Sunday, March 27, 2016
Everybody loves singing it, "Rock me mama like a wagon wheel, rock me mama any way you feel. Hey mama rock me."
But have you ever wondered what it means? Well, I have a theory:
A Wurlitzer juke box was one of the most popular ways to listen to music in the 40's and the Wurlitzer Wagon Wheel juke box was an all wood coin operated juke box with a wagon wheel in front over the speaker. So it actually makes perfect sense that an original Bob Dylan song would reference a Wurlitzer Wagon Wheel. But I'll bet most people who know this song may have never even heard of a juke box!
Thursday, March 3, 2016
Saturday, March 28, 2015
We met so many interesting and nice people along the way. People who invited us into their camp, shared their fire and great stories. People who fed us and surprised us with ice cream. Waitresses who pointed us toward hot springs. Even a Highway Patrol officer who saw our bikes and showed us a great, winding route that would be fun on our motos.
We also discovered hidden canyons and camped under the stars just below the snow line. We found out just how much cold we could endure without freezing to death. We shared hot chocolate every night and a hot cup of coffee every morning.
In the end we accomplished our goal: 10 hot springs in a week. We didn't take the easy way either. We rode our motorcycles over 1,500 miles and hunted hot springs as far away as the Ruby Mountains. Sometimes it was painful, like the day I crashed twice in the sandy canyons between Duckwater and Hot Creek. Sometimes it was surreal, like the moment we saw the Ruby Mountain Hot Spring for the first time. Overall, it was an adventure full of stories... And people... And perseverance... And fun.
So, tonight we are camping one last night then tomorrow I ride home. I can't wait to see my family.
In the next couple days I'll put all the GPS locations on this blog along with a list of the hot springs. And I'll challenge anyone to hit "10 the hard way" and join the club.
By now John and I are on a rabid chase to track down 10 hot springs before our trip is over. So far we've soaked in:
1. Benton Hot Springs
2. Potts Hot Spring
3. Spencer Hot Springs
4. Ruby Lake Hot Spring
5. Duckwater Hot Spring
6. Hot Creek Hot Spring
This morning we woke up with the goal of hitting two more: Chimney and Fish Lake.
Our first target was a dud. Chimney Springs was covered over and fenced off. I was pretty bummed. We had been riding for hours, it was hot and I was getting tired of riding my big moto through the sandy gravel.
But we didn't waste any time. We hit the highway for Tonopah to gas up. Then, just by chance, I stopped on the side of the road by an abandoned saloon and we stumbled on Warm Springs Hot Spring!
This pool is fed by a hot spring that runs down the hill. It was a nice warm soak and it made my day. We got number 7 and we're heading for number 8, Fish Lake.
I almost passed up this spring because it was a little out of the way, but I'm glad I didn't... It was another amazing pool.
The spring bubbles up and feeds the hot tub. Then it over flows to the first pond which is a nice warm soak and then on to the second pond.
Again, we met some great campers who told stories and shared laughs. Eight hot springs down, two more to go!
Friday, March 27, 2015
We left the Ruby Mountains and rode our motorcycles over the old Pony Express trail back down to Eureka where we fueled up. Our plan was to try to hit two more hot springs today... Oh, I should talk about our new obsession: Hot Spring Hunting.
John read about a few hot springs before our trip and he said if we soak in 10 hot springs we can send in for a patch. Well, after sitting in the middle of Ruby valley we decided to give it a try. 10 tubs in 7 days.
Today our goal was to hit Duckwater and then take a shortcut over the mountains to Hot Creek.
Duckwater was amazing. It's crystal clear and big enough to swim around in. After riding all morning I couldn't get in fast enough.
Then it was on to Hot Creek... And this short cut I planned.
Turns out the dirt road went down through a sandy wash for 20 miles. And the Triumph Tiger 1200 doesn't like sand much. I crashed my bike for the first time and twisted my ankle and knee. Luckily that's all the damage. John snapped some photos so I'll add them later.
But we finally made it down to the Hot Creek spring and it was worth it.
I was tired, sore and hot. But the pool was just right. We jumped in and floated around for a while.
Then we setup camp and made some dinner. As we were pitching camp we met three guys who had been hunting and camping this area for 35 years. They invited us over to their fire for some fun stories. I got to play mandolin for a while and we all laughed and had a great time.
I'm happy and tired. Tomorrow we head for Warm Springs and then on back toward Bishop. The trip is coming to an end but we have 6 hot springs under our belt. Only 4 more and we can get our patch!
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
It's amazing what a good sleep and full stomach will do for your attitude. Not to mention that the hotel had a hot tub! So we haven't missed a soak day yet.
We packed up and left the hotel with one thing on our mind, Elko and the Ruby Mountains. We read about two hot springs up there and a great motorcycle ride around the mountains.
We raced up 278 out of Eureka and got to our first hot springs around 11:00am. Unfortunately the road was washed out and we couldn't get there.
So we left Elko a little bummed but determined to find the second hot spring on the other side of the Ruby Mountains. As we rode out of town the mountains came into view, I started getting excited for the adventure.
We took an old dirt road around the mountains and up over Harrison Pass. This alone was worth the trip. But what we found on the other side was breathtaking. A hot spring in the middle of a wide meadow under the watch of these amazing mountains.
I just don't have words to describe how amazing it was. So here are the photos.
We decided to camp in the Ruby Mountains and soak it all in. Let's hope I can handle the cold tonight.