Kalifornia or bust (on a KLR)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by steveWFL, Oct 4, 2013.

  1. steveWFL

    steveWFL Long timer

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    Thanks guys! I ant thank you enough for all the help too. Great times. Posted this on our local forum and just wanted to say thanks again for the great times and letting me use some of your pics with my phone pics:

    Sorry been in the middle of death valley where no Wi-Fi or cell service to update. Thanks for all the phone calls and messages checking on me.

    I was informed to visit tourist areas on way. I didn't see much once we hit the extreme stuff, so these are day before.

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    Then finally got to Death Valley and Badwater is a tough dry place

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    Heres the thing, I couldn't get good pics of the extreme parts of the rides because I. W just trying to get through the silt sands, waters crossings followed by rocks on wet tires going up, roads that are huge rock beds, etc. Many found it amazing I tried this place first time out dirt riding. A lot of folks let me know they appreciated I rode over 3000 miles to the meet spot. I was riding with the most wonderful, helpful, patient people and it's a life event I won't ever forget. Some of these pics are theirs.

    Again I wish I had pics of the extreme but I was trying to survive as a noob

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    I mentioned at one point i felt i was riding past my limits and was told with a smile "most all of us are riding past our limits".Some trails had thousands of feet of cliff drop off, such as her to the list and straight off that turn. When I asked for a tip there I got great advice, don't go over the edges. This place was an adrenaline rush like I can't describe, and when I took the pic I was told we aren't at the good places yet for pics.

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    I wiped out on the rocks and we used one of the rocks to hold my bike up and they put my chain back on

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    Chris fixed a flat in the desert tundra faster than I see tires changed in shops

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    My new sidi boots saved me so many times, along with the KLIM ADV gear Drew sold me.

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  2. beemerjim

    beemerjim Been here awhile

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    Great Pics
    We don't have much stuff like like that up here in New England. ;-)
    I'm jealous.



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  3. RandoCommando

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    What's up with the penis drawing? :rofl
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  4. steveWFL

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    We don't in FL either, should've rode out there with us!
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  5. Nanuq

    Nanuq Aventurer by Trade

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    Great report, thanks for sharing. Dig the bike!
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  6. steveWFL

    steveWFL Long timer

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    Thanks!
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  7. steveWFL

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    I rode yesterday and into the night to Phoenix camped at Marriott, rode deep into the desert this morning.


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    Then got back to town, stopped and chatted at the office and hung out at an apartment complex i used to live at. Sat by the old pool in full KLIM gear questioning my sanity for leaving over a "career move" but it's all good too in FL!

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    Two days to make it from here in Phoenix to the Roll the Bones Rally in the middle of TX!
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  8. NSFW

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    steve.....:wave


    looks like you're on your way east.....:1drink


    great meeting you...lots of fun. hope to see you again.

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  9. steveWFL

    steveWFL Long timer

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    Thanks for the pic!

    Rode the klr 912 miles stopping only for gas and good from mesa as to abiline tx yesterday and last night. Only a couple hours away from the TX off roading meet point for the weekend.

    Took a detour and went the long way in nm because a friend said I just have to go here. Great times!

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  10. Team Vegas

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    Great meeting and riding with you at goldpoint

    He's called Super Chris in our circle.

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  11. stoke

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    Still reading your ride report Steve, bummed I couldn't make it out to Gold Point due to work. Looked like you a great experience out there in DV and continue to have one on your way back east!

    Just awesome you rode from coast to coast. Also, how was that place in New Mexico? Looked like it was worth the detour.
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  12. FZcruzer

    FZcruzer Been here awhile

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    Hey Steve you make it back to sunny and flat Florida yet???
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  13. steveWFL

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    Yes sir!


    I owe some ride report-

    So I get near the ADV forum sanctioned "Roll the Bones" Rally in TX. Things start getting "ranch-ish" TX style everywhere

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    I get to the rally. GEEZ I was too busy conversing and riding to take pics. Although not nearly as extreme as Death Valley, the riding was GREAT. My bike got this color

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    Unfortunately the depth of mud was deceiving and this guy got in this deep with a new Yamaha Tenere, flipped him over the front and the front parts of the bike were destroyed

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    This temp front-end fix got him back to camp

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    Over 150 folks registered at this event, but I suspect there were more ADV bikes.

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    D*mn the folks to me to some fine eating establishments. Nothing smoked in oak or palm tree such as FL bbq.

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    Every year of this rally they said it has been customary to burn a recliner. This year we did two of 'em

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    This guy beat my mileage coming to to the rally, he was over 8,000 to get there. He came from PA.....via Canada! I invited him to a COG event when he reaches FL. I'll have to square up with Al.

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    His bike was loaded too.

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    My KLR played many street and dirt bike roles during the trip. Also served as an emergency mirror. Braun makes the BEST tiny travel razor.

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    Let's do this shave right

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    So I leave the rally with unforgettable memories. I ride my colleague Chris's house outside of Dallas. Whenever I go there I take his son toy, I want him to remember the crazy guy that shows up on a motorcycle always has a toy on it for him (same way I do my nephews and baby grandson). There is a motorcycle and man in this Target bag.

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    After a GREAT visit with he and his family, 1st home cooked meal in forever and slept in a real bed, I was off to Louisiana. An LA friend strongly suggested while in Lake Charles eat cajun at Steamboat Bill's. Wow indeed I suggest do that!

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    I had gumbo then these deleesh fried crawdad tails

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    I had clean clothes but decided to "get ahead" on laundry.

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    Got a room that night and remembered I needed to dry my tent. Instead of a king bed I got a room with 2 queens and dried it.

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    Fast forward to FL and the bike took the scenic HWY across the panhandle. It got late leaving Panama City Beach but I wasn't done riding. Bye bye beach.

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    I'm on my way to Tampa and my dear friend thats been a huge long distance/sport-touring "influence" says he and his lovely wife will be in Carabella. OK I detour to Carrabella Beach. I checked into the hotel they were coming to a day ahead of them. Yet again it was a b*tch unloading all the camping gear into the hotel. But the room was rustic and epic, I really enjoyed the stay.

    Gear on the old footlocker in room, I guess its how they used to pack for camping

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    They had interesting books all over the room, wasn't sure if i was supposed to read them or if they were decoration.

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    Then I saw a pic on the shelf looked sorta' like SteveJ....wth

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    OK enough of the room, after exhausting myself unloading all that camping stuff I got hungry. "Upstate" FL they smoke with real hickory wood.

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    Had a great time with SteveJ and Marge. Then we said our good-byes at the breakfast place

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    Now this was no ordinary breakfast place. Full of antiques and old guns/pics/knives/etc

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    Upon a closer look, what was this boy reaching for?

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    Perhaps my plate because i ordered with a "double-order" of pancakes. No Atkins for me while vacationing! I'll lose weight with Atkins after vacation, and in no time

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    Now in Tampa-

    OFF THE BUCKET LIST - ride a 1 cylinder bike across the country and back. The Kawasaki was amazing 7648 miles on highways, desert sand, rock climbing/rock beds, gravel roads, and water crossings. Needed no ADV "support vehicle", repairs or special maintenance, only tires and oil changes on the fly. The spare fuel i took deep into death valley was very much appreciated by a rider on a GS with a smaller tank. I didn't do as well and fell a few times. Only thing i couldn't figure out how to get this bike to do is sail, but i tried! Home in Tampa, what a long strange epic trip

    Here is when I tried to sail it

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    And here are a few the marks/rips as a result of Death Valley get-offs in the rocks

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  14. Shooby

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    :clapNothing like having fuel imported directly from Fla to make up for my small tank issues.. Thanks again Steve.

    I also have a few permanent reminders on my swingarm from Wyman Canyon.

    Look me up next time out, you got a place to stay. And, believe it or not, we actually have some decent BBQ here.

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  15. FZcruzer

    FZcruzer Been here awhile

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    Glad to hear you made it home in one piece, when you find your way out here again give a shout out, be cool to ride with you again.
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  16. steveWFL

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    Shooby all the help you gave me i was proud to put a sip of fuel in that sweet GS!
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  17. steveWFL

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    FZ thanks, can't wait to ridewith you all again, matter of fact only prob i have with coming back out there is it won't be quite soon enough!
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  18. stoke

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    Steve, I didn't get to meet you out at Gold Point, but I've followed the Gold Point thread and your ride report. Cheers to you for crossing the country coast to coast on two wheels and tackling from what I understand were some fairly gnarly conditions at times in Death Valley as someone with not a lot of dirt experience.

    Glad you made it home safe and thanks for putting the effort into this RR.
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  19. steveWFL

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    Thanks, wish you could've made it. My experience has been road track/streets/sport-touring until this trip. That was my very first time off road. Hope to ride with you soon anyway [​IMG]
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  20. steveWFL

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    Almost a sad day, this bike has been sold. My KLR never was one to ride in the back of a truck like this, but I hauled it away.

    Why it was only "almost" a sad day is a good friend bought it [​IMG]

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