Mar. 28-31, 2013 Death Valley Noob's Rally

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  1. theGrinch

    theGrinch SNF Dream Riders

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    I prefer grass fed beef.

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  2. macadamia

    macadamia XK Red 27 Technique

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    Ditto... Omaha Steaks sells those too...
  3. Sasquatch2112

    Sasquatch2112 scatology expert

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    Anybody who roots for Nebraska has to have a sense of humor. :evil Kidding Phil!

    Hook 'em horns! :clap


    Most importantly.......................THANK YOU ANDY!

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    The filets were excellent. I cooked two of the four. Me and momma had a very nice movie night. Some great food, a little of her favorite vino and....:evil


    The back story for those that don't know. Last DV N00bs Andy broke down out on Saline valley road. DSM8 (Dave) comes by and asks me if I we can go recover some riders Hell yes, lets go. Dave and I hop in my Dodge 2500 4x diesel and I have had a few :slurp:slurp:slurp (these facts will be important later). We run up to saline valley road turn off. We make the turn, as we hit the dirt I pull into 4 wheel drive. We are flying over the wash boards. Dave at this point refers to the damn stiff ass Dodge. We see a couple of riders coming out. We stop and talk to Cowgirl and Rob. They are fine and they are comfortable getting back to camp. Back on the gas I go. More washboards, beating the hell out of everything. I try to find a "sweet: speed. Nowhere between 30 and 70 is there a sweet spot. F it, 70 it is. We are now getting into the turns, I am hitting the turns hard, slowing down to 30, letting the ass slide and pouring the gas. As long as the diesel keeps the front tire planted let the ass slide around. We do slow for the rock garden. DAMN, it beat the hell out of both of us. As we are coming down into the valley floor I ask Dave about taking a look over the sides and see how far down it is. All I hear from Dave is STFU and drive the F ing truck. We finally get to Andy. He is being well taken care of by Jnray. Andy's bike gets loaded and out we go. Dave and I follow JNRAY at a long distance back (darn dust). We get back to the camp with out much excitement. The next day I finally get to ride Saline valley in the daylight on the bike. :huh I was rolling these corners at 30 and the drop offs were that deep. Now I get why Dave was so focused on the road and calling out turns to me!

    Again, Thanks Andy. The steaks were excellent!
  4. macadamia

    macadamia XK Red 27 Technique

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    Thank you for the rescue... I'm glad you enjoyed them. Omaha Steaks are the best! :clap
  5. slugdad

    slugdad Been here awhile

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    all things being equal bob, i guess i owe you a hot dog :lol3
  6. Sasquatch2112

    Sasquatch2112 scatology expert

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    Yes you do! :lol3
  7. Lost Rider

    Lost Rider Roadie

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    Howdy folks, I've been neglecting this thread and thought I'd give a little update of what's been going on since the n00bs ride...


    After the fun times in DV I wanted a little solo riding time and not currently working I spent some time up in them there mountains around Kernville, fishing by mornings and evenings, riding crazy single track trails by day... on the way home while being a little too complacent on the glorious and relaxing pavement while coming around a blind curve I hit some water/slime covered road and while I did shave some speed off before hitting it I still had to make the turn and came out of the water a little too sideways. Ended up high siding it and hitting the pavement pretty hard.
    After a few minutes on the ground I was able to get up, got the bike up and rode the last 70 miles to my local hospital in Ojai.
    Turns out I shattered my clavicle and broke 3 ribs. I'm having surgery on tuesday to get a plate put it, at best I'll be able to work and hopefully ride, at least on pavement, in 8 weeks.
    Scubalong was such an inspiration for some reason I must have subconsciously felt the need to follow in his footsteps... :ear Or was it Lonestar?...

    The Mighty Husaberg has real no damage, just scrapes on the hand guards, since I had my camping gear on the back the Kreiga bag with my tent in it took most of the damage sparing the Safari tank, luckily the tent stakes happen to be where where they were and took the grinding from the slide, saving my tent. I'm pretty happy I don't have to deal with fixing/replacing the bike but would gladly trade that inconvenience for this one.
    I had a hard armor pressure suit on under the Rukka jacket, but with how hard I hit I don't think it mattered. Going to need a new jacket and helmet though.
    For now life is just a Percoset haze, towards the end of the 5 hour doping cycle I'm doing good enough to get my ADV fix, the rest of the time I just sleep. Going into the hospital for tests this morning and getting some metal put in tomorrow, something I know is for the best but I'm not looking forward to all at.
    Of course this comes at a bad time, just getting into my work season and all, plus nancy and I are moving in 3 weeks so things are difficult to say the least. I found out I don't qualify for disability benefits from the state insurance I've been paying into to add salt to the wounds. Time to look into that Aflac stuff for the future...
    I'm very lucky to have such a great loving partner and now a part time nurse so I can't really complain too much, she's awesome and helping me out greatly. Thank you Nancy!
    Overall I'm pretty lucky I guess, there could have been a car in the lane I ended up landing in and I should fully recover.
    It's a little annoying I got hurt when I did considering where I just had been riding, probably part of the reason I was a little too relaxed having been riding very technical trails for days but such is the life of an adventure motorcyclist and I can't wait to get back into the saddle and hopefully back to work asap.

    On a lighter note I'm catching up on this thread and on the n00b RR's, I'm glad folks on our rides had a good time, it was my pleasure to get Lost with all of you, I'd imagine with all my freetime coming up I'll try and add to the RR's. It's quite enjoyable to read others point of views from our rides. :freaky

    Be safe out there, dangers lurk around every corner! :lol3


    -Finn
  8. Stinez

    Stinez Rhymes with Heinz :D

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    Damn!! :huh

    That sucks a HUGE amount.

    That's a lesson that all of us should learn from.
  9. bigtodd

    bigtodd Hi, wanna ride?

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    True that!


    Heal up quickly ... oh yeah, did you catch any fish?
  10. Lost Rider

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    Thanks!

    well, unless a Mc Fish from Mc donalds counts, no. Was very windy/raining/snowing the first couple of days, leading to fallen tree over trails that I helped clear out with a hand saw from the local Ranger, so the crappie fishing didn't work out too well, the last few days I just didn't have the skills to catch anything. First time I've been shut out in Kernville, but in my defence I was a few weeks early in the season at the start of April. :evil
    Great riding though, at least until the end. lol


    BTW, I have you round folding cooler, it came back with the rest of our stuff Jim carried. I'll bring it next time our paths will cross.



    I did catch a few photos I like though, it was great to have some Green and moist soil in my life after all the rocks in DV. :wink:



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    Put my mini block and tackle to use when I had a little mishap and went down off the trail


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  11. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

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    awesome pics finn.

    no need for a caption, i can already see the story on each pic.

    first weekend of june, jimmy is hosting the jl class appreciation event up in kernville. several of us are going and like to check out that piece of paradise.

    thanks,

    joel
  12. jnyrav

    jnyrav Been here awhile

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    Andy, I received my Omaha card as well. Thanks for the gift.

    Until next time,

    john
  13. macadamia

    macadamia XK Red 27 Technique

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    you're welcome... :D
  14. macadamia

    macadamia XK Red 27 Technique

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    I'm attending Jimmy's class this weekend, finally able to use my 1/2 price class coupon from last year's nOOb rally... Thanks again Jimmy!
  15. Little Bike

    Little Bike Air/Clutz Sue

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    The pics with the rocks and the fire are front page material!

    The second to last pic with the trail - geez!!!!:huh
  16. Little Bike

    Little Bike Air/Clutz Sue

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    See you in Pahrump:D
  17. Scubalong

    Scubalong Been here awhile

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    (Scubalong was such an inspiration for some reason I must have subconsciously felt the need to follow in his footsteps... Or was it Lonestar?... )

    Hi Finn
    I think that was Bob showing off his scar during Thud dinner and I thing the scar is following us two:rofl
    Those pictures are so vivid and so real :clap
    The last two pictures giving me goose bumps :eek1
    Take care and speedy recovery will :freaky soon
  18. GSequoia

    GSequoia Where are my tools?

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    Yeah, those two shots of the hillside singletrack over the river both made me long to go there and piss myself a little bit at the same time.
  19. Sasquatch2112

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  20. Lost Rider

    Lost Rider Roadie

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    Thank you all for the kind words and comments on my photos, I'm glad you folks like and I got some decent images to review while recovering, maybe a RR will be in order....no better way relive good times than to put it down on ADV. :freaky
    i know I'll be going to my happy place tomorrow at the hospital, thinking of DV n00bs good times and my short solo ride and of course my darling Nancy. :1drink

    For anyone heading up that way to Kernville all the tracks from that ride are on my website if anyone wants to check them out. Probably not big bike friendly, would make for a great photo to have a GSA with Jesse's on that trail though.
    Heck, if things go well Nancy and I might be able to make it to Jimmy's camp out, I highly doubt I'll be riding dirt by then but would be cool to see you folks and give nancy a chance to get off tarmac with some friends. Could be my turn to drive in and haul stuff up for folks and do some cooking. :clap

    I checked out that thread Bob, interesting stuff about various protection and crashes. I guess I'll be in the heavy metal club too! I asked the Dr. to make the cut look like a lightning bolt but he said no. :super

    About upgrading gear.... Honestly, I had on some of the best gear on I can afford, and I probably wont be looking for any magical solutions when I get back in the saddle, no football pads for me... Lol I hit the ground pretty hard at decent speeds and after being throw in the air, something has to give when you land on your shoulder.
    I will however make taking a Jimmy L class a high priority when possible.
    I've ridden a lot of miles in crazy places and consider myself an experienced "intermediate" rider, but in the end I wasn't blindsided by a car, I lost control of the bike when presented with a sudden no traction challenging situation.
    Maybe no person could have rode out of it, maybe a less experienced rider would have ended up far worse, maybe JL would have done a one handed wheelie though it while winking at the camera, who knows.
    Maybe laying it down and low siding it would have been better instead of trying to ride out the slide.... maybe maybe maybe.
    But I feel that having better skills combined with good gear is the best way to stay safe while riding, and I obviously have plenty of room to develop better control of the bike.


    Thanks again for the support and PM's, you guys are awesome!




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