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Old 03-02-2013, 06:56 PM   #31
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The ride up the wash culminated with a short steep climb.






I made it up no problem, even though I worried about traction from the worn tires.






It should be all downhill from here to Goodsprings.





I was riding through the Red Rock Conservation Wild Horse and Burro Management Area when 6-7 horses crossed the road ahead.





This one remained on guard and seemed pretty nervous with my presence. He trotted up the ridge and kept watch.





The others quickly returned to grazing.





I walked up the hill some to get a better angle for the shots above.














I jumped back on my Black Stallion and headed off at a frisky pace.

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Old 03-02-2013, 07:11 PM   #32
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The trail became fun with lots of dips and such. I caught a little air, which felt exhilarating. I felt as free as a wild horse!
I reined myself in and figured it would be prudent to slow down my heavily laden beast.

I suddenly heard a horn beeping behind me...






Dirk was out on his KTM and obviously running a little faster than me. We chatted for awhile. He was out on a day-ride from Vegas.





Dirk headed off and quickly left me behind.





I caught up at the asphalt near Goodsprings where he was airing up. Sweet KTM 950 SE!





We rode a few miles together before going opposite direction on I-15.





I noticed the shadows were getting longer, so I jumped off onto Nipton Road to find my residence for the evening.

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Old 03-03-2013, 10:04 AM   #33
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I raced across the Ivanpah Valley and through Nipton.







Just after crossing back into Nevada I found a spot in the desert...





To set up camp about 3/4 of a mile from the highway.





There were beautiful views of the mountains...





and the entire Ivanpah Valley.





The powerlines crackled all night.





I enjoyed the sunset and crawled into the tent for a little reading.





Day 2 Stats
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Old 03-03-2013, 10:14 AM   #34
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Great start Dave!
Super pictures.
Thanks for following along again Bob!

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Ahh. The Mojave Desert. The old stomping grounds for 40+ years. Even before it became the exclusive play ground to the Environazi Government with all the road closures and wilderness designations.
Although I am without motorcycle for the first time in 45 years, I do enjoy coming back to lurk the pages of the wonderful world of Adventurers like you Dave. I get to see the great scenery that is familier to me but in a complete different perspective because of your ingenious ability to take a picture of the scenery and transform it into a magical place. Thanks for that.
I see you have not foresaken the majesty of the Eagle on your bike.
I hope to get busy with tours like this, albeit in a truck but it will be an exciting ride non the less.

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Great pics. I can's wait to see where you take us.
Thanks MM!



RRR, I'll post up my tracks near the end.
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Old 03-03-2013, 11:37 AM   #35
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Day 3

In the morning I took a stroll...






to warm up and check out my surroundings.

................




Then I made a hot breakfast and took my time packing up.





I took Nipton Road to Searchlight.





Searchlight, Nevada






I don't usually pick up hitchhikers...





But I made an exception this time.






I thought about heading west on the Mojave Road. I've heard this road has some super deep sand though...





So I did an old section of Route 66 to Goffs, CA.





I headed north into the preserve on Lanfair Road.





Did I mention it was cold in the desert?

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Old 03-03-2013, 11:46 AM   #36
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Great stuff Dave

Enjoy your RR and your creative photos
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Old 03-03-2013, 11:47 AM   #37
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I head west on Cedar Canyon RD. I planned to stop at the Hole-in-the-Rock Visitor Center.




Snow!





Joshua Tree





It was a fun and relaxing ride. I was out here all alone.





I stopped and took a picture of this intersection, but for some reason didn't think I needed to turn yet.
I rode Cedar Canyon Road all the way back into the Ivanpah Valley before I realized, "Hey, This looks familiar".









I back-tracked several miles to the intersection and headed south.

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I used the clean restrooms at the Hole-in-the-Rock visitor center to clean up, refill my water bottles, and change into hiking clothes.
I decided to stretch my legs on the 1 mile Rings Loop Trail.





I found some petroglyphs near the trail.




It wasn't very scenic until I got close to the canyon.









Weird Rocks









There were a couple tight spots requiring a climb up the rings.










Since I had just ridden Cedar Canyon RD twice, and did Foshay Pass/Powerline Trail last time I was here, I decided to try a new route.
I took the sandy Mid Hills RD.
I kept seeing a couple fresh motorcycle tracks in the sand. I wasn't sure if I was following two motorcycles or one that had ridden both ways.





I hadn't noticed how parallel the tracks were. I chatted with this friendly hack rider. I don't think he had ever heard of advrider though.




Macedonia Canyon Trail

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Macedonia Canyon Trail





Macedonia Canyon Trail was a fun track down to the next valley ending at the Kelso/Cima RD.










With the recent damp weather the sand wasn't too bad.






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By time I made it to the Kelso/Cima RD the wind had picked up and the valley was dusty.
I hoped to camp at the sand dunes, but the wind may make that miserable.




The Kelso Depot reopened in 2005 as a visitor center for the park.











I'll take two tickets for a black KTM fun machine.






There a lunch counter operating in the depot. I had the place to myself with the full attention of the friendly owners and staff.






I had two of these big chili dogs with lemonade. Yummy! I had worked up an appetite.

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Old 03-03-2013, 02:34 PM   #41
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Macedonia Canyon Trail was a fun track down to the next valley ending at the Kelso/Cima RD.










With the recent damp weather the sand wasn't too bad.






Dave,

as always a great report and pictures. I see from your exif data you are shooting a k-5. I use a k-7 myself. I need to get out to some of the places you ride...looks awesome.
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Old 03-03-2013, 03:10 PM   #42
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Great report, thanks for taking us along. It makes me miss the desert southwest.
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Old 03-03-2013, 05:52 PM   #43
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Kelso Depot Lunch Counter



The restored Kelso Depot is an out-of-way gem. Lots of interesting history packed into the little museum / visitor center.

As always, enjoying your pics and write-up. Thanks.
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RRR,

Hey! That old guy has my seat! The guy behind the counter is the owner Mike. He used to ride through here on his Harley and wished there was someplace to eat and drink. Even after the visitor center reopened in 2005 the park service couldn't find a vendor to bid on running the place, so he did. His daughter waited on me and she rides a Yamaha FZ6.





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as always a great report and pictures. I see from your exif data you are shooting a k-5. I use a k-7 myself. I need to get out to some of the places you ride...looks awesome.
I had a K-7 myself before getting the K-5. I love my Pentax. Thanks!
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