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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by johngil, Mar 31, 2013.
sure glad I missed this one
OK, got it. Thanks
So who was leading when the leader was sweeping?
Anybody have the group pic at Teakettle Junction from Blaisew's (Ken) Hunter Mountain-Teakettle Junction-Ubehebe ride on Friday?
Thanks! As soon as things settle down around here (i.e. - I get caught up on grading) we'll schedule a ride
Remember, my schedule is much more flexible than yours when preplanning rides.
I counted 4 naps but who's counting? Matt was always quick to rescue. The way back was much better. Didn't hurt to have a little Scotch in the "tank" .
Thanks rider 914 for sending us the wrong way. It's all your fault.
hi bob, your participation didn't end in vain. you may not be able to ride, but you were all over the campground. great job in leading the thursday night SOS fund raiser.
YES FOLKS...WE RAISED $800 (AS COMPARED TO $300 LAST YEAR) FOR SOS.
WE NEED TO KEEP ON SUPPORTING ORGANIZATIONS THAT FIGHT FOR OUR CAUSE REGARDLESS WE RIDE IN THE SEQUOIAS. HAVING THE PEOPLE AND ORGANIZATIONS WORKING HARD TO KEEP THE TRAILS OPEN IS WHAT MATTERS.
likewise, we will also be sending $ to CORVA and BRC. i'm sure there will be $ left for RIDER DOWN FOUNDATION
another way we could help our cause is subsribed to ADV MOTO MAGAZINE. they are dedicated to the adventure riding community. they can be our voice; they provide us inspirations and keep us informed.
least we could do is to continue to remain active throughout the year.
thanks for all the support and help you guys and ladies provided.
It was a fun 5 days. Thank you Joel and all the other volunteers who made this such a great event.
Unfortunately I am reading about too many injuries for the amount of riders participating.
We (my friend Ron and I) pulled in Tuesday morning and set up camp in space # 1. We stayed around camp on Tuesday getting all moved in and set up.
It was a full moon this week with great moonrises over the Panamint Range and Telescope Peak
Wednesday I led Ron, who had never been to Death Valley, through the usual tourist sites via pavement, Furnace Creek, Artists Drive, 20 Mule Tam Canyon. Would have done Badwater too but his damn scooter kept acting up. Turns out the air box tube fell off the carb and the rubber intake manifold cracked.
Thursday Morning I led a ride to Ballarat, Wildrose, the Charcoal Kilns and Aguerreberry Point. Included were Mr & Mrs Elifino (Doug & Ann) in another Ural, Ratchdaddy (Paul), Ratchdaddy's friend (sorry, I forgot his name and handle), Don (Beats Workin ???), the aforementioned Ron and this Hyper Yamaha Dude (Mitchell???) who was always in a rush and finally passed me and took off on his own.
Ballarat was unchanged but I did get to chat with Rusty, the caretaker, for a bit (he smelled pretty good this time, he has been pretty rank in the past).
After Ballarat we took Indian Ranch Road, a nice dirt road past a couple of lakes and back to pavement to go up the hill to Wildrose and the Charcoal Kilns.
Older photo, I didn't take any at the Kilns this trip as I managed to park my Ural on its left side. Very minor injuries to both the bike and myself.
Next we proceeded to Aguerreberry Point but only the Elifinos, Ratchdaddy and myself made it to the top. Hyper Yamaha Dude went off on his own and Ratchdaddy's friend went to look for him and Ron broke down on yet another POS bike and Beats Working stayed behind to help him out.
The view (sorry it was a hazy day)
Friday I led a ride to Rhyolite and Titus Canyon. Joining me were the Elifinos on dirt bikes, Don (Beats Working) and Geoff (GSequoia). Ron had nothing running reliably enough to join us. We slabbed it to Beatty for gas then stopped next at Rhyolite.
After Rhyolite we proceeded down the hill a half mile to the outdoor art exhibit
The carpet matches the drapes
Don (Beats Working) clashing with the "Last Supper"
The 4 dirt bikes coming up the to the pass before dropping down into Titus Cyn.
The famous Titus photo that everyone has
Ann (Mrs. Elifino) at the top of the pass.
Geoff (GSequoia) kicking back at Leadfield
Let me close with some Death Valley detritus (hash mark and all) seen at Leadfield ghost town
Unfortunately I had to leave around noon Saturday due to a family emergency so I missed all the evening festivities (drunk-fest).
I am looking forward to next year
I ALMOST* feel bad for stealing some of these cool pictures so I can add them to my Smugmug.
* but no quite
I had a great time this year, as last, although a swollen knee inhibited my riding a bit, and kept me out of it a couple of days. It's hell to get old! Friday's Noob ride to Hunter Mtn. and Teakettle was covered pretty well by Little Bike and it was good to have her along. Browneye took over the "fast" group and the rest went with me; nine riders as I recall. Here is our quick stop at Father Crowley's for a cell phone break.
Then it was up the highway to the Saline Valley Rd. turn off. Just before that, I glanced at my speedo and saw "0"! Uh Oh, something is wrong. Looking down at the front wheel I noticed my brake caliper hanging by the wires, with just one bolt barely hanging in the mounting lug but not connected to the fork. 'Pulled over carefully but by that time the bolt had bid adios. We managed to find one bolt and secured the caliper temporarily, but obviously I couldn't continue the ride with just one bolt and no front brake. We disucssed options and after giving careful descriptions of the route and major turns, the group pushed ahead while I went back to look for the other bolt, or back to camp for either another bolt or to get my WR250R. Put putted along for a while, but no luck on the bolt, so off to PSR and Lior who had a replacement bolt. Then, on the gas to try to catch up with the group. I didn't think I would be able to do that since it had taken so long to ride back to PSR. But, due to some judicious use of the throttle, I caught up with them, and Browneye's group (who dawdled at Hunter Cabin waiting on us) just past the Hunter Cabin turn off. Little Bike did a good job of covering the rest of the days ride.
Saturday we had a small group who wanted an easy ride to Cerro Gordo; Paul Callisto (Huskyfly), Rene, Piconino and Cowgirl. I decided to take the Husky Terra on this one.
As Browneye said previously, this is not a dirt bike, but it is a nice long distance adventure bike that will do some trail work if it's not too extreme. Kind of like an updated KLR, and that's how I'll use it. Cerro Gordo, Titus Canyon, and maybe a little more challening stuff is perfect but one does have to ride a bit slower.
Cowgirl and Paul
Paul and Rene
All in all, a really nice trip, and thanks so much to the organizers for all their work!
Uh, Ken, that's me
Yup, can't miss the Cowgirl's orange whether the the helmet is on or off!
Another thanks to our sponsors! While I was not a winner of product I just ordered a set of bar risers and a new Shinko 705 rear from Rocky Mountain ATC/MC. I made it a point to call the order in and thank them for supporting our event.
I knew I was going to buy a 705 shortly after the event, didn't know I needed bar risers until Thursday.
Cowgirl, Oooops! Guess I missed the red hair under your helmet. Consider me suitably chastised! And no, I am not going to say that if you've seen one (woman) you've seen them all......besides, it's not true!
geoff, yes a bar riser will make this picture a lot better........regardless, you did well on your first dirt ride...congrats
Geoff looks really tall in that pic. I hope he ordered some man-sized bar risers, like Rox, or Rox with their auxiliary rise increase. A buddy who is around 6' 2 or 3" had to go that way and he got a 3 or 3.5" rise on his WRR. Had to buy a new clutch cable, but it was worth it.
I'm in the same place with my F800GS. It made it up Chloride Cliffs but in the back of my mind I had to consider how I was going to get to work when I broke my commuter. I think next year I may show up on a DRZ400 and that will also open up some other areas for me to ride. Put my street tires back on the F800 today and went to play in my sandy yard. I sure can notice the difference.
WOW awesome trip. Love Death Valley. The pic are great. Trips like these inspire me to first get a bike, now to safe for a proper bike. Maybe next year I can join in on the fun. Keep it up.
This is my first trip to the nOOb rally and came away with fond memories. Many thanks to Joel and the many peeps that made this an awesome event
On the road around 9AM Thursday... The ride up is uneventful.
Lonely Highway pic..
Thursday fund raising dinner was great.. kudos to Bob.
There are a few peeps signed up for the this ride but for some reason I am the only one left ... Joel was kind enough to lead me out anyway, John joint us for the ride.
Joel gave me some word of advise and we are on our way to Ballarat.... I was slow and fighting the memories of my last spill. I eventually ease up a bit and 'cruise' at a mediocre speed
Saw this on the way
Charcoal Kilns. These structures withstood the test of time and in great condition.
Stop by Eureka Mine on the way to Aguereberry Point
Target rich environment
What a beautiful place
I don't have any pictures of Skiddoo. I climbed a hill there that I shouldn't have, coming down was CRAZY !!! Disappointed Joel... I knew he had his camera ready
Thanks Joel and John for staying with me and showing me the way. Can you post up some of my 'action' shots?
Rich's ride to Chloride Cliff and Titus Canyon. I would have bailed if not for the word of encouragement from Rob, Ersin and John. Thanks.
Chloride Cliff trail head
Should have stay (for my riding skill ), but I rode that path on the left anyway
and was rewarded with this incredible view
On the way out to Beatty, rider had a flat. I stopped and took some pictures and was rewarded for lunch. Good deal. Thanks JonF.
The group was pressing for time and I don't want to slow the group down so I suggested that I slap it back to camp with Ersin. The ever helpful John offer to take me through Titus ahead of the group.
I took a picture of him...
...he took one for me
And we are done
Pack and Loaded ready to go. We met Rjnutt and convoyed down together.
Wednesday night we had 9 people in a 16 foot trailer! We had parked in Joel's spot so he just came over and moved in! Safety vest and all!