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    Notch Peak Desert Ride

    I have been wanting to hike Notch Peak. It's located out in the middle of BFE in Utah near the Nevada state line. Not far north of Hwy 6/50, also known as the loneliest road in America. This excursion would be primarily on dirt roads using the TW loaded for bear. (Bobcats and Coyotes, but no bear where I was going.) This was the first time I used my Versa Pak saddle bags and Cyclerack pannier supports. I used the base of some cheap plastic trash cans to give some rigidity to the bags. seemed to work pretty good.

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    After using some cheap bungie cords to help 'secure' the top bag, I stopped by Rocky Mountain ATV/MC in Payson and bought some Rok Straps to do it right.

    I found a double track dirt road that followed the Union Pacific train tracks south towards Delta, Utah. Some recent rains created greasy mud in the low spots of the trail that made the Dub handle like it was on ice.

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    Funny, not a human in sight for miles and miles of dirt, then I get caught at a railroad crossing by the longest train in history. This was right after making my way through a herd of sheep grazing nearby.

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    The first of many never ending dirt roads. At least they weren't too rutted. I could keep a steady 40-45mph without feeling squirrely.
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    My 4 gallon XT225 tank sure gives me peace of mind when I'm on unknown roads and trails in the middle of nowhere.

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    There's a crazy place called Baker Hot Springs where you can stop and soak in a natural hot spring. The catch is that the water is hot enough to scald you, so a nearby cool spring has been piped in via PVC pipe so as you soak your bones, you can regulate the temperature of the water by adding more or less cool water to the mix. Just don't wear clothes that you care about. There were abandoned towels and other sundry unmentionables that were forever stained a rusty color. I would guess the hot water is about 170 degrees F.

    We'll see how this vertical pic works out. I've had trouble posting them in the past.
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    Dang, it didn't work as usual.

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    I'll try again...

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    Next, I stopped by the Topaz Internment (Relocation) Site.

    I still have a hard time believing that not too long ago, our government took people out of their homes and placed them by force in a camp in the middle of the desert. I know this was done all over the US, but to be there and see where it actually took place was sobering. The foundations for the barrack type houses are still there. The grid layout is visible on Google Earth. I was depressed after 30 seconds of thinking of someone being uprooted from their nice home where trees abound to then have to live in this God-forsaken place.

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    Way in the background behind the flag is my goal. The shark fin looking peak...a long ways to go.
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    Then I rode and rode until my wrist cramped, then I rode some more.

    I came across an observatory with nothing else around. It's not like any observatory I've ever seen. It looked like a bunch of garages linked together in horseshoe shapes. Wonder what they really are?

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    I finally came to Death Canyon...yep, how's that for the name of a road? The fact that the sign is dead on the ground is kind of ominous, as well.

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    Next was Marjum Canyon, and the old Hwy 6 / 50. Hard to believe this used to be the main way to get from central Utah to Nevada and eventually California. Imagine an old Buick meeting a 33 Ford 5-window with a rumble seat in the back on this 'road.'

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    Finally to my camping spot for the night...Painter Spring. This is the cross road where...hey, what's that on the right? An old Ford? Well I'll be....

    Way in the background, sticking above everything else is Notch Peak. The second highest vertical cliff in the US. Only El Cap is taller. I'll be on top of that sometime tomorrow...at least that is the goal.

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    Another view of Notch Peak.

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    My camp is set
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    And this is my view from my tent. Not bad. Still, I haven't seen another human since stopping for fuel in Delta. That was 8 hours before. I feel like the last man on earth.
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    What the....?

    I'm being told I can only upload 10 files to a post? What's that all about?

    How do I overcome that rule? I have more pics that I think all of you would enjoy. Am I just doing something the wrong way?

    Any help or advice is appreciated.
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    I am on my laptop and I can't see any of the attachments that you have uploaded.
    I hope you can get it fixed because I would love to see them.
    BTW sounds like a good trip.

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