Death Valley invasion 2013
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02-27-2013, 01:56 PM
Joined: Nov 2004
Location: Oxbow Lake
We continue through the canyon. *Sorry I don't remember the name of this trail but it was super.
We make it through the canyon and get to dunes. *It is Thursday afternoon and we have the place to our selves.
I have owned this bike for 10 odd years and have waited so long to take my 640 on real desert sand dunes. *It was like riding a snow mobile. *We have tons of sand in Michigan but it is usually bordered by trees so you have to ride carefully. *They dunes make sand riding easy. *Sit back on the bike hit third gear and keep,your speed. *So fun.
A bunch of kids in a sand box.
Aaron insisted we stop at this place for a beer and a chat with a lady friend of his.
We headed to Beatty and on to Panamint Springs where we would stay for two nights and do loops into the desert.
Here is the resturant after a hard days ride. *Do you like $20 cheeze burgers? *This place ran it's power via generator. *No phones, no TV, no Cell coverage. *Just hippies, photographers and dirt bikers. *And $7/gallon gas.
But the beer was cold, the food was good, and the Czech's were getting drunk and crazy! *We had a blast.
Ready to gas up and ride to Scotty's Castle.
We head out and stop on this high plain. *It is 3000 ish feet above sea level and is cold.
We are waiting for Andy to finish a conference call that he had on his Sat phone. *Business never stops.
The desert is huge.
We are trying to get to Saline Warm Springs. *Here is an old Cat track that someone uses to grade the road.
While riding through this section Mark hits this rock with his front tire. *He crashes and dent the crap out of his front rim. *Here is the evil rock. *Like an iceberg sticking out of the sea. *It was not moving for anyone.
Mark had a Pelican box on the back of his KTM. *It flew off the bike and we could not find it. *If your in the area try to find it. *It has a treasure trove of KTM tools, tubes and bike stuff in it and was black.
Somewhere in those reeds is a box of KTM goodies. *Where did it go?
Can we fix it?
The rim is gaping and we are afraid that rocks will get into the tube and flatten it. *So we wrap it with the bad tube and zip tye it in an effort to fix it.*
Will it last the 130 miles back to Pamamint Springs?
On our way to the warm springs we see this werid art sign thing.
Dust in the distance.
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
It is not the destination, it's the journey.
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