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Old 05-31-2009, 09:52 PM   #1
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So want do you guys think of this route?

I'm headed out for East Helena, MT this Wednesday, to attend a friends graduation.

I'm leaving Wednesday after work.. aprox. 6pm, and I'd like to be there by mid day Friday. (ceremony is Saturday.)

I thought I'd add a little off freeway stuff, but don't want to spend all my time in the twisties. (I know, sacrilege) because I'd like to have some visting time. (must be back to work by folowing Wed.)

This is what I have so far.
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&sour...9.6875&t=h&z=6

Any ideas along this route? I know the Hell's Canyon area is somewhere west of my destination, but I'm not sure how much time/milage it may add.
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Old 06-01-2009, 07:31 AM   #2
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Winnemucca>95North>12East> to Missoula. 12 E. >Helena. At least add some state highways.

I'd book a room at The Best Western in Winnemucca for Wednesday night and get an early start. 1-800-248-7234 Thursday, I'd stay at The Best Western in Orofino, Idaho, and take my time getting there.

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Get up at 03:30 Thursday. Push through it in one pass. Ride the first tank all the way through. After that get off at half a tank and stretch the legs, eat a snack. At the gas stations, only get off long enough to pee.

Watch out for LEOs in Hawthorne and Fallon.

Ride like the wind. On a Connie you should be able to pull it off in 17 or 18 hours. 16, maybe less if you skip the twisties and go straight out 80.
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If you're going to go through Wells anyway, you should at least take 120 all the way to 6 to Tonopah and Ely, then head north on 93 from there. This would add only 2 miles to your overall route, and compared to I-80 it would be a lot more enjoyable.
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Old 06-01-2009, 05:14 PM   #5
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Get up at 03:30 Thursday...
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You'll get farther sooner. 6PM evening commute is just not worth the mental stress even with carpool lane. Finish packing on Tuesday night, so all you'll have to do on Wednesday night is a couple of beers, pizza, and an early bedtime.
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Old 06-02-2009, 02:24 AM   #6
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I didn't start the map from where I'm actually leaving from. I work down near Gilroy, so all I do is scoot over 152 and I'm out of the bay Area. I've always been the type to do most of my "destination" travelling at night. But I may take the advise to start early on Thursday, although It would be from Modesto in that case. My original plan was to take Tioga at night, for moonlight pics, and stop at Lee Vining. But it doesn't look like the weather is going to be that great.

So something more like this...
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&sour...460938&t=h&z=9

Or this...
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&sour....84375&t=h&z=7

Thanks guys, I know a few of you have really spent some time on the road, I'm apreciative of the helpful words.
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I don't like riding twisty roads at night. But that's me.

A lot of Nevada is open range, so you can expect to find the cattle hanging out on the pavement long after dark, where it's warmer (except I-80). I wouldn't ride anything in Nevada after dark. But again, that's just me. While you're out there riding during the day, take a look at all the skid marks going off the pavement. Those are SOLO vehicle accidents- most of which are sleepy drivers or those avoiding cows. NO THANKS.

You will not be able to make any reasonable time on 120 in the dark (this is experience talking) and you'll be crazy to try to make any amount of time in Nevada in the dark.

Start real early on thursday, get to the curvey parts around daylight, and make time in the desert when you can see what's on the road. I've covered lots of the ground you're looking at, and really, honestly, truely, you don't want to be riding any of it at night.
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Oh, and don't speed near Tonopah either!
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Oh, and don't speed near Tonopah either!
+1 Just remember "near" in Nevada is like 40 miles!
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Hey guys! Thanks for the route ideas, I ended up basically trying both that were mentioned.

I'm working on sorting and uploading pics. But here's one taken along hwy 12.
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Hey guys! Thanks for the route ideas, I ended up basically trying both that were mentioned.

I'm working on sorting and uploading pics. But here's one taken along hwy 12.
Sweet, can't wait to see the pics
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Alright, got the ride report and pics started
http://www.bayarearidersforum.com/fo...d.php?t=298286
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Hey guys! Thanks for the route ideas, I ended up basically trying both that were mentioned.

I'm working on sorting and uploading pics. But here's one taken along hwy 12.

Cool pic!
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