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Old 04-16-2013, 03:17 PM   #181
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I would recommend the 5's. You can change height a little through fore & aft positioning.
Ive thought about those 5's just cant wrap my head around how tall that makes things.



Ps. Tom, I bought a new Beta and am going to take you up on that ride to the canyon we discussed. Ill be at my folks house sometime soon in Prescott, might be buying a piece of land there.
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Old 04-16-2013, 03:32 PM   #182
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Couple'a happy campers here, don't you think?

Thanks for the pic and the ride report.

I always enjoy hanging out with Matt but almost nothing beats chatting it up with the ladies.

This "girl*" jogged all the way around the crater so I just had to talk to her.



* younger than our daughter = girl.
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Old 04-16-2013, 03:35 PM   #183
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Ive thought about those 5's just cant wrap my head around how tall that makes things.



Ps. Tom, I bought a new Beta and am going to take you up on that ride to the canyon we discussed. Ill be at my folks house sometime soon in Prescott, might be buying a piece of land there.

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Old 04-16-2013, 03:49 PM   #184
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Ive thought about those 5's just cant wrap my head around how tall that makes things.
That has been my thought as well. I'm not some kind of NBA star!
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Old 04-16-2013, 04:58 PM   #185
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Thanks for the pic and the ride report.

I always enjoy hanging out with Matt but almost nothing beats chatting it up with the ladies.

This "girl*" jogged all the way around the crater so I just had to talk to her.


* younger than our daughter = girl.

Ha...we call them all 'kids'.


Yes, was a good pic of you and Matt...just had to post it. Wished I had a dozen like that.
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Old 04-16-2013, 05:26 PM   #186
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Opted to take the 'old' low road instead of the 'new' mining road.


Lots of water and pretty overgrown.


Road was in good shape up to Clair Camp, then much more rocks the rest of the way up.


Looking up at the big cabin at World Beater Mine. Kinda gloomy this morning.


Made it to the top and worked our way over towards Middle Park.


Pretty dry up here in general, but nice to see some bright green in the meadow.


Starting down South Park, more burro tracks than bike tracks.


Much steeper than it looks right here, never shows in the pics.


Got around the chicken rock just before a quad came up. He made it look easy.


There was a group of more quads and jeeps starting up from the cabins below. Very narrow section of trial up here, so we hustled down to a passing point before getting stuck in traffic.

Nobody home at Briggs Cabin or Stone Cabin, but looked like Briggs was occupied based on all the gear scattered around. We settled in on the patio for a break. Just a few minutes later I hear a lone bike putting down the canyon. Turns out to be Jimmy Lewis out exploring the Panamints as well.

JL joined us in the shade and had a nice chat with dad. Cool


Continued...

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nice pics matt. last time i was there was in 1990. really want to join you guys but the evening festivity was the priority. besides, i heard the trail was pretty knarly...

funny to see jimmy there. when i stopped by his camp late in the morning, he was just hanging out, then in the afternoon still hanging out. never knew he already did a ride.

what's the chance an intermediate rider could make it there?...

or do we have to build a cable car and get us noobs up there.....
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Old 04-16-2013, 05:32 PM   #187
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Paul (Loner) had arranged for a tour at Cerro Gordo for us, so they were there when we arrived.




Pretty neat old place.




The bar had been built in recent years. As they had visitors up to the site everyone thought the old wild west place really needed a bar. So they built one to look the period.







The boys were having a good day.



Same deal today...I must have gotten tired or preoccupied because I didn't take anymore pix. The salt trams were epic. We hung there for lunch and waited for the second half of our ride group, but they never showed. On the way back down we ran into a few of them, seems they had some issues getting up the grades going out there. It is a tough ride. I hesitated to disway a few peeps that had signed up that I knew would be in for more than they bargained for. We had a tight group today though, and again, no issues, no flats, no crashes, nada. Just the way I like it.

Satuday night was the big party. Had a grand time, laughed my ass off, and capped another fantastic rally at Death Valley. Joel has a winner here, and many thanks to all that made it happen.

See you all next year!!
nice rr chris. sorry loner had to go home. you lucked out and had all good riders in your group....sandbagging heh...

still thanks for helping out.

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Ive thought about those 5's just cant wrap my head around how tall that makes things.



Ps. Tom, I bought a new Beta and am going to take you up on that ride to the canyon we discussed. Ill be at my folks house sometime soon in Prescott, might be buying a piece of land there.


damn jeff. some people just want a bar riser and you bought yourself a bike...damn, damn, damn

you're killing me...hahaha
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:56 PM   #188
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I had the good fortune to be part of browneye's group on Friday. Talk about a great day of riding! Everytime I think it couldn't get better in DV, just around the corner is something else to awe you.

Obligatory Saline Valley Rd. "Road Closed" picture.


The vistas are incredible.




The cabin on Hunter Mountain.




Like Chris said, we wandered on down to Teakettle Junction.


And out to the Racetrack.


The trek out to the Grandstand was worth it.


After riding out to Ubehebe Crater...


...we took the short side trip to Scotty's Castle.






This could make a neat street rod:


We slabbed it back to camp after that, as we were all developing a powerful thirst.

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Old 04-16-2013, 07:33 PM   #189
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Old 04-16-2013, 08:48 PM   #190
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I had the good fortune to be part of browneye's group on Friday. Talk about a great day of riding! Everytime I think it couldn't get better in DV, just around the corner is something else to awe you.
Thanks Dave. I'd ride with you any day.

Really nice pics. You got the ones I missed.
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Old 04-16-2013, 09:35 PM   #191
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Been a few years....need to ride that loop again


-M
[QUOTE=browneye;21199791]This was year three for me and the best yet.

Nice!! Chris Know what trails I'm taking next time around

[QUOTE=browneye;21200075]Well Saturday was to be our big tough ride with the fast group.

Love them there old structures! Can you get a beer at that tavern?
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Old 04-17-2013, 12:32 PM   #192
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nubs on goler


gsequoia


jim



thursday night festivity


marcia and shae never got a break....



thanks to jimmylewis and altrider for donating a keg of sierra nevada torpedo. here's rob sampling it.



part of the evening, i asked jimmy if he can do a tire change demo - which he obliged...


here's a you tube linky if you missed the actual demo....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7jOKy8AzLc




this is the part i like most.........NOT THAT ONE.....seriously it's the KLIM pants with the leather covered butt area. i heard that is a prototype that jimmy is evaluating, the knees also have leather outer lining....can't wait to see jl's feedback.


our friends from adobe


instant buddies - jim and geoff






jim sharing his secret in starting a campfire



san diego riders getting cozy....





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Old 04-17-2013, 12:42 PM   #193
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funny to see jimmy there. when i stopped by his camp late in the morning, he was just hanging out, then in the afternoon still hanging out. never knew he already did a ride.
Wasn't sure which way Jimmy went at the bottom of South Park, but dad saw him haulin' north on the hwy after dad left Ballarat.
Probly went down to Goler and Butte Valley, then back out to Panamint, up the Escape Route single-track, and along the Slate Range ridgeline...

... all while we were loading up the bikes



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what's the chance an intermediate rider could make it there?...
Really not all that bad. Take your time and make it an all day trip just for that loop.
If I had known that was all we were gonna do, I would've spent more time up top. Lots to explore up there.

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Saturday was all about a nice, easy ride to Cerro Gordo, and then a ride into Lone Pine for lunch. I needed to conserve my stregnth for all of those raffle prizes I had to cart off Saturday night.

Think that's Cowgirl and Jimmy coming up the trail:


Yep.




I believe that's Mt. Whitney.


And of course, Cerro Gordo.














In some ways, the n00b Rally didn't end when I got home. I spent a lot of time looking up the history of things I saw, like Cerro Gordo, Scotty's Castle, the Racetrack, and Ubehebe Crater. It's like the gift that keeps on giving. Thanks, Joel.

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In some ways, the n00b Rally didn't end when I got home. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out where to put the massive amounts of stuff I won. Thanks, Joel.

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