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Thank you for sharing, Admiral.

I'm happy Roscoe returned - wow! What a joyous occasion!

I enjoyed time down around Caliente years ago, on a solo trip around Nevada. I really enjoyed rainbow canyon, and another area just north, closer to Ely, just past Cathedral Gorge state park. Neat area for sure!
 

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I'd go full time in a heartbeat if I weren't married to a gal who wants to die in the house we built.

Oddly enough, She and I were in the middle of going full time in my bus conversion a couple of years after we married. The plan was to find a spot, work for 6 months or a year, and take 6 months or a year off. Then, at 38 years old, we realized that we could breed.

Jake was born in late 1991 and it settled me down to a 24 year career that made us rich (by our standards). We wouldn't trade him for all the stories of the road in the world.

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Back in cell service for a week or so. Will update soon but until then I’ll mention we met some forum members on the road. While camped at Valley of Fire forum member “fatallybitten” I believe it was and his riding pard saw my TW and struck up a conversation. They invited Lori and I for sipping rum around their campfire that night and the next night.
Then we moved to the BLM about 15 minutes away just south of Overton NV. Made contact with forum member Bob76 who has been at the north Idaho “Russ” Lizrdbreath ride with us a few years back and a couple of Spring Moab gatherings. Good to meet up with old forum pals.
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It’s been a great trip so far. That is once we got the camper electrical fixed. More on that once we start updates soon.
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Looking forward to seeing you guys when you get to AZ!
The area we will ride is beautiful. A couple pics below.
Middle of the week is best. Weekends have A Chit load of side by sides out there.
Great news about Roscoe!
 

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Looking forward to seeing you guys when you get to AZ!
The area we will ride is beautiful. A couple pics below.
Middle of the week is best. Weekends have A Chit load of side by sides out there.
Great news about Roscoe!
We got to experience the "chit show" of crazy disrespectful riders out here over the last weekend. And you are right about the middle of the week...almost empty of people.
 

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Fall Adventure continued. Caliente, one more day of riding.
I got ahead of myself after my last Caliente post mentioning we were heading off to the Moab area. Not so fast there Mr. Admiral I said to myself. With Mrs. Admiral's parents still in tow, our last day would take us to more historical places in and around the southern part of Caliente. Riding out of Caliente.
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Don't trust the OnX-offroad map app completely! We were following the route Moapa to Caliente via Barclay road and discovered it run right along the Union Pacific RR. And I mean right alongside.
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Turns out the road is actually only a Union Pacific RR access road and they frown on one trespassing on their right of way. So we turned around and headed up a different road and discovered this cool place called TeePee Rocks.
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Clover Schoolhouse. Should we have been able to continue on the Moapa to Caliente road alongside the RR, we would have ended up here since this was our first "destination" on the day. Instead, we took the longcut which was very scenic easy-going riding. A great dual-sport ride today.
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Schoolhouse Rock bwahaha!
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We're now gonna take the longcut to the historic Elgin Schoolhouse. But wait, there's a fire lookout along the way and we MUST go take a look see!
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Ella Mtn Lookout. Great views.
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Not so sure grandma is enjoying the rough ride and heights but there's no turning back now!
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Mrs. Admiral and I sure were enjoying ourselves though!
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...and then the road changed shape heading south from the lookout towards Elgin. This was the longest 10 miles I think I've ever ridden. It won't show up how rough it was in this photo but I assure you, it was rough.
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to be continued.
 

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Last day in Caliente continued.
As we dropped down from the lookout to Elgin it became very warm. Actually, it was hot. And then we were got very disappointed. The Elgin Schoolhouse was locked up. The only way we could see it was from this barbaric cold war era type fence. I was so disappointed that I still haven't read the information on the signs in this picture. If Clover School can be open why not this one? Probably a good reason but not for these weary TW travelers. haha
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Rainbow Canyon, time to head back to camp. I don't know if Rainbow Canyon is paved all the way (route 317) but it is from Elgin to Caliente. It was a very refreshing dual-sport paved route.
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Receding floodwaters! Grandpa, you go first! As we found out on our trip, the whole southwest region had experienced heavy rains and flash floods. Rainbow Canyon was not an exception. While the road was now back open you still had to be careful as floodwaters still ran over the road in some spots.
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Caliente is not just a "whistle stop" for us anymore. We highly recommend the Caliente area for some good dual-sport riding. Plan on spending a few days and soak in the historic sights. Other than our previously mentioned lost dog situation, we had a good time and plan on coming back in the future.
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Next stop...White Wash Sand Dunes near Greenriver, UT.
 

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Enjoyed the photos, Admiral!
Some of areas I have not seen.
Circa 2009, wife and I were in a Toyota Tacoma 4WD and went through about 18" of water in Rainbow Canyon at the RR trestle.
The old school was closed then, also.
Good selection of jerky at Alien Jerky in Crystal Springs.
Side Track Cafe in Caliente is a good meal stop
East from Panaca through Modena is the back door to Cedar City.
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Looking forward to seeing you guys when you get to AZ!
The area we will ride is beautiful. A couple pics below.
Middle of the week is best. Weekends have A Chit load of side by sides out there.
Great news about Roscoe!
Hi Donzo, can you let me know when the AZ ride with Admiral & Lori is? Where in AZ - I’m in Phoenix
 

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Hi Donzo, can you let me know when the AZ ride with Admiral & Lori is? Where in AZ - I’m in Phoenix
I just sent you a text message.
 

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Enjoyed the photos, Admiral!
Some of areas I have not seen.
Circa 2009, wife and I were in a Toyota Tacoma 4WD and went through about 18" of water in Rainbow Canyon at the RR trestle.
The old school was closed then, also.
Good selection of jerky at Alien Jerky in Crystal Springs.
Side Track Cafe in Caliente is a good meal stop
East from Panaca through Modena is the back door to Cedar City.
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Yeah, we took the Panaca-Modena-Cedar City route. We even drove through the old RR town of Modena. Not a bustling town any longer but it had some very historic-looking buildings. The RR water tower is what drew us to drive through town. Gotta turn off the highways and see stuff right!
 

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Skipping ahead in the story here.
Today we start our way home. But we did get one last short-notice ride in yesterday with forum members Donzo and TomT. I think TomT had just gotten home from a European vacation the afternoon before. TomT had to still have jet lag yesterday right?
Here is a photo Wilbur took of the four of us out on Box Canyon Trail.
L-R: TomT, Donzo, Admiral, & Mrs. Admiral
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Our outdoor cafe for lunch.
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Tricky section on the trail
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Box Canyon
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Fixer upper cabin
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It was a great last ride for our trip with awesome TW Forum friends
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And to top off a great day of riding and our trip, Donzo and his wife had us over for a wonderful dinner at their house. Donzo will have to fill you in on what the pork taco-type meat was called but I'm here to tell you it was grrreeeaaattt.

I'll be finishing this ride report when we get back to home port in a week or so. Not looking forward to the snow we have back home. I could get used to this all year snowbird riding thing.
 

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The meat was Carnitas with all the fixings. One of my favorite dinners… and soon to be Breakfast this morning haha!
Such a fun ride with interesting terrain, and constant views. A pretty quiet day on the trails - I plan to ride this general area often
It was great to spend time with you two and Tom, repeat next year!
See you in Quartsite 👍
 

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White Wash Sand Dunes
Departing Caliente with Grandma & Grandpa still in tow, we head easterly to WWSD near Greenriver, UT.
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After setting up camp, Mrs. Admiral and I take our golf cart "Kasper" out to scout the sand dunes.
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During our sand dune scout mission, we decide the sand dunes proper is not for the TW. We had a little fun romping around the dunes in Kasper but for the most part, we avoided the actual dunes. If you've been there or ridden in dunes before you know the TW struggles in deep sand. ...and so do I!
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Since Roscoe is AWOL at this point in the trip, things are a little subdued but we're enjoying what we can. Tonight, we'll enjoy the fire before heading out to Crystal Geiser in the morning.
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Crystal Geiser Day.
Morning in WWSD. As usual, the animals rise early and "demand" an early morning scout trip of their own.
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Fred and KatyDog love chasing the critters around the rocks. Lizards maybe but I think their chasing bugs and don't know it.
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KatyDog, grandpa's mutt.
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This is just part of the Crystal Geiser Jeep Safari Trail. From our camp, the trail starts off as a nice gravel road and then...
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...it gets a little gnarly in spots.
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Somebody's dreams withering away.
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And here is Crystal Geiser...next to the Green River. I was expecting a little "Old Faithful" type Geiser and not a "pipe in the ground" gurgling Geiser.. Mineral deposits were cool. The trail in and out was good but the destination in my mind didn't measure up. Even the Green River here is kind of boring to look at. Glad I did it once.
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On the way back we took the Upper Salt Wash Trail which basically paralleled the road we took to Crystal Geiser.
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The trail was much more fun and entertaining. Even for grandma & grandpa though grandma had a few scary to her moments! :)
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In the end, we had a good ride and a good day.
Dusk in the desert!
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Tomorrow, Dubinky Well, Tombstone Butte, Secret Spire to Spring Canyon Overlook
 

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Nice trip. I think we are going to go into Dellenbaugh Tunnel. The Needles to Secret Spire and over by Cow Freckles single-track one day this weekend. I haven't ever ridden between the Spire and the exit of the Tubes. I get a lot of my riding ideas from your write ups and videos. Many Thanks!
You should make a trip up to Montana. North of Anaconda and South of Deer Lodge. We're planning a trip up there next summer over the 4th of July. I've done a lot of map work but your first hand experience would be better.....
 

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You should make a trip up to Montana. North of Anaconda and South of Deer Lodge. We're planning a trip up there next summer over the 4th of July. I've done a lot of map work but your first hand experience would be better.....
Did someone say Montana? I ride eastern and central Montana, Pryors, Little Belts, Beartooths and Bighorns in northern Wyoming too.

Not to hijack this great thread (which I am also taking notes on) but Bodi, maybe post in the rides section if you don't mind some company. I have read about great riding in the Anaconda Deer Lodge area but never explored it beyond the reach of my car.

Editing to add that I am based in Billings.

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I'll try to get something posted over there. Planning a day ride out of Deer Lodge. A day ride out of Maxville and a day ride out of Phillipsburg. The end destinations are Lakes at the very end of a jeep trail passing multiple lakes and Mining history along the way. It's all rocky country and since this trip is just me and the wife we will be in the SXS but anyone is always welcome to join. I've never been there so it's totally new country for me. I've watched a lot of videos that some preacher in the Billings 4wd club has posted and I bought a couple books on Montana jeep trails. End of my high jacking! Hopefully it sparked Mr and Mrs Admiral’s adventurous spirit to explore the area sometime.
 

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Crystal Geiser Day.
Morning in WWSD. As usual, the animals rise early and "demand" an early morning scout trip of their own.
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Fred and KatyDog love chasing the critters around the rocks. Lizards maybe but I think their chasing bugs and don't know it.
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KatyDog, grandpa's mutt.
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This is just part of the Crystal Geiser Jeep Safari Trail. From our camp, the trail starts off as a nice gravel road and then...
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...it gets a little gnarly in spots.
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Somebody's dreams withering away.
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And here is Crystal Geiser...next to the Green River. I was expecting a little "Old Faithful" type Geiser and not a "pipe in the ground" gurgling Geiser.. Mineral deposits were cool. The trail in and out was good but the destination in my mind didn't measure up. Even the Green River here is kind of boring to look at. Glad I did it once.
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On the way back we took the Upper Salt Wash Trail which basically paralleled the road we took to Crystal Geiser.
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The trail was much more fun and entertaining. Even for grandma & grandpa though grandma had a few scary to her moments! :)
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In the end, we had a good ride and a good day.
Dusk in the desert!
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Tomorrow, Dubinky Well, Tombstone Butte, Secret Spire to Spring Canyon Overlook
You guys REALLY know how to pick some great areas to ride, and I love to read your ride reports and see your super pictures!
Well done, as always!
Thank you!
 
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