Bradshaw Bombrun 2012

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

  1. BetaTrialsGuy

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

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    May I echo Bourkeco's sentiments!!! Mike and Richard and anyone else who pitched in.
    Y'all done a magnificent job again, for the 6th? or 7th? year. I had such a good time that
    my muscles are still sore after 2 days! Let's do it again next year! :clap

    Perhaps the lower turnout was because of the later date (?) By next year's ride we should
    have figured out how to get around the gate to the microwave repeater towers. They have
    effectively placed large rocks at both sides of the gate, making it a good bit harder to
    circumvent it. :D

    Thanks again! IT WAS A BLAST!
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  2. K9SAR499

    K9SAR499 I can make that!

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    I did have my bomb run shirt on Saturday while participating in the ops

    The bike is ready with new pipe and gearing.

    Missed ya all
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  3. gearheart

    gearheart Bombrun Lackey

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    Thanks to everybody who came out to ride and the rest will just have to wait a year.

    Chris and I went out chasing the trails that would hand us our behinds and sure enough, we found some! We almost had to carry our bikes out of some ravines and we did some dragging of the bikes where it was too tight to turn around. We also did some short cliff climbs to get up some canyon walls, crashed, jumped over some bike swollowing ravines, blasted through some deep sand, crashed again, rode some dried mud hills and ruts and that was Saturday.

    Got back to the ranch and cooked up some carne asada. Did pretty well if I do say so myself.

    Sunday I broke out the nine five oh and showed Bourkeco and Dave to the Bat Cave Buttes and gave Scott and Dave a good laugh as I wallowed around the desert in the deepest sand on a heavy bike with full tanks but it was a fun ride and kept me focused trying not to swap out and make a yard sale in the big sand whoops. Stopped at the sand dunes, burned a few high speed, dirt track style circles on the dry lake, explored some abandoned desert relics and loaded up for the drive home sunday.

    It was fun riding out with Haz-Mat and made the long drive seem not too bad. It's alway nice to see Tom and good to see some new faces as well. OneEffinName, that sticker looks right at home on your bike!

    Kelly, Ron, Brent, I EXPECT to see you guys next year!

    Thanks again everybody for the fun!

    Mike
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  4. BetaTrialsGuy

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

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    Request to riders who brought along their iPhones and/or cameras:

    Don't forget to post your photos on this thread, so that those of us
    who can't afford a photo device can revel in the memories of bashing
    our asses all over the desert. Crash photos are particularly good!

    Photos of trestles, sagging rail lines, tortoises, bombs, helicopters,
    girls, cops, BLM officers and other yahoos are OK as well.

    Thanks for your attention to this serious matter!

    D.B. COOPER
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  5. mgr

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    Hi everyone. Was wondering if this is the group of riders we met at the locked gate? One of you had fallen in the rocks trying to cross the gate.
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  6. OneEffinName

    OneEffinName Been here awhile

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  7. BetaTrialsGuy

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

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    Yup! I took the tumble! Next time I'll try something different.

    I'm going to visit the BLM in Palm Springs
    to see if there's some way that we can access this public land.

    I did ride to the top (before the fall) and the view was super.

    ELMER FUDD :eek1
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  8. BetaTrialsGuy

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

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    Don,

    I went to your blog, but only saw 11 photos (?) Not including the "chatting" photos. I tried to
    steal a few of the photos, but the result was fuzzy. What's up?

    I enjoyed riding with you, and if you are down in the desert next year, send me an email on
    this Adventure Rider site. Maybe we can go riding.
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  9. mgr

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    It was cool meeting everyone, I guess I need to visit this site more often. Been out here 3 months and now it is time for us head home. Maybe next year I can join in . Have fun and be safe.
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    HazMatt Adventurer

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  11. gearheart

    gearheart Bombrun Lackey

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    That's no crash, Tom's bike just has narcolepsy!
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  12. K9SAR499

    K9SAR499 I can make that!

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    na he found a gold nugget and made it look like a crash
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  13. BetaTrialsGuy

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    If you'll take a close at the photo, you'll see that the time on my watch
    shows 5 minutes to one! I never crash after one o'clock, so it was very
    close to a non-crash day when I blew it! If that was a Trials section, I
    would have scored 5 points against me! Dag-nab-it!

    I do believe that there's a slightly better trail up and around the rocks as
    a result, so it should get easier after a few more crash rides around the
    gate. Either that, or Jonz should duplicate about 20 new keys from the
    master gate key he (probably) still has!

    Over and out!
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  14. gearheart

    gearheart Bombrun Lackey

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    Ahh, that explains it. I didn't realize that it was BEFORE 1:00. I thought you saw a quarter on the ground or maybe a gold nugget like Kelly said.

    And I agree, I think the only fair thing for Jonz to do in exchange for laying down on his duty and failing to lead the FFL is to loan us the gate key to make just a couple copies...!
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  15. BetaTrialsGuy

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

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    Having seen a Desert Tortoise on our Bomb Run ride, I decided to look up some information
    about them on Wikipedia.

    That was only the 2nd Desert Tortoise I've seen in nearly 20 years
    of riding in the Southern California deserts. He was dead center on the Bradshaw Trail, and
    likely to have been run over by a 4 wheeler, so Don (1effiname) picked him up and removed
    him off to the side of the road, in the direction that the tortoise looked like he was headed.

    There are some photos of the tortoise previously on this thread, I think?

    Here's what Wikipedia says about our tortoise friend and our actions:
    The desert tortoise is a herbivore. Grasses form the bulk of its diet, but it also eats herbs, annual wildflowers, and new growth of cacti, as well as their fruit and flowers. Rocks and soil are also ingested, perhaps as a means of maintaining intestinal digestive bacteria as a source of supplementary calcium or other minerals. As with birds, stones may also function as gastroliths, enabling more efficient digestion of plant material in the stomach.

    Much of the tortoise’s water intake comes from moisture in the grasses and wildflowers they consume in the spring. A large urinary bladder can store over forty percent of the tortoise's body weight in water, urea, uric acid and nitrogenous wastes. During very dry times they may give off waste as a white paste rather than a watery urine. During periods of adequate rainfall, they drink copiously from any pools they find, and eliminate solid urates. Adult tortoises can survive a year or more without access to water.

    One defense mechanism the tortoise has when it is handled is to empty its bladder. This can leave the tortoise in a very vulnerable condition in dry areas, and they should never be alarmed, handled or picked up in the wild unless they are in imminent danger (like in a road). If they must be handled, and their bladder is emptied, then water should be provided in order to restore the fluid in their body.

    So, it looks like the right thing was done by Don!

    Whoo-Hoo!
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  16. byways

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    Great advice. I had a similar experience in Mojave Nat'l Preserve. In my 4Runner, I rolled right over one thinking it was a rock, then thought, hey, I think that was a tortoise. I stopped and walked back, and it was. I moved it off the road, but that was before I understood how careful one must be to first ascertain where the tortoise was heading and place it accordingly. Not sure I did. But at least I got it off the road. It didn't pee on me.
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  17. gearheart

    gearheart Bombrun Lackey

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    I have several of your guidebooks and find them consistantly good stuff.

    As far as tortoises, we have seen several around the Bradshaw. It's always a treat when we do. (we move 'em off the road if we find them there too)

    I am not surprised that when asked, the general public "knows" that off road enthusiasts are the main danger to desert tortoises while actually it's ravens and respitory desease that claim most. I have never seen a dead one near a road but have found a number of shells far from any trails with no sign of shell damage.
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  18. K9SAR499

    K9SAR499 I can make that!

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    by the way the 640 has been updated and no more franken pipe along with other fixes. I went way to low on the gearing and had fun not using first but now i hope to have found a happy spot. ILM (insidelinemoto) hooked me up and Tim and Matt know Ktms.
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  19. K9SAR499

    K9SAR499 I can make that!

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    I'm so ready to ride other then a little heavier but I will wrk on that.
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  20. RAZR

    RAZR u may run the risks my friend but I do the cutting

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