Make Booty Your Favorite! A Death Valley Treasure Hunt with BigWan and LittleWan

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by LittleWan, Mar 21, 2012.

  1. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Welcome!
    Prepare yourself for hundreds of mediocre photos; outstanding dirt; some *slightly* (we hope) used porn; ADV amigurumi;
    a sad amount of factual or otherwise useful information; fun linkies; and the same, lame, clapped out jokes from last time.
    (Make stupid catchphrases your favorite!)



    If you clicked over here by accident because you saw “Death Valley,” maybe this will entice you to come back...

    Some of the places we hit (2up on a KTM 990):

    Eureka Dunes
    Ubehebe Crater
    The Racetrack
    Lippincott
    Ballarat
    Pleasant Canyon
    Rogers Pass
    Middle Park
    South Park Canyon
    Briggs Cabin
    Titus Canyon
    Swansea Grade
    Salt Tram Summit Station
    Cerro Gordo
    Goler Wash (both directions)
    Mengle Pass (both directions)
    Geologist’s Cabin
    Charcoal Kilns
    The Goldfish Pond


    Not only will we be searching for Death Valley treasures, but there will be chances for you, the reader, to find some DV booty of your own!
    (no, I’m not talking about the brothels :lol3)


    I’ve got 1700 photos to sift through, plus some crappy video to edit, so I need to get cracking...
    Put on your comfy pants and I’ll see you back here tomorrow!


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    Edited to Add: We had so much fun, we did a follow up trip the next month...
    ...with a GoPro hero 2 :evil

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    Death Valley 2.0 starts here

    Links to HD video:
    Up South Park Canyon
    Steep hill climb Rogers Pass
    Steele Pass - Dedeckera Cyn - Eureka Dunes
    Swansea Grade steps
    rocky ledge road to Cerro Gordo
    Sandy wash/ S5 through Lee Flat

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  2. linksIT

    linksIT nOObie

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  3. 1P8RIOT

    1P8RIOT Been here awhile

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    I'm in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:freaky
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  4. bigdon

    bigdon Long timer

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    Booty :freaky
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  5. tah1800

    tah1800 Been here awhile

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    :lurk I'm ready.............
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  6. dabracing

    dabracing Been here awhile

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    Awesome idea Kelly! Thanks for tagging onto the original, this should be interesting.....
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    muskeg Been here awhile

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    Cool.


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  8. PinkPillion

    PinkPillion Been here awhile

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    You know I am in for some DV 2up.
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  9. joenuclear

    joenuclear Planning.....

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  10. SenorPeligro

    SenorPeligro Proper Naughty

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    Oh what the hell.

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  11. VFR

    VFR Been here awhile

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    Hey, finally in at the start this time!!! I used your saying several times last year & am sure I will be needing it again.

    Good to see you back!!
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  12. b4thenite

    b4thenite Been here awhile

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  13. Just Paul

    Just Paul Pro Cat Herder

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    SO IN !

    Sad you guys didn't visit the Saline Valley Hot Springs.. you were 30 miles from it at Racetrack !

    We are going the end of this month.. get cracking on that RR so I can find some BOOTY ! I know how you guys roll !
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  14. Liebchen & Izzy

    Liebchen & Izzy Adventurer

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  15. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass The AntiHarley

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    Same here. Spill the beans!
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  16. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Hey Guys!
    Long time, no see.
    Great to see some friendly, familiar names, and lots of new ones, too.
    Thanks so much for checking in - it’s not going to be a long report, but I’m hoping that it’s gonna be a lot of fun.

    pop the top pop the top pop the top! :D
    thanks, Don - I'll do my best. No promises, though :)

    Hi Pink Pillion!
    live dangerously! :evil
    Thanks for joining in - the more people who get the jokes, the better! :lol3

    Hi Paul,
    Oh, we knew the hot springs were there. We talked about going.
    But, I think I like the idea of hot springs better than actual hot springs.

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    Heh heh.


    Hi Liebchen & Izzy - don't worry, you won't regret it. Much. :wink:
    haha, you gotta sit through some nonsense first :deal

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  17. bigdon

    bigdon Long timer

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    I just about had that song out of my head! Now here we go again! :lol3
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  18. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    &#8220;Professor - What&#8217;s another word for pirate treasure?&#8221;

    &#8220;Why, I think it&#8217;s &#8216;booty.&#8217; Booty. Booty. That&#8217;s what it is.&#8221;


    - The Beastie Boys
    &#8220;Professor Booty&#8221; (note: link is Not Safe for Work - it&#8217;s just the song, but they use the f-word a lot)



    OK.
    For those of you who haven&#8217;t read one of our reports before -
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    I&#8217;m LittleWan (Kelly) and that&#8217;s BigWan (Matt)


    This is our beautiful, wonderful bike
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    2007 KTM 990 adventure S
    She&#8217;s awesome and we love her. :raabia



    When BigWan suggested a Death Valley ride, I have to admit I wasn&#8217;t all that enthusiastic.
    I mean, I really enjoy DV ride reports and I like the idea of riding in DV, but I wasn&#8217;t in a big hurry to go back.

    We had ridden 2up in Death Valley once before and it hadn&#8217;t gone all that well.
    Matt and I had been heading out to Colorado to start the TAT West and thought we would stop in DV for some practice dirt.
    He had been going to DVDaze and was excited to show me some stuff that can&#8217;t be seen by car.


    Unfortunately, we were there on July 18, 2009. Death Valley was in the midst of a heat wave and hit 128°F that day. :knary

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    Despite the heat, we rode 240 scorching miles.
    We were staying in Beatty, so we did a nice loop.

    Beatty --> Rhyolite --> Titus Canyon --> Ubehebe Crater --> the Racetrack --> Hidden Valley -->
    Hunter Mountain (exploring some trails and mine stuff) --> Saline Valley Road --> Panamint Springs (where we had lunch and drank 3 pitchers of iced tea) --> Beatty.
    The guy at the store in Beatty told us we were going to die.
    He said it at least 4 times while we were buying snacks after the ride.


    A couple pics from that ride...
    the Racetrack was smokin&#8217; hot
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    the old sign at tea kettle junction
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    The ride was interesting, and we saw a lot that day, but I wouldn&#8217;t really call it &#8220;fun.&#8221;
    Matt's pretty sure I was having heatstroke on hunter mountain.
    Doing all that riding in the heat was pretty stupid, actually.
    Surprise, surprise surprise.
    At least we didn't crash or anything. We had some deep gravel and some silt, but it wasn't bad.


    Obviously, spring was going to be a lot cooler and more comfortable, but I was still concerned about the fun factor.
    Matt had just done a boys trip to DV in January, and I knew he had enjoyed blasting around on the unloaded 990.
    Would 2up be horrible after that?

    I envisioned us slogging through the sand and gravel on our overloaded schoolbus, bogged down and hating life.

    So, I dragged my feet when it came to agreeing to a ride.

    That is, until I saw this ride report - 2 Day ride in Death Valley, find the Playboy magazine and win a prize.

    OOooh.
    I don&#8217;t really care one way or another about naked women, but I love a good challenge.
    It had been almost a year and no one had claimed the prize...
    I. Want. That. Magazine!


    Next, I saw that this guy, cjbiker, had lost his wallet in Death Valley. Poor cjbiker, that sucks.:cry
    Hmm. More treasure to be discovered...
    I didn&#8217;t want the reward, but wouldn&#8217;t it be amazing to find a lost wallet in DV?
    Nearly f-ing impossible, but still. A challenge.

    Okay, BigWan - let&#8217;s go to Death Valley!


    Our objectives:
    1. Find lots of ridable, interesting, dirt - and enjoy it, 2up
    2. Find the Playboy magazine
    3. Find cjbiker&#8217;s lost wallet<object class="hark_player" height="28" width="300">

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    Seriously, Do It. Do It. Do It


    By the way, that thing up there ^ is a sound clip. just click on the arrow to play....


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  19. BigWan

    BigWan The Cripple Maker

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    Our objectives:
    1. Find lots of ridable, interesting, dirt - and enjoy it, 2up
    2. Find the Playboy magazine
    - and enjoy it, 2up
    3. Find cjbiker’s lost wallet - and enjoy it, 2up

    Fixed. :lol3
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