 up to highway 50. Highway 50 may have the title of "Loneliest Highway in America" but 376 was much more deserted. I only saw 4 cars come the other way for the duration of the 100 mile highway. Very beautiful in a desolate sort of way. 376 is flanked by two mountian ranges. Here's one of them.



376 hits 50 about 10 miles east of Austin. The Austin Summit is up there. I didn't realize how high the NV high desert is.



Reason 341 to love heated grips:



That picture almost got me in trouble. It took vigorous pushing and furious wheel spinning to get my rear tire out of the soft mud. A mud plus snow tire my Metzler Z6 is not. That rut is deeper than it looks.



Someone in Austin doesn't like the local Po-Po. I took their warning and escaped without a ticket. Police in small towns in NV are nazi's about speed. 25 means 25 and CA plates are extra tasty.



Highway 50 looking east:


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Old 03-31-2007, 10:57 PM   #8
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I took 50 West through Fallon toward Carson City and ran across this 8 Legged Freak:



Then it was up and over the Sierra Nevada range on highway 88.

A mountian fed stream:





Finally coming down past Jackson I found some cattle grazing land:





Overall it was a great trip. No problems with the bike, no tire punctures (for me), all the roads were clear, and the weather was great (but cold).

I'm glad I got a chance to see the NV desert. It really is beautiful in a desolate way, however I think I've had my share of it for a while. My next trip will probably be back up to the Pacific Northwest. In my opinion Washington, Oregon, Northern Idaho, Montana, and the Dakota's is the place to be and hopefully I'll get another chance to travel through them this summer.
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Good write up on your adventure.

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Old 04-01-2007, 07:11 AM   #11
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Awesome pictures!!!

Whose air compressor did you use put air in those ladies, tire?

That can't be your's, is it??? That thing is HUGE!!11

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Old 04-01-2007, 07:28 AM   #12
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I took 50 West through Fallon toward Carson City and ran across this 8 Legged Freak:



Thats Chris' beetle, located at Eds RV in moundhouse. I see that thing every day.

You drove right by my house, I live in Dayton.

Anyone else think its ironic that all the cathouses are located in moundhouse ?
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Old 04-01-2007, 08:14 AM   #14
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outstanding write up and pictures
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Old 04-01-2007, 09:32 AM   #15
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[B]Awesome pictures!!!

Whose air compressor did you use put air in those ladies, tire?

That can't be your's, is it??? That thing is HUGE!!11
Ha, no I don't have that kind of room on my bike. I only carry a small bicycle pump, the compressor was theirs.
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