Bradshaw Bombrun 2012

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by gearheart, Jan 9, 2012.

  1. gearheart

    gearheart Bombrun Lackey

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    I guess some directions are in order. Let me see if I can get some posted up. Or better yet see if imgonnasnap can cutnpaste some. We are almost exactly 2 miles North of Bashfords, just Southwest of the canal road.

    As far as ride options go;

    The Bombrun started out with a bunch of ADV guys doing the Bradshaw Trail from the Salton Sea to Palo Verde via the original stagecoach route. Now some years we do it and sometimes we do other rides in the area. It is 80 miles to Palo Verde from our place. It is mostly a sandy dirt road with deep sand in places. Some shale rocks near the start too. Two years ago it poured rain and we had to cross a roaring flash flood about 50 feet across and 2-3 feet deep on the way East. On the way back it was completely gone.

    For other rides, there are also some old structures, box canyons, old mines, oasis with springs bubbling up out of the desert, small dirt canyons, mountiantop repeaters and a pile of other stuff to see. Let me know what you want to see and we can figure out a route.

    The Friday Freeway Loop is a challenge for dualsports. It has been done on a big bike but I wouldn't recommend it if you like a shiny bike... The real trick is convincing Jonz to lead it! Most guys spend as much time picking their bikes up as they do riding on the freeway loop. It's a pretty fun trail.

    And yeah, Pops has volunteered to bring asada and fixens for Friday arrivals. Post up if you are gonna join us so we can have enough!

    We have campspots for anybody who wants to join us as long as your rig can handle the canal road. We get everything from people riding out and tent camping to RV's and anything inbetween.

    Gettin close!

    Mike
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  2. bajadog

    bajadog Running around knees bent

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    Mike,

    My only concern is fuel at the end of the ride. I don't have ~160 mile range.

    Marco
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  3. BMW-K

    BMW-K F800GS FTW!

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    Would a novice dirt rider on a kitted WR250r be welcomed on this ride?
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  4. HAPPYTRAILSINC

    HAPPYTRAILSINC single track rider

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    arriving friday for the freeway loop:clap
    I will be tenting

    what about food gas, is there anything close nearby?

    is there gas/food in Palo Verde if we go there??

    Iv'e never ridden in this area before, so i am open to whatever, but the tougher the better:eek1
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  5. gearheart

    gearheart Bombrun Lackey

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    The closest gas station to our place is in Niland. (about 20 mins South of us) The last gas if coming from the North is on 86s Expressway and 66th Ave. I think it's the worlds largest ARCO gas station! It is about 40 miles from us.

    There is a gas station at the far end of the Bradshaw in Palo Verde named appropriately, Wheelies Gas, These are snacks at the gas station and some years there is food in some dive bar type places in PV. It ain't great but we haven't had anyone die from eating it yet.

    I don't want to disappoint anybody but I haven't found many super technical trails in the area. The freeway loop will keep the attention of a decent dual sporter but Erzberg it ain't. I do have one ace up my sleeve and we can check it out if there is interest.

    Not sure what qualifies as "kitted" but you are certainly welcome to join us whatever your skill level is. There are plenty of sandy washes and rocky dirt roads to practice skills. Make sure your bike is wearing knobbies if you are wondering.

    If anybody is riding out and needs some gas once they get there (a good call by the way) let me know and I can throw a 5 gallon can or two on the trailer with me for re-embursment.

    I havent seen anybody step up to lead the Friday Freeway Loop yet for this year I will be arriving Friday night but Pops will be there all day Friday for early arrivals. (unless posted otherwise)

    Mike
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  6. rickf

    rickf oldfatguyMAN

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    Well, I'm out for Friday and Saturday due to work commitments.
    I might be able to sneak down on Sunday if you guys are riding that day.
    It would be good to see you guys and visit Uncle Rick's Helicopter Landing Pad.
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  7. rolandska

    rolandska Around Town

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    HMM :ear
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  8. gearheart

    gearheart Bombrun Lackey

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    UNACCEPTABLE, SATURDAY OVERTIME DENIED

    Sat night and Sunday morning would be acceptable however! Throw the bedroll and dualsport tires on the Triumph... C'mon Uncle Rick!

    You are still a hero of the Bombrun, as no one else was kind enough to leave a trailer fully provisioned and unattended before. (of course no one else has called in an airstrike before either)

    Going to the Parker 425 this weekend, anybody else going?

    Mike
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  9. bourkeco

    bourkeco Been here awhile

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    I will bring a extra 10-15 gal Of 91oct gas for anyone that needs some..
    Do we need anything else Mike? Oil for smudge pot? Dave and I will be there early on fri. Not sure about the fry loop yet...
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  10. imgonnasnap

    imgonnasnap Motard wrecker

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    For those who have not read the entire thread, I have gathered most of the information into one post. Please also note some details below MAY have changed from last year even though it looks similar.

    Gearheart and his dad should be at the ranch at some point during the weekend. This is where the base camp and BBQ will be.


    FAQ's:

    Q:What about parking at gearhearts place?
    A: There is a lot of space to park your vehicles, but depending on how many trucks and trailer setups there are, we may have overflow parking available if the desert rat neighbors (lucky butt ranch) are there this weekend. If not, it is fairly safe to park along side the road adjacent to grearhearts place. this road is hardly used with low traffic, and fairly safe, especially since there will be so many of us there.

    when you pull up to the property, please see BOB, Richard (pops/Spareparts) or Mike (gearheart) about parking. It is first come first serve, so if you get there late, you may be parking on the street.

    **Parking space IS limited, so please try to carpool if possible to save vehicle space. Once the main area fills up we have overflow parking. once that is full you'll have to park on the road next to the Ranch. It is fairly remote and relatively safe, so there is no worry about hit and runs.

    Q: What if I am a pansey who doesnt like to camp in the dirt?
    A:FOR THOSE WHO DONT WANT TO CAMP, the campgrounds were bought out by KOA and have been remodeled, plenty of nice cabins and motorhome spots to stay in. you are welcomed to stay here and meet us in the morning for rides, food and general debauchery. This is the link to the website for reservations. KOA Glamis North


    Q:How the heck do I get there???

    IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT IF YOU HAVE NOT BEEN HERE BEFORE TRY TO ARRIVE DURING DAYLIGHT HOURS TO MORE EASILY FIND THE PLACE, or at least start calling fellow inmates while still on the pavement (cell reception is spotty at best)

    A:GPS (garmin) Coords are:
    W 33* 27.011'
    W115* 42. 875

    It's paved up until about two miles or so from camp, after that it is a graded dirt road, which large motorhomes access often. There will be signs marking the way so nobody gets lost. If you have any questions about how to get there you can call me at (five six two) three three five-nineteen nineteen 562-335-1919

    Coming from LA, take the 10 east towards pheonix.
    Keep RIGHT to take CA-86 SPUR S toward BRAWLEY / EL CENTRO.
    Take the 66TH AVE EAST exit on the LEFT. (there is a huge highly used Arco gas station, this is the last good place to fuel up)
    Turn LEFT onto 66TH AVE / CA-195.
    Turn RIGHT onto CA-111.
    Turn LEFT onto Mineral Hot Springs road, you'll cross railroad trails and head towards the mountains
    Turn LEFT at System road (graded dirt road). this road parallels the Coacha Canal.
    You will pass Siphon #22 and you are basicly there.
    Turn LEFT at Vaughn Road

    When you turn left onto Vauhn Road, you will pass our neighbors place on the left, then you will turn left onto Cooper Rd. for about 20 yards.


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    Q: Where is the best Place to fuel up??
    A: Depending on the direction you are coming from there are gas stations 20 miles from the Ranch:

    If you are coming from LA via the 86 & 111, There is an Arco gas station:
    90480 66th Avenue
    Mecca, CA 92254-6228
    (760) 396-5243
    http://www.mapquest.com/mq/3-Ro2r


    If you are coming from San Diego or Yuma, AZ via the 78 & 111, there is a Soco Gas station in Niland, CA
    8004 US-111., Niland, CA 92257
    92257
    (760) 359-2422
    http://www.mapquest.com/mq/8-GtPXmok90T6ushEl



    Q: green sticker okay?
    A: plate recommended, if you want to ride a green sticker bike its at your own risk.


    Q: nOObs invited?
    A: sure, we can split into groups by bike and comfort level


    Q: can I show up early/leave late from gearheart's camp spot?
    A: ok to arrive Friday, leave Monday but please PM Gearheart your plans (there will be no water on Monday morning).


    Q: where do we relieve ourselves?
    A: gearheart's camp spot has a toilet and running water. (feel free to donate toilet paper, soap, or magazines)


    Q: is drunken buffoonery permitted?
    A: no, drunken bufoons will be blindfolded and dropped off in the bombing range
    (please see the other camp rules below LINK)


    Q: should I bring the big DS or the plated dirt bike?
    A: if you want to ride fast and explore the side options bring the dirt bike, otherwise the big DS will be fine. either way you'll want a gas tank with at least a 100 mile range.

    Q: Where do i fill up??
    A: Depending on what adventure you take: If you are doing the full bomb run: A small gas station near lunch mid-ride. its aproximately 160 miles round trip, so unless you are sure you can make it, or have spare fuel, I would highly advise you fill up here. If you are just doing short rides like the freeway, or red canyon/arch loop, there is a gas station off the 10 freeway, but with a 100 mile range it's unlikely you will need to fill up.

    Wheelies gas station or Chiraco summit/Desert Center.

    Q: We're eating lunch too?? (for bomb run)
    A: We will be eating at a fine dining establishment near wheelies gas station, called Lagoon Lodge, so bring your best riding attire :evil If you are riding other routes, its bring your own food!

    Q: Whats the deal with the BBQ??
    A: This year we are not doing the deep pit BBQ, so no charge! We will be having a pot-luck style dinner saturday night instead, so bring your own drinks, and a dish enough for 5-10 people.

    You can bring anything you want to contribute for the bbq, drinks, chips, cups/plates/forks or other sides are welcome... its byos (bring your own sides) so it's deffinitly welcome!

    Q: Do I need silverware?
    A: SOME we will have some silverware for those who arent able to or forgot those... as long as you dont mind me licking it after im done using it.

    Q: STEEEEEKERS?!?!
    A: Stickers are already in, and available for prepurchase. It may or may not look something like this:
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    Campground etiquette...
































    <HR style="COLOR: #575757" SIZE=1><!-- / icon and title --><!-- message -->This is not a party so much as a ride. Please be prepared to behave as you would in your own house, here's a few of the house rules:





    *no littering, including cigarette butts.
    *alcohol in moderation, please.
    *parking only in the driveway and no cutting across the property (no riding on the lawn, essentially).
    *kind, curtious behavior. please no asshattery (it isnt glamis).
    *firewood welcome for the firepit!


    Q: Is the saturday "Bomb Run" riding as crazy as the pictures jonz posted?
    A: only on the Friday ride (DETAILS). The Bradshaw trail is actually fairly mild, it is mostly fire road, but 160 miles of it. These fire roads can be decieving, however. Once you get a good fast pace, a turn will come up and throw a tree in your way! So essentially it is a challange of endurance and compansionship.


    Q:What about the friday ride?
    A: We have not actually planned to have a friday ride, but if SOMEONE was willing to lead the freeway loop, so maybe we can do this.

    Q: What about the sunday ride?
    A:There are several options for this, we can do a local tour to the Oasis, or Red canyon/arch loop, or Repeat the repeator towers.

    -We can do Jonz route:
    Repeat the repeaters

    -Or we can do a red canyon/waterfall route as shown by Razr:
    Red Canyon/Waterfall route
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  11. gearheart

    gearheart Bombrun Lackey

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    Thanks Jeff for posting the directions, maps, disclaimers etc.

    The new 2012 stickers were delivered this weekend!

    Mike
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  12. gearheart

    gearheart Bombrun Lackey

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    Two weeks. Who's still on the fence and who's in fo sho?

    Also what do you guys think, carne asada or burgers and dogs for dinner Sat after the ride? Asada once a weekend just isn't enough for me!

    Mike
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  13. BetaTrialsGuy

    BetaTrialsGuy D i r t - Z a m b o n i

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    Status - IN! (fo sho)
    Preference - Carne Asada
    Ride - Out and back
    Bike - Orange
    Beverage - H2o in Camelback
    Physical Shape - Ugly
    Longevity - Beyond hope
    Statistics - http://d26ya5yqg8yyvs.cloudfront.net/yelrotflmao.gif
    Arrival - Sometime after sunrise
    Passenger - Spot Satellite Tracker
    Destination - Whatever the GPS says!
    Lunch - Wheelies in Palo Verde
    Alternate - Chiriaco Summit
    Gas - Same two as above
    More? - No

    BetaTrialsGuy, over and out
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  14. gearheart

    gearheart Bombrun Lackey

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    ALL the facts and none of the fluff! See you there Tom!
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  15. bourkeco

    bourkeco Been here awhile

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    Can't wait to see you guys!!! There will be three of us this year! Bourkeco (Scott), Dave, Amy.. I will bring extra gas, some wood and food!! Asada is always good.. What else do you need Mike ?
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  16. gearheart

    gearheart Bombrun Lackey

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    Sounds good Scott! I think we have the bases covered as far as dinners. Pops is providing chili-cheese dogs Friday night and I am bringing carne asada for Sat night. Anything else is fair game.

    I am looking forward to some good desert rides.

    I can't wait for this weekend! See you soon.
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  17. bourkeco

    bourkeco Been here awhile

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    Dave and I will be there fri... morning...

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  18. HazMatt

    HazMatt Adventurer

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    OK, so i have been sandbaggin' on this site for almost a year now.

    Last week I finally got my bike sorted out (an '89 Transalp that had been in storage for almost 2 decades), so I jumped back on this forum to find out when the '12 Bradshaw Bombrun is so i don't miss it...

    Next weekend? holy crap...

    so here I am:

    Me: just back on a bike after MANY years (skill level = Novice)
    Bike: old, big, and low powered, but at least she has off road oriented tires (although not full on desert knobbies)
    Equipment: all my camping gear is "family car camping" type (my only tent at this point is almost 80#)

    so how about it? new rider on an old bike? I'd love to come out and meet everyone...

    I'd have to ride out because my Wife needs the jeep this weekend. I have no luggage on the bike, but i'm sure i can strap on a sleeping bag and a backpack for clothes and some food.

    Is anyone riding out Friday after work? I am in the Riverside area and would rather not do the trip to the camp alone.
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  19. gearheart

    gearheart Bombrun Lackey

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    C'mon out! I love Transalps, it will be good to have one in camp.

    I am driving out and going through riverside with a rather empty flatbed trailer with one lonely bike on it... welcome to ride out with me. I can bring extra tie downs and we can meet up and throw your bike on if you want. Or we can meet up on the road and you can follow me the last bit out to ranch.

    Mike Kern
    714 seven one three 1841
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  20. HazMatt

    HazMatt Adventurer

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    Thanks Gearhart!

    What time are you headed out?
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