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Old 12-24-2010, 11:11 AM   #136
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I'm glad I found this spot, the wind blew really hard all night. I woke up once to see how bad things were
looking.




This had been a perfect camping spot, just into the snow line and not so far that I had to contend with super deep snow.








Let's see if we can make it up to Cerro Gordo.

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Old 12-24-2010, 12:08 PM   #137
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Great ride report. Thanks for sharing. Never been to the desert myself but your report and photos makes it look like quite the adventure.
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Old 12-24-2010, 12:45 PM   #138
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Merry Christmas

Reading this report was a great treat on Christmas eve. Thank you for sharing.

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Old 12-24-2010, 12:52 PM   #139
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Good stuff Larry
Always enjoy seeing familiar areas from a different POV.

The Escape single-trak is a good one. At the very end of the first vid clip (right where you stalled it ) you can also turn left and follow the main wash down to the road. Not really a trail there, but no other turns either. Intersects near the mouth of the canyon so you still gotta run thru the boulder field out to the valley floor. Done that several times up and down, big and small bikes, loaded and light.

The right turn takes you down thru all the gnarly stuff, as you know. Climbed it once on my XRR. Oooof! That was tough. Going down is still plenty sketchy. Good on ya to tackle that loaded with gear.



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Old 12-24-2010, 01:14 PM   #140
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I stopped at Panamint Springs for fuel. I think I lost a day somewhere and find out that today is actually Saturday, not Sunday like I thought...cool, I have more time than I thought!!
Have had that happen twice on a ride. O what a feeling!

Enjoying your RR on Christmas Eve with a cold beverage in an empty house
.... 12 adults, 8 kids, 1 dog ETA 40 minutes. Must pick up the pace with the beverages
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Old 12-24-2010, 02:10 PM   #141
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Thanks for reading!!!

I had an update ready, but Vimeo is down right now and I had a video of Cerro Gordo in the snow.

We're going to drive to San Francisco here in a minute to meet my oldest kid as he travels home from Florida, he's chef'ing on a yacht and we don't get to see him often..gonna go sit at the airport during his layover to visit.

I might be able to sneak an update tomorrow, but most likely it'll be Sunday.


Merry Christmas!!!


Have a cold one for me.

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Old 12-24-2010, 02:12 PM   #142
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Thank you for a great Christmas present,your ride report. Happy Holidays to you, & your family for supporting you on these rides.
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Old 12-24-2010, 02:17 PM   #143
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Great report going.
Merry Christmas too.
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Old 12-25-2010, 11:23 AM   #144
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Rob:

There is WiFi at SFO but it was slow when I used it a week ago.

Can't wait to hear about Cerro Gordo and Pleasant and South Park Canyons.

I'm heading up to the snow right now with my wife, two kids and our three dogs just to play around.

I'm hoping to go to Spangler Hills late next week and maybe Ballarat.

Merry Christmas to you and your whole family.
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Old 12-25-2010, 11:47 AM   #145
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Hi Larry ...Love the RR thru DV. Being a former desert rat from AZ your RR has struck a chord with me. Spent the day reading it to this point...BTW i voted 5 stars for this threadMerry Christmas!!!
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Old 12-26-2010, 10:40 AM   #146
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Thanks all!! Me using WiFi. Nixels will have fun with that one, I still use smoke signals.



















Cerro Gordo from larryboy8821 on Vimeo.





This snow is easy to ride in, not much different than sand. I made the summit with ease.





I tried to figure out the road to the Swansea Grade from the top, but gates were closed.




I couldn't figure out the road from the highway either. I rode back and forth between Keeler and where the road is supposed to be. Maybe I was too frozen to think clearly, but I couldn't find it. I started back towards Darwin.




Shortly after here there was a group that I'd seen the night before. They were breaking down camp and had a nice fire roaring. I stopped and soaked some heat from their fire. Nice bunch, one dude had just come home from Iraq as a combat chaplain and the first thing he did was load up his boys and a friend to go camping in the desert where they could shoot stuff. Super nice guys and I bummed a propane cylinder for my stove, I couldn't find a new one at any stores and was running low.




They were setting up to shoot before heading home. I asked for ten minutes as they were shooting in the general direction I'm heading.

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Old 12-26-2010, 11:43 AM   #147
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I've been lurking on ADVrider for awhile and, more recently, following your travels. Inspirational to say the least. Not only inspired my first post here, I've got the maps out and starting to plan some trips of my own.
The best to you on your travels.

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Old 12-26-2010, 12:33 PM   #148
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I've been lurking on ADVrider for awhile and, more recently, following your travels. Inspirational to say the least. Not only inspired my first post here, I've got the maps out and starting to plan some trips of my own.
The best to you on your travels.



Welcome!!! Thanks for posting, it's you that makes this a great place!!!
























We're going down there.




Darwin Mine Trail from larryboy8821 on Vimeo.




Over the old toll road again.




I went up that yesterday, I'm not really sure why? Stupid I 'spose?




I stopped in at PSR for fuel, topped off the gas can too...it'll be three days from now that I'll see a gas station again.




It's Sunday afternoon and I'm thinking that the holiday crowds should be heading home and I might score a cabin for the evening. Back up the Argus Range...




I got to the Minietta Cabin shortly after a couple that had been waiting for a shot at staying here. They were very nice and let me look around since I've never been here.




I probably wouldn't stay here by myself as it's a huge cabin and it just wouldn't be fair to deny a group or family the chance to stay here.




David Bricker had told me of a little known cabin that I should go see, so I went there next.




Oh yeah, this will do nicely!!!

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Old 12-26-2010, 01:15 PM   #149
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This place is super nice!!












I moved in and got set up for the night. A group of Jeepers stopped by.






I e-know the gal that took this picture, made me feel right at home.




I'm still shivering, so I whip up some cowboy coffee for a warm up.




Once I'm warm a beer sounds good!! I read the log books front to back when I stay in a cabin.






This is the side of the cabin that is out of the wind.




I get my chops to soaking up some herbs.




I went for a walk and found an old Bud can.




Brrr....




Let's get warm!!






I got dinner started on the woodstove.




I got my bunk ready and found some old Nat Geo magazines, it was strange to read of the great promise that was felt about China in 1980...long before Tiananmen Square.






Dinner bell!!!






I sat close to the stove and read long into the night...
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Old 12-26-2010, 01:46 PM   #150
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Ah..what are you cooking there?
Man I can feel being in that cabin!!
Way to go!
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