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Weekend with a couple of KLRs in Nevada desert
« on: August 03, 2009, 06:31:01 am »
With my current stint in California drawing to a close, a friend and I decided to spend a weekend on some of Nevada's dirt roads. Here are some pics.

Not only was the dirt great, but the road there and back had awesome scenery. Just north of Yosemite:

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Re: Weekend with a couple of KLRs in Nevada desert
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2009, 06:31:51 am »
Not 10 minutes after hitting the dirt, we came across the first of many abandoned mines.

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Re: Weekend with a couple of KLRs in Nevada desert
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2009, 06:33:00 am »
With light fading fast, the race was on to find a campsite.

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Re: Weekend with a couple of KLRs in Nevada desert
« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2009, 06:34:24 am »
The top of the hill was a little windy, and it took us a few minutes to get the camping stove going.

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Re: Weekend with a couple of KLRs in Nevada desert
« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2009, 06:35:18 am »
Our camping spot the next morning, and the dirt road down the mountain.

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Re: Weekend with a couple of KLRs in Nevada desert
« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2009, 06:35:59 am »
Never a dull moment with the sand monster.

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Re: Weekend with a couple of KLRs in Nevada desert
« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2009, 06:38:31 am »
We came across a dried up lake and I couldn't help try a little speed run. Our KLR tractors aren't exactly quick at the best of times, but at 9000ft they're lethargic! I barely managed 120km/h.

It was only as I rounded the bend that I noticed the sign.
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Re: Weekend with a couple of KLRs in Nevada desert
« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2009, 06:41:46 am »
The KLRs performed very well considering how we were abusing them in the nearly 40-degree heat. My speedo cable did manage to rattle loose though.

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Re: Weekend with a couple of KLRs in Nevada desert
« Reply #8 on: August 03, 2009, 06:43:05 am »
We got tired long before nightfall and decided to call it an early day. Our campsite along the side of the road for saturday night.

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Re: Weekend with a couple of KLRs in Nevada desert
« Reply #9 on: August 03, 2009, 06:43:30 am »
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Re: Weekend with a couple of KLRs in Nevada desert
« Reply #10 on: August 03, 2009, 06:48:14 am »
Not many pictures from Sunday. This turned into an iron-butt ride back to California. 700km stint including bundu-bashing down the sides of mountains ('cos we lost the road) and fighting our way through dry riverbeds to get back to the freeway. 12 hours in the saddle with little time for pictures.

When we did eventually discover a road, we found some stickers and old route markers. It turned out some of the roads we'd been traveling on were used for the annual Desert run.

In all, we did about a 1200km round trip, mostly taking it slowly and enjoying the scenery. It was great fun. I encourage any WDs who head to USA to beg/borrow/rent a bike and do some of these dirt roads. They're fantastic.

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Re: Weekend with a couple of KLRs in Nevada desert
« Reply #11 on: August 03, 2009, 06:50:23 am »
Nice Jamber, love the contrast in the pictures, sure you using a good quality camera there!
 

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Re: Weekend with a couple of KLRs in Nevada desert
« Reply #12 on: August 03, 2009, 06:54:49 am »
Nice Jamber, love the contrast in the pictures, sure you using a good quality camera there!
Thanks! I have a Nikon D80 and my friend Alex was using his Nikon 5700. The pictures here are from both cameras. I'm still learning about good composition though. I'm not an arty person by nature.

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Re: Weekend with a couple of KLRs in Nevada desert
« Reply #13 on: August 03, 2009, 07:08:31 am »
Some stunning pics there JamBer.

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Re: Weekend with a couple of KLRs in Nevada desert
« Reply #14 on: August 03, 2009, 07:20:40 am »
Great report JamBer.

Your composition is not bad at all, loved the picture of the abandoned mine and the one with the radio tower.

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Re: Weekend with a couple of KLRs in Nevada desert
« Reply #15 on: August 03, 2009, 08:12:05 am »
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Re: Weekend with a couple of KLRs in Nevada desert
« Reply #16 on: August 03, 2009, 08:28:13 am »
did you see any UFO's?
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Re: Weekend with a couple of KLRs in Nevada desert
« Reply #17 on: August 03, 2009, 05:13:52 pm »
With my current stint in California drawing to a close, a friend and I decided to spend a weekend on some of Nevada's dirt roads. Here are some pics.

Not only was the dirt great, but the road there and back had awesome scenery. Just north of Yosemite:
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Re: Weekend with a couple of KLRs in Nevada desert
« Reply #18 on: August 05, 2009, 12:14:28 pm »
Not many pictures from Sunday. This turned into an iron-butt ride back to California. 700km stint including bundu-bashing down the sides of mountains ('cos we lost the road) and fighting our way through dry riverbeds to get back to the freeway. 12 hours in the saddle with little time for pictures.

When we did eventually discover a road, we found some stickers and old route markers. It turned out some of the roads we'd been traveling on were used for the annual Desert run.

In all, we did about a 1200km round trip, mostly taking it slowly and enjoying the scenery. It was great fun. I encourage any WDs who head to USA to beg/borrow/rent a bike and do some of these dirt roads. They're fantastic.

I plan to do that!

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Re: Weekend with a couple of KLRs in Nevada desert
« Reply #19 on: August 05, 2009, 01:35:15 pm »
There was a thread recently that raised the question about the essence of ADV riding.

I think this RR answers it quite well.

Nice RR!