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Old 02-22-2015, 12:12 AM   #1
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Mojave: 3 Days in a Green Desert

We usually hit the Mojave Desert in mid winter due to the mild temps, low wind, and lower dust. Since there was some rain prior to our arrival, the blooming flowers and grass was in full swing. Not normally what we see on top of rocks and sand....





Temps were in the mid to upper 70's and wind was almost nil. That's actually hot when you have all the gear on. Drinkin 100 oz of water out of the hydro packs each day was the standard.



WR for Paul, KTM for me.





Shacks..




Options...




The theme of green can be seen from almost every vantage point.




Weather is perfect..


sand, sand, sand,


Smiles all around


The green grass was something I have not seen out here before in recent years.









Silent: no wind, no noise


Even grass growing at the Pinnacles







Rock Fields




Miles of just great riding




High Desert


You run into one of these guys, and see ya......on a meat skewer.






Looking down onto Spangler Hills OHV




This trestle is the only shade we see all day.


Someone actually shot up a flat screen TV.....I hate to see such litter out here. booooo...




When was the last time you saw this Desert so green?


Compare:


to last year


The green is truly cool




Another Day - - - More fun








Close up




I broke the KTM kickstand.....it leaned too much left, into the sand and then snapped off..

Now rocks are my friend




Always seem to break something...


Just ride wherever you want.




Allergies, out here??


clear views, no wind,


Big Rocks, little Rocks, lots of rocks...






Some single track




gotta take advantage of the minimal shade you find




Another great spot for a quick snack....and a place to lean the KTM up




Kickstands are over rated


Tranquility...


Well...for this we did 310 miles over 3 days. Staged in Ridgecrest.

Hit Randsburg, Jawbone, Spangler, Pinnacles, El Paso, etc....

The KTM 500 was getting 44 MPG over 3 days average, so can't complain about that FI on the new EXC!



Keep smiling..
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Old 02-22-2015, 12:42 AM   #2
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Beautiful green desert. Excellent contrast with prior year. Nice RR. Thanks!
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Old 02-22-2015, 06:50 AM   #3
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great job guys

nice photos, how much singletrack did you find ? Im always wondering about that area. Did you see any inforcement
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Old 02-22-2015, 08:04 AM   #4
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Old 02-22-2015, 02:55 PM   #5
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nice photos, how much singletrack did you find ? Im always wondering about that area. Did you see any inforcement
There is some good single track routing out there. The single track down the east side of Manly Pass is pretty challenging and rocky for example. Jawbone, Dove, Spangler has lots of single track also.

Didn't see many rangers, but lots of quads when close to Jawbone. Getting around those things can be a challenge
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Old 02-22-2015, 09:19 PM   #6
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nice photos, how much singletrack did you find ? Im always wondering about that area. Did you see any inforcement
There is lots of single track in the open areas but very little in he designated routes areas. There is not a lot of enforcement but if riders keep cutting fences and riding past closed signs and the BLM can not show that use is under control, the judge who now has all the power now can just close the area to all vehicle use, then enforcement will be very easy.

The entire desert is a green carpet. Last week there were giant fields of purple flowers in the El Pasos. Rained all day today.
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Old 02-22-2015, 09:46 PM   #7
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I was stationed at Edwards AFB from Jan '88 to Oct '92, for the most part the desert there was brown and fairly desolate. But I remember one particular year when we actually had lots of rain in the winter and some snow. That spring the desert was a beautiful carpet of green. Your pics bring back some good memories of the riding and people there. Thanks for sharing
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Old 02-24-2015, 09:29 AM   #8
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Old 02-24-2015, 06:32 PM   #9
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Thanks for sharing your adventure. What a stark yet beautiful place.
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Old 02-24-2015, 07:08 PM   #10
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Great video and pictures, thanks for sharing. Keep it up!
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Old 02-24-2015, 11:15 PM   #11
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Old 02-25-2015, 04:09 PM   #12
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Ridgecrest!

I was stationed in Ridgecrest for three years until January 14. I absolutely loved it. Went riding nearly every day. That area has to have some of the best riding in the country. I miss it there very much thanks for posting!
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