Dog Valley Days; What do they mean to you?

Geographic names become funny as you study maps, talk to locals, then confuse them in your own mind. Dog Valley is one of many examples I have encountered in my travels in northern Nevada. When I here people "rode Dog Valley" I first make certain assumptions then I am eager to find out more. I …

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Ride Report; Simpson Rd and Dead Camel Mtns

When storms hit northern California and western Nevada it is often a game of watching the storm tracks and making the best educated guess as where to ride. Just the day before Brandon Anderson and I rode out of Quincy, CA in a cold windy rainstorm. Chalk that up to adverse conditions training. For today's …

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Ride Report; A Route Through the West Shoulder of Dogskin Mountain

The forecast was for windy conditions increasing in severity by the afternoon. I wish the weather payed closer attention to the forecast! My original goal for this ride was to climb through the Seven Lakes Mountains to the west of Bedell Flat. While there are still roads into the Dogskin Mountains to be explored this …

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Ride Report; Behind the MGL mines, a loop through the Nightingale Mtns

I have a love affair with playas. We have several major dry lake beds in northern Nevada and numerous minor ones. They are the desert's seas and oceans. They can be explored and charted finding springs, ghost towns/mines, unique weather, and unique geology along their shores. Winnemucca Lake playa has captivated me as I whizzed …

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Sunrise Pass Rd. through the Pine Nut Mountains

Dean Magnuson and I had worked our way south from Dayton via Eldorado Cyn to Sunrise Pass Rd before looping back on Old Como Rd. This was my first experience on Sunrise Pass. Since then I had studied the maps but couldn't find an obvious loop through the Pine Nuts to the south. It looked …

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First Third of Jungo Rd, Gerlach to Lava Beds Creek

I thought this ride might give some insight to a hundred miles on a gravel bike. I still can't comprehend how people are racing 100-250 miles on a such terrain. I let Brandon Anderson know I was interested in a longer ride and Jungo Road would provide a quality out-and-back ride with unlimited mileage (90 …

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Ride Report; Between Smoke Creek Desert and Pole Creek Wilderness Study Area

The three inch wide tires on my Salsa Fargo glided over the sand as if I were on a hard packed trail. It's likely there was only an inch layer of sand blown over the hard packed dirt road but a few weeks prior the conditions forced us to turn around when we explored this …

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