OATBRAN 2019 - Part II
by Curtis Fong, "The Guy from Tahoe" Thursday, September 26: “Rolling Beauty – Is This Nevada?” Eureka to Ely: 79 Miles – 3900 vertical feet of climbing Another absolutely beautiful Central Nevada morning, as I headed out to drive my early recon of the route ahead. This day, riders experience four climbs as Basin and Range continues across the Great Basin. I drove up and over Pinto Summit and down to Newark Valley, which is one of the most scenic views of the Loneliest Road: the junction of Nevada Highway 379, heading south to Currant via Fishcreek and Duckwater. For the past 28 years, I have never had the chance to drive NV 379 and has been on my bucket list forever. The sunrise was spectacular from this vantage point. No wind, no clouds, temps in the upper 40s and looking like another great weather day for the riders heading to Ely.
Dirt Road to the Leviathan Mine and River Ranch
by Gage T. Smith, "The Picon Guy" Lately I have been rediscovering the area around my home. In September, a few friends and I decided that we would take the rocky, bumpy road from US 395 at the Leviathan Mine turnoff to the hot springs near River Ranch on the East Fork of the Carson River. It was a beautiful late summer/early fall day, and this was a leisurely trip of only 25 or 30 miles — not a marathon 75+ mile run that I have been doing lately. Thus, we were able to meet at the staging area for a 'crack of ten' departure. In the parking lot was a young guy (everbody under 40 is a young guy in my book these days) and he was hauling a side by side machine.