Alone in the Mojave Desert Again - 2013

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by dave6253, Feb 28, 2013.

  1. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Man, great time for reports right now...wachs, Wans and now I find this little gem!!!


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  2. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    Thanks BMW-K.

    Hey RRR. I was up to date with your thread. I now remember reading about your Mojave trip. It must've played some part, at least subconsciously, in my last minute decision on where to ride. I knew I was going on a ride, but didn't really know where to until a couple days before.:D
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  3. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    The battery was FUBAR and the bike was running like crap. I tried a couple other places with luck before limping into Carter Powersports.
    The engine died and refused to start again. I coasted into the parking lot.


    Spending ~$190 bucks on a new OEM battery sucks when I know...

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    The last one lasted 2 years and 3 months!:eek1 (I probably need to troubleshoot my charging system, huh?:confused)

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    I swapped the batteries in the parking lot and let the dealership keep the old one. I wasn't attached to it.:D
    I was happy to find the new battery, which ended all of the problems I was having.
    By mid-afternoon I was headed out of town.

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    20 years ago I visited the desert southwest for the first time when Helen and I flew to Las Vegas.
    As many tourists there do, we got out of town in a rental car to see sights such as Hoover Dam
    and the Red Rock Canyon Scenic Drive.

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    I remember being thoroughly impressed with the scenery, but after all I've seen since, will I still be?
    Nah. Just like I thought. Crowded with tourists in rental cars its claim to fame is undoubtedly being close to Las Vegas.
    Only the first couple miles of the 13 mile scenic one-way loop road was scenic.
    At least it was wide enough to pass the tourists driving 15 in a 35.

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    This rock is huge! For a sense of scale, try to find all of the people in this picture. I counted at least 24, but I had the advantage of the full-resolution photo.

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  4. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    Oh Man! Thanks for the heads up, larryboy. I obviously need to spend some quality time reading reports. I hadn't noticed those two yet.
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  5. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    HardWorkingDog too, I gotta get started on that one.

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    Desert=Dessert


    On with the story!!


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  6. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    I finish up the "scenic loop" and stop near the exit. I need to determine where to next. I had done everything planned so far.
    I had the rough idea of heading towards the Mojave National Preserve. I pull out the Atlas and notice a trail that will be a nice short-cut.

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    It starts as an easy graded road. Obviously this will be a fast short-cut.

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    Maybe not.

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    I climb out of the wash I was riding in to get this panoramic view behind me. You can even see Red Rock Canyon.
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    I had to remove some layers and change to my summer gloves here. Riding a rough trail is so much warmer than asphalt.:D

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  7. MasterMarine

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

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  8. Mil T

    Mil T Been here awhile

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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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    Above the Rest.
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  9. RedRockRider

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    Right on, Dave! Nice work with the new battery. Good that little deal didn't mess you up. Pushing a bike is no fun.

    Ok, throw up some specifics on where you criss-crossed the Mojave. Always fun to ride along. Keep bringing it! :clap
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  10. Bob

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    Great start Dave!
    Super pictures.:clap
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  11. dave6253

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    The ride up the wash culminated with a short steep climb.

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

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    It should be all downhill from here to Goodsprings.

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

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

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    The others quickly returned to grazing.

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

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

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  12. dave6253

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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...


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    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.

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    Dirk headed off and quickly left me behind.

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

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

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    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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  13. dave6253

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    I raced across the Ivanpah Valley and through Nipton.


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

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

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    There were beautiful views of the mountains...

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    and the entire Ivanpah Valley.

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    The powerlines crackled all night.

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

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  14. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    Thanks for following along again Bob!

    Sweet Truck, Mil T! You should have a fun with that thing. Are you done with 2 wheels completely?

    Airborne!

    Thanks MM!



    RRR, I'll post up my tracks near the end.
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  15. dave6253

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    In the morning I took a stroll...

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    to warm up and check out my surroundings.

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

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    I took Nipton Road to Searchlight.

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    Searchlight, Nevada

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    I don't usually pick up hitchhikers...

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    But I made an exception this time.:D

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

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

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    I headed north into the preserve on Lanfair Road.

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    Did I mention it was cold in the desert?

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  16. Scubalong

    Scubalong Been here awhile

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    Enjoy your RR and your creative photos :thumb
    Thanks
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  17. dave6253

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    I head west on Cedar Canyon RD. I planned to stop at the Hole-in-the-Rock Visitor Center.

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

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    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".

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

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  18. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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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.


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    I found some petroglyphs near the trail.

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

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    Weird Rocks

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

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    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.

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

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    Macedonia Canyon Trail

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  19. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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

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

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  20. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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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.

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

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

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

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

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