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Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by Windrat, Sep 8, 2009.
Sometimes I feel like that. Thanks Oly
well, i got half way threw the ride report, and it fucked up so heres the cliff notes and a pictures story.
thur. riverrat, septicsceptic, and i ride power line roads from racetown395 to kramer junction. from kramer we rode single track to husky monument then more single to the lake bed to camp (160 miles).
fri. we rode from the lake bed across 395, around the back side of randsberg to breakfast, then rode into trona. from trona, the escape route to south park to stone cabin (100 miles).
sat. finish south park (i had a blast, i dont know about anyone else though), and some easy roads into panamint (80 miles).
sun. escape route back, to randberg, explored some fire roads and single track all the way back to adelanto (254 miles).
574 miles total, it was great riding with everyone, and now that i know the desert a bit better, i might have to do a few more trips that way.
fantastic pictures punk.
Pat, those are awesome pics. Especially the stairsteps in Southpark.
Nice report and thanks for the swig of Tecate
Wow, I did all of that? Well I guess I can thank Danny for my Superman powers, or lack of exhaustion, or................
Screw the candy, How about those Granola bars! I was still feeling it 48 hours later, and they were tasty too.
Excellent ride everyone. I really enjoyed the Friday hill climb festivities and riding with all that dared venture into South Park with us. It couldn't have been much better.
Great report... missed an epic ride I can see but at least I helped sponser and no dunerat racing decals on any of the bikes WTF?
It's tattooed on my ass.
Here's my last pics.
Windrat and Trailtrick in deep conversation after the Friday ride.
Kenny unloads mass quantities of food and beer. Thanks to all who paid in and to all that didn't make it Friday but paid: Thanks very much.
It was real good.
We tried to save the leftover beer in Olys cooler Saturday night, but, we all just stood around and finished it. Oly didn't seem too upset.
Good man.... At least I'll be recognized in west HollyWOOD
I bet some of you guys could say this was one is on your top ten list of favorite rides ever.
Even Caly Stuey could say that after what he endured and the luck he had. Lots of miles, beautiful sunsets, beer (for some), big party at the DV cabin, arrid camping in the middle of nothing but desert, handy people to help the beasts up the canyon cracks, meeting new people and finding all the secret goodie trails and mysterious relics.
Plenty of miles turned, that's for sure.
Wish I could ride like that.
Ok who's got more pics. More, please.
Sr. Peligro's mighty jealous, I'm sure.
I can't ride like these guys, but I did manage to find some riding
I do have just a few pics
So here's the story.........
Jim (spafxr) picked me & the bike (the TW, cuz the drz is still at Javier's) up in South Pasadena at noon on Friday, so we arrived at Panamint Springs late afternoon & set up camp
(note to self, do not take a campsite directly opposite the Shell station sign)
ran into luv2race, sending his spare chain off with SepticSceptic to rescue CaStu.....
more bikes & trucks rolled in thru the evening
once I walked by someone's camp & saw a bike & a guy who looked familiar, but I couldn't place him, turns out SgtSmoker, who we've met on some local rides had been out there for the week, he had his wife out for her first dirt experience on her KLX
On Saturday morning, a ride was put together with RiverRat leading,,,,,,
spafxr, rsce, Yzlvr, & StevefrmGV on big KTMs, RiverRat on his drz, & me, on the little TW, headed out to Saline Valley Road & over Cerro Gordo.....
help me out here guys, I know some of you took some pics...
when we got down to Keeler we decided that more riding was in order, & headed for Darwin, with some of the stretches on dirt were RiverRat knows where all sorts of interesting stuff is....
a tribute/shrine to U2??
after Darwin we found our way here & there & made our way to China Garden Springs, & then thru Darwin Canyon? & back to camp, 90 some miles for the day
Saturday night, we had steak, baked potato, & corn on the cob, courtesy of spafxr
& then hung out at various campfires, hearing all the stories of the various adventures
I guess you didn't look too deep under the ice.
Gary and I both had our fill on Monday night and came home with one Tecate and one Modelo, both ice cold.
and so, on to Sunday's adventure.........
most of the guys were riding home or had gotten in a couple of day's riding, but Jim & I decided we come too far to just ride one day so we set off for a short ride before we loaded up the bikes to go home......was supposed to be short anyway...........
after consultation with RiverRat, we headed up towards Hunter Mountain to see what we could see, thinking we'd just go up & come back the way we came......really nice ride, there's such a huge variety of terrain in Death Valley, just amazing....
a some point Jim's bike had a fuel pump issue, fortunately he was able to get it running again, but after lookin at maps we decided that the most direct way back to slab (& possible auto club rescue in case of further difficulties) was actually the long way around, so we continued on
I think we were on Hidden Valley Rd. when I saw Jim stopped ahead of me, I was afraid his bike had quit again, but he was trying to get me to slow down before I hit the silt........ I did slow down, but not enough, silt is worse than sand, Jim was nice enough to pick the bike up off me, without thinking of taking pics (sorry Joel)
we made it to Teakettle Junction & Ubehebe Crater, & on to Scotty's Castle with no further difficulties, slabbed it around to Panamint Springs, & loaded up to go home
hey sopascat....you make the rr effortless and pics are awesome. you definitely has some star qualities that will be useful on future rides....
good to see you and jim made it back....
thanks everyone for the great reporting.
septic...you are one kewl guy for taking care of castu....
Good to hear. You guys definitely owned those!