n00bs rALLy DV march MADness 2011

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by GalacticGS, Mar 22, 2011.

  1. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    glad to hear we were able to help. many of us will be in the sequioas on the weekend of the april 22-24. that's a beautiful place and we all have to work hard to keep it open and clean.

    ron you are the man.....:thumb; i have been riding with ron for 3 years or so, the man was unselfish and he loves to ride.
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    this takes a lot of work, plus the cuscous, salad, condiments, etc; and trucking the food to PSR which is about hours away from his house.
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    the tax man....:D
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    THAT WEEKEND, WE SAW OVER A HUNDRED OF APPRECIATIVE PEOPLE AND THEY WERE OUTSTANDING IN BOTH GIVING AND HELPING OTHERS.

    WE HAVE A GREAT COMMUNITY AND GLAD TO BE A PART OF IT...:clap
  2. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    how about dining with gregory peck and john belushi.....:rofl
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  3. Super Suz

    Super Suz N00b with B00b

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  4. rider914

    rider914 Agnostic Adventurer

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    Day 3: ~260 miles

    Sunday morning rolls around and it is time to head for home. Actually got up early, but still didn't get an early start. Breakfast, pack up camp, then help DSM8 and Oliver load up for their drive back to LA. No idea when we finally hit the road. Doesn't really matter.

    Gooood mornin' PSR.
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    That TA has got some stories to tell.
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    Looking back down at Panamint Dunes from the top of the Old Darwin Toll Road.
    Gonna be a nice day!
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    Took the side trip down to China Garden and found Super Suz hunting for the road to Darwin.
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    Gold fish feeding frenzy.
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    Suz and Sherpa super splash.
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    Cool rock formation down in the canyon.
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    A quick stop in Darwin to drop off a postcard. Oooo... I see snow ahead.
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    Ohhhh yeahhhh!
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    Centennial Flat with the snow covered Sierras in the distance.
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    A fork in the trail, and it looks like some other FFs have been here recently.
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    Climbing out of a long gravel wash.
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    Approaching Owens 'not-so-dry-anymore' Lake.
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    Hwy190 looking towards Olancha. Possibly the longest bit of pavement we would see today.
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    A quick roost on Olancha Dunes. No, there is nothing holding up my bike.
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    Headed south on the east side of 395 thru Cactus Flat.
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    Nice area with some fun roads and a few scattered old structures.
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    Small un-named semi-dry lake.
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    Looking back at McCloud Flat.
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    Broke out onto Coso Road for a few, then powerline down to the Red Hill cinder cone.
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    Crossing over 395 to the west side and following the upper aqueduct road.
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    The makers left their mark.
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    Up on the mountainside. Ridgecrest way off in the distance.
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    Burning a little pavement on the way into Inyokern for lunch.
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    More powerlines hading south towards the El Paso mountains.
    Starting to get cold and windy. We didn't stop much.
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    1 minute stop in Randsburg. Sunday afternoon and nobody was there.
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    Racing down Atolia Road towards Cuddyback. We skirted the south side of the lake.
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    The two little dry lakes behind Fremont were not. I am always amazed to see the dezert like this.
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    morris holding up the shoreline.
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    We blasted south past Harper and across Hwy58.
    Gusty sidewinds were keeping me tense and I was starting to feel the fatigue in my back and shoulders.
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    Into Silver Lakes for a stretch and a splash of gas.
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    Fog flowing over the top of the Cajon Pass. Looks like it might get damp on the other side.
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    Going over Baldy Mesa, we stopped to add layers just shy of the fog bank.
    It had gotten icey cold in the last few miles as the sun set over Angeles Crest.
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    Yeah... i'm feelin' it.
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    Under the clouds going down the pass. I15 north and south off to the left.
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    Home at last.
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    Good trip :thumb

    < Day 1
    < Day 2

    -M
  5. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    awesome adventure you and morris had. good to see a RR outside DV...thanks...:thumb

    next event when i'm a mere participant, i would love to ride up to dv following your tracks. windrat, razr, and punkenduro had a similar RR last year.
  6. ADVMOTY

    ADVMOTY US ham radio op

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    This is our ride up the backroad to Darwin on Thursday morning.

    - Mike

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  7. FYYFF

    FYYFF Forever young...

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    Sunday:

    After a long Saturday ride I went to bed around 11:pm after the raffle, while most of the riders were still enjoying their drinks, etc...
    The weather was amazing again. I think we did this ride right on time, perfect riding conditions...
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    This time we were going to the west, Hot Springs thru South Pass, then Lippencott to Racetrack and the Crater.
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    South Pass was open but melting snow made a big mess there. They were offering free "hot chocolate" on the pass and I couldnt resist... :muuttBut Rich didnt taste it...:rofl
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    Hot Springs road was loooong and treacherous. But we finally made it.
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    We called and reserved a private pool for ourselves before we head there
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    We spend about an hour or so before we hit the road again
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    Did I say that the road was treacherous???
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    I ended up getting my first bends on the front rim. :cry

    Lippencott was absolutely challenging and fun. After the first 1/2 mile of rocks, big rocks and bigger rocks we were thinking "What the hell we got into???" It was like we were rock climbing, not riding...
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    Rich was glued to the wall, away from the cliff all the way to the top. :lol3
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    It was hot, it was tough, but we finally made it to the top...
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    I didnt see and rocks moving, and I didnt have strength to walk across the Racetrack to see if there are any on the other side. I was run out of water and we had only Rich's camel back for the rest of the day. I was that close to "death" in the Death Valley in the middle of nowhere... :rofl
    But right at the second, a fully loaded truck pulled in with ice cold water, AC, etc... I was saved... :lol3
    From Racetrack to the Crater it was a long and fast gravel road. We were flying (or at least that's what it felt like to me)
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    We stopped for some pics at the famous junction, and Rich found our official kettle. I wish I had some tea with me...
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    Racing with my shadow
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    We made it to the Crater and the sunset was close...
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    I had a quick nap on the bike, it was comfy...
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    And the day was almost over and we were heading back to our hotel from Panamint Springs but guess what??? No adventure riding is complete with out a flat, right??? So there it is. I had a flat in the Shell gas station. I thought I could put some air and make it to the Stovepipe Wells but it didnt happen. Rich was driving his jeep with his bike in the back and I had to stop and change the tire right on the pass. It was pitch black and if it Rich didnt help me I would be there until the dawn. Dont get me wrong, he didnt touch anything. He told me "I can do it in 10 minutes but if you want to learn, here is your chance"... :rofl
    So I did it, right there, from 9:30pm to 10:45pm... :lol3 It is probably the longest tire change of my life. Hopefully it is... But when I look back, that flat was one of the best thing that happened over the weekend. Otherwise I would never learn how to do it... :clap
    No pictures of the flat. It was too dark and I was too frustrated and busy changing the tire, where Rich was smoking and managing the crew (me)... :evil

    Finally on Monday morning, I was heading back home on an other gorgeous day.
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    And somewhere along the way, we hit 7,500 milestone in 7 months... :clap
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    It was a great trip for me. That almost 900 miles trip showed me that how much I love my 990. It is just an amazing bike. It takes you from point A to point B at 60 mph power sliding on gravel and dirt roads (South Pass to Hot Springs), then point B to point C jumping over the big and bigger rocks at 1.5 mph like a chamois goat (Lippencott) and then point C to point D at 100+ mph comfortably (Crater to Panamint Springs).
    990 is a go anywhere, do anything bike, at least for me (as a noob)...
    Thanks one more time to Joel, all the volunteers and everyone who took place in this amazing weekend. Hope to ride with you guys soon again...


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  8. MojaveSidecar

    MojaveSidecar Been here awhile

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  9. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    wow...more nice vids and RR....:clap

    the weekend we were there was kinda the almost perfect weather. for others, the snow was an adventure and memorable experience. it leaves a big indelible mark. the dust was somewhat tolerable. all of us put hundreds of mile everyday. the daytime and evening temperatures were perfect. got a little sunny on sunday. the cooler evenings made us gather around the campfire, huddle and met a lot of new people. it was a blessing in many ways.
  10. rider914

    rider914 Agnostic Adventurer

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    I've had few other people ask about the tracks :deal
    See attached file for our ride up and back, start / end at 15/138.

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    -M
  11. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    after a nice lunch at beatty, we rode towards ryolite. it was getting late and i want to bail out so i can get back to camp and help prep in evening the festivity.
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    the last picture of the crew; in as much as i want to see ryolite and titus canyon (yes, it was open), i have duties to attend that afternoon. so i told the boys, just go and enjoy riding.
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    being solo in a loney highway didn't bother me..there were plenty of beautiful views accompanying me
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    $10K paint job
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    keeping a steady pace, i caught up with the v-twins somewhere past stovepipe; they were several who were lucky enough to do titus canyon.
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    so i made a move to make my presence known
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    conner's wr doing a great job hanging with the big bikes...thanks to the speed limit
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    i passed each one, including riddler
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    we all made it to the camp as law abiding motorists and without a ticket....:D
  12. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    nice....and i wish the cold weather will still hang around for a few more months. i think, after april...it's going to be HOT....:cry

    thanks mat.
  13. macadamia

    macadamia XK Red 27 Technique

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    So, after getting my motorcycle back from Lior, completely fixed of course, I have been shopping for a dual sport. I drank the koolaid and now want into the off roading frat. I'm totally hooked even though I spent exactly zero minutes outside of PSR campground after I got there.
  14. toast

    toast Been here awhile

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    Great ride reports guys!
    Really great to see the variety of experiences detailed here. So much to see and do. Thanks to all who made it happen.

    Been working on a video ride report for Friday and Saturday featuring Nowwhat and Sito. Should be ready in a couple of days.

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    ADVMOTY US ham radio op

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    Here's another video. This time of riding in the snow up towards South Pass, and some mechanical difficulties on the trail...:eek1

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    Mini did the same thing with the new Countryman SUV, and had it on their WRC car during testing as well. You should have pulled the tiny piece of electrical tape off the wheel centers to reveal the secret. It doesn't look like the Mini, but it looks ugly enough that I just stopped caring.

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  17. Bonnie & Clyde

    Bonnie & Clyde Wishing I was riding RTW

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    We wanted to ride out to the Hot Springs but it turned out to be a Cold Ride to South Pass and back.

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    We turned around after the snow got to deep on South Pass. We decided to get over Cero gordo mine?

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  18. Bonnie & Clyde

    Bonnie & Clyde Wishing I was riding RTW

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    Bonnie & Clyde Wishing I was riding RTW

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    Bonnie & Clyde Wishing I was riding RTW

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    Just thought I would post this up..............We have two Go Pros............the HD one posted above and a second the older low res one. We cant find the Low res el cheapo one. Theres a chance we dropped it around the campsite so if some one found it let us know. It should have a SD card in it with some video of the Ural etc. Thanks Cory


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