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Old 04-04-2013, 10:47 AM   #3316
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Is that a dealer-plate????

Hmmm...test ride gone bad.
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Old 04-04-2013, 10:52 AM   #3317
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Plus ça change, plus c'est la meme chose...

Last year...


this year...
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Old 04-04-2013, 11:26 AM   #3318
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I am checking SPOTs and saw that Andy (Macadamia) turned back from Saline Valley Road right after South Pass where other riders kept going to Springs. Is everything OK?
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Looks like he's back at camp now?
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Yeah he is. I hope he is OK. It looks like he was over South Pass. So the rest of the SalineValley Road would be easier.
I wonder why he turned back.
Well, I wanted to make it to the hottie springs this year. Everything started out well, riding along with Cowgirl and Rider914... After stopping at the fork to Hunter Mountain and airing down, we proceeded to head down south pass.





A couple of miles down south pass, after the second stream wash, I got into trouble with the large rocks while heading down hill. I was going too slow and when I applied my front brake, it acted like a panic stop and stopped me cold. The front tire turned and caught a space between a couple of large rocks and with my momentum gone, I went down. A couple of other riders stopped and assisted Rider914 and me to get the GS Adventure back on it's feet. At this point, Rider914 and I had a frank discussion about how much farther it was to the hot springs (far), how much easier it was going to get (not any), and whether or not we'd be back in time for dinner (unlikely). I was given the choice to continue but I decided it was in my best interest to turn around at this point so the others in my group could continue on and finish their ride and I could return to the camp and take a break. I did not want to ruin Rider914 or Cowgirl's ride.

Unfortunately, I do not remember the names of the other 2 riders that stopped and helped me get going. One of them rode my bike up the hill past the first stream wash like it was nothing. I walked up the hill back to my bike. At first, I was embarrassed that I could not complete the ride - I'm not usually one to quit. After accepting a cold water bottle from a nice Jeeper coming down the pass, I knew I made the right choice and got over it... I made it back to camp with no other issues. I actually had a blast riding Saline Valley Rode twice.



As for the GS Adventure, it got a couple of scrapes and scratches, and the only carnage was one of the 2 spring bosses on the kickstand broke off and caused my kickstand to bounce in the up position the rest of the weekend while riding off road.

Rider914 said he took a photo of my bike while it was napping, but I have not seen it yet.

BTW, I'm very impressed by the progress Cowgirl has made since last year. This year, she led this ride the whole way and I did not see her again after the Hunter Mountain fork until she returned to camp that evening. Great job, Cindy!!!
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Old 04-04-2013, 11:39 AM   #3319
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Had fun at the event this year and the GS kicked my ass. My bike looks so cool all dirty so no washy washy. Nice meeting all the ADV folks and matching handles with faces. Thanks Joel for arranging all this. I'll be in next year!
Two GS Adventures and P_Rs dirty GS in Titus Canyon, in the middle...


Yeah, it was pretty dirty and pretty, dirty...
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Old 04-04-2013, 11:44 AM   #3320
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A gaggle of riders fueling up & Hydrating at the Hot Springs[/QUOTE]

Can someone help me out here? Who is the young man with the gas can pouring it in the bike?
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Old 04-04-2013, 11:47 AM   #3321
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Joel and everyone else who put this on - you are amazing!

Paul - thanks for the company on the ride up. We'll have to do some riding out your way. Also, thanks for my shoe and especially my license plate!

York - so glad you were up for Titus Canyon. Great day. Be sending you some pics.

Andy - time to hit Anza Borrego and Palomar!

My campsite neighbors with 5 1/2 feet - hope I see you next year!

And a lot of very nice people who I didn't get names -

In Lone Pine tonight. Don't have to be home until Friday......
Let's do it! I look forward to riding with you soon. And, I hope you decide to ride at least part of the ride to Alaska with me
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Old 04-04-2013, 11:49 AM   #3322
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The KLR benefited from my need to wash the borrowed tow rig before returning it.

You wash your KLR?

I've heard that the only way a real GS rider washes his bike is when it rains or when he rides it through a stream...
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Old 04-04-2013, 12:00 PM   #3323
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You wash your KLR?
Absolutely! A clean and well maintained machine is important! This is the second time in the past three years.
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Old 04-04-2013, 12:04 PM   #3324
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Let's do it! I look forward to riding with you soon. And, I hope you decide to ride at least part of the ride to Alaska with me
We'll have to do the back road to Palomar. Still pondering Alaska and your avatar is still making me nauseous.....
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Old 04-04-2013, 12:26 PM   #3325
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A gaggle of riders fueling up & Hydrating at the Hot Springs
WTF is everyone looking at? Is there some dude with a big schmingie laying on the ground in front of them?...
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Old 04-04-2013, 12:28 PM   #3326
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A gaggle of riders fueling up & Hydrating at the Hot Springs
Can someone help me out here? Who is the young man with the gas can pouring it in the bike?[/QUOTE]

Anybody??
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Old 04-04-2013, 12:30 PM   #3327
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We'll have to do the back road to Palomar. Still pondering Alaska and your avatar is still making me nauseous.....
Palomar was a blast... Here's a couple of photos right by the gate to the observatory...

a different kind of mile high club...




as for my avatar, I may have something for your nausea...
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Old 04-04-2013, 12:33 PM   #3328
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Get yourself WARPed!!

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Old 04-04-2013, 12:33 PM   #3329
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Absolutely! A clean and well maintained machine is important! This is the second time in the past three years.
I completely agree with a well maintained machine... the cleaning part I only do when I'm looking for something wrong with it... Although, I am almost anal about keeping my windscreen, headlight & headlight protector, fog lights, LED lights above my front fender, brake light, and turn signals clean all the time... I'm all about being seen...
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Get yourself WARPed!!

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=845160

Sign up and get more dirt time in....

Are there big bike friendly rides at WARPED?
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