Miles on Bike: 4620
Hrs on Bike: 142.7
This day will be picture heavy!
Woke up early at Soldier Meadows after a great nights sleep. We decided to eat breakfast at the ranch this morning, they served french toast, bacon, eggs and toast....it was a great meal! We each took 2 gallons of fuel before heading back out on the trail.
Doesn't get any more accurate than this...a gallon cider jug. You get your fuel one gallon at a time. Here Andy is getting ready to top off.
I forgot his name but this is one of the hired hands at the ranch, he's a glass blower and pilot as well. He's getting ready to head to Burning Man to help set up the runway on the Black Rock Desert.
And my bike taking fuel
We weren't sure if we would make it back to Soldier Meadows tonight so we loaded all our camping gear back onto the bikes and headed for Fly Canyon.
This is a historical marker on the road to Fly Canyon, Soldier Meadows was originally called Mud Meadows by people heading out west on the Applegate Trail.
Since I was running the GPS I was usually in the lead. When we would get to a cattle gate I'd open it up and ride through, Andy would close it after he came through. We did this routine numerous times out on the trail. Here Andy is closing one of the many gates we passed through.
The entrance to Fly Canyon. Here's another historical marker, notice the spelling.
We soon came to an abandoned ranch so we stopped to check it out. Here's a panoramic shot of the ranch.
A couple of buildings still standing
Andy checking out the inside of the buildings, lots of messages written on the walls from previous passers by.
Inside the main house
I thought these shingles where interesting that were covering the side of the house, made to look like brick. :-)
Bikes parked at the ranch, getting ready to head into High Rock Canyon.
Jack rabbits were everywhere down here
Looking out at the entrance to High Rock Canyon from the ranch
High Rock Canyon is a beautiful place. Wagon trains would pass through this canyon on their trip out west.
More historical information on High Rock Canyon can be found here: CLICK HERE
Looking back at the entrance to High Rock Canyon.
And here comes Andy
One of our first stops in the canyon was Mail Cave. Settlers on the wagon trains would leave mail in this cave for family members or friends that were coming behind. It's hard to imagine what it would have been like to travel through this country with horse and wagon.
Here my 530 sits in front of Mail Cave.
And a couple minutes later Andy arrives.
Historical Graffiti on the bluff next to Mail Cave, 1852!
During breakfast this morning Jim had told us that there are two caves in High Rock Canyon but most people only find Mail Cave. He said there was another cave a couple hundred yards away from Mail Cave hidden behind a rock that had more writing inside from the settlers. After checking out Mail Cave I set out to find the second cave, here I'm hiking along the bluffs.
See the second cave?
Here I'm standing at the entrance to the cave. If Jim hadn't told us about the cave we would have passed right by it.
It's a small cave and there are two entrances, a small gap at the top and a large hole down lower. Here Andy is standing by the upper entrance.
And here's Andy inside the cave, taken from the lower entrance
More writing inside the cave. The BLM says this writing was written in wagon grease, since it's out of the weather it's survived intact.
There was more writing in the cave by the entrance but it was no longer legible.
Here's a shot of me looking up from the cave.
After checking out the caves we continued up the canyon. Beautiful scenery at every turn.
Here Andy is getting ready to cross a creek
Hit it a tad fast LOL. Oh well, it's hot out side and the water feels great.
After leaving High Rock Canyon we cut through Yellow Rock Canyon. Here we stopped to check out a small cabin.
Parked at the cabin with the High Rock Canyon in the background.
Lot's of yellow rock.
Once through Yellow Rock Canyon the roads smoothed out a bit and we made some time.
The Ruby Pipeline. They are just finishing the installation of a 42" Natural Gas Pipeline that will supply the CA market. We crossed the pipelines path several times throughout our trip. They are at the point now where they will be doing remediation work.
Andy and I looked at the maps and decided to head to Cederville CA next for fuel and food...off we go!
CA off in the distance.
The road passed by another "Dry" lake bed. The water smelled terrible!
We found a nice little bakery in Cederville that served lunch. Since we had cell service and full 3G we decided to make calls home and catch up on emails as well.
Andy catching up on his phone calls. The food here was great and the portions were HUGE! I should have taken a picture of our plates when they brought them out.
After lunch we filled the bikes with fuel and topped off the hydration packs with water. We decided to try and make it back to Soldier Meadows tonight to camp, the thought of grass and shade to pitch the tent in sounded pretty good!
Back out on 8A heading to NV. I noticed this rock that someone had painted a shark face on...pretty cool!
8A is pretty much a boring long gravel road so since we still had time we decided to head out in search of something more off the beaten path.
This road should do nicely!
Cabin off in the distance.
Closeup of the cabin. We were going to check it out but it didn't look to abandoned.
Andy taking a picture of the cabin
This road was great, parts of it looked like it hadn't had traffic for years. It was rough, dusty and rocky....Perfect!
The views are incredible out here!
After a while we came upon the remains of another cabin.
We rode up to have a closer look, not much left of this one.
Bikes parked at the cabin
After leaving the cabin we came around a corner to find a huge group of wild horses. I wish I had the helmet cam running as one group starting running right beside us for a bit.
Crossing the pipleline again
Coming down a silt road, almost back to Soldier Meadows
Home sweet home at Soldier Meadows. We cooked dinner out of our back packs tonight and rested in the shade.
Jim and Kathy came over to chat a while.
Awesome day on the trail today!
Lots more to come!