One of the reasons I bought my KTM 690 was to do longer adventure rides. Back in September of 2012, I went on my first out-of-state ADV ride. My buddy Mike H and I rode from Henderson to Pine Valley for a weekend of riding with a group of friends.
Loaded up and ready, I had everything I needed on my bike including clothing and essential tools/ parts. I used the Giant Loop Coyote Bag plus the KTM tail bag to carry all my stuff. We were staying in a cabin so no camping gear was needed.
As we headed up North Shore Road, we decided to stop off at Anniversary Mine.
Taking a wash towards Bittersprings, we were sort of winging it at this point with no known exit point back to North Shore Rd.
We hit dirt at Mormon Mesa.
The terrain began to change as we got into the mountains.
Wash at Bull Valley Rd
Heading up the very scenic Old HWY91
We noticed we acquired some algae spoke bling
We made it…Pine Valley!
We arrived at our pre-reserved cabin, the Pine Valley Guard Station. Here’s Mike pulling in our driveway.
Oh yyyyeah! Enjoying some ice cold drinks on our front porch. Life doesn’t get much better than this. It was a great ride up and we celebrated with some “premium” sodas as the general store dude called them.
The ride up just wasn’t enough so after unloaded our bikes we went exploring. This is the trail heading down the steep trail to “3G stream”. We called it that because cel service was spotty at the cabin, but I had 3G service way down here!
Right after that I got a surprise call from Anna (my wife) that she drove up to join us! I was stoked. She was waiting for us in town so we finished our ride and headed back to meet up.
We woke up and hit dirt with our group of 7 buddies.
Here are some shots and a few phone pics.
After a long day of riding we relaxed around the fire.
Day 3: Ride Home to Henderson, NV
Sunday morning: Mike and I woke up and started packing and loading our bikes.
First I needed to do a little license plate repair. Yesterday’s ride was a little rough on it. The corners of the plate cracked so I improvised and used two root beer bottle caps as large washers. Worked out great!
I snapped some pics of our cabin before we left. We’ll have to remember this place for next time. It had everything we needed and more!
Be sure to keep that front screen door shut!
Leaving Pine Valley.
We stopped at the Mountain Meadows Massacre memorial. It is an interesting, yet sad, piece of history from 1857.
Cathedral Gorge was some really cool, natural “mud art”.
We pulled into Caliente for fuel and lunch.
From Caliente we headed south down Carp Elgin Rd through Rainbow Canyon. This stretch was really scenic. I had never been through there before and really liked it.
Then we came across a church van full of kids flagging us down. They were stuck in the sand and needed assistance. We weren’t able to do much other than explain to air down, dig it out and reverse it out of there. Mike exchanged phone numbers with the driver to call later and make sure they got out ok. They said they were out there looking for art.
669.2 miles total