Death Valley invasion 2013

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by KTM640Dakar, Feb 26, 2013.

  1. Marco Moto

    Marco Moto Voyager

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    Thanks for sharing Todd, it's cool to see so many familiar faces!

    I'm happy for you guys, now go change the oil and get ready for Michigan!
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  2. Marco Moto

    Marco Moto Voyager

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    ...and by the way, I would have hammered the crap out of that rim to get Mark back on the trail! :D
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  3. Rob.G

    Rob.G Mostly Harmless

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    Wow.. so Mark is the one with the bent wheel and was also the guy who got the job of driving to and fro? That sucks.

    Like Marco said.. I woulda banged the thing straight again. Or gone into Ridgecrest or Beatty and looked for somebody who could repair it.

    Man, I miss DV. Thanks for the great photos!! BTW, after the hot springs, which way did you go to get to Scotty's Castle? I didn't recognize that canyon. You didn't go over Steel Pass did you?

    Rob
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  4. traveltoad

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    Oh trust me... we did.
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  5. traveltoad

    traveltoad Aaron S

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    Oh yeah, Steele Pass to Eureka Dunes around Crankshaft Junction is the only way to go...:evil
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  6. KTM640Dakar

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    Thanks for the kind words. I hope to get my bike back soon so I can take the route off my GPS and post it. I hear Mark finally made it back safely to Chicago.

    :clap
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  7. rednax

    rednax Been here awhile

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    "Gas is not cheap in the desert."
    Well...hmm...yesterday i payed 8.8 dollars for a us gallon of gas here in Sweden (just under 15 Kr for a liter):dog...anyway, nice report !
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  8. Plastrick

    Plastrick Been here awhile

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    Thanks for taking the time to write the report & take all the pics, I really enjoyed it.
    We have a group of guys similar to yours and we try to take one big ride a year. Looks like this year will be the Western TAT in late August.
    It's ride reports like yours that keep me going while I wait for the iced over trails to thaw.
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  9. KTM640Dakar

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    Added all of Matt's pictures. He sure likes that XR.
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  10. bigtrailie

    bigtrailie Pursuing happiness

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    I'm glad you were able to make use of my photos.
    My personal favorite:

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    I'm just gald that I took your advice and hung a cheap snap & shoot camera around my neck. It's amazing how many more nice shots you will get if you don't have to stop, remove your gloves, dig through your stuff and pull out a camera.
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  11. KTM640Dakar

    KTM640Dakar Motorsick

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    My vacation wallpaper.


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  12. bigtrailie

    bigtrailie Pursuing happiness

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    That license plate is looking slap-happy. You'd better add a zip tie or two, soon.
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  13. dmb

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    Nice report Todd...looks like you guys had a fun trip.:clap
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  14. Marco Moto

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    I'm glad to see that the kitty box survived another adventure! It was almost a goner up in da UP eh? :D
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  15. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper

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    Nice report!
    Thanks
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  16. Sandino

    Sandino Been here awhile

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    Very nice riport, great pictures, but, what is up with the ladiesĀ“pic? :rofl
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  17. KTM640Dakar

    KTM640Dakar Motorsick

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    Thanks, which ladies pic?

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  18. KTM640Dakar

    KTM640Dakar Motorsick

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    Almost a year since our epic Death Valley Ride. Wish we were there right now.


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  19. bigtrailie

    bigtrailie Pursuing happiness

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    I needed a reminder of how amazing the desert can be. What a great time! I hope to go back some day....with a bigger tank!
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  20. KTM640Dakar

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    What about this Febuary?
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