Day Trip To Californian Wast Land -Los Angeles - Salton Sea. 8 hours. Vstrom. PICS

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by goodcat8, Jan 11, 2013.

  1. Mr. G

    Mr. G Normal Dude

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    Trona is sort of "Zombie Apocalypse meets Mega Industrial Complex". You will find it very photogenic. I saw you on the list for the DV Noobs ride. Trona is a short ride from Panamint Springs campground, maybe 40 miles. Seveal miles past West Trona are the Pinacles which are Tufa formations that used to be under water in an inland sea. They filmed some of the Planet of the Apes, Star Trek and other westerns there.

    Looks like you hit Salton City. I ate at that restaurant maybe 8 years back. Vile food and god-awful tasting water. Great 4 wheeling and dry camping inland off of Marina Drive.

    Some of the best stuff is on the other side IE: Salvation Mountain, Bombay Beach, Slab City, etc. If you are going back for an overnight, I might be interested in joining you. I haven't been there in years.
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  2. goodcat8

    goodcat8 I can pass this guy.....

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    Just watched a documentary on Net Flix called Bambay Beach, chronicling 3 families that live there. Really creepy and interesting.
    I'm riding to San Francisco next month then the DV rally thing the month after. Gonna try and squeeze another Salton trip in around those runs.
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  3. Davethestick

    Davethestick Registered Rider

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    Great RR! :clap
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  4. vaara

    vaara Been here awhile

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    ... in an "oh god I wouldn't let my worst enemy live here" kind of way. It was once a thriving borax-mining town but now appears to survive on meth and little else. It's a bit like the Salton Sea, without the sea.
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  5. ceke

    ceke Been here awhile

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    Nice ride report :clap. I too am more fascinated by the area, been back a few times. If you go back be sure to check out the sights on the eastern side, there are active Mud Pits and the very interesting 'Slab City'. And a couple campsites on the eastern shore to stay overnight.
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  6. steve_k

    steve_k Long timer

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    Great pix!

    I was out there on the 19th and stopped in Desert Shores for a break.
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  7. lookatdirt

    lookatdirt Been here awhile

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    In the last few years, I have been fortunate enough to make annual loops around the western United States. In my travels, I have seen some pretty depressing places, i.e. some pretty sad American Indian Reservations, and fading desert towns (read: meth scurge), etc. My motorcycle travels have taken me as far north as Calgary, as far east as Nebraska and as far south as San Felipe, MX. Trona stands out in my mind as the most mind boggling shit hole I have ever ridden through. Depressing, even. I retract my earlier post. Everyone needs to see it.. :eek1 Hey, Death Valley is right around the corner, and that's the payoff.
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  8. goodcat8

    goodcat8 I can pass this guy.....

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    I've got the 2013 Death Valley Noob ride coming up in March, maybe ill wander over that direction. Seeing desolation reminds me to appreciate that which I have.
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  9. Dr. Greg

    Dr. Greg Tryin' to get home..

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    My first Boy Scout camping trip, in 1958, was at the Salton Sea (east shore, however). Looks like things haven't changed much...:eek1

    Very much enjoyed your RR and pics.

    --Doc
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  10. liveonce

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    Great pictures! I just came back from a daily run from Highland to Salton Sea, Salvation Mountain, Slab City, and Painted Canyon. Coming back I got slammed by a wind storm passing Indio , even a CHP pulled me over and suggested to waited out. I am new to this forum, i will need to learn how to post some pictures.
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  11. Tim_Tom

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    Hell, Trona is nice compared to Johannesburg and Red Mountain. The shells of those two towns are really post-apocalyptic. And if you are in the area already, the Pinnacles are worth the stop in to see. Especially by motorcycle, you can have quite a bit of fun drifting around some really big and pointy rocks.

    Regarding the Salton Sea, great pictures!
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  12. AZ Mark

    AZ Mark Long timer

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    :thumbup Thanks for the ride... Great images
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  13. bhb

    bhb Been here awhile

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    My initial thoughts exactly. Looks almost inviting! Been awhile since I've been out that way myself, may head that way before it gets undesirably hot.
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