Any long weekend i get i generally try and throw some stuff on my bike and get the f**k out of dodge. This time i came up with the loose plan of heading out to the Black Rock Desert to do some hot spring hunting (and damn fine riding). Super fun. Friday night I stayed at a buddies house up near Auburn, then onwards through to Reno, then north past Pyramid Lake, through Gerlach to fill up and then through Trego Springs and out onto the Playa to head north to the remote Black Rock Hot Springs. So worth the effort. Sunday I headed north west and explored the perimeter of the playa, seeing Double Springs before heading across and fording part of Wheeler Reservoir. Then south to Gerlach and then out to a remote hot spring on the way back to Pyramid. There are soooo many hot springs out there. Great to get some serious soaking done (and due to the remoteness most of the time it was just me). Around 885 miles all up.
Pyramid Lake, NV
At the very north end of Pyramid Lake Reservation, NV
Hot Spring on Surprise Valley Road.
Secret hot spring that this guy showed me (after giving me beers!). He and a buddy had trucked the hot pool in. Super awesome site.
Beautiful country. Cant wait to get back.
Life is good.
In Gerlach filling up before heading out into the desert.
Riding on the Playa is something else.
Miles and miles of this. About 20 odd miles from Trego to Black Rock.
Rode it at sunset- so awesome.
Super fun. Still riding to Black Rock, as seen here (the black mountain in the back ground).
Black Rock Hot Springs at sunset- all to my self. Plenty hot and huge. So quiet. So peaceful.
Plenty of soaking. Sunset and Sunride.
Black Rock Hot Springs.
Camping site was amazing.
Black Rock Hot Springs.
Riding north west towards Double Springs.
Double Springs. So hot that you can hardly touch the water.
The hot tub down stream from the Double Springs source. Still bloody hot here.
Wheeler Reservoir ford crossing. A little over knee deep so i decided to unload the bike and give it a shot. Lots of ice too.
Thick ice. I had to go through and break it up first.
The beast made it through fine. Unloaded. No drama at all even when it was half submerged. Got to love a KLR.
Western side of the Playa. Theres some weird stuff out there….
Western side of the Playa. You can ride on the Playa but i wanted to check this area out.
Camping at the Springs on Surprise Valley Road- it got really cold!
Packing and getting ready for the ride back to the bay area.