Old story, same old story...

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by larryboy, Nov 18, 2012.

  1. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Oh love, oh love
    Won't you rain on me tonight?

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    Oh life, oh life
    Please don't pass me by...

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    Don't stop, don't stop
    Don't stop when the red lights flash...

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    Oh ride, free ride
    Won't you take me close to you?

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    Far away, far away
    Waste away tonight
    I'm wearing my heart on a noose...

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    Far away, far away
    Waste away tonight
    Tonight my heart's on the loose...

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    Oh lights and action
    I just can't be satisfied...

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    Oh losers and choosers
    Won't you please hold on my life...

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    Oh hours and hours
    Like the dog years of the day...

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    Old story, same old story...

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    Won't you see the light of day?

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    Five days to the wonderful and mysterious Saline Valley. Come with?
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  2. LeDakaR!

    LeDakaR! Banned

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    Come with? Heck yeah!:freaky
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  3. Nixels

    Nixels Face fears - live life

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    Fuckin' A!

    I've got my imagination packed and ready to ride! :ricky

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  4. wachs

    wachs just passin' through

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    :clap standing by . . .
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  5. sopascat

    sopascat not much of an adventurer

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  6. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Loaded up and ready to go!!

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    Same old route out of town, stellar weather.

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    While enjoying the weather a storm marched down the Sierra's from the north. I tried Hwy 4...closed, Hwy 108...closed, Hwy 120....closed, all had been open when I left home.

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    Looks like I'm going around the south end this time. I don't ever go into Yosemite, but I'm here right now. Why not?

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    Stayed in the hills as long as possible, had to go into Fresno, then south to Delano to get onto Hwy 155.

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    In the dark, bad wind starts as I go down the grade into Wofford Heights, around the back of Lake Isabella out to 14 north to Olancha for fuel. Wind is incredible, 60 mph steady with higher gusts. Waves of sand would wipe out all visibility as I wobbled past the Olancha Dunes.

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    I had grabbed a bundle of firewood and had given up on getting to the hot springs, planning to stay in the Boxcar Cabin. I missed it in the dark and wind, finding myself at the South Pass before I realized it.

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    Grapevine Canyon in the dark after this years monsoons isn't what I had planned, but here I am. It's hard to tell, but I need to hug a dropoff on the right with a severe washout to my left with wind trying to knock me down.

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  7. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Jumped up the second I felt the wind slow and scooted down the hill, some challenging rock crawling for the big bike, the road is pretty thrashed down to well North of the Lippencott turnoff. Long washboard straight to the west was really tough with the 60 mph wind from my left in the dark. North past the Saline Dunes I finally see Bat Rock Road which takes me east, but I'm protected from the wind by the dunes for awhile.

    My camping spot is exposed out in the wind, fought the tent up really quick. It's 1:30 AM Friday and I have been on the road since 7:30 AM Thursday morning. I don't bother with the air matress, just pass out on the floor of the tent.
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  8. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Rough windy night, was worried the bike would blow over a few times.

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    I didn't eat yesterday...crab cakes for breakfast.

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    I had called the missus from Olancha, but I knew she would be worried with the brutal weather, so I stomped around and found a spot where a text would get out.

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    Still pretty windy, but it was a nice soak.

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    Saw some old friends, TahoeTammy..Owen from North Dakota...John, dirty adventurer from here.

    Made a blurry dinner.

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    Tammy had invited me down for dinner, but I was fully exhausted and was asleep for the night shortly after dark.
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  9. UpST8

    UpST8 turnin gas to noise

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    :lurk great start!!
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  10. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Seafood in DV!
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    You're a brave man, Rob. :D
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  11. Ladybug

    Ladybug Bug Sister

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    Starting the day riding with LarryBoy get me started with a smile. :D
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  12. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Thanks for reading, everybody!! :clap:clap


    I'm going to lay around camp, read a book and eat good food for a few days.

    I brought both air mattresses, determined to find all the holes and patch this one up.

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    This is John, we met here last year. He has also 'gone desert', he is sick like me and will never escape. :wink:

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    I'm a day behind on my menu, so I invited John over for a hen that night.

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    Sunday morning John is taking off.

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    It's been warm right until I got here and snakes are looking for a place to winter. :eek1

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    I've known this German chick for a couple of years now, she's into bugs and snakes and stuff. She is talking in German to Georg the camp host.

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    Bacon and eggs today.

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    Then the snake came nearby.

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    This guy wanted some bacon.

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  13. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    I finished my book today and donated it to the library in the out house. Hope I wasn't supposed to give it back to Nixels. :hide

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    Last sunset in the desert for this trip, going home in the morning.

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    I had a nice campfire and cooked my steak over the fire. Ken and Owen came over to hang out, really nice time. :freaky

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    My neighbors had some of those wish balloon things, they sure did go way up into the night sky.

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    Then German girl says, "Rob, let's flip over rocks and look for scorpions with a black light!!", Ok, sounds fun!!

    He's there, as the white splotch.

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    Monday morning...I'm rolling north.

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    I soon find myself at Steel Pass.

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    Heading towards Eureka Dunes.

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    Into the slot canyon.

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    Sigh...so awesome.

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  14. Nixels

    Nixels Face fears - live life

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    :ddog That WAS the book you were supposed to return. :cry

    :poser Somebody will enjoy it.

    Did you? :scratch

    After your cold, windy ride down, it looks like you had great weather. :jkam
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  15. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Ooops, I knew I had one that I was supposed to give back. :baldy

    Damn fine read, it was tough to get started, but once I figured out the authors strategy(time jumping), it was a great read. :thumbup


    Don't forget it's winter and I have to get over thos damn Sierra's yet. :ddog
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  16. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    The dunes haven't gotten rain in quite awhile, dry and fluffy.

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    I have decided to stay in Nevada as long as possible today, you stay in full light and don't have to crest all those super cold passes on 395.

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    All the 'Road Closed' signs are for mini vans and Camry's.

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    I brought an extra 1.5 gallons of fuel because I've been wanting to go this direction for awhile now.

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  17. PinkPillion

    PinkPillion Been here awhile

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    Show us a good time Larryboy. :D
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  18. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Got fuel and a snack.

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    Went past Walker Lake.

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    South Lake Tahoe for dinner.

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    Wow, must have been hungry. :huh

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    Looked for handwarmers at every fuel stop today and had finally found some up here.

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    Tough cold 100 miles to home from here, last picture.

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    A little over 1,000 miles for the trip. Pirelli Scorpion Rally Pro is awesome on the front, Kenda Big Block on the back hooks better in sand than the TKC did. The carburated no ABS havin' 1150 Zombie is a joy to ride in the dirt.

    Thanks for reading...see you on the trail.


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  19. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    I tried, but it's over already. :freaky

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    We were going to go back 2-up for Thanksgiving, but I'm tired...30 hours riding time on this little trip and I commute 175 miles per day...I'm worn out.
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  20. Liberia

    Liberia Fortunate

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    Dang if you don't eat better than any Adventure Rider I've ever seen.
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