L. A. ADVenture Rides

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by NSFW, Mar 5, 2008.

  1. novos

    novos Been here awhile

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    Does that mean the pacific crest trail that links Forest to Little Tujunga?

    I saw an open gate and went up, only to have a ranger stop me about 10 miles into the trail and tell me I really should GTFO since ANF was still closed.
  2. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    you probably the only we're aware to be able to get as far as 10 miles. any pics?

    the information i have is all the dirt roads/trails closure in the burnt areas are still in effect till 2012 and further notice.

    ac is pure pavement and there are areas opened but are only accessible from the highway.

    really missed scd/pacifico...:cry, though i am thankful i didn't take those for granted that it will be forever remain open. rode those areas for 3 years and glad to say i enjoyed the moments.



    novos, awesome trip you did in 2009. good job....http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=500715
  3. DannyG

    DannyG I have the waypoint.

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  4. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    tim and jim did this on big bikes......:clap

    we took the long easy but fun way @ 25 miles from camp. the 2 guys were already sitting in the shade when we got to bar 10. if i ever try this route, it will have to be on a small bike.

    btw, check my sig line "spot tracking link" to see our route (105 miles) to camp on saturday.

  5. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    i started planning this ride since january of this year. we made an attempt at that time " http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=318376&page=1293 " and realized that it will be very difficult to do it without the essential provisions, such as fuel, drinking water, food, firewood, etc.

    trust me, it can be done on a fully loaded bike if you have the proper set up.

    finally, i found someone to drive my truck and carry 3 coolers with food and refreshment for 8 people, 30 gals of gasoline, 25 gals of water, 6 bundles of firewoods, etc. the plan is meet in mesquite and leave saturday morning. we broke the group into 2. the easier route is 125 miles (20 miles of pavement) and the shorter but challenging is 105 miles of pure dirt.

    our objective is get to and camp at TOROWEAP on the north edge of the Grand Canyon
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  6. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    saturday morning - may 28th, 2011

    here's the crew, joel, randy, duy, cathy and jim) while waiting for tbarstow at a gas station in mesquite
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    the obligatory gas price pic for this event
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    cathy checking out the harley riders
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    her farkles actualy sparkles; check out the helmet, filter cover and side case cover.
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    tim, true to his words (except 30 minutes late) finally showed up
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  7. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    while the other group took the route via st. george, the 3 of us (tim, jim and i) took the dirt road from mesquite.


    oh yeah, after 5 months of waiting, i see this sign again....:clap
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    tim somewhere on elbow canyon
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    the silver tongue devil aka silver fox
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    both tim and jim refused to put their stuff on the truck and rode fully loaded...:huh
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    the temp was warm and resting in the shade was refreshing
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    during the entire trip, i only dropped my bike once while going up in that corner. the dirt was loose and my bike spun 90 degrees. didn't get hurt nor put any damage to the 640
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  8. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    this is the easy section of the trail, but on tim's video it was actually harder than in looks; look at that deep blue az sky...:eek1
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    courtesy of tbarstow
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    we caught this place while most of the vegetation was still green
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    we reached the boundary of the national monument and stopped for a photo op
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    i made sure my camera was tethered to me before spafxer run away with it....:lol3
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    always give an old truck the right of way....:D
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    we were losing altitude
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    the road was twisty but fun
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    tim did a great job packing his stuff
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    will travel, no gun and no money
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    though the trail will challenge a fully loaded 950, jim made it without an issue
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    and the boys like to play, i mean fly
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    the rocks left by the lollygaggers letting us know they are in front of us
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    did duy do this rock pile?
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    i have video clips of the hard sections and will post them later. meantime, more pics to come.
  9. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    just follow the road and don't stop until you see the school house
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    there it is
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    jim's stuff dwarfs the big ktm.....:lol3
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    announcing we have arrived
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    we were joined by 2 adv riders from park city utah. sorry forgot the names.
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    me wanna helmet like that to match my bike; the road in the background will lead you to bar 10
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    a working and clean out-house behind the school
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  10. RandyM

    RandyM Less talk, More ride

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    I left OC mid afternoon on Friday. A lot of lane splitting and not many pics from Friday.

    Here is the loaded WeeStrom at Valley Wells rest area.
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    As I approached Vegas, I had a choice to make, ride to Mesquite and find a room, overnight in Vegas, or find a place to camp. I chose to look for a campsite at Lake Mead. Originally I wanted to go to Valley of Fire state park, but it was getting dark. I found the campground at Callville bay to be nearly empty so I got a site. It was $10 for a night with water and flush toilets, picnic tables and either a fire pit or BBQ in each campsite.

    I set up camp as it was getting dark and had my dinner: Trader Joes Chicken salad on Tandori Nan flat bread.
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    I wear earplugs when sleeping in a campground which helps a lot when there are RVs pulling through all night long and people partying until 4am. Still, I did not sleep well that night.

    Here is what the camp looked like in the morning.
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    I got up early in the morning so that I could get to the meeting place on time. I rode through the Lake Mead recreation area. It was rather scenic and much better than riding I-15 from Vegas to Mesquite.
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    The highway brought me out of the park around Overton. Found this old tank at the civic center in Overton.
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    Around 9 am we met at a Smith gas station in Mesquite and had Breakfast at Subway. Later we split into two groups. Cathy, Duy, and I were taking the easy route along with the support truck while Jim, Joel, and Tim were taking a more &#8216;interesting&#8217; route. I had loaded the route in my GPS so ended up being the lead rider to St George.
    A pic over my shoulder with Cathy and Duy behind.
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    We topped off our gas tanks just outside St George and hit unpaved road C-5 which would take us to the National park border. C-5 was a dirt superhighway and was mostly smooth, hard-packed dry clay with good traction. I set a pace of about 35 MPH and after a while stopped and asked Cathy and Duy if they are all right with the pace. They said it was fine. I started riding ahead to get pictures but they sped up also and I barely had time getting my camera out before they caught up to me.
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    We ended up riding 45-50 MPH through most of C-5. Me and Duy took turns pulling ahead to stop and take photos.
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    It was not long before we reached the intersection where we expected to meet up with Joel, Jim, and Tim. We rested for a ffew minutes and then left a rock cairn to let them know that we have passed.
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    Onward to Toroweap.
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    We stopped to check out the Replica Mt Trumbull one-room school house.
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    Bud Bundy sitting on a cactus?
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    After the schoolhouse, we rode up the side of Mt Trumbull
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    The roads around Mt Trumbull slowed us down a bit due to being covered with a lot of ping pong ball sized gravel that made turns slippery. The forests around Mt Trumbull gave way to flat valleys as we got closer to the park boundary.
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    Finally we reached the ranger station.
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    Afew more miles of mostly easy dirt to the campground.
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    There were some small rock ledges that gave the Vstroms trouble around the campground, but the bikes with higher clearance had no problems. Al, driving the support truck got the last campsite for us and we set up camp.

    Before long Jim and Tim showed up. They thought that Joel was taking pictures. About the time we started to wonder where he was, someone in a LandRover stopped by and told us he broke his chain. Me and Tim went back to fix it. I think we managed to squeeze a 520 clip link onto Joel&#8217;s 525 chain and get him back to camp.
  11. notmybikemodelname

    notmybikemodelname KOTW is a myth!

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    Never called them that before...............................But OK, all good.:freaky
  12. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    22 miles more to go
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    entering the national park
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    it has a fenced boundary
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    lots of color along the way in
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    after taking this picture, rode for about a mile and the inevitable happened
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    me no taking pictures....me h8chains....:puke1....me almost crashed when the master link snapped into pieces....:becca
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    i have spare...:clapbut the wrong one....:lol3
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    how cool it could be driving this lr
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    thanks to this dude for telling the boys that i was stuck; soon tim and randy showed up, though i was expecting my long-time great bud spafxer will come back to my rescue....:ddog
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    if it wasn't to :bowrandy's chain tool, i would be sitting in the back of the pickup truck for the rest of the weekend....:D
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    tim and randy doing what they do best...helping PPs (poor peeps); these are the 2 riders you want around when you ride.
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    while the guys are fixing my bike, i can't resist taking a pic of this rock formation on top of a hill
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  13. herrhelmet

    herrhelmet A Serious Man

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    Ha...! I get it.:rofl

    But she's has a helmet so... Tranny?
  14. herrhelmet

    herrhelmet A Serious Man

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    Tim! You promised a picture of Lt. Dangle!
  15. spafxer

    spafxer Long timer

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    Finally we reached the ranger station.
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    NOTE THE SIGN: GREATER TUWEEP METROPOLITAN AREA

    THAT'S ABOUT IT FOR RANGER HUMOR :huh
  16. tbarstow

    tbarstow Two-wheelin' Fool

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    Joel is the one with the Lt. Dangle pics.
  17. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    after fixing my bike, we all rode back to camp

    this one for ya randy for being a nice guy...:thumb
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    when we reached the camp, no time was wasted and walked immediately to the overlook
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    big crack in the rock
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    it was very windy and tim flew over the big crack...:eek1
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    the best reward for riding 105 miles
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    purely amazing
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    one more.......really nice
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    the wind was so strong that we have to crawl to the edge
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    happy and proud to be here
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    wtp, where's my camera?.....:lol3
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    this one is for my mom who many years ago passed away
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    tim totaly looks relax here but we were actually constantly fighting the wind
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    a parting shot
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  18. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    this is the ranger who kicked us out; the entire campsite was almost empty....:cry

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  19. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    our camp before we got evicted....:rofl
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    view of the almost empty campground
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    night time art
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    as usual i have a big wood in my hand
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    we were all tired; then the strong wind and flying sand forced us to seek shelter in our tent and sleeping bags.
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    that was the conclusion of day 1. more coming later.
  20. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    :lol3