Day Trippin' Around the Coachella Valley, Ca.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by folknride, Feb 4, 2011.

  1. folknride

    folknride Old Adventurer

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    We've been here for just over 3 weeks, doing lots of riding and enjoying the great weather (and feeling sad for the rest of the continent).
    Here's a link to a bunch of pictures - some with Mrs. folknride, some with new friend and inmate, denny, some solo, some ride-and-hike. What a beautiful part of the world!
    https://picasaweb.google.com/guitaride/2011PalmDesert#
    We have almost another month - lots of day trippin' to come.
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  2. rodr

    rodr Been here awhile

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    Nice! Do you have any maps of your route that you can post?
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  3. folknride

    folknride Old Adventurer

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  4. GB

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    Great pics! Thanks for the link.. looks like you're having a superb vacation.
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  5. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    Pics look fantastic:clap. I love that area. When you went to JTNP and took Geology, did you go thru Berdoo Canyon? When in Boreggo, did you happen to continue west on 22 up the mtn? Thats a very nice ride with many options once on top of the hill. Any golfin'?
    Hows Picasa working out? I don't have a place to park pictures so I can post. Still a 'newer' & trying to figure it all out.
    Keep the pics coming, I can never get too much of the deserts!
    Enjoy your time in Kali.
    Sam

    P.S. Nice bikes:freaky
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  6. folknride

    folknride Old Adventurer

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    Thanks Sam
    I didn't get to Berdoo Canyon Road - the weather started to get pretty nasty - cold, high gusty winds, blowing sand, so I just looped around. I hope to get there though.

    Yes, we did go west of Borrego Springs on S22, NW on 79, then 371 and 74 back to Palm Desert - great roads and a little bit of everything the landscape has to offer. Denny led some great twisty rides (and a bit of dirt) in the area bounded by Idyllwild in the North, Jacumba on the south, Salton Sea to the east and Mt. Palomar on the west. I'll try to post some GPS tracks.

    We're not golfers, so lots of time to ride. I'm a musician (guitar picker/singer/songwriter), so have been playing some jams and such - our days and nights seem full!

    Picassa works fine for me, although I'm reaching the max free space, and will have to decide to remove older pics or but some space.

    We were thinking of taking advantage of the fact that everyone will be watching Superbowl today and do a nice ride, but now there are all these dire warnings about drunks on the road :eek1 so we may just hang out today and watch the tube.
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  7. folknride

    folknride Old Adventurer

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  8. TK-LA

    TK-LA SoCal Rider

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    I'm heading out by Joshua Tree and Idyllwild just next weekend. After seeing your pix I'm even more anxious to get going.....
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  9. benwiggin2

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    I always wanted to go the the oasis out there.
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  10. folknride

    folknride Old Adventurer

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    I went for a (totally boring - just straight flat hiway) ride to a very interesting destination yesterday - south to the Salton Sea (smells bad!) and Slab City at Niland CA.
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    Whatever your religious/spiritual bent is or isn't, I think it would be hard not to be moved in some way by this creation. Leonard Knight has constructed his biblical opus in the southeastern corner of California (near Niland)....it is a very strange place...Leonard is a strange man. I met him and shook his hand. He works every day on his creation, but no longer climbs to the top carrying hay bales. He must be well into his eighties. He constructs the "structure" of some of his spaces with hay bales and old tires.Leonard has spent over 25 years in the the desert. He has volunteers that help him now.
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    I guess I wasn't the first two wheel visitor. :lol3

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    The volunteer fellow told me his first creation was a 200 ft. hot air balloon with this message on it. I probably saved his life by crashing before he could fly in it! Then he started a structure made of concrete and gravel, but an earthquake brought it down. He then switched to the current adobe mixture. which is apparently earthquake resistant!

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    Vehicles of all sorts don't escape Leonad's message.

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  11. folknride

    folknride Old Adventurer

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    They called this part (I think) the museum. It's a more or less enclosed structure (Hobbits would be happy here).
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    The message is eveywhere, but somehow not in that "in your face" kind of way. :huh

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    Talk about a tree house!

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    Some good, practical advice!

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    Leonard hangs out in the station wagon tent.

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    The view at the top is pretty impressive.

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    This was my favorite bit.

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    Took a quick tour around Slab City - this is where I'm going to retire when I need to retire from my retirement!

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    No rent - no rules!

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  12. riceless

    riceless Let's Ride!

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    I've read about this place but never been or even seen pictures of it. Now that I know where it is, I'm going. Thanks.
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  13. folknride

    folknride Old Adventurer

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    It looked like there might be some interesting riding around Slab City, but I don't know if that is still in "closed to OHV" territory.
    It'll be a long ass haul down the expressway and 111 on your new Italian mistress! :lol3:lol3:lol3
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  14. folknride

    folknride Old Adventurer

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    Went for a ride (for a latte) in Palm Springs yesterday and parked beside a black '05 (I believe) 950 - ADV stickers, Illinois plate, looked like two up, on Palm Canyon.
    If this is you, and you're riding locally for a while, drop me a PM, maybe we'll get a ride together.
    I had a 950 exactly like it until Oct. I go the 990.
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  15. folknride

    folknride Old Adventurer

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    My wife went shopping, weather is predicted to turn chilly, so I went for a longish desert loop to see what Lake Havasu, Az. is all about.
    The route - 685 km (425 mi) - left at 9:00, back at 5:00. I didn't stop much for pictures or anything except gas - just enjoyed those loooong lonely desert hiways. (America and The Eagles kept playing in my brain)
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    I headed east on I 10, then north up 177 to 62. I don't believe I saw more than 10 other vehicles (only 1 bike) until I got to 95 north to Needles, when the truck and RV traffic hit.
    The sky and the expanse of nothingness was intoxicating.


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    My GPS led me astray a little - it took me to Lake Havasu in a loop from the north, so I had to deal with I 40 for a while.
    I have to say I was a little disappointed with Lake Havasu in general, and Havasu City in particular - kind of looked like a giant strip mall. Couldn't find a spot to get a decent picture, the Sate Park wanted to charge me 10 bucks to circle the parking lot (no thanks), then then I watched 3 police cars chase a dirt biker around some gravel roads he was riding. :eek1
    However, I'm sure it's a great place when you know where to go and what to do.

    My lame shots of the lake.

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    More to come - gotta watch Glee :rofl
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  16. riceless

    riceless Let's Ride!

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    A perfect choice for a day ride on the mighty KTM. :clap
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  17. folknride

    folknride Old Adventurer

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    The country around Parker and the Parker Dam is beautiful. I'm now sorry I took so few pictures.

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    A broad expanse of wetlands, then the lake, then the red rock montains!

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    Rode through Parker, then back on to 62 to Twentynine Palms (where are they?).

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    Hiway 62 should be boring but it's just so long and straight and the desert is so vast, with ancient mountains rising out of it like islands, it's just really cool (for a prairie boy anyway).

    Refueled with a double latte in Yucca Valley (thank god for Startbucks!). It was blowing a bitch dropping into the north west end of the valley by the wind turbines. I had the bike leaned over and was perched on the edge of the seat like I was in a road race, just to keep from being blown off the road. :eek1 But the tailwind was great on the freeway - home and in the hot tub in no time!
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  18. Yardstick

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    Great preview of what lies ahead for us! Thanks! :D My wife and I will be heading that way on Friday, going through Parker to JTNP and tooling around some of those areas through the weekend.
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  19. folknride

    folknride Old Adventurer

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    Hope the weather holds for you! Joshua Tree is wonderful - great riding. We really enjoyed it and have been back three times. It can be pretty chilly at that altitude (you probably know that). One day I was there and wore everything I had and was still pretty cool - and it was 75 in Palm Desert!
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  20. soaz

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