Gold Point / Death Valley October Rally

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by jrozar, Jun 21, 2013.

  1. Odiegreen73

    Odiegreen73 Marginal Adventurer

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    Thanks Joel-

    Wanted to get out but had duty over the weekend - trying to get a few more people from here at Fort Irwin to go to DV Noobs next year

    -Odie
  2. FZcruzer

    FZcruzer Been here awhile

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    I have tracks for the Death Valley loop we did from Gold Point if that helps. I also have many tracks for Death Valley in general.
  3. Odiegreen73

    Odiegreen73 Marginal Adventurer

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    That would be awesome ill pm you my email address if that works

    Odie
  4. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

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    friday night festivity; herb and red hosting
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    walt (bartender) and guests
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    joel, zach, rich, mark and rob
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    awesome dinner...chicken cordon bleu and more...:thumb
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    the saloon is pretty roomy, lots of spaces to hang out
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    day 2 coming next
  5. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

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    hey randy, you know i don't post a ride report more than a week old...:lol3



    rob, hahaha, no pics but here i can see you guys waiting for more...:D
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  6. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

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    saturday morning
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    give me death or gimme a ride
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    i knew something kinky on lv rides....:lol3
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    soon we're heading west towards bishop
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    zach arrived the night before, first day riding for him
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    i don't know if there are people living here
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    think there are about 28 riders here
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    kerry was riding the biggest bike (gsa)
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    slabbed it to get to wyman canyon amongst us
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    regrouped at bottom of wyman
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  7. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

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    we waited until most of the guys are gone, and for the dust to settle down
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    mark
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    rich
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    zach
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    matt riding hardcore off road with a little help from friends
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    with a great group of guys, it can be done....:clap
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    nice looking jeep and my last pic......:cry
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    the jeep guys warned us about the road condition ahead. there are 2 big ledges to get over. i didn't have problem clearing the first one, but i have so much speed and didn't have the time to stop at the top. front tire went into a hole. game over for me!
  8. byh

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  9. byh

    byh Adventurer

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    Awesome team work! :clap
  10. heirhead

    heirhead Been here awhile

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    Hello,

    Got a late start on my dr350 from the OC on Fri. Yes, I know, way late.
    Decided too late, dark, to go to GP so went to Panamint Springs. At least no flats this time. Pulled in and looked deserted but saw some bikes. Rode over and hit the Motherload. There was Jay, Brad, Alex, Gary, (Honda rider on a Klr) and Shannon who came in from Texas. They said come over and before I could get my helmet off I had a beer in my hands. These guys know how to camp.
    Lots of Barley Therapy, Sausages on the smoker, (pulled pork next night)XLN't, and lots of laughs and stories. All live close to me also. Rode through Titus and up Darwin next day. Had a great time and hope to ride with them again,
    Noob Rally?? Thanks again guys, much appreciated the hospitality. Will leave earlier next year as the photos of GP looked great, especially water crossings.
    Will see Joel and the rest at the NoobRally.
    BTW did anybody take the closed Trona rd?

    heirhead
    worlds worst mechanic
  11. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    It's always fun to see what's new at tea kettle junction.
    Is that a fancy coffee urn? :scratch :lol3


    Great photo of Rich! :clap


    Thanks for linking to this from your day trippin' thread - never would have seen it otherwise...
    Looks like it was a fantastic rally! :D
  12. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

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    kelly, glad to see you stopped by. for years, i heard about gold point but never really planned anything to go there. then jason and the m2w crew made it happen..........:clap


    zach was in tow and made sure i get back to camp
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    we picked up a straggler (darrel on his explorer 1200) on the way back
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    getting late, and the last stretch of dirt highway to goldpoint
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    though our ride was cut short, i feel better that i didn't have any broken bone or injury requiring surgery. not to be taken for granted, luck was on my side that saturday.


    too sore to ride sunday, made myself useful. steve who rode from floriday want to get some shots before he leaves. great guy!
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    steve's ride report here
  13. GalacticGS

    GalacticGS 1200 GS Rider

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    Glad it wasn't more serious Joel! Nice shots of the Florida KLR, and the photo of Rich is definitely a classic...
  14. M1Jeep

    M1Jeep Long timer

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    Rob and I left Corona, CA Thursday morning around 9:30 am. We wouldn't arrive at Gold Point, NV until approx 4:30 pm.

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    The drive was pretty mellow except for a CHP officer pulling up to us as we were already pulled over the side of the 127. I'd just finished taking a shit over that hill and was several paces from making it back to the truck. LoL He asked if everything was alright, I gave him a cool :thumbs and he took off. :lol3

    We pulled in around 4:30, setup camp, went to dinner...then drinks...then told some lies...more drinks...then went to bed. Sorry no pics.

    Joel showed up Friday morning as planned and we we're all excited to finally ride. Today, we're headed to Death Valley.

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    The main group had left around half an hour before us. I had tracks to DV I found on gpxchange. These tracks didn't help us on the ride out. Some of the roads just weren't there so we winged it and just headed west. :wink:

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    We finally made it to Death Valley Rd. Time for a re-group then southward to Tea Kettle Junction and beyond...(well kind of)...

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    We came across a few of these...
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    On the road to Tea Kettle Junction...
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    Made it. Not many tea kettles this time around. The NPS must've recently taken them down...
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    Coming up to the Race Track...
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    Since daylight was running out we decided to head back. Onward! To the crater...
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    Shadows are getting longer...time to pick it up...
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    Back onto DV Rd...
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    Gold Point is over yonder...
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    That's the end of day 1 (Friday). Stay tuned for day 2...
  15. visualizerent

    visualizerent Raconteur

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    I just got back from Jarbidge Nevada and am planning a group street ride for the first time to Gold Point on Nov 2nd, followed by Death Valley.

    Great Info here, I'll share it and the killer photos with my mamby pamby elder street riding group.

    Juan
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  16. MJS

    MJS Long timer

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    You should contact /confirm with Herb BEFORE showing up with a group. He generally does not welcome group rides without prior planning. Allows him to plan food, etc. He also rents the town out for other events so that could have an impact also. FWIW: Jason at My2Wheels has worked hard to build a relationship with Herb.

    Just my $.02
  17. Falconfixer

    Falconfixer It is what it is....

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    I've Been following this Thread from the start, looks like you guys had a blast. I'm really bummed out that I missed it, I've been working outside the US for 4 months now (to buy bigger, newer bikes! :D) Hopefully the next one that Rozar puts together is soon and I'm in town for it.
  18. rider914

    rider914 Agnostic Adventurer

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    Sorry Joel, but is it wrong that that struck me as funny?
    Glad you are okay and sounds like you had a great time :thumb

    Did anyone happen to swing by Hard Luck Castle on this trip?
    Just wondering about the progress with the pipe organs :dunno

    -M
  19. Shooby

    Shooby Anti-Cager

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    The ones hanging from the sign? That's as close as we got on our Thursday ride.
  20. visualizerent

    visualizerent Raconteur

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    Yep, in contact w/ Herb, and confirmed looks good that day, he sez the place is wide open and to come on down! We'll keep him posted.
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    "COME ON DOWN...GOTTA FRESH ROPE!"



    JB