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    Many of this forum love motorcycles. There is lots of talk about which is best. I think I figured it out many years ago.

    Every year, I try to do a biggish ride. Going somewhere where I haven't been on roads that are two lanes if possible and only hopping on the interstate if I need to. If I am lucky I can bring a friend, if not I find that doing it alone is also quite special. It is kinda tricky for me to get the time off as I run my own video production business as well as do ad hoc work for the San Francisco Ferries. I cleared my schedule last week and spent the night before trying to change the oil, fluids and other things. (My once great local bmw motorcycle dealer sold me the wrong filter which added to my slight prep frustration. I took out the old one cleaned it and put it back in. I figured fresh oil and cleaner filter was better than nothing)

    My plan this year was to explore the western half of the old Pony Express route / Highway 50 from California to Utah with some interesting way points along the way. I asked a friend to come with me. He has a heart condition and I was worried he was going to suffer. But he was game. We set last Tuesday to go and thats what we did. I departed from home it was a chilly 58 degrees. We agreed to meet in Dublin just 25 miles from my house over the hills and beginning of the central valley and far edge of the Sacramento delta of California. Upon our meet up - The temperature was already 85 degrees at 11 in the morning. This is when I knew things were going to be hot and cold all week.

    Below is my bike ready to ride with camping gear in one saddle bag and sleeping bag on back.

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    Oh goodie! A road-trip report, with pics. Onwards, Mr. Hoppe!
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    Meeting up with buddy. At the gas station - dropped my signed Nicky Haden helmet. plastic flew and the visor latch was stuck closed. To make matter worse - my riding suit busted a zipper so I had to wear my black riding leathers. It was going to be a warm week.



    If you look carefully - you can see the yellow tape I borrowed from the gas station to mend the helmet.

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    Let the good times roll!!!!!!
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    That luggage is dope! It looks, and I mean this as a compliment, like some 70s Samsonite. Like a gorilla could jump on it.
    It's the little handle I like most, though. Slick.

    You know, If'n I had one of those, there may not have been an "ideal" bike thread.

    Also, this I know you know, but these are the type rides I meant on my thread more than anything. We used to do it on push bikes and had two rules:
    1) New route every time
    2) No backtracking (unless geography absolutely requires it )

    Can't wait to see the pictures!

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    We blazed across the central valley and across the Sierras on 88 on our way to our first night in Fallon Nevada.



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    On top of Highway 88. The temporary repair job on the working side case from a few years ago was tested.

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    Blazed? Your average speed is around 40mph. Maybe you need more horsepower?







    I am so kidding. . . nice thread, thanks for posting.
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    We made Fallon after 7 pm. The convection heat from the road and the changes in altitude made for a tiring day. We stopped at the Econolodge that had a pool and 49 dollar a night rate double occupancy. There were a few other biking folks who had the same idea. At least the sheets were clean. The pool or a body of water is a prerequisite if crossing hot roads. Once we checked in - I immediately changed and jumped into the pool without looking only to discover dozens on waterbuds swimming with me.

    View from our room...

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    After we went for the swim... we walked over to the Overland Saloon and hotel for a drink. They served PBR on tap at 1.50 with numerous local characters. Many were quite unsavory. The bartender was angry as he had been working for nearly 2 weeks straight after one of the customers slit the owners throat in a bar argument turned fight.

    The story told as told to us was the tough saloon owner held on to the knife welding man until police arrived holding a sawed off shotgun to the assailant's head and dialing 911. When the cops arrived both men were covered in blood with the owner just fading out of consciousness. The owner is expected to return to work this week.

    The Overland Saloon in Fallon. Rooms for $98 a week including tax.


    Inside the bar - I bought the house around costing me 20 dollars and made many friends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amish rob View Post
    That luggage is dope! It looks, and I mean this as a compliment, like some 70s Samsonite. Like a gorilla could jump on it.
    It's the little handle I like most, though. Slick.

    You know, If'n I had one of those, there may not have been an "ideal" bike thread.

    Also, this I know you know, but these are the type rides I meant on my thread more than anything. We used to do it on push bikes and had two rules:
    1) New route every time
    2) No backtracking (unless geography absolutely requires it )

    Can't wait to see the pictures!

    Peace,
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    I try to not ride the same roads twice too and backtracking when the route is so good as to do it again.
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    US 50 - The Old Pony Express Route
    For those who do not know - US 50 crosses the central portion of Nevada, entering the west side of the state near Lake Tahoe and exiting the east side near Great Basin National Park. The route crosses mostly desolate terrain in the journey across the state; US 50 passes through several large desert valleys and basins. The highway crosses 17 named mountain passes that break up the Nevada desert. To crest some of the passes along US 50 requires navigating steep 8% grades and hairpin turns through pine forests to reach elevations of over 8,000 feet. The old mining towns that still populate the area are always worth a visit. It is the true west. It is also true Trump Country.

    We got up early, packed our bikes and planned on our great ride.

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    Ted,

    Keep it coming! I've never been to that part of the country (Vegas doesn't count).

    I like the story of the seedy bar.

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    As we waited until 7:00am for the cute cafe down the block to open - i took a walk around the town.







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    These folks in these parts do not let some things go... I was wondering if there was a few RW forum members around Fallon.



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    Very good breakfast here in Fallon at the Courtyard Cafe and Bakery. The woman who owns it with her retired military husband do a nice spread with quality food. As we departed, she gave us numerous delicious pastries free of charge for the road. Too bad I did not take her picture. Stop in if you get a chance when passing through.



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    As were just getting on the bikes the fighter jets buzzed overhead. A top gun school is located there.

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    Nice!

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    Gassed up and ready to ride out of Fallon. A helmet that won't open and my leather riding suit nearly sticking tells me it is going to be a warm day. Gas prices here are 75 to 85 cents cheaper a gallon than home.

    This is the start of Highway 50 - Pony Express Route - Lincoln Highway & Americas Loneliest road. Was looking forward to the mountain passes where it was 35 degrees cooler.



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    First Stop 112 miles in - Austin NV. Stopped in for a cold ice tea and local conversation. The town is about 6500 above sea level. This town in known for it's hot springs. From what i heard - best natural springs in the state. When I saw the the elk chili on the menu - I had to try and discovered was quite good too!





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    Waited out a summer monsoon that whipped through the town - hot to hard rain to not too hot in 15 mins. Funny thing is you could smell the rain coming for 10 minutes prior to seeing any drops. The rain made the rest of the ride out almost pleasant.

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    We were determined to make Baker and camp in Great Basin National Park. The passes were beautiful with sweeping turns and along the flats beautiful emptiness. Wild mustangs and free range cattle come within a few yards of the road.

    Here is the famous casino in Ely.

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    We did make Great Basin National Park by 4:45. Stopped in the Visitors Center and a very helpful park ranger suggested a spot. FYI - The park is free and camping is $12. I highly recommend you camp here (best part - no bears!) I hoped for a spot was located by a running stream. The trick to get to the site was to ride 4 miles on hard packed gravel with street tires. See this is an adventure bike! Note: Wheeler peak at nearly 14000 feet in background.





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    I know I called it Big Basin... It was Great Basin National Park. But look - the stream beside the camp site. Yes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by twodot View Post
    The West is the best.
    This is so true. Plus no mosquitos.

    The Restaurant Kerouac's serving breakfast, Lunch and Dinner in Baker 7 miles from camp was excellent. Foodies opened up this fantastic place. Locals drive a 100 miles away to eat here.





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    We got up in the morning, put away the tents and packed the bikes. although we missed sunrise - the views from 10000 feet were breathtaking.





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    Since dinner was so good there - I wanted better than camp coffee and their homemade granola & yogurt for breakfast before we hit the road. The wait staff were cute and friendly. And yes - they coffee was great!



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    The trip map continued after the third up of coffee and some nudging from the motorcycle headlight light bounce outside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Osborne Russell View Post
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    The purple sage becomes really purple! it is a thing!
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    After a short bit of doing 85 mph... we entered Utah.



    My Buddy was done with me taking photos. Even with my earplugs and helmet i heard him complain...
    So i sent him ahead to meet up later. (Note: you can still see Wheeler Peak GBNP at 50 miles away)

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    Once released from the great rush - I slowed down to see towns in Eastern Utah. Many of these small towns are rolling up and few young people are sticking around.

    Here is an abandoned/for sale building in Eureka next to the soon to be motorcycle museum. There may be a little delay in that rehab and reconstruction.





    A final pass before entering a slightly more urban Utah.

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    After passing through Delta - it was a straight shot to SLC and the BMW motorcycle rally via the 6.



    I signed up to volunteer and get free entrance in nearly three weeks ago. I was disappointed to find out they still wanted me to pay $85 to get in plus got nothing in return. Oh well - i paid the fees and skipped the volunteer action. I know it seems wrong but since BMW was the sponsor and not covering for labor was questionable in my view.

    When I paid the fees they asked if I wanted to be a member of the Owners Group. I looked around the whole room and saw only old white dudes on BMWs. I laughed at the suggestion - stating that I was already a member of the old white dudes club. Beside I am an airhead and already get the BMW owners motorcycle magazine for free.

    In any rate... nearly 5 to 7,000 people attended the rally. Many camped and many others motelled.

    Here is airhead central - the nicest group of riding folks. Many of these men and women i have ridden with and attended events in the past. It was good to see them and thank them for the times they saved my bacon in other deserts, tight jams and loaning tools to get me together again. They are super and their bikes match their attitude.

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    Yeah

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