Alone in Death Valley - The Story

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by frickinjim, Aug 16, 2015.

  1. Thacher

    Thacher That Journey Thing

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    Great report, a lot of fun to read and watch.
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  2. Skowinski

    Skowinski Deuterostome

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  3. motocopter

    motocopter Searching...

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    Found this after the fact, but enjoyed the pictures and narratives!


    Thanks! :beer


    Spent three days in DV June 2015 with my Conours. Rode most of the paved roads and then some--such as those over Emigrant Pass, Wildrose, and over towards Trouna. I want to return with a more capable bike for the off-pavement riding.
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  4. frickinjim

    frickinjim Cheap bikes <3

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    Don't forget a RR when you go! I haven't been through in several months and would love to see the conditions before I plan another trip.

    Yep. That heat is the scariest part. I would never want to get stuck on West Side road. If I got a flat there I would just keep chugging along until I was riding on the hubs. Extra water is a must! I'm glad you got to experience such an awesome place with your wife. That's something I hope I can do some day with my lady, but she's not really up for it yet!
    Lippincott pass was gorgeous! And yes, easy to pass. Some care must be taken with those cliffs because the view of the valley makes it hard to pay attention to the trail! Yes I carried extra fuel in the tank bag. So I had a total of about 3 gallons. That takes me about 270 miles before I have to tip the bike over to get the last 5 miles of reserve.

    I've never been in the winter! Have any RRs I can look at?

    That is true. It changes a lot. Right now the place is covered with blossoms from what I heard on the news!

    GoPro Hero 4 black edition. I use the 2.7k 60fps option for a long trip like this. Good enough shutter speed and resolution to capture stills that look decent right out of the video. I am happy with it!

    Thank you!! I highly recommend taking a trip through this area.

    Have fun!
    Thank you! Definitely hit it up sometime!
    Thank you! I appreciate the encouragement.
    Hope you enjoyed my struggles! Haha
    Oooo nice! Sounds like fun.
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  5. mike21b

    mike21b Been here awhile

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    FrickinJim, excellent work! Your video work and narrative is very engaging, entertaining, humorous, and educational. You remind me of a much younger version of... me.

    The editing of your videos into 8 minute chunks for 150-300 miles of riding combines nicely with your running commentary. Some people make their off-road videos to music, which I like the least, or just the sounds of the vehicle - with an occasional shout or expletive. I like your method the best.

    I stumbled across your youtube story while looking for people who have been on Lippencott Road, wondering if I would ever dare riding it on my KLR, alone. The short answer is - yes (now that I know what it looks like) - but I don't think I'd go without a riding partner. If I were 22 years old, probably. But, for me, 22 was more than 3 decades ago... yeah, I would have done it alone then, no question. I'm not as good as I used to be, and am also older / wiser enough to know that.

    The Rocky Gap ride in Part 1 looks like the most technical ride, but it also looks like an area that you are already familiar with.

    Anyway, I ended up watching the whole multi-part series, following you from Henderson to the San Joaquin Valley. I'm familiar with many of the places you went, and got to live the adventure through watching yours. Thank you! Looking forward to more in the future.
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  6. frickinjim

    frickinjim Cheap bikes <3

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    Thank you very much! I appreciate the feedback, because I hope to use all of the critique from this thread to tweak my next adventure. I am very pleased to hear the words "live the adventure through watching yours" as that has been one of the goals!
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  7. jules083

    jules083 Long timer

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    Awesome ride, and ride report. I have a 230f myself, that little bike surprises me more every time I ride it.
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  8. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer

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    I watched just the first video so far of the first post.

    Is this your first adventure bike or DS?

    How long have you been in the Vegas area?

    I used to explore a lot out here on the two DR's I've had. Have not had a DS bike for 6 years now but when I was an avid adventure rider on dirt I would ride everywhere in the Vegas valley and Rocky Gap, Lovell Canyon, Sandy Valley, Mt. Charleston area, Nelson, and more.

    Doing research of the area you just keep finding more places to explore.

    I go to Death Valley regularly but never off road.

    Seeing this thread reminds me that I need to get dirty again!

    Excellent work!
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  9. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer

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    There is another way, too. Well, a few actually.
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  10. frickinjim

    frickinjim Cheap bikes <3

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    Yes the 230 is the first bike I ever personally owned! I've been in Vegas since 2013 and I'm still finding more and more stuff to explore. Thanks!
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  11. Todd157k

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    Great RR and fun! Had to bust out when you got to Cerro Gordo and the trail "just disappears". Ya, we sat there for about 20 mins trying to find it. Finally went up the pass, leading a few other people. Wifey (riding 2-up) had to walk about 20 feet of it because of that loose rock you were in. After a mile or two of that, it turns into a real nice road over the mountain. Zen Slug was with us on his 990. It was a bit of a nail biter.
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  12. Fat Toney

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    Excellent report!

    Took my vstrom to overnight in death valley one July a while back. How did you handle all the bugs when camping?
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  13. frickinjim

    frickinjim Cheap bikes <3

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    Thank you for that info! Now I know to just keep going for next time!

    Maybe I got lucky. I didn't have swarms of bugs on my trip in 2015
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  14. Crazy Creek

    Crazy Creek Adventurer

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    Great report!

    Glad people bump these from time to time. I would have never found it.
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  15. 0p2_ADV

    0p2_ADV Mother Earth is a source of life, not a resource

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    Came across RR on YouTube first, stocked to come across it again and even more in depth. Looking forward to your next solo trip. :photog
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  16. GreatWhiteNorth

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    Great RR, I really enjoyed it! :thumbup
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