Mojave Desert - Ridgecrest Weekend

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by chrish4ku, Apr 2, 2012.

  1. chrish4ku

    chrish4ku Been here awhile

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    This was the first ride I went on with Mike Z. He's a cool Canadian cat with a library of ADV stories to tell. We headed out of the Bay Area on Thursday for two full days of riding.

    Day one was at desert level

    Day two was up in the western mountains above Ridgecrest

    Me on the BRP, Mike on the KTM. Weather was good on Fri/Sat - wind pushed 50mph Sunday so good thing we didn't have a planned ride.

    Headed out first to the Trona Pinnacles
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    They were shooting a Toyota commercial that day
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    Cool views
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    My favorite
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    Mike Z
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    The only shade within 100 miles
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    "I can see Alberta from here"
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    Met up with some ADV guys on a tour. Big Bike Style.
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    Off to other things...
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    I love big Joshua Trees. They only grow where it snows in the winter.
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    X-15 Monument is a must see
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    This was sweet until the meth kicked in
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    I guess you aren't supposed to go under the trestle
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    You want sand - you got sand
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    The BRP is a great bike for desert situations
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    It was in the low 90's so the faster the better
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    The Kanadian KTM
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    Hey - how bout some rocky steep stuff?
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    Nice views
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    All roads lead to nowhere....
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    Kicking up dust
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    Day 2 we went up into the mountains
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    attack of the gates
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    We took an alternate and received great views
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    Chimney Peak
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    The only water we saw
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    Ride with a view
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    We saw 3 vehicles all day on this dirt section
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    Nice cool breeze at elevation
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    Our route
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    Let's go there......
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    A bit of pavement to our next turn off - but the scene was great.
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    Water anyone? I wonder why Mono lake is empty?
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    Love the mountain trails
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    Big trees
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    Lunch of champions
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    Some fast dirt
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    down hill..
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    open, open open -
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    This was one of the most scenic tracks
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    NEVER GO HOME!!!!!!!!!
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    Do NOT brush against these while riding
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    If only everyday could look like this
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    Vids
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    The not so impressive hill....
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  2. bikyto

    bikyto Dans le doute...gaz!

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    Nice pix!
    You guys have a gps track that you can share?
    Thank you :D
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  3. benwiggin2

    benwiggin2 Long timer

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    Great pictures! I'm still trying to get to the pinnacles, always something keeping me from finishing that ride! Where were you guys on day 2?
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  4. RZRob

    RZRob Long timer

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    Hey I recognize that area. I was just there the Saturday before last. Great riding. Hope to go back and do more exploring further north on 395.

    RZ Rob

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  5. Just Paul

    Just Paul Pro Cat Herder

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    Great Trip Chris..

    Thanks for sharing !
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  6. chrish4ku

    chrish4ku Been here awhile

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    Day 2 was the below areas. Some parts were not fully accessible, and we did do some U turns but it was really fun.

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  7. trailjammer

    trailjammer Been here awhile

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    Looks like a great trip Mike Z. and Chris! I love that area down there. Lots of fun. Are you ready for Baja now Mike? :)
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  8. chrish4ku

    chrish4ku Been here awhile

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    Ummm, I sort of heard there might be a little problem getting Mike back into the U.S.

    :rofl
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  9. skianreid

    skianreid Boulder Moto

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    I went to High school there in early 80's. We used to park our bikes at the back of the gym and hit the dez after school(and sometimes during school. Your pics are great memories of riding there other than the 22 tickets I received between 17 and 19. I painted every fire hydrant in Ridgecrest to work off the tickets.....not fond of those memories though. Thanks for the post makes me want to head back and do some riding.
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  10. trailjammer

    trailjammer Been here awhile

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    HAHAHA But i told him 'who wouldn't like to stay in baja?'. lol we'll come visit and ride ALL the time. :freakyj/k
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  11. trailjammer

    trailjammer Been here awhile

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    Hey Mike,
    How did that new ktm heat shield work out for you? let's see some pics? Hope all is well for ya!
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  12. Jamie

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    Nice photos. Thanks for posting. I also like the color coordinated loop bag.:lol3
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  13. UpST8

    UpST8 turnin gas to noise

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    Great pics!!! Looks like a real nice ride. Love the Plated BRPR :D
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  14. zeegman

    zeegman Been here awhile

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    Great writeup Chris and it was good times riding with you.

    The Trona Pinnacles were very cool - you could just imagine the Planet of the Apes happening right there.

    Got a couple of videos of the BRP in action!

    Chris makes haste! On Canebrake road.
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    Chris through the "Land of Chocolate" - actually Joshua trees.
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    Chris jumps "the Hill"
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    Next time we need to check the Husky monument, F-22 crash site and other desert gems.

    MZ
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  15. chrish4ku

    chrish4ku Been here awhile

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    I did not realize that I was "crabbing" into the wind. haha. Wind was strong that day
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  16. Humunn

    Humunn Where Next?

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    Great pics, especially like the KTM riding through the J-trees! Nice job!

    :clap
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  17. ttr

    ttr Been here awhile

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    Great pics, lucky that you live so close those beautiful places!!
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  18. 8thdwarf

    8thdwarf perfect,just perfect

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    The BRP was in it's element... :D
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