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

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

  1. dustyrider

    dustyrider dirt is just better

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    The Wans ride in a personal space ruled by cartoon physics. Like Wile E. Coyote, gravity has no effect when he runs over the edge of a mesa until he notices that he should be falling. Big and Little Wan never admit that toppling over is an option, so they never topple over.:nod
  2. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Hey you guys,
    Sorry I didn't post yesterday. Some stuff came up.
    Also, my fingers were all jacked up from too much typing.
    I used to have a cubicle job (customer service) and it ruined my hands.
    My knuckles swell up and hurt so bad I can only type by holding a sharpie in each hand to hunt and peck.
    It's slow.
    Stupid workplace injuries.:bluduh

    I miss that job, though.
    It was fun. I worked with all guys (I was the only woman) and each one was a head case.
    I fit right in. :D
    We were notorious throughout the building for yelling obscenities.
    One woman had to move her office because she couldn't handle all the swearing.
    again, I fit right in.
    Matt was afraid we'd have a workplace shooting, though.
    I used to find one guy curled up the floor, hiding under his desk (no exaggeration!).
    He had some issues.
    And a gun collection. :eek1

    Good times, good times...


    Heh, heh.
    Anyway...

    That's the cool thing about the intercoms - we get to joke around the whole time!
    Thanks for reading, JJ!
    Well, I have been making him do burpees with me! :wink:

    Heh, I don't even think Matt has seen that photo yet.
    I think it was the residual adrenaline pump :lol3




    Yes!
    Yesterday I spent some time in Day Trippin', visiting RedRockRider, Idahosam and Dave62538675309...
    Thanks, guys! That was fun. :D


    Shhh! You guys! Don't jinx us! :uhoh
    Oh, we know all about the laws of physics...
    Don't you remember when we rode into that perc hole?

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    I went flying up and over Matt and landed on my face. :cry
    (that's where I got my tag line)

    Gravity's a bitch.
    :lol3




    Day 3: Wednesday 189 miles


    PSR - up South Park Canyon - Stone Cabin - back down South Park - PSR - Swansea - Salt Tram - Cerro Gordo - S5 - Saline Valley Rd - PSR continued




    Swansea Grade is such a great ride.

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    Again, lots more pics back on page 8...

    There are a few steep uphills - the elevation climbs quick in some sections.

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    It’s gorgeous up here.

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    That’s a happy camper!

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    I’ll give you this link again. Great info about the Swansea Grade trail.



    I swiped this map from the internets.

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    It’s a google books excerpt from California Trails Desert Region by Peter Massey, Jeanne Wilson and Angela Titus.


    Another fine map (with photos) Here.


    As always, I’m doing my research, after the ride - just for the report.
    I’m not finding much about Burgess Mine...
    Anyway, we didn’t look for the mine itself (if there is one), but we saw the cabin.
    Edit: Matt reminds me that we saw the mine tailings. Guess I neglected to take a photo, sorry.

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    We followed a trail...

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    It went to the campsite shown at the end of the spur (on that map)

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    9700 feet! It must be a cold place to camp. :vardy

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    But with a beautiful view.
    (this was taken as we headed back to the main road)

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    We really wanted to go to that lookout, but it was closed to vehicles. Darn.
    If we weren’t so lazy, we could have hiked...

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    Again, it’s mucking beautiful up here...

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    Edit: I forgot this snow picture!
    We only saw a few tiny patches of snow this time.

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    There’s the Salt Tram Summit Station.

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    Again, I didn’t want to repeat all the same shots, so you can find more Salt Tram pics/info on Page 9


    I couldn’t help but take a few more, though.

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    We had some water and snacks.

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    It was cool and pleasant, with some of the sweetest air we’ve had in a long time.
    (The bay area is so sucky and polluted...)

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    You know we can’t pass up an opportunity to be silly...

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    Wow! Close one! I felt it whizz by my ear!!
    Notice I didn’t flinch, though - held that camera steady. :gdog
    I'm so trusting, huh? (or maybe just dumb :lol3)



    We went to the cabin to sign the guest book again.
    Hey, look - Chuck and Sharron signed right under us...

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    Found Browneye and the gang!

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    I have it on good authority that the guy on the XR650L was none other than
    hanksmybuddy...
    (I didn’t know if you wanted your name all over the internets, so I fuzzed it out)

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    Perused the wall of artifacts again.

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    Wow, I just barely remember pull tabs.
    Looks like that Hires can is circa 1968?

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    That was a fun visit!


  3. bigdon

    bigdon Long timer

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    Now I'm convinced. Mild mannered Big Wan dons his riding gear, mounts his overloaded School Bus and turns into

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    SUPERWAN !!!!!!! :rofl:rofl:rofl:rofl


    I hope he thinks this is funny! :eek1
  4. BigWan

    BigWan The Cripple Maker

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    Kelly won't let me wear my cape, she says it'll get caught in the chain.:lol3

    Glad you guys liked the jumping pic. Honestly, after riding that canyon you're happy to still be able to jump at all.
  5. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Haha, SUPERWAN!
    I was hoping you were still reading this, bigdon! :lol3




    Day 3: Wednesday 189 miles


    PSR - up South Park Canyon - Stone Cabin - back down South Park - PSR - Swansea - Salt Tram - Cerro Gordo - S5 - Saline Valley Rd - PSR continued




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    Close up.

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    Heading down towards Cerro Gordo.

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    I let out a little shriek right here -
    we had built up some speed on the descent and got all wiggly in these loose rocks. :eek1

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    Again, one of the nicest things about this Swansea/Cerro Gordo/S5 loop is the varied terrain.

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    This rocky ledge road was fun! :ricky

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    The view was pretty spectacular, too.

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    We had such a good time on that section, I thought it would make a nice video.
    While I was working on this part of the RR, I received some sad news.
    I don’t want to get into it here, but it got me thinking about what’s important.
    Big picture stuff.



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    So, that video is just a little reminder for us (and for you).
    Don&#8217;t put anything off - if there&#8217;s something you&#8217;ve always wanted to do, do it.
    At least take steps towards your goal.
    Our time here is limited - we don&#8217;t know how long we have, but we do know it comes to an end.



    There she is - Cerro Gordo, or &#8220;Fat Hill.&#8221;

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    If you want to know more,
    this jeep guy has a nice report (including pics of the town).

    4 Wheel Drive magazine did a tour of Swansea Grade/Cerro Gordo as well.

    While I was looking for Burgess mine stuff, I found a story about Beveridge, a ghost town in this area.
    You have to hike in, but apparently there&#8217;s a cabin to visit, if you make it (sounds tough).
    If you're into ghost towns and mining, you might like Beveridge.



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    We were in ride mode, so we kept going just like last time (page 10).

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    S5 (or, as our map says, S88)

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    Just a shot showing one of the &#8220;S5&#8221; signs.

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    I tried to watch some of our hand held video from March -
    holy crap, those things are unwatchable. :eek1
    I am so, so sorry. I feel bad for even posting those.
    After working with the beautiful HD/GoPro footage, it was especially brutal to watch.

    I really liked the anthrax song with S5, though.
    so I made a new one using the GoPro footage. :D
    Much better in HD.
    We were going slightly faster this time, since I could hold on with both hands,
    and, we almost ate it in a different spot.


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    Man, that was an outstanding day.
    Such a great ride.

    :rayof


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    We got back to PSR around 4:30. It was HOT.
    Monkey-fighting HOT.
    :knary
    OK, we had 3 solid days of good riding. We&#8217;re done.

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    Haha, I know you guys are going, &#8220;Wait, that was 3 days? Not 3 weeks?&#8221; :scratch
    Yeah.
    Sorry.
    This got a little drawn out.
    But I&#8217;m done now!



    I had a lot of fun - I hope you guys did, too.
    Thanks again for reading and for playing along.
    We had lots of enthusiasm and active participation in this report, it was fantastic!




  6. Ronin120

    Ronin120 Adventurer

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    LittleWan (and BigWan too),

    Thanks for the ride report, pics and video. We were riding the same route earlier (we're listed in one of the logbook pics) this Spring and at the Chicken Corner (I was and walked my bike...) we ran across some guy from Bend, OR. on a XR650L coming down the South Park route. He mentioned that the two of you had done this ride and we all were in complete and total awe of your adventure riding prowess.

    Best.
  7. oldtrucks

    oldtrucks Been here awhile

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    Thanks for sharing the Swansea steps. I think the steep loose climb from about :40 to 1:10 is the most difficult stretch on that road. Once I started up that chute I was along for the ride, the bike was going where the rocks wanted it, I just held the throttle open and kept it pointed uphill. Gas On! :lol3

    2 Up.......WOW
  8. Rwelch360

    Rwelch360 Been here awhile

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    great report, I really enjoyed lurking around here. great videos and pictures.
  9. trailrider383

    trailrider383 867-5309

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    Desert riding, my favorite! :clap Very entertaining ride report! You are fearless Little Wan sitting on the back of that bike! Do you ever wish for a brake pedal of your own like the drivers training cars? :roflOr maybe an ejection seat? :lol3

    I picture you riding this for relaxation. I have rode it and it's a blast! It's pretty close to Death Valley in Primm, NV.

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  10. PinkPillion

    PinkPillion Been here awhile

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    We were so stoked to find the cabin unoccupied. The wind was flippin howling when we got there--way better than a tent!!

    Took my cone out for a ride a few days ago.
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    So love this report. I don't want to see it end!
  11. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Thanks for the great report, Wans!!!

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  12. HairBear

    HairBear I'm a Grandpa

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    Great report. You do this:roflthis:eek1and this:clap
    BigWan, you do some really technical riding, on a rather large bike, carrying precious cargo. You have to stay pretty focused I would think. Do you really have time to smell the roses. Or is the riding the roses for you?
  13. BigWan

    BigWan The Cripple Maker

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    Hi HairBear,

    You know, I always try to take things in while we're on these trips, but I'm normally so focused on the riding I don't even like to stop.
    It isn't until we get home and I have a chance to view the pics & vids that I really have a chance to see how pretty a place may have been.
    It's kind of sad I guess, but I wouldn't change it if I could. I do it for the riding (not the roses) and the riding is Great! :D
  14. Eyes Shut

    Eyes Shut See no evil

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    No apologies needed! Your reports, pics, videos are great (and so very entertaining!) :clap
  15. Nixels

    Nixels Face fears - live life

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    WAIT! :patch

    It's over???? :huh :yikes

    :waysad :cry

    :2cry

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  16. avocadofarmer

    avocadofarmer Fruit Coot

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    Great report! I'm seriously impressed that you guys ride 2 up on that terrain...awesome!

    Thanks for showing me new places I need to explore in DV!
  17. VFR

    VFR Been here awhile

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    Holy Cow, those vids are insane!!! You guys just banzai through that stuff like it was nothing. I'm sitting in a chair watching & hanging on....:clap

    Thanks for another great Wans RR. You are definitely in a class of your own. Waiting for the next one....
  18. Idahosam

    Idahosam Set Adrift

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    Wow! Hi'ya Wans, Those videos are pretty dang good; your getting pretty good at that video work. I been following along scouring my DV map checking out all the cool places, and I must say I would take my big orange on about 80 % of that stuff... the rest is well um... since I am vertically challenged some of those spot, well good thing Matt has long legs :D That last bit is outside the DVP I think. and somehow I missed the "where the Hell is the Marble Tub" part.

    I sure remember this little episode; sure don't want a do over

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    You two are AWESOME, always enjoy riding along vicariously.
  19. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper

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    Thanks for the latest DV fix, should last at least a week! Where to next?
  20. Phreaky Phil

    Phreaky Phil Long timer

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    Hi Little Wan & Big Wan. Just catching up on the latest :thumb Viewed all of the earlier posts while I was at home on the couch with a little leg injury.:(: Kept me entertained for hours.:D:D I was watching the video of one of the sandy roads, you guys were fly'n. I was thinking " man that front is so planted" and just after that it washed out and you almost disappeared off the road :rofl:rofl I like those Pirrelli fronts as well. Hey Matt, what pressure do you run the front at ?
    Cheers Phil