DMC Ghost Springs 500

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Nov 26, 2007
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Had an awesome trip couple weeks ago. Through Nevada. Started in Tonopah went as far north as Austin, NV and then looped back down to through Death Valley.
The group did 500 dirt miles over 6 days. We just joined for part of the trip Thursday -Monday total dirt mileage for us was about 240...

If you are rolling through Lone Pine... you gotta stop



Met up with group Friday Night at Tonopah station Casino. Grabbed dinner and a few beverages.

Up early to hit the trail. First stop
Tonopah dunes






We pressed on north to a pretty bad ass homestead...



Crazy how straight they got this wall










To be continued...
 

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We headed up to the Ichthyosaur Fossil Shelter for lunch. Had a dude in new Colorado roll in with a flat while we were posted up. Went into full pit support mode slapped a plug in for him and aired him up.



 

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after lunch we headed into the forest rad windy section of trail




and then back out into the open desert



attack cat



da fack ?

race warz


Then it was time for a little soak.

Water was hot!

 

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morning came and man it was chilly.


Went on a little stroll down the trail









Gassed up in Austin, NV

Next section over the mountain and down through a few canyons was just epic.. photos don't really even do it justice .








this guy was less than impressed with us.


Ralph the motorcycle mouse whoop section sucks with full interior. Dash was vibrating all kinds haha.

 
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late morning now.. was time for another pit stop






But wait there's more...

So after the hot spring we headed back into the hills up to a cave with some Indian paintings.





On the road again.... Take note of those clouds..
 
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We decided to pull into pit for lunch at Diana's Punch Bowl.

50 ft across....30 ft down...no bottom in sight... but don't send it! That water is apparently somewhere in the 140-180 range from my readings.


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Finished up lunch


strapped C in my buddies truck


loaded up and hit the pike again.



little rain helped cut the dust a bit.


flexing out the dodge.

So we pulled up to this old ranch. Mikey hops out to open the fence and let everyone through, but it's so tight he can't manage to get it loose. As is starts to rain, I got out to take this photo. Climbed up on to the little ridge. To the right of the photo up in the the mountains I see a bolt of lighting hit the ground and think shit that was close! I think to myself one one thou.....and the thunder rolls. I ran back down to truck and get it. Listening to the banter on the radio. We all had to back up and turn around.

Now its raining pretty good.

Now its hailing and more lighting! Was pretty intense at the time.






Scotty the leader, decided quickly, we need to flip around and go down the other way away from the storm around the ranch.

So we did eventually the hail subsided and turned to rain.

 
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Next stop was the town of Belmont. Old mining town. Super cool town of old building to scope out bunch of old cars and mining equipment complete with a saloon. Dirty Dick's I think it was.






We grabbed a sport soda at the Saloon and headed onward for Tonopah....

More rain helped the dust a ton. It did get a little bit muddy in some spots



Wild horses any one? (off to left) so rad there was a pack of 8 or so running with scott and lutz up in the front for awhile. They sounded like little school girls on the radio haha.


We made it back to Tonopah Station for a shower dinner and more sport pops. giving that North Face bag a little bit of a work out..


And of course a donation to the casino. Bought a few $20 beers :facepalm:
 
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That’s awesome, I was following along on IG but good hear the story and see more pictures. I love those my kind of trips, no whoops, No need for long travel and lots and lots of ground to cover!
 
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