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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by airborndad, Mar 23, 2012.
Hello Redbull Addict,
What happen to you?
Still ride the X-challenge?
Have you guys going past us in my ride report (and have added some appropriate music). Check YouTube video around 3/4 way into the report.
great report so far, Joel and way to go getting Jimmy Lewis to stop by.
but HTF do you remember everybody's names like that!
eran....jimmy even donated two $300 gift certificate.....
for some mysterious reason, only 1 made it to the raffle....
will explain later....
yeah, lots of name to remember, it comes with the job...
more from friday night...
robert, andy, blitz, rene and cindy
roy burning the midnight oil
dust to adobe riders - ken, seth, james and adam
clarence getting fresh rubber from lior
eric, conner, sito, john, john, mike and tony
same suspects with the addition of jimmy
dain, azsimpson, ron, bob and cathy
heal quickly prakrash
i think overall, friday went well....
Huh, so that's where I was on Friday night?
I rolled into the Pananmint Valley on Tuesday morning headed to the Minnietta Cabin. As I approached a truck coming the other way pulled over so I could continue, I stopped to ask if they knew if anyone was staying at the cabin. They replied yes, we are staying there, so I u-turned back to 105, then OC, and set up at the Osborne Cabin.
The mornings were chilly.
After checking for any riders at PSR, and chatting with Rob G. for a few minutes, I set off for some solo exploring. I hadn't been to Surprise Canyon yet so that became my first stop.
Chris Wicht Camp
I hiked a short way into the canyon, looking over the mining ruins.
Next stop was Jail Canyon
Miles and miles of rocky road to get there.
It was worth the trip, I have to see all the cabins in Death Valley. I also met Dirty Adventurer there, who was just packing up to leave after spending the night there. There is a foot trail that continues into the canyon, but after a short walk the trail became seriously overgrown with brush, too thick to continue.
I rode back to camp to spend a little time hiking around Osborne Canyon.
Thursday Joel and I rode to the SV Warm Springs, another awesome day already reported by Joel.
Friday I mostly rested at the cabin, and prepared for Saturday's ride.
Saturday morning I met JohnGil, and the Salt Tram crew at PSR. We headed to Darwin first, stayed on dirt until we hit the 190 again towards Keeler, then on to Cerro Gordo after a slight delay with Spafxr dealing with an overheating issue. And then on to the Salt Tram...
Tenders Cabin, Spafxr, and 2 WheelsGood
The Salt Tram
Thanks to all my riding partners for a great time in Death Valley. This is the first time I didn't ride solo the whole time after 10 previous trips. Thanks ADV
Here's our tracks from Thurs/Fri: http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=1515107&code=7ef09838022342a8c111f2889031c9de
That is a lot rockier since my last trip. Did you get back far enough in the canyon to see this.
Little bit of brush but then opened to a lot of mining artifacts
Great RR's ya FF's!
Here's my little RR:
Jo (roundtrippin) spent the night @ my house Wednesday night so we could get an early jump on the trip. Here we are packed up and ready to roll.
We got hungry and stopped for breakfast off I-15
We slabbed it to Baker and then up HWY-127 to Tecopa and got a campsite at the County hot springs
Up with the birds - well kind of. We couldn't wait to get the hell out of Tecopa. Those hot springs were scary! :eek1
We rode through Shoshone and into Furnace Creek for breakfast. Check out one of the 20 Mule wagons. Poor Mulieheads!
The Cafe @ Furnace Creek was a delight. $1.25 for a tenderloin steak!
Jo standing over one of the mine shafts at Skidoo with an adult beverage. Don't try this at home, kids!
Barbie finds the ONLY thing in Skidoo worth seeing:
After Skidoo, Jo and I headed up to Auguberry Point:
Speeding kills bears
The next day, a small group consisting of Francisthepig, Calikarl, roundtrippin, Rich from AZ, and me head out to Beatty to grab food before going to Rhyolite, Titus, Scotty's, and Ubehebe. Here we are in Beatty - crappy shot but you get the idea how much cheaper gas is in NV.
Calikarl bearing the wind at Ubehebe for a photo-op. It was windy as shit!
On the way home, Rich's 990 starts acting up. We left him with Robert at Scotty's to see if it could be sorted while Jo and I took Karl to Ubehebe since he's never seen it. The plan was for us to ride back through Scotty's to see if he needed more help. Since we didn't see him, we headed back to camp. That's when we found the 990 on the side of the road
He thought it was out of oil (which it was) I flagged down a caravan of cars. One of them had some oil to give so we filled up the 990 and got back on the road. Meanwhile, I sent Jo and Calikarl home to camp since the winds were so bad. Francisthepig was already on his way to Stovepipe wells to get oil when we got there.
Filled up, we got back on the road when the 990 broke down again a couple of miles later.
This time, suspecting it was electrical, we dropped the slid plate to access the battery. There, we found that both terminals were lose! Tightened up, the 990 ran like a champ all the way home.
The next day I had a serious case of get-home-itis and hauled ass back to base with a Ersin (FYYFF) and John (Luv2Race) and got home in serious record time.
I wish I had a camera to take more pix. I will next time though
Thanks everyone, especially Joel for all his hard work putting this even together.
"Pearlite went flying 15 feet down and off the trail. I thought he was a goner. Running over to him, miraculously he feel into a perfect rock outline of his body. BTW his bike followed him too. Missed him and it miraculously survived after we hauled it back over the boulders. He was catching his breath when 3 black SUVs came up."
Wow it was 15ft! Told the Urgent Care Doc it was only about 10ft. Fifteen makes me feel tougher since I ended up with no fractures. Making the soreness bearable are 800 mg of Ibuprofen, the spa, and wine.
thanks for the additional RR. still have medium tees, got your size you skinny fellas. just send me your address.
the tradition continues and this year we had lots of people supporting it. you need to come out next year or let's hook up sooner.
jeff still rides, and we thought he's coming over but work must be in the way. he's with supercross now.
great news joel.
i joined galactics group which was decimated to 2 riders + me. well, larry planned the ride and we rode the plan.
done the west to east loop on goler-mengle-warm springs a few times, but never the other way around. great idea larry.
straight and smooth
put gas at furnace creek
warm springs road and larry leading
ersin and i took turns sweeping
the geologist cabin on the upper right corner
pretty quiet here, unlike last year, loner hosted one big afternoon party
larry is a beast on that berg
the never ending love affair between the 2
down the road, we stopped and let them ride up first (uphill right-of-way)
pearlite's first ride here
damn...that's a gs1200......
we continued west while the 3 went east (we never saw randall and others, they must be in the canyons or in one of the cabins)
somewhere along, we found this nice hill
larry looking for another road
then we stopped a the mengel memorial
not too long, came lior and moshe
moshe's aprilia has only 2 gal (?) and low on gas
gave moshe some of mine
soon we're moving again; i have to be back at camp to set up the satuday dinner.....
watching the 4x4 vans going up goler
very nice set up
holy cow...this rig is BIG...:eek1:eek1:eek1
just don't show his girlfriend this photo... she'll get jealous...
ersin's first time at goler and looking for a good line riding down
ersin made it though....
from ersin's view point
larry took the middle and did just well....on a small bike...
when we got out of the canyon, the wind was still blowing wild and we stopped in ballarat for soda
more riders showed up
going north on indian ranch road
once we hit saline valley road, ersin did his darth peach impersonation.....
all heading back to camp
the dust storm ahead makes us want to go back in the canyons
always nice to have a mechanic (lior) in the group.....
that ends the saturday ride....dinner and festivites next.
I am so happy to see that the Geologist's Cabin finally got re-roofed. I was there late last year and it looked like this.
It rained that week and I had to create a dam inside to keep from getting my sleeping bag soaked. There was a notice on the door.
Thank you NPS for following through and saving this cabin.
The Geologist's Cabin was in pretty good shape, very clean, and pretty well-stocked with supplies. People have been treating it well this past year...
I got a glimpse of the mining operation, and usually I won't pass up exploring the mines, but the overgrowth prevented me from continuing on the path. I could have scrambled up the slope on the other side, but it would have been slippery going in my MX boots, so I missed most of what is in your picture.
good job wearing the right gear glad your OK
Enjoyed riding with you Friday let me know when your pain free & feeling up to riding