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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by rider914, Mar 25, 2014.
Thank you Matt for showing us around... I am checking TeaKettle/Racetrack off my list.
I am blaming Garmin
Beer + Tea
Beatty to Chloride (not really cliffs) over to Panimint Springs
Gas up in Beatty and started seeing other ADV types showing up
On the road to Chloride
So I am not a noob, I have actually been doing Death Valley trips since 1998 (on my first enduro... a 1982 Yamaha XT 550), and have done most of the rides you guys did (but not all of them).
I found out about your organized rides last year while at Warm Springs... the pool deck; My girlfriend and I had watched a family of Big Horn Sheep come down from the hills... then we heard the bikes coming down from Butte Valley... two riders asking where the spring was (they wanted to sit in a "pool" someone told them about).... and yes, I think they spooked the sheep - we didnt see them after that. but we talked, and they mentioned the ADV group ride....
Fast forward to this past ride of yours, I was again with my girlfriend (we were in my truck) when I met a young Canadian (who rode all the way on his KLR 250) at the parking area of darwin Falls. He mentioned he had come down for the ADV gathering at Panamint Springs; he was a really nice guy... I hope he had fun and learned a thing or two from the vet riders.
So I finally checked out all the ride reports, pics and stories.... You all seem like a fun, adventerous bunch.... my type of people!
So I thought I would introduce myself, check in from time to time, and hopefully make it on next years ride.
I am also up for other enduro rides, and for anyone who might be into dirtbikes and single track... I am always looking for people to ride with (never can have too many riding buddies).
San Gabriel, CA.
These are from this past trip, at the end of March:
Bottom of Titus Canyon
I'm pretty sure I passed you in Titus canyon that weekend. That trailer looks very familiar.
Hi Jesse. You're always welcome to join us. We ride pretty often, nothing hardcore, mostly dual sports. Big Bear sometime next month.
See you soon I hope.
Coming down Pleasant Canyon
Thank you Joel.
Big Bear next month? Where do these upcoming rides get posted? For the most part, When I go up to Big Bear it's all about riding my WR450F... there is some really fun single track; 3n93 and the John Bull are also pretty fun, but I would never think of doing those on my DR 650.. which is mostly stock (slim and nimble), let alone my KLR 650 (a pig that is set up for touring).
Where/what do you guys ride up there? Camp or cabin/hotel? Day ride or weekend?
Here are the few pics that I took during the Noob Rally this year, need to put the camera in a more accessible position.
On the way back from the Saline Valley Hot Springs:
Marcia and I rode out to Aguereberry point on Friday
lior at work that weekend....
folks, thank you for the trophy and all the support....
Rjnutt, Marcia and I took in the town of Cerro Cordo
There is tons to see up there you must go next year and check it out worth the ride up the hill.
nice pics there cory. i bet some of those are from robbie....
i assume the ural made it to CG! wow, i'm impressed.
it has been 7 years the last time i been there. next year will do.
In order to quell Joel's belief that the orange thing on my vest was a prop, and not a real camera, I have decided to post a few images from this years ride. Cory and I took off from his house around 8ish a.m. ( when dealing with me ish is about as punctual as I can muster)!
Cory had the Trans-Alp dialed and headed south
My view for the remainder of the day/week....Cory's dust
Little snow coming into Bodie
Early version of a lifetime belt....the scale of some of the machinery used in these old mines is pretty impressive.
Heading out of Bodie toward US 395
Getting close Hwy 120 with Boundary Peak in the background (highest peak in Nevada)
Taking a break in the Fish Lake Valley...no too far now
After a navigation error....and coming down a canyon the Girlie had no business being in (at least she didn't have any business there with me at the helm) we hit DV Road up and over to Crankshaft Junction. The sun was going down and I was having a hard time reading the road...bitched to Cory about getting old and my failing eye sight, etc...to which he promptly replied, "Take your sunglasses off"; hallelujah! the blind shall see :huh
Started getting pretty dark and we planned on meeting Marsha at Scotty's, however, road construction forced her to Beatty so we really had to haul ass. Unfortunately, the winter rains came down through the Oriental Wash section of the road with a vengeance and left several severe water cuts across the road. We had a few hair raising encounters but the Trans-Alp and Girlie took the punishment in stride.
Wednesday we took it pretty easy and just hit Chloride Cliffs on the way to Panamint from Beatty
Thursday I lead a ride to China Gardens and Darwin billed as novice friendly on a little bike...due to a communications break down, only three of us arrived at the designated spot at the designated time. (Note to self: meet at gas station in the future to avoid any confusion) Thanks ConTeacher for taking those I missed on a ride.
Anyway, here are my two mates for the afternoon festivities. My memory is slipping so I can't remember names but both were cool guys.
This never ends well....
"You see the road back there that that A@#HOLE had me on?"
Darwin Cemetery. Still an active graveyard, I guess active isn't the correct descriptor, but they are still burying people there.
Father Crowley overlook on the way back to camp
Friday Cory, Marsha and I went to Cerro Gordo and the Alabama Hills...didn't get any pics from the hills though.
How would you like to be in the kitchen with this monster fired up?
Rock, Paper, Scissors
On the way back to camp Marcy/Marcia/Marsha was riding it like she stole it!!!
Took off with Joel and seven others for the death loop (Goler, Mengel, Westside, Furnace back to camp) Saturday morning. Again, I suck at names and only remember a few.....
Ohh Crap, wait!!! Forgot the best shot from Friday...watched it happen and still don't know why or how
Size does matter. He lifted that pig like it was a BMX bike :huh
Okee Dokee, back to the regularly scheduled programming.
And away we go!!
A troop of baboons in the cliffs above the Goler step
Another prime example that size does matter...Kyle throwing and lifting the adventure like it was a toy
Mengel Pass shortly before the wind blew a certain KTM350 over
"Shit boys, we forgot the bikes"!
Pretty Iris' and if you look closely a rare picture of the elusive Loner in his natural habitat....
Kyle, Loner, Rrugger and Wiley at or in Geologist Cabin
Wiley after getting some gas.....
That is all......oh wait, random camp pics!
See Joel, I do have a camera
Had a great time and hope to see you all again next year
See I didn't steal all of his material!
robbie..... i see how you roll....having one and using it is the way to go.
thanks for the rr.
cory, i will see you guys in baja @ 2 weeks.
Joel bring your A game and keep your head on a pivot