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Old 08-26-2014, 02:09 PM   #1
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Ranchita 100 (or about)

I haven't been on my KTM 450 exc in some time so when my usual riding partner wanted to do our Ranchita 100 ride last Sunday I was inclined to go...however it is August and we do end up down in the Ocotillo Well area where it should be hot as hell...but I went anyway.

Showed up at my buddies home in Ramona and loaded up my bike in Mike's truck.
http://pbauerdds.smugmug.com/Dual-Sp...otos/i-WfgMMJG

Headed out to a little parking area just before Rancita.
http://pbauerdds.smugmug.com/Dual-Sp...otos/i-2kfzzjZ

From there we head to Grapevine which take you down into the Anza Borrego Desert.
http://pbauerdds.smugmug.com/Dual-Sp...otos/i-48TcKN5
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Old 08-26-2014, 02:13 PM   #2
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Old 08-26-2014, 02:38 PM   #3
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OK...I think I got it figured out....so we are headed down into the dez via Grapevine out of Ranchita...nice morning!


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Down in the desert.
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Old 08-26-2014, 03:21 PM   #4
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Once we got onto the desert floor on Grapevine, we stopped for a chat...


...and found something that needed fixing on 2 of the bikes...


a short ride to 78...


...and now about 10 miles of asphalt.


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Old 08-26-2014, 05:19 PM   #5
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Now we head up towards Julian and go off road at Banner.


Come to a closed gate...but not locked...


Then another...


Nice views up there...
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Old 08-26-2014, 05:26 PM   #6
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Find this intersection at the top...




heading back down towards the desert via Oriflamme Canyon...


and back onto S2 for a little asphalt riding...


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Old 08-26-2014, 05:40 PM   #7
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Riding towards scissors crossing, we turn off onto Pinyon Trail.








The infamous "Squeeze"


And the "Heart Attack Hill"


Someone's bike stopped running...and did I mention its hot out here in the middle of no where.


Got it running with a push start...thank God!
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Old 08-26-2014, 06:57 PM   #8
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We are getting pretty low in elevation...pretty neat land scape...






stopped for a lunch break in the shade...I'm sure it was well over 100 degrees!


This canyon is pretty cool...leads you out to Split Mountain Road in Ocotillo Wells.
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Old 08-26-2014, 07:13 PM   #9
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Made it to Split Mountain Road. Mike has a stock tank and needs gas so we go over to the Blue Inn?? gas stop...it was closed...so we decide to limp it back to Ranchita. Both Greg and I had large tanks so we should be fine...and did I mention hot!

Instead of riding down Split Mountain Road, Greg wanted to take another "road" off of the railroad tracks...any sign of that road disappears quickly.





So we drop into a wash for a while...



And then find this road into the gas stop...

I neglected to take a photo of the closed gas station...it was closed...I was surprised being Sunday afternoon...but I guess it was hot!

On the road back to find Grapevine.
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Old 08-26-2014, 07:29 PM   #10
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Mike is on reserve, so we'll see how far he gets...


We made it back to Grapevine Canyon Road...and ran dry...I'm just glad to be taking photos and not sucking gas!


Starting to climb abit in elevation...




I guess we needed some more gas...


Lets git!


Almost there...


At the top of Grapevine...and my camera died.

This was a 115 mile loop and covers many of the trails one would encounter on the "Desert Dash" Dual Sport Ride. Hope you enjoyed it.
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How is the overall quality of Grapevine Canyon? I'm still somewhat new to riding on dirt with my motorcycle. Is it rutted? Sandy? Really steep?
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How is the overall quality of Grapevine Canyon? I'm still somewhat new to riding on dirt with my motorcycle. Is it rutted? Sandy? Really steep?

It is fairly easy, but gets sandy towards the bottom. There are also a few different roads off of Grapevine that are pretty fun. Nothing too technical on Grapevine.
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How is the overall quality of Grapevine Canyon? I'm still somewhat new to riding on dirt with my motorcycle. Is it rutted? Sandy? Really steep?

It is fairly easy, but gets sandy towards the bottom. There are also a few different roads off of Grapevine that are pretty fun. Nothing too technical on Grapevine.
I've been wanting to explore that area for a while. I'll have to check it out then after it cools off.
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