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A blast in the sand

Posted by desflurane on May 29, 2012

Two weeks ago I went out to a nearby riding area called Sand Mountain.

You will NEVER guess why they call it that!

It is about two hours from Reno on US Highway 50, the “Lonliest Highway” in the country. You are travelling through the usual northern Nevada desert passing by barren salt flats and rocky hills when suddenly a giant white sand dune appears in a corner formed by two converging rows of hills. And it is a BIG mother! Probably two to three hundred feet tall, surrounded by rows of much smaller dunes radiating out for perhaps a mile.

A two-mile drive from the highway, a $40 access fee and its a sandy playground for all!

It was a fun time, but the riding isn’t exactly challenging. It’s more of a totally different experience on the bike: no traction at all (I didn’t take a paddle tire), squirrelly handling all around, long-steep-steep hill climbs wrapped out in third gear, and (for me) LOTS of boiling over! What’s not to like?

I took the helmet cam, and shot very little video. It’s probably just as well, since the camera doesn’t capture the experience very well at all. Climbing the big, steep slope just doesn’t look like much on camera, until I’m turning around at the top – then you get some sense of how pitched the slope is.

I’ll go back, but with a paddle tire and a burp tank for my radiator!


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