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Old 01-02-2010, 12:37 AM   #1
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Don't ride through Death Valley solo

The adage "Do as I say and not as I do" applies here. So I'm sure none of you ADV FF's will follow my travel advice and instead do plenty of exploring on your own. And of course, I chose to ride it solo through the western entrance into Death Valley by way of Goler Wash/ Mengal Pass. Why go into Death Valley on my own? Because I can ( I thought?), and because there was a rare, once in 100 year bloom occurring that would dry out and disappear within the week. My first broken rule was having bought a brand spanking new KTM 950. I've always recommended to others finding a well maintained and upgraded preowned, if you will, hopefully one with lots of nice upgrades. Mine was still near stock save for a set of side tank bars and dual sport tread.

For the trip I packed fairly light... gallon and half water, some light food, extra layer of clothes, stock tool kit and 2 cans fix o flat. No spare tubes or tire irons on this trip ( like I said "DAISNAID"! Best time of year for this trip is in March after a lucky rain where the valley floor comes to bloom. Of course if you're heading up from L.A. you might as well pass through Trona Pinnacles and check out the backdrop for the first Planet of the Apes movie. Here's my trusty steed. Note the removed GO stickers from the side tanks. Not an easy job considering they're clear coated into the paint.


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Old 01-06-2010, 05:39 AM   #2
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Here's my trusty steed. Note the removed GO stickers from the side tanks. Not an easy job considering they're clear coated into the paint.

The link was to the photobucket page, but not an individual picture, so I helped you out.

All the pictures:
http://s781.photobucket.com/albums/y...005/?start=all
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Old 02-23-2010, 11:06 PM   #3
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Thread title tells me Go Solo to Death Valley... ha ha ha
Thanks for the sharing.
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Old 02-24-2010, 12:13 AM   #4
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great roads and excellent ADV landscapes there !! ...BTW, the pics looks like you scanned them from an old magazine !... did you really take that trip ??? ...
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Old 02-24-2010, 01:41 AM   #5
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Hey DesertSurfer, nice report. Love the desert anytime of the year, especially after the rains, but she can be unmerciful. I'm sure you have logged a few hints for next time, maybe a SPOT, for example.

Now tell the truth. While you were on the trail didn't you think to yourself, 'This is gonna make a great RR' ? At the end of the day, better that your report be in the first person than in the third.
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Old 02-25-2010, 08:31 PM   #6
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Photos weren't from a newpaper...

[QUOTE=Now tell the truth. While you were on the trail didn't you think to yourself, 'This is gonna make a great RR' ?[/QUOTE]

Actually, I was more concerned about making it through Mengal. Otherwise I wouldn't have had enough photos for even a short RR. Only joking about GS12's going through there. I see 12's making it in other RR's.

And sorry some of the photos looked grainy. Reducing them to low res for this site didn't help. These images looked so much better hi res.

Thanks for the kind words.
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Old 01-02-2010, 01:46 AM   #7
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Solo riding, the best Adv possible!

This is seren dipiddy or whatever. I am in Ridgecrest tonight doing some planning and prerunning for a cross country ride.
Can you recommend a good way to get from Mojave to Yucca mountain area taking in Death Valley and using as little slab as possible? I have some stuff picked out and drove some of it today but I have zero local knowledge.
Thanks. Sent you a PM with my phone number if you are so inclined.
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Old 01-02-2010, 10:38 PM   #8
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Old 01-05-2010, 11:06 AM   #9
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Old 01-05-2010, 11:13 AM   #10
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...not gettting it... ... you did this or want to?
Removed the GO!!! stickers?..oh man, bummer

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Old 01-07-2010, 01:01 AM   #12
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GO!!! is gone

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...not gettting it... ... you did this or want to?
Removed the GO!!! stickers?..oh man, bummer

The GO!!! logo was a revision to the Gauloise? team, only in America you can't advertise a cigarette brand. Unfortunately GO!!! just didn't translate well here in the US. I wish it was the Gauloise (Meoni) logo, or better yet the full on Red Bull paint job of Despres' bike. I wish.


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