Alone in the Mojave Desert Again - 2013

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

  1. Happycamper

    Happycamper Have bikes, will travel

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    Fantastic job. Loving the pics. :clap
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  2. jrknecht

    jrknecht WR250X

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    Right on! I am thoroughly enjoying this RR.
    Awesome photos!

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  3. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    Yes. I'll post up some maps and the tracks at the end. These were all pretty easy routes.

    It did get pretty squirrelly in the sand with the worn Heidis. UPS just dropped a new rear Heidi off today.:D
    I'm gonna pair that with a Kenda Big Block front for my next trip.


    Thanks for joining in; Bob, PinkPillion, jrknecht, Happycamper, Glenn5995, tuna101, utefan, danh600, & G19Tony.

    Sorry for the slight delay. Its been a hectic week.

    Your Ride Report will resume shortly! (I have to show larryboy some 'glyphs.)
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  4. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    I had already slipped into the just getting home mode and almost decided to skip the hike,
    but it sounded interesting and I could use the warm up.

    It was an easy hike along the dry wash to the entrance of the canyon.

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    The rocks were covered by some of the most fantastic petroglyphs I've ever seen.

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    Lots of charts, graphs, and weird symbols. It looked like the chalkboard in an advanced math class.:D I saw very few animals.

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    I hunted around awhile before finding the images of bighorn sheep from the entrance sign.

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    I had to scramble up a jumbled mess of rocks to reach it.

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    I started removing layers as all of the exercise had me overheating and sweating profusely. I didn't go any farther into the canyon.

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    By time I made it back to the bike I had stripped down to my base layer of thermal underwear and riding boots
    and was carrying an armload of jackets, sweaters, pants, liners...:lol3
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  5. aftCG

    aftCG Been here awhile

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    Epic trip, and superb photos.

    I'm in the planning stages of a trip for September-ish. I want to do Monument Valley, Arches, Moab (coming from the PNW). I have some roads plotted through Nevada but didn't know which ones would prove interesting.

    You're pics are helping me select waypoints and roads.
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  6. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    I cross the river back into Arizona and turn up Silver Creek Road from Bullhead City.
    This was my first ride of Silver Creek Road. It was a fun gravel roller coaster...

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    To the top of Sitgreaves Pass and Route 66.

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    Historically, not everyone survived Route 66.

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    The bike was nearly blown over here by a very strong gust of wind, but luckily I was close enough at the time to save it.

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    After a short jaunt on the interstate I exit at Yucca, Arizona...

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    And ride the superfast and wide Alamo Road.

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    I had to keep slowing the KTM down as I thought 70 might be a little much.

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    Chicken Springs Road

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    I make the transition from the Mojave Desert and back into the Sonoran Desert,
    and stopped for a hike through the weeds, mud, and river rocks to get a better view of the Burro Creek Bridge.
    I had forgotten how far it was, so here I am hiking again in motorcycle pants and boots.:cry

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    Not all of the mud was as dry.

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    The water levels kept me from getting any closer. The 18 wheeler adds a sense of scale, don't ya think?

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    When the highway gets boring...

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    I often play...

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    with the...

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    camera.

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    Safely Home

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    The Route in Mapsource

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    Tracks on Google Earth

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    The standard Park Service Map that I highlighted and antiqued.

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    Thanks for following along on my little ride. I'm currently in the dreaming/planning stage for the next one.:wink:

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  7. UpST8

    UpST8 turnin gas to noise

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    :clap Great stuff as usual Dave! Inspirational and I thank you for it :thumb
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  8. RedRockRider

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    Great, Dave. Like your maps! :thumb Thanks! :wave
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  9. Shaggie

    Shaggie Unseen University

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    Great stuff Dave - as always!

    cheers and stay well!

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  10. Yooper_Bob

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    Incredible photography....

    I love the deserts of the southwest....so different from the frozen north where I live.
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  11. larryboy

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    Thanks Dave, always like your 'art'. :thumb
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  12. JaxObsessed

    JaxObsessed Endeavor to persevere.

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    Stunning beauty! Awesome!
    I just want to lick the screen!:lol3
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  13. redog1

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    Stunning photography as usual. Thank you for sharing. :clap
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  14. chrish4ku

    chrish4ku Been here awhile

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    Nice - ultra cool. Can you upload your .gpx track? That would be awesome...
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  15. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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  16. 65SlashTwo

    65SlashTwo Da Pigu

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    Awesome images, fun looking tracks and stops, great RR.

    Thanks, Dave, for inspiring more riders!
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  17. Ladybug0048

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    Wonderful ride report and fantastic photos as always. Thanks for sharing your adventure. :clap
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  18. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    I forgot to add this photo to the morning of day 3.
    From my camping spot near Nipton I watched a freight train make its way through the Ivanpah Valley.
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  19. bikepsych

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    Stunning pictures and wonderful write up. Thanks! :clap

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  20. wrk2surf

    wrk2surf on the gas or brakes

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    great !! love the bike at the searchlight mural


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