Perfect Desert Dirt 3 KTM's and a Honda XR

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Mr Dual Sport, Sep 21, 2013.

  1. wachs

    wachs just passin' through

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    Professor seems OK and is riding fine

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    Killurtv handles that beast

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    Still no KurtW so N2 goes back to see if he’s OK


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    Kurt shook something electrical loose but they got it sorted pretty quick and back on the trail

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    Let’s get going!

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    No pictures of the 35 mile deluge we rode through to get to Fields about 4PM. I was completely soaked and going through the list of stupid things I did not bring with on this anticipated sunny desert tour. Face mask, Latex gauntlet gloves (XXL that slide right over moto gloves), hand guards, extra layers, lip balm, SPACE BLANKET! Kurt had one and we split it for the 35 miles back to camp. Stuffed that thing into my gear and we headed north into the weather and just hoping the playa is crossable back to our camp.

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    Hey don’t laugh too hard - those things actually work!

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    So many shots we didn’t stop to take. Followed N2 onto the super slick and gooey surface. He had no problems but my bald-assed rear tire was quite thrilling on this surface. Professor out there soldiering on.

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    I didn’t see Killurtv behind me so I stopped and got off my bike - another mistake

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    It doesn’t look that bad but you could barely walk on that stuff

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    Killurtv had the out riggers down and rode for miles on that 990 but never went down. Got back to camp, there’s my ancient North Face VE25 tent that no longer sheds water.

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    N2Moto’s 2 wheel drive van and trailer

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    Sad camp

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    It kinda let up for a bit and we made the decision to high-tail off the playa

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    Packed up all our muddy crap and headed west for the shoreline

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    Killurtv went ahead in his 4WD Tundra and told us to go 45 mph or we’d get stuck

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    That worked great till we spun the Sprinter van - scariest thing I’ve been through in 2013 but KurtW got us off the mud and we paid to camp across from the hot springs. Took a soak and hit the hay. My brother and his contingent decided to stick it out at camp and hope for better conditions the next day. I couldn’t risk it due to work.

    There were some others soaking when finally got there.
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    4 people from camp decided to get their rig completely stuck in the perma-puddle down from the springs. The next morning it was better but they were completely stuck out there. They had been warned :deal

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    Paul form the ALvord ranch stopped by to coordinate the tow.

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    We headed for Crane to have breakfast and possibly soak.

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    Crystal Crane Hot Springs

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    Brothers, OR

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    Rainbow near KurtW’s house

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    There’s more but that’s all I have - thanks for the ride Kurt!
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  2. brad21

    brad21 We have a pool... and a pond.

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    The Prof: not looking too chipper in those pics! :pynd

    Wox has girlie handguards. :lol3
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  3. slogger

    slogger Been here awhile

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    That wet lake bed gave me the chills!

    Great report with great pic's.
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  4. K_N_Fodder

    K_N_Fodder Long timer

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    HOLY freakin epic. Coming back to a lake on the playa is the stuff of nightmares, can't believe you guys made it out of there. I'll bet that ride out with two broken ribs was just peachy. Kurt I can't imagine the sigh of relief when your bike came back to life. Funny how quickly things can get sketchy out there.
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  5. wachs

    wachs just passin' through

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    Yes, especially if you're from 'out of town' (Killurtv shot). We were long gone at this point.

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  6. The Professor

    The Professor Minky says ride

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    Both very true.:bubba
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  7. K_N_Fodder

    K_N_Fodder Long timer

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    This is the kind of situation where you may get the front bumper and/or a chunk of frame, but the truck is staying.
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  8. Mr Dual Sport

    Mr Dual Sport Roamer

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    Although it would have been an experience not to forget, I'm really glad I had to leave early on this trip!
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  9. blake716

    blake716 nine toes

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    Looks like fun stuff!
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  10. The Professor

    The Professor Minky says ride

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    It sure looks like you had your share of "rescue me" too. :lol3
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  11. CurbTiger

    CurbTiger Adventurer

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    Youz guys were gassin' up at Fields when I, car bound, was there on Thursday & Sunday.
    Y'all shoulda camped at WillowCreek HotSprings, just south of WhiteHorse Ranch. BLM free & no stuck on the playa goofiness. And a lot easier access to the Oregon Mountains area. The hot side is frickin' awesomest. Sat out the evening rain shower in hot water w/ adult beverage in easy reach.
    How's the Little Sand Gap traverse? Always wanted to try it. Is there a trail through Big Sand Gap?
    I was quite jealous. Of the moto action. Not the wet playa business.

    NE
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  12. Mr Dual Sport

    Mr Dual Sport Roamer

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    :nod

    Last November

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=841464
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  13. CurbTiger

    CurbTiger Adventurer

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    I see you comphrende!
    North end of the Steens
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    Fave pic from Fields Store
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    Hijack over

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  14. killurtv

    killurtv free range moron

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    This was a carnage filled trip.... wouldn't have missed for anything!!!! Heal up quick Professor!!!
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  15. Mr Dual Sport

    Mr Dual Sport Roamer

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    Did you get a new front fender yet?
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  16. killurtv

    killurtv free range moron

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    Working on getting it together. Going with the high fender this time. No more playa build up for me! That was scarey! :lol3
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  17. wachs

    wachs just passin' through

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  18. killurtv

    killurtv free range moron

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    SWEET!!! There is that dead fender, hated to see it go, it hung in there for 36000 miles. rest In Peace (es)
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  19. kurtw

    kurtw Child of the Wind

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    Kent, I have a super moto fender in Orange laying around if you want it it's yours. Wachs seemed to think the sm ones worked good.
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  20. killurtv

    killurtv free range moron

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    Thanks Kurt, I bought one the day I got back from the playa. Just waiting on the new wiring for the speedo and odometer. That was fun!!! Lets do it again.:clap
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