California - The Adventure Republic

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by NSFW, Jul 24, 2012.

  1. bigtodd

    bigtodd Hi, wanna ride?

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    What a great day in the desert, Bill (ConTeacher) led John and I on great loop that incoporated previous LAB2V hard way sections, lots of single track (more like tire tracks), hill climbs and of course sand. Bill had taken me on some of these tracks before and John kep saying the same thing over and over, "Bill has this desert wired", he kept us moving connecting one track to another all day.

    Drove out to a secret staging area :wink:

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    The top of one of our many hill climbs

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    On our way out to the Husky Monument, Bill led us up some swithcback single track

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    We hung out at Husky for a little bit

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    Some more beautiful tracks out of Husky. The pics don't show it very well but this whole area looked like it had been dusted in green powder.

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    We made a quick stop at Inscription Canyon; Bill and John

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    A high speed run getting to our next track, Bill out in front and John behind

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    We made a quick stop in Helendale for a pitcher and then back to the trucks. The ride back to the trucks had everything to offer and we were riding fast (no pics); dancing around the bushes, narrow winding sand washes, whoops and wash outs.

    Thanks for the tour Bill :bow
  2. jnyrav

    jnyrav Been here awhile

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    +1 Bill, that was fantastic. Thanks for a great ride!
  3. KaptSlo

    KaptSlo www.DirtBikeStuff.net

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    Glad you guys had fun! Next time we'll head east to Slash-X then out toward Johnson Valley. On a side note, you can tell we had 35mph wind - my hair never stands up like that, even with Brylcream...
  4. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

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    more like this....:yikes with a smile

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    thanks todd for the pics and rr. you guys don't mess around, trying to get as much winter riding you could find. hey that pic of the petroglyph is priceless.


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    love to join you but i was busy getting the bike ready for the mojave trail ride this sat and sunday. looks like rain coming this friday in barstow and lauglin. perfect timing.
  5. Nubs

    Nubs Dakarmelized

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    Sweet pics!
  6. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    Nice!
    So, we get to put a face to a name of 'promoter extrordinare'. :D



    I keep missing out on these epic rides. My life sucks. :cry



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  7. isaac004

    isaac004 Been here awhile

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    Here is a preview based on a ride with my Dad on 3/2-3/4/13. For full details and story, go here: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=869090

    Rhyolite.
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    Titus Canyon.
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    Charcoal Kilns.
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    Heading down Wildrose Rd back to Panamint.
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    The infamous Goler Wash Steps. Though they are not so big now!
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    Mengel Pass...
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    My bike took a little nap, but all due to my fault and lack of attention, not really a hard spot. :lol:
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    Top of Mengel Pass.
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    Striped Butte.
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    A sand storm was blowing quite hard, as you can see at Warm Springs and West Side Road.
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    Can you spot my Dad?
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    LOST was here!
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    Racetrack Playa
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    The Playa from a distance.
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    Ubehebe Crater.
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  8. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    Very nice Isaac. Capturing the flavor of DV.
  9. jnyrav

    jnyrav Been here awhile

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    Fantastic, Issac...

    You're getting us ready for DV!
  10. isaac004

    isaac004 Been here awhile

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    Yep, I'm just cleaning the place out for you guys since I can't make the big ride! :rofl
  11. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

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    very nice pics isaac. i wonder how much better they will turn out if you bring a real camera...:D

    thanks for posting them, we get to see what's awaits us at the noobs rally.

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  12. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

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    BARSTOW-MOJAVE TRAIL-LAUGLIN NEVADA

    for years, i've heard of the MOJAVE TRAIL and really had no interest because of the difficulty level. i hate sand. anyway, it's not far from home, why not. worst case, turn around and go home.

    this ride had been planned a few times for a span of 2 months, but we could not get the planets to aligned themselves. the end of winter is already around the corner, and we have to make this happen.

    finally a date was set - march 9 and 10....and glad to see 5 riders made a solid commitment plus a rider coming from vegas to join us part of the trail. later in the week, a blessing from the sky came as a rain ...that pretty much sealed the deal. the damp sand on both days was a big plus on traction.

    no, i won't do this ride solo or just with a partner. the place is unfamiliar and easy to get lost, the desert is not forgiving, fuel is critical, the terrain is challenging, and to say the least, the total miles is about 400. we are lucky, we found a good rider (lior) who is familiar with the area and offered to lead the ride.

    the plan was to truck to barstow. stage the ride from there, take the dirt route to afton canyon then to kelbaker.

    on the antelope freeway, the drive up and a reminder winter is still here
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    typical socal winter sport...skiing and desert dirt bike riding
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    along the 14
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    approaching the town of mojave
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    staying here friday night
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  13. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

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    after breakfast at ihop, all are here and showing off our body gloves cap
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    from barstow took a little pavement on our way to the trailhead
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    lior in a ktm jacket who i invited so he can lead the ride.
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    a little puddle from yesterday's rain. nice, the desert got soaked but not washed out.
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    i love the wide open space
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    todd rides a 600 lb. gsa everywhere, but this time on the 525 exc, he felt that a heavy weight was lifted off his shoulder.
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    crossing the infamous mojave river at afton canyon
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    wasn't really that deep
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    more coming. tune in.
  14. junglemototours

    junglemototours trailplug

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    You picked a perfect weekend for it.....:lurk
  15. M1Jeep

    M1Jeep Long timer

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    I love this trail! A great way to spend a day in the majestic Mojave desert. :clap
  16. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

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    we were lucky indeed. hot weather is soon upon us.

    thanks jmt for keeping up


    rich, do you remember? we were here in april 4, 2008
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    wow...sand was pretty skeeery those days.....:lol3
  17. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

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    back to the rr...:D

    the second afton water crossing is deep enough to get your feet wet. eric on his brand new 2013 500exc.
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    no matter how you look at it, that bike is too small for this rider...hahaha
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    not easy for the gs
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    easy breezy
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    little donut is all todd could do to conserve fuel
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    time to play in the dunes. eat my chocolate colored tracks
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    can you see 2 PPs
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    hey, we made sure that gate was closed behind us
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    more later.....:evil
  18. M1Jeep

    M1Jeep Long timer

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    Awww man! Good times! That sand sure sucked up rear tires that day!
  19. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

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    back to the rr.

    tres caballeros me ayudaron muchas veces
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    zack and eric right behind me
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    the straight tire track is from lior, the rest are ours...hahaha
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    some sections are hard packed and smooth
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    zack likes to pick the harder line
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    better believe it, this is the mojave river
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    lots of deep sand, could not take pics once i get moving, but sometime i have to stop when i see good photo op.....sorry zack
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    once you stop, the sand will eat you
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    those small bikes just float on the surface
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    not me but just like me.........hahaha
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  20. bigtodd

    bigtodd Hi, wanna ride?

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    What a great weekend to be riding in the desert. The previous rains made the conditions ideal and as we found out at the Avi, we weren't the only ones thinking that. Cool temps, compacted sand, no dust ... AWESOMESAUCE!

    Most of the boys decided to stay in Barstow Friday night but I was good with leaving the beach Satruday morning and a leisurely 2 hour drive. Left at 5:30 and pulled into the Ihop parking lot a little before 7:30. We were rolling a little after 8:00; My 525, Joel's 540, Lior's 530, John's 690, Eric's 500 (brand new) and some crazy guy on a GS.

    Lior led a fantastic route and knows the trails very well. Figured we could do a shameless plug for Lior's Motors

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    Out in the distance there are a bunch of riders coming

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    And here they are

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    We rode several parts of the Mojave River, Joel riding the deep sand so fast the image is blurry

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    One of two water crossings in Afton Canyon, Joel making it look easy

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    The most prominent site of Afton

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    Johny and Zach making their way up

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    Here goes Joel

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    Good place to take a break

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    We saw this a lot ... maybe we can get Joel a lower seat

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    On the way out of Afton someone suggested a game of race the train ... no takers

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    Quick stop in Baker for gas and food. One of these bikes is out of place ... and no, that is not my red GS

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    Heading out of Baker on the edge of the dry lake

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    Quick rest at the flag pole a little ways out of Baker. Here is my "little girls" bike

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    There is a cool little frog party out there

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    After lots of sand we tackled the first techie hill climb

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    I am standing behind Joel and pointing that the left side is better, or maybe the right side. Looks like both lines make it

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    The other side of this valley is our destination

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    At the Avi, Lior had arranged VIP parking for us. It was a good thing too, the bike corral in the main parking lot was completely full.

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    Sunday morning Zach decided he had had enough sand and rode the GS home on pavement. John and Eric had to get back OC early and left ahead of us. Me, Joel and Lior headed out with Larry (GalacticGS) who joined us Sat night.

    at the Piute look out where Larry split off and headed for Vegas

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    Joel hauling ass down one of the sand tracks in the Mojave Reserve

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    We were getting a little bored so Joel decided to break off his rear fender to prove he was an engineer. Using duct tape and bailing wire he proved anything can be fixed if you are properly trained and prepared.

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    Repair holding up at top speed.

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    We ended up catching up with John and Eric and Joel rode into Baker with them while Lior and I rode out the long whoop section and then back down the sand wash to the dry lake where we hooked up again.

    Lior and I headed back out to the sand while the others slabbed back to Barstow. Here Lior is telling me about his 40 years of wandering in the desert ... wait wrong Israeli story

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    Back in Barstow, Joel is very happy to be back in his truck

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    After 2 days of riding on that tiny little seat, my 12 year old chevy truck never felt so luxurious driving home.

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