The following Q. & A. with 11-Time Baja 1000 Champion, Johnny Campbell took place upon his completion of the Nevada Backcountry Discovery Route on a Honda CRF 1000L Africa Twin last fall. It appears in the March/April issue of ADVmoto Magazine. We appreciate their permission to post it!
ADV Moto: Was this your fist time camping off a motorcycle?
Johnny Campbell: This was my first trip camping off the bike. It was a blast… well for the most part. When it got really cold it made you dig deep and that just builds character!
ADV Moto: What were the riding conditions like on this trip?
JC: Conditions were typical of high-desert riding. It was over 100 degrees in the lower elevations and below freezing in the upper elevations. We even rode 10 miles through snow! The Nevada desert is beautiful, but at the same time very challenging. We saw a just about everything: high winds, extreme temperatures, soft sand, mud holes, winding two track, rock steps and deep ruts. My favorite sections involved the two tracks in the northern part of the state with firm gravel soil, and tight corners that had us ducking under cedar trees. We also saw antelope, wild mustangs, and even had a lynx jump out in front of us.