Don't ride through Death Valley solo

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by DesertSurfer, Jan 1, 2010.

  1. mustardfj40

    mustardfj40 Been here awhile

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  2. canridertj

    canridertj LUCKY CAT!

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    Nice bit of driving.....impressed with the jeep...probably easier with the bike of course....well done....all this stuff makes my trip to DV in 2015 the more exciting....keep it coming...
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  3. DunlopC

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    I was stationed at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake in Ridgecrest, CA just after the Germans perished in the desert. (R.I.P.)
    I had my one and only Japanese motorcycle, a Suzuki DR-Z 400S that took me to many amazing places around Death Valley.
    Highlights include Panamint City ghost town, Father Crowley Vista Point, Darwin Falls, lots of petroglyphs, Fossil Falls (above Little Lake), Barker Ranch (charles manson's capture site) and the Indian Wells Brewing Company :freaky
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  4. elkgrichard

    elkgrichard Been here awhile

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    I've done Death Valley by myself. Amazing how beautiful it is and life is there all around you. It ain't so dead after all. I have some of the same pictures of those cactus plant/flowers myself.
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  5. elkgrichard

    elkgrichard Been here awhile

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  6. tundradirtbiker

    tundradirtbiker Been here awhile

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    I can't see how a front wheel low clearance van made it that far. Fairly rough wash road for anything low and slow. I don't take anything away from a motivated tourist in a rental car. Not after the El Dorado duo on cruise control headed down Hunter Mountain.
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  7. canridertj

    canridertj LUCKY CAT!

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    received those books I mentioned I had ordered some weeks ago...excellent...detailed trail information and mileage counts, directions, what to expect, what you're driving in and usually a great and interesting story about the area....highly recommend you check out the books available for many sections of california, nevada and so on...alder publishing....:D


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  8. enduro16

    enduro16 Been here awhile

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    Dam wish i lived out west, winter here and not enuff snow to snowmobile!!!! lmao
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  9. DesertSurfer

    DesertSurfer Tail sprayin

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    I reread this ride report because I'm heading back in two weeks through the same entrance in my H3 4x4 to pre run it.

    It's great reliving one of my first big adventure rides some 10 years ago. I still own my KTM 950 and have done many exciting adventure rides since then.

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    Adventure exploring has become a lifestyle for me and has helped me through some tough years including the loss of family members and a divorce. I still love to ride through the deserts solo, hoping to ride to the exotic and remote Bay of San Francisquito in mid Baja before the summer heat ( not a recommended solo trip).

    I'll try to post updated pics of what Goler and Mengal look like in a couple weeks. I may try to ride my KTM 950 through it early this fall if anyone has interest.
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  10. canridertj

    canridertj LUCKY CAT!

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    I did the death valley trip..amazing place....needed more time...didn't do all the trails I wanted to do because I was solo..didn't want to go down on the gsa in sand and not be able to lift it..very desolate place to be messing around unaccompanied...wish I had friends...damn..gotta stop telling people to piss off...I'd go again in an instant..just a matter of the lolly ($$)
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  11. DesertSurfer

    DesertSurfer Tail sprayin

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    I think developing the skills and preparedness to ride remote and solo is extremely valuable. It's rare these days to be able to coordinate rides with others time off, be in agreement on routes and have matching skill levels.

    I find it much easier traveling on my own as I've done most of my life.

    I've been able to travel to more places this way although I don't pass up good trips between friends.
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