Ghost Town Explorer
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Mina Nevada
October 2006

Upon invitation from Brad of Intrepidexplorers.org, I decided to head out to Western Nevada to explore some historic sites and challenging terrain with several others. Having driven through Yosemite several times in the past few years en-route to other explorations, I was not looking forward to the long and tedious trek. On this trip there seemed to be numerous amounts of rental RV’s on the road, making my trip anything but normal. Instead I was forced to grip my steering wheel tightly and dodge these wandering behemoths as they were led down these narrow two lanes roads by inexperienced captains. Their width as well as the width of my trailer did not make for a comfortable situation on these roads. As the trek grew on, I decided that people renting RV’s without previous experience should not be allowed in to such a place as Yosemite where the roads are narrow and there is little room for error. When I finally reached Hwy-395 on the other side of Yosemite, it was a time of Joy. No more rental RV’s! I then traveled Hwy-120 East for the first time passing Mono Lake. This was a long humpy and curvy road that seemed to go on forever. The entire time I traveled this 60 mile stretch I only saw one other vehicle. Soon after reaching Hwy-6 I stumbled upon the historic town of Benton Springs. I stopped for a couple of photos then proceeded on North for short visits at Rhodes and Sodaville. When I arrived at the campground in Mina, I was met by Brad and a few of the others that would be exploring with us. They came from Southern California, Sacramento and as far as Indiana. All for some serious riding and exploring.

I immediately went to work on my quad to prepare it for the following day. Setting up my fuel provisions, binoculars, water, Gps etc.. I woke up at 6:30am the following morning just in time to catch the beautiful Nevada desert sunrise. After packing our Quads, the 4 of us staying at the campground rode over to the town motel to meet the others. Soon after we tore off in to the Nevada Desert, 9 quads in total. For the next several hours we visited places with names like Douglas, Moho, Marietta and Black Hawk before returning to our base camp in Mina. Riding in washes, mountain terrain, over rocks and graded roads. Upon return, we formed a line at the local quick mart for fuel. After securing our quads, we carpooled to Hawthorne for dinner and jabbered about the days adventure. The following morning was one of early rise so I could actually make myself breakfast. Corn beef Hash and Eggs. Then we were off again for another day of exploring. This time we headed East over the Pilot Mountains and visited places with names like Belleville, Pilot Peak, Eddyville, Upper Summit springs and Gun Steal before completing 88 miles and arriving back in Mina at the days end.

I wish I could have stayed the entire week and explored with my new friends, but I was needed back at work and it was a long drive back on Monday. I made a quick stop in Lee Vining to visit an old friend Norm. Unfortunately I could not locate him in town and there was no answer at his door. So I ate breakfast in town alone before I headed back in to the Sierra’s. No problems with rental RV’s this time through, but I did count 8 Subaru wagons. Can you say Yupee? I arrived home around 2pm and began unpacking. I can’t wait until the next trip. Definitely the best atv exploration trip thus far to date. Thanks Brad!


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