dEATh vALLey nOObs rALLy 2016

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by GSequoia, Mar 27, 2016.

  1. GSequoia

    GSequoia Where are my tools?

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    It's that time of year again, time for the DVNR. The best time you can have around Death Valley without having to use an alternate identity!

    Let your reports fly here. You can start your rolling report now or wait until you get back. I hope to check in on this thread throughout the event as I find cell coverage, for now lets just say it's the last minute and I still have D606s to mount, typical really.

    Looking forward to this!
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  2. Molonlabemike

    Molonlabemike Been here awhile

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    Damn you! Was just going to make a thread, this will have to do!

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    Nothing like last min prep!
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  3. GSequoia

    GSequoia Where are my tools?

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    I know that feeling. Trailer's hooked up, bike gets loaded tomorrow morning then hit the road.

    What time are you leaving Los Angeles?
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  4. Molonlabemike

    Molonlabemike Been here awhile

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    Planning on leaving Hollywood at 12-1. The goal is 12 but with my work 1 might needed. You?
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  5. GSequoia

    GSequoia Where are my tools?

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    Hopefully a good deal earlier from Torrance.
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  6. GSequoia

    GSequoia Where are my tools?

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    A couple of mishaps but I'm on the road and on the way. One of these will at least be an entertaining campfire story.

    If you're social media savvy let's use these hashtags:

    #dvnr2016
    #advrider
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  7. FullSails

    FullSails Drunken Raider

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    All packed up, bikes loaded, all I have to do now is leave. Be there tomorrow afternoon! cant wait!

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  8. airborndad

    airborndad Long timer

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    Just one picture for now
    NSFW (aka Joel) spotted and captured on film in Titus

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  9. Odiegreen73

    Odiegreen73 Marginal Adventurer

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    TXJames making it look easy on the big GS -Goler Wash [​IMG]

    Gotta give the man props rode his GS from Texas, rode up Lippencott, got rattled to death on road from racetrack to the crater, made it to the top oft he Cloride Cliffs, made it through Goler over Mengel [​IMG]

    Fun times as always

    Can't wait till next year

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  10. isaac004

    isaac004 Been here awhile

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    Thursday 3/31
    Geoff's (GSequoia) Reward Mine Ride, 157 miles

    As Mike and I were gearing up Thursday morning, we still had not decided what we were going to ride. At the last minute we decided it would be cool to tag along with Geoff and check out something new, the Reward Mine. And so we joined, and would help Geoff out on sweep duty as well as some leading later on.

    The group as we left the gas station. From the left, Ben, Full Time Adventure Dave, Mike, Bob, and Geoff.
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    On our way out to the mine, we stopped at the DV sign on 190 just west of the park.
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    A quick stop at the Manzanar Airfield. All the times I had driven by this place on 395, I had never realized what it was. This was also the site of a Japanese Internment Camp.
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    On our way up, Dave was the victim of a Spotted Desert Jumping Rock. Here he is attempting to lift the bike up before I can snap a photo.
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    Using a standard issue trail adjustment tool to bend that foot peg back into position.
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    Not sure what Geoff is doing here...
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    We arrived at the entrance to the mine, and entered the belly of the beast.
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    Group shot.
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    Exploring some more.
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    Geoff
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    As we rode back out, it was a bit trippy to have such a straight section of tunnel and see the constant rise up. Here is a shot with one of the tail lights...it looked cooler a few second before with multiple tail lights in a row.
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    Regrouped back outside.
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    Mike and Dave heading back down.
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    Geoff.
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    Almost back to 395, with a prescribed burn in the Sierra foothills.
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    We then took a lunch break at the Mt Whitney Restaurant. An older local busted in and immediately started talking about his KTM, quickly extinguishing any conversation we had between our riding group. While it was cool to hear his stories about working in Reward Mine, at some point we wanted our own conversation back. Mike saved the day by politely indicating that it was best for him to leave.

    Since we had plenty of afternoon left, I led the group on a set of tracks from 190 running east towards Darwin, to stay off much of the 190 pavement run.

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    Ben was fighting the soft conditions a bit, with Geoff in sweep.
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    The town of Darwin.
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    Once we arrived at Darwin, we picked up another XR650R rider and decided to slab it back as the shadows were getting long.

    A great ride, and big thanks to Geoff for organizing and showing us something new!
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  11. isaac004

    isaac004 Been here awhile

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    Friday 4/1
    Chloride Cliffs, Beatty, Titus, and a bonus round of Hunter Mountain, 211 miles

    Friday we joined Arnie's group that he had taken over from tbarstow to Chloride Cliffs and Titus Canyon. In the confusion of many things, the group dissolved and there were just a handful of us. We headed out to Chloride Cliffs, for our first photo op. From left, Mike, Rob, JT, Todd, and Arnie.
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    And Adventure Dave in tow.
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    Another Spotted Desert Jumping Rock blocks access to the Chloride Cliffs overlook.
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    The view of Death Valley from the overlook.
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    JT, Todd, and Mike.
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    Great view of Badwater, and Telescope Peak. -282 to 11,043 feet.
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    The Sierra's, with Mt Whitney visible. 14,505 ft, the highest point in the lower 48.
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    Mike coming down from the overlook.
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    We then took the dirt to Beatty for lunch, and then headed out to Titus Canyon.

    Unfortunately I did not take any shots in Titus this year, as there was a lot of car traffic to manage with and I had taken plenty of pictures in years past. For the first time I did turn my engine off and coast down the canyon, which was a great experience and is highly recommended.

    Since it was only 3:30pm, Mike and JT and I wanted a little more action then the slab back to camp. So using Dave's fuel pump, we topped off our tanks from our fellow riders, and then headed off to Racetrack Road and over to Tea Kettle Junction.
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    This was JT's first DVNR, and it was great to have him out. He is a long time climbing friend of Mike and I.

    We then headed up to Hidden Valley and Hunter Mountain. Here is a nice shot looking back down into Panamint Valley.
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  12. GSequoia

    GSequoia Where are my tools?

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    Great pictures, as always, Isaac! Thanks for co-leading Thursday's run.

    I'll start working on photos and reports here soon. For now I'll just say it was an eventful weekend and, as always, a blast. There were some mishaps but, as far as I know, nothing overly serious. That and the repeater worked!

    Also I must say my jaw dropped when I saw crazy old Garfey pull in Sunday afternoon. I had a good time chatting with him as I packed up.
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  13. liv2day

    liv2day Been here awhile

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    Great pics and report gents, was down there for my very first time the first week of March and had a fantastic time. The shots of the mine are really cool, we didn't get there (or teakettle junction), so it's neat to see 'em.

    Amazing place to ride and explore, props to the guys on the big bikes making up Chloride Cliff - that short climb was no joke...lol.

    Looking forward to see & reading the rest as it's posted :thumb:thumb
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  14. GSequoia

    GSequoia Where are my tools?

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    Also gotta say mad props to @angelboi for giving me that bottle of Jamesons Whiskey Sunday morning. He planned to share it with me Saturday night but like many of us he ended up too exhausted by then. That lit up my coffee this morning since I took the day off work (objectively to unpack, etc. Effectively so far to screw off and do nothing). [​IMG]
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  15. El Zorrillo

    El Zorrillo charity case

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    rode about 450 trouble-free miles over 3 days. good times! some of the places visited: saline hot springs, (caution: saggy ballsacks on display) darwin, olancha sand dunes (all 2 of 'em) cerro gordo, salt trams, chloride cliffs, titus canyon, beatty, rhyolite.

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    thanks joel for organizing & cat herding. see you next year!
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  16. Shooby

    Shooby Long timer

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    I'll post more later but leaving this here for discussion : seriously ? Mini SUV attempting Lippencott ascent.

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  17. GSequoia

    GSequoia Where are my tools?

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    Not not 100% sure as I don't have an exact play-by-play but I think I was in the middle of saying "I did it like this, I did it like that, I did it with a whiffle ball bat."
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  18. TheQuietOne

    TheQuietOne Adventurer

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    Is it just me or does the "road" to reward mine look worse than last year?
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  19. GSequoia

    GSequoia Where are my tools?

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    Just those particular photos, overall it was a tad bit easier this year.
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    meat popsicle Ignostic

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    Ignorance is bliss until you have to backup down an old mining road for miles.
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