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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by NSFW, Jul 24, 2012.
Is that a stock front fender? What year is that bike. Thanks!
Touratech high front fender.
I like that. Much more stream-lined than the stock fender. I am not sure it is $162 worth of cool, but cool nonetheless. Thanks for the extra picture.
Hey all, awesome weekend in Big Bear last weekend, RR here:
sharp looking wee/functional too......
We covered 120 miles of mostly open single track, didn't see very much road. Our local guide gave us a good loop for LAB2V practice; lots of hill climbs, rocky descents, ridge trails, canyons, lots of whoops and 2 sand washes, the last being at about mile 100 when we were pretty well whipped. We saw lots of ribbons or trail markers on bushes, not sure if they were old or new but based on who led our ride ... that's all I'm gonna say.
Here are some pics from the Sunday Ride consisting of myself, catalina38, TCal, and our fantastic ride leader, Bill Jenkins. Bill knows his stuff out there and is a great asset to our little group.
Meet up at 4 Corners (Kramer Junction)
Start of our ride
Checking our tracks, yep, going the right way
On the way to Husky
One of the single tracks over the ridge line to Husky featured a nasty wash out that had us all going through one bike at a time, the Honda and the big KTM's softened it up for me
At Husky ... it is always a moving moment at that spot
Out to Cuddyback, here is our AWESOME ride leader
Catalina38 and TCal making some lines behind us
Talking about the weather with the locals in J-burg
One of these bikes is not like the other ... Randsburg
After lunch in Randsburg, TCal headed back to LA. We finished up our run to Boron at a really good clip and just didn't have the opps to snap any pics. Here is one that captures Bill cresting a hill, Catalina38 half way up. Me at the bottom thinking this is a nasty hill.
It was a great day in the desert
There is a vfw in boron has 3 dollar beers.
Big bike ride last weekend, Browneye, Spafxer, BigTodd, Lonestar2112, 2ADVGS. 625 miles over 3 days. North to Kernville, Johnsondale, Camp Nelson, Mounain Home, and return.
This was one of those rides where you’re just glad to get out on the road with your bike, and the first segment getting out of town is kinda boring and traffickey, and then you meet up with everyone and it just gets better and better and better.
It was also a pretty low-key ride, easy routes and really scenic, something to keep your eyeballs moving at all times. And I call it a success when there’s no carnage. No mishaps. Well, ‘cept the bee stings, one flat, and a broken fishing rod.
Breakfast at the Gorman meetup spot and then headed north to Bakersfield, we just kept going up 178 since we wanted to do all of our exploring up the Western Divide Hiway north of Kernville. Stopped there in Kernville for gas and a brew at the Kernville Brewing Co. and then kept going, stopped at Sherman Pass Hiway, then on up to Johnsondale area and hit the dirt to Windy Gap.
Lunch stop. Everybody was all smiles...
Yours truly, the 'browneye', at Windy Gap
From the top of the mountains down to Camp Nelson is a sleigh ride of dirt curves. Todd says he can tell when my butt gets sore because I start riding faster and faster. We were really booking down the mountain road. Found our cabin, Jim’s neighbor let us use it for the weekend. Gorgeous. More pics later. But here’s where we pulled up.
The Tule river is just down at the end of the road there so we sauntered down and found a few pools to throw some hardware at the trout. Got some nibbles and strikes but no keepers.
Later we had cocktails and beers on the patio and enjoyed the view. Todd tried out his optics on the hawks out yonder.
After sundown we walked over to Nelson Tavern and Mo’s Diner and had a few pitchers of ale and a burger. Yum. After dinner we were milling around the patio and a couple of bats kept flying through and between the buildings. They were so fast you had to stand still and could only get a glimpse as they flew through there.
So that was day one, part one...to read the rest of the report click the main thread link for Part Two.
Next day we rode down the pass to Springville. Wow, riding the twisties, what fun. Then low and behold its the Apple Festival in this little backcountry town. An entire street fair and rodeo going on, the place was packed, wall to wall people and cars. We pulled into the little market and gas stop there and found Brian, noob guy from ADVrider. Hes a riding maniac with a new F800GS. His former ride, a Multistrada. The guy can carve the corners on pavement.
Getting ready to split. We got our bbq'd Tri-tip sandwiches to go from one of the many EZup vendors and hit the road for Mountain Home.
Mountain Home State Forest is a little-known plateau up in Sequoia National Forest. You see a few locals from the valley that come up there but for the most part its desolate and quiet. The climb goes from Springville at about a thousand feet to well over six thousand feet. The view to the San Joaquin valley is amazing.
Giant sequoias dot the landscape and Hidden Falls is way out on the edge of the plateau and borders Golden Trout Wilderness. Not a soul there, no campers, nada. We did some boulder hopping and took in the falls.
After an hour of relaxing, a little fishing, and some lunch, the boy and cub scouts from Bakersfield showed up and they were running amok. One of them jumped into the pool Todd was fishing in, and wading with a net in the one I was fishing, so we took a ride up the mountain on the old forest service roads.
See if you can spot the camo man at the base of the giant sequoia here
Lonestar-Bob and BigTodd out rock hopping on the Tule river
On the way out we stopped at Frazier Mill Campground were we got to see some old growth stumps and some new towering Sequoias. I would have liked to camp out there but we had already decided to base-camp it at the cabin and leave all our gear there. Was pretty neat to ride empty bikes.
Todd is checking something out on the bear-box for the campsite. Nice group site area for tenting. Amazing fall colors
Brian on the huge old-growth stump in camp...
After winding our way back down the mountain we made our way back to Springville for gas and food since Mos was only open on Friday night. Back up the 190 to Camp Nelson to our cabin. What a place this was. Wood stove, fridge, hot water, really cool place
Saturday night we drank and ate and talked for hours
Sunday morning we were ready to ride at 8:30. On up to Alpine Village to the Ponderosa Inn where we had breakfast and hot coffee. At over six thousand feet it was foggy, misty and cold.
Today we were going down to Johnsondale and ride the trails to Portuguese Pass. Once we got out about 10 miles we kept running into road closed signs so we headed back down to Johnsondale and took the hiway to Kernville. I think Craig (Craig Black had tracks from a previous trip up there) had a go-round on his tracks but I didnt want to take a chance of getting out 25 miles and realize we had to turn around, or take nasty jeep trails to get out.
We gassed up in Kernville and then went back up the mountain out of Wofford Heights and caught the Rancheria Road trail. Another neat dirt route south, about 50 miles on logging road to Bakersfield.
Here we are on Rancheria Road west of Lake Isabella
We ended up with just beautiful weather, sunny and mild, no rain. Very enjoyable trek with a terrific group of very capable riders. Like I mentioned, no mishaps, no issues.
And thats pretty much it. We hit Bakersfield for gas and rocked the freeway to LA, home by 6pm, 625 miles in three days.
Thanks for coming along you guys, I had one of the best trips ever.
Great ride report Chris!!
We will be up there this weekend riding the greenhorn mountain area.
Will will be doing all the dirt single track up there and plan to have lunch one day at the ponderosa.
Looks like you guys had a great trip.
Someday soon I will get my big bike.
I sold the CRF250X last night...
For $100 less than I paid for it two years ago.
+1 on the RR
jerry, that is the bike i want to have, duh, i missed that one.
nice to have a small and big bike at the same time.....
see you sometime this winter.
while waiting for the desert to cool off, we sneaked out of state into moab ut.
sunday morning, waiting for our campsite being vacated
the price of gas in moab
moab cares for their land
ersin and i took a short trip to the hills above the campground
la sal mtn showing its fall colors
the famous lion's back was pretty deserted
10 mins away from the c.g, the arches national park
more good reading....http://www.nps.gov/arch/index.htm
ersin and ben
now, can you name those rock formations?
tower of babel
continuation of monday ride
next stop was at the balanced rock
then more stop, this time the tourist were curious what we're doing
too far to hike up and all i can do is zoom in
at another view point, larry leading the way
another hole in the rodk
wohooo, inside the park, there are legal dirt roads
cowgirl is enjoying it
the mid day temp was nice
those on small bikes got it made
hard to tell where the road is if not for those rocks
who needs a road when one can fly
at the end of this road, we hit the highway.
there are more pics of the hard stuff which i don't have. maybe the others can post them.
Moab was not in my plans. Was too far and I wasn't ready to do it, however when Joel invited me to share his truck and camp spot, I said "what the heck...". Was the best decision I made lately...
We met at 7:10 am on Saturday, loaded my 990 on the trailer and left LA in a beautiful Southern California day.
Joel drove all the way to Utah and we switched somewhere once we entered UT.
It was almost 11pm when we finally made it to Canyonlands Campground. No pictures from the night.
Next day we set up our tents in the morning.
My baby was ready to ride but it we decided to drive around town and some local trails.
Fall colors on the mountains were just amazing.
Met some local wildlife.
We stopped by at Porcupine Tim Trail head to check it out. It was on our "to do" list but it turned out to be a black diamond single track. We thought it would be hard on some guys with small bikes, you know, e.i: Riddler... :)
Entrance for Porcupine
Then we checked out an "open house" right around the corner from trail head. Specious and had a great view.
Without a door, not too safe though.
On our way back to camp, we stopped by at Lion's Back and Baby Lion's Back. Big one was closed to public. Little one was still open and we came back to check it out later.
This is day 0.
Next day our ride officially began. Day 2:
We, happy campers, and Larry planned to ride Arches National Park to see some touristic spots first.
$5 per rider
Mornings were a bit chilly
Bill & Larry
Our ride through park was full of breath taking views. We stoped at 4 major spots. This is one of the most famous ones, "Balanced Rock"
Joel (love that skinny pants) & Larry
Holes and arches were everywhere
We couldn't make the trip to the "Delicate Arch". It was over a mile hike one way and we had a looong way to go, including a dirt road.
Weather and sky were just perfect
Next stop was "Landscape Arch". However it was too hot for me to make the 1 mile hike, as well as Cindy. So we waited half way and had a chit chat in front of this view
We were finally done with sightseeing and headed down to dirt roads to have fun.
Regrouping after some easy dirt.
And finally real fun began.
We had to climb this steep hill with big boulders and sand. It was kind of like Mengel and Goler steps in Death Valley. John attacked it first with his 250 and made it look easy. But it was really challenging and tired hikers decided to take the easy way around. It was me, Ben, JohnG and Larry to continue.
I decided to go first and made it to the top with only one stall. :lol:
Ben followed me.
And John (again)
One last look back from the top
After this climb there was lots and lots of granite slabs, both up and down, and lots and lots of deep sand. But we managed to make it to our next stop with out any problem. Were were the only ones there, it gotto be the impassable trail. :lol:
Sorry no pics of the road, but I have videos coming next.
After about 10 miles of sand and more sand, we met with rest of the group to finish the day.
Larry's one of many wheelies.
This wraps up Day 2. Our first day was supposed to be an easy introduction to Moab but that last part of dirt really kicked out buts. We were not expecting that much sand and steps. We were really tired, but it totally worth it.
Day 3 is coming...
Here is my RR for White Rim Trail. A looooong day...
Our first day was "supposed" to be an easy introduction to Moab. But since none of us has ever been to Moab, we didn't have any idea what to expect. Therefore second part of Day 1 was much much harder than we expected and kicked our butts.
At least we knew what was coming this time. About 160 miles round trip with no gas and water. Once we leave Moab and hit dirt about 10 miles north of town, we began ascending rapidly.
We met early to make it back before sun down. We were ready at 8:00am. And look, even the small bikers are joining us today. :lol:
We decided on minimum stops since it was going to be a looong day. Joel wasn't happy of course. :lol:
Here is our first stop. Gemini Bridges. Larry and Tom walked down to take a look at it. I didn't, so no pictures but they say it was scary beautiful.
Then we had a long dirt hwy to this. Amazing dirty curves... :shock:
After our sweeper showed up, we begin our descent. Here he is, sliding all over the place. Show off.
It was some nice, curvy dirt road. Very dangerous since there was nothing to stop you from couple hundred feet drop if you stare at the beautiful scenery.
Regrouping at the bottom.
Here comes Joel
Nice bike Jon
Next challenge was long sand stretches along this beautiful river.
A panorama of the river
Damn, where ever you look, you need to take a picture
Road is somewhere down there.
Thumbs up for the views
Damn small bikers. :lol:
Ben and Joel. This is as close as they got to the edge.
This is where we had our lunch. There was a outhouse too, just in case.
This is Day 3 - Part 1 of 2. Rest is coming.
Part 2 of 2 for Day 3:
More beautiful scenery from White Rim Trail.
I think I've seen those in a movie. ???
Pat and ? :?
Larry & Bill
Sky was as good as it can be. Weather was almost perfect. Not too hot. And dirt was red.
Can this be Mars???
Larry is on his way from the other side.
This place makes you feel like you are "nothing"...
What comes down, must go up. Or something like that... :lol:
Once we hit the pavement, we had about 20 miles to the camp. We were death tired but couldn't be happier.
Bill lost a footpeg today. But even he was in a good mood, as usual.
We were back way before we anticipated. We were lucky, no flats, no bike problems, etc. We awarded ourselves with all you can eat pizza, salad and soup. Beer and cheese soup was something else.
This is end of Day 3 - White Rim Trail. Coming next is Chicken Corner and Kane Spring Road.
As usual, all pictures are on my SmugMug.
Day 4 is Chicken Corner ride. A short day, low mileage.
Hurrah Pass (4780 ft)
This one is for Ben's desktop.
Welcome back to adventure riding Ben.
Your west looks like a BC Joel.
John and his Reklused 250 (cheater) :lol:
More beautiful scenery
But this is the most beautiful one.
Watch it Ben
Larry did a great job putting this ride together.
Lunch at Chicken Corner.
Chicken Corner is a dead end and you need to go back all the way but it totally worth it
I just cant stop taking pictures
Ben is admiring the scenery
Joel is checking out the hiking trail at the end of the road. I dont know if it goes around the corner, didn't try to find it out.
On our way back, John had to put some air in his rear tire. Luckily it wasn't a flat.
Red red red
Joel is over taking this cyclist on a uphill using his internal combustion engine in his favor.
Isn't it pretty???
We split at Kane Creek road to check it out. Larry, John and I decided to explore a little more. Ben had a problem with his bike and Joel was tired.
Ben and John
Kane Creek Road was very rocky didn't have opportunity to take a lot of pictures.
I have a very nice video though. I'll post it once it is uploaded.
We had a great dish that night. John fixed a chicken dinner in a Dutch Owen. It was delicious. Joel has some pictures of it.
Next is Onion Creek.