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Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by 2on2off, Dec 18, 2009.
Any one done Cerro Gordo... and east over to White Talc Mine road... back to 190 ?
Rode N/E from Cerro Gordo 2 years ago. The road dead ends and I didn't think there was much to see. I understand the road down hill from Cerro Gordo heading N/E has seen some damage from the heavy rains the past two summers.
We all need to hear from someone who has ridden it lately.
Cerro Gordo is over 8,000 ft so they may have gotten some snow and ice from the storm that is going through parts of California right now.
Call the Cerro Gordo care taker, Robert, for current conditions at: 760-876-5030
Just rode 190 to South Pass into Saline and over Lippencott to the Race Track and out to Scotty's...
South Pass on Wednesday was muddy with patches of ice, but had been recently bulldozed. Yes bulldozed not graded. From South Pass to 190 a grader had been working making for a variable road surface with sucker holes filled with silt. There was fresh snow up there this morning, 2-4 inches.
Saline to Lippencott was mellow with nothing to report...
Lippencott yesterday was a highway. A few loose marbles here and there but we brought 5 1200 Gs's and one even had a sidecar up it. My 800xc fared the best..
The road from the racetrack out was a loose washboarded hell that only seemed to smooth out at about 45-50 mph...
There was a "moisture event" as the ranger liked to call it with snow down to about 5k feet. Not a lot, only 2-4 inches at best... Temps were chilly up high today and the wind was nuking...
weather was cold. during the day it was fine about 35-55. at night it dropped to pretty low, nothing froze. sunny. it was nice. right amount of gear does the trick.
Trona Wildrose is open as of Sunday 2-2-14. The barricades are down.I even tested the repair area still in gravel, top speed on the 640 is 96MPH with 16/47 gearing. Smooooth! no CHP in sight.
Titus is good to go on a Goldwing, Echo canyon is the usual loose gravel most of the way through with a rock step halfway through, our group had a 950A & 950SE. Both made it no problem.
Titus Canyon 1-1-2014
Titus was a little chewed up in the middle from rain runoff.
Lippencott was the same as usual... rocky, fist sized rocks everywhere, a few steps (we went up).
Steel Pass and the wash just above the hot springs is a little chewed up from rain runoff.
Echo Canyon is exactly the same.
Chloride Cliffs and the road to it is the same, smooth gravel.
pretty much the whole park is doable on any dual sport by an experienced rider. and is all open.
Morning report today says:
Panamint Valley Road is open with gravel and 1-lane in places
Wildrose is Closed.
The wildrose sign is laying face down, its wide open
Wow, the KTMs didn't break down? That must be a first...
Only the Suzukis (broken chain guides)and Husky (blown engine)had issues, the KTM's worked flawlessly.
Even Rob's abused bike.
Must have been some voodoo and star/planetary alignment going on....
No, just superior Austrian engineering.
How would you know anyhow, you ride a Triumph.
Ha ha. I had a 950 for years. That is how I know.
Besides, I regularly work on 950/990 on almost every trip I go on. Something is always going wrong with them...
They are great machines IF they are running.... Don't pretend you don't know what I'm talking about. Just friendly jabs here my friend...
@pcvance and @RAZR, I don't see a 950/990 on your bike resume... So how would either of you know?
i don't own a 950/990
They don't. They have lite-bikes, which are rather quite good from KTM, and that's what they're talking about, ad infinitem.
It's the LCx's that have so many problems.
Let's get back to DV riding conditions...
Did anyone get a wheel on the grade coming off Cerro Gordo down to Saline? We are trying to plan rides for the noobs and hear it got washed out really bad and virtually impassable. A few of us may go up ahead of time to pre-ride it. Maybe a trip to Lone Pine or Bishop and put a couple'a rides in.
Someone posted the gate keepers phone # there in cerro gordo, im sure he'll know.
Planning a ride through North/South Passes, warm springs and Lippincott.
This recent storm could have dropped several inches of snow in that area. Anyone riding Saline Valley this weekend? Would like to get a report of the rain and any snow that fell.
It is suppose to be very warm next weekend in DV so I'm wondering if any snow or ice that has fallen might melt by then.
Any current intel?