Barstow to Laughlin (Oct or Nov)

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by Molonlabemike, Jul 12, 2014.

  1. Molonlabemike

    Molonlabemike Been here awhile

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    Hey Guys!

    I am looking to do a ride out of Barstow or possibly Palmdale to Laughlin to complete the old government trail. Wondering if anyone has done it and if so what should one expect?

    Also if anyone might want to ride it with please post up. More details I guess as I figure out what Month and days would work best.
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  2. spafxer

    spafxer Long timer

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    Look up the Mojave Trail and you should find a number of Ride Reports..


    Expect............ Sand ! and having lots of fun !
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  3. Mojave Mutt

    Mojave Mutt Been here awhile

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    The sandy parts are probably the most fun. The rest is easy dirt roads. Scenery is nice and the historical aspect of the Mojave Road is significant. For me, camping mid way around Cima Rd/Tutonia Peak trail and just doing day rides from there offer the best riding and cool locations.

    I prefer the Mojave Road as a 4x4 camp trip in my truck. Pretty relaxing drive with a couple nights camping. Need to avoid Soda Dry Lake after a rain . The lake bed minerals are very corrosive.

    I've lived in the Mojave Desert most of my life. There many great ride opportunities, the Mojave Road is nothing special except for the historical importance of the road. There is much more to see. On a long bike ride to Laughlin I like to drop in from the north, coming through Searchlight as a last gas stop. But I prefer trails and washes over roads.
    If you want to do the ride from Apple Valley instead of Barstow I have plenty of parking at my house.


    Glenn
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  4. Countdown

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    +1 Did it twice my first and last time. The sand whoops were from hell.
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  5. Mojave Mutt

    Mojave Mutt Been here awhile

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    That's funny Jerry! I did the same thing. First time on Mojave Road on a bike from Apple Valley to Avi was fun mostly because was riding with a bunch of friends from 100's MC and our sons.

    When we got up next morning we had light rain but weather temps were nice so no biggie. By the time we got to Mojave Rd./ Kelbaker crossing we all said F this we know better riding here. So we headed for the old B to V race course and rode it backwards to Minneola then to our trucks at Yermo KOA. Best part of the whole trip.
    I will repeat that it is fun on a jeep or 4x4 truck trip .
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  6. Ol Man

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    I have never done the Mojave Road on my bike, but I have done it numerous times with my Jeep and camped. This book is a must have for the ride:

    http://www.desertusa.com/web_cart/db/pages/5094.html

    In the Jeep, my wife would read it at each of the points of interest or just driving along. The book is written East to West.

    It is due to Casebier's efforts that we still have this as an exploration opportunity.
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    Another two +1s! History of road is great and Casebier worked his ass off to keep it out of Wilderness.
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  8. AZ TOM

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    If there is a more fun ride than the Mojave Rd I have yet to see it:clap
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  9. Molonlabemike

    Molonlabemike Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the replies guys. I won a two night stay at the Avi "resort" that I have to use by the end of the year so I figured I would make use of it :deal

    I'm thinking I could make a few day trip out of it for once the desert cools down a little. Looks like I have some planning to do :clap
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  10. Molonlabemike

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    Thanks for the tips Matt, I grew up in the IE and spent lots of time in the desert (riding, racing in MDR, camping Shooting). I really wanted to see a different side of the desert and really test myself. I'll have to post up once I get everything figured out, maybe I'll get lucky and someone will want to tag along :freaky
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  11. TemeculaTim

    TemeculaTim Timiteo Viejo

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    There is lots of great riding from the AVI- its a good place to stage from. In addition to the Preserve, there is some real fun single track above Laughlin and sand washes and rocky trails between Bullhead City and Oatman across the river in AZ.

    TT
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  12. Mojave Mutt

    Mojave Mutt Been here awhile

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    Yep I agree with Tim on this. We like to do a loop from AVI to Searchlight and back.
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  13. wbbnm

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    There is a really fun primitive alternative to the Old Government road between Black Canyon road and 95.

    It takes off about a mile north of the Hole in the Rock. I have tracks in both GPSXchange and dualsportmaps from a ride back in 2010.

    Not too much sand, mainly only on arroyo crossings
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  14. speedygee68

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    Last year's ride started at Peggy Sue's Diner and went to the Avi. I had one bike gettin suspension and the other had electrical probs just before the start so I missed out big time. I believe there were about 8 guys in the ride and heard it was a blast. If you post up something in Oct, I'll keep an eye out for it.
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  15. Molonlabemike

    Molonlabemike Been here awhile

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    Sounds good, starting to get my parts to make the trip a little more fun on my pig (DR650). More to come once I can start mapping it out :freaky
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  16. Molonlabemike

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    Ok good to know Tim, adding that to my list :deal
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  17. Fubars

    Fubars What would Scoobydo?

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    I've been out there 3 times with a DRpig. Those whoops between the flag and
    Kelbaker Rd. are gonna give you a workout. Start training your quads now. Afton Canyon is a lot of fun, though.
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  18. xxxshiftxxx

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    I did baker to avi on my F800gs... followed Mojave rd... lots of whoops, but a fun ride.. only took a few hours
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  19. Molonlabemike

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    Sounds like a good time, also looks like I might need to think about upgrading my suspension :deal
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