Monday May 1, 2, 3, 2017 Willow Creek Nevada Posted from Elko
Headed for the Willow Creek Reservoir today
I had a peaceful night and got on the road around ten headed for Winnemucca. I went to McDonalds first to post yesterday’s blog. I always seem to have a problem getting hooked up but after some playing around things started to work as they should and I posted the blog and checked email and a few other things.
Next, was downtown to gas the van and then on through to the south side looking for the BLM office I knew was there somewhere. I was there back in the 1970’s to get maps, but that was a long time ago and so I wasn’t sure where exactly it was. I turned on the street where I thought it should be and wasn’t finding it, but just as I was thinking of turning around and looking elsewhere, there it was.
A nice lady helped me out getting some new maps of the Jarbidge and Mountain City areas. They didn’t have the best old map I used to have so I settled for what they had.
Got back on 80 east for about twenty miles and turned at Golconda out into a big mining area. Most of the roads are mining haul roads so are in fairly good shape most of the time.
I wasn’t planning on camping in this spot, but plans get changed. Play it by ear, I say.
There was just too much water and mud and it looked like something a lot bigger than my van got stuck in that big hole last winter. You could tell from looking around the area it got a lot more water than usual last winter.
I got turned around and headed back to the closest camp site I knew of which was about a mile back down the road where I stopped to check out earlier.
I saw a few ducks that were too quick for a pic.
Since I can’t get through this road I’ll have to figure something else out tonight. There was a big mining area just down the road from here I’ve never checked out, so maybe this is the time to do that.
Nice day, the road closed is just part of adventuring.
Tuesday May 2, 2017
I thought about what I should do today with the road I wanted to take closed and all. I decided to try to find a road around the closed part of the road as the place I wanted to explore looked like there might be one of more four wheel drive roads to the other side of the road closure.
There was a small problem with this thinking in that the snow hasn’t’ been gone very long and there are wet spots and muddy spots on the roads that could make things difficult.
Almost got stuck
After going through some more wet spots and mud for several miles, I bottomed out here. You can see the fresh dirt in front of the van where I got stopped and almost stuck. I was able to back off the dirt to where I am parked now. The ground is still too wet to keep the tires from slipping into ditches.
As you can see this is a four wheel drive road. With some work I got turned around here and headed back to the mine road. It was a shame as I think I was only a few miles from making it to the other road on this road
Headed to Elko
All that meant I was headed back to highway 80 at Golconda and headed east to Elko which I did.
I gassed up the van in Elko and tried to post a blog, but the internet connection wasn’t too good and I gave up trying to post and headed north towards Mountain City on highway 225.
I had some ideas where to camp but wasn’t sure where I wanted to camp so I watched for National forest roads going off the main one I was traveling and found a road just south of Wild Horse reservoir. I didn’t get the name of it.
Lots of bugs and mud on the windshield, eh.
I travelled out that road about five miles then turned around and went back to a spot I saw on the way in.
Tonight’s camp spot
That raps up another day.
Gold Creek Guard Station
Wednesday May 3, 2017
Nope, not owls
Once I got it going this morning I walked over to the big bird nests I saw up in the rocks yesterday to see if there were any birds I could see nesting. I could see one bird up there, but I couldn’t make out what kind of bird it was?
Back at camp I put my stuff away and got ready for travel. My plan was to head north towards Mountain City but stop at Wild Horse Reservoir and turn onto the road that goes to Gold Creek Camp ground and also over the hill towards Jarbidge. I figured I was going to get through at there’s still too much snow on the ground, but I thought I’d at least check it out.
One of the roads to Jarbidge
It’s nice to have a short wheelbase van when one needs to turn around in this kind of situation.
Gold Creek Guard Station
During the day I took several short walks around the place checking it out. No one else was around.
There’s a few marmots around too, but they’ve been to fast for the camera.
Tomorrow I plan to head to Mountain City and then to the Indian reservation and north a bit. Hopefully I can post my blogs along the way. There’s a small lake I’m looking at for a camp spot at Grasmere.
Posted from the Duck Valley Indian Reservation from their computer lab