Ride the Bradshaw Trail !!! (SoCal --> Feb 3-4)

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by Zen Slug, Dec 29, 2006.

  1. Elee

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  2. jonz

    jonz Miles are my mantra

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    If you want to try out my trail, I could probably get off work early on Friday and meet you around 12:30. As long as the weather is not too hot, it's okay riding the freeway loop in the afternoon.
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  3. Zen Slug

    Zen Slug Spineless Adventurer

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    I put in a request with work to take the Friday off. If it gets approved then Elevatorjunky and I will prolly drive the dirtbikes (450EXC and 380EXC, both plated) down in his truck either Thursday night or early Friday morning.

    Hmmmm... do I really want to do the hardest possible trail on the very first day?[​IMG]
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  4. Trey650

    Trey650 Are We There Yet?

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    If a group wants to ride Friday I'll ask the boss(Me) if I can be there to do the ride.(He said OK that was easy). The big question for me is whether the Chargers make the Super Bowl or not as to when I leave.
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  5. Motor-110

    Motor-110 ...respect my Authoritah!

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    Too hot? Even for the desert it is quite comfortable. That is why we have some many foreigners in the valley...you know the ones I am talking about; Oregon, Washington and ... Canadians, eh.
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  6. BetaTrialsGuy

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    Count me in for the Friday Freeway Loop ride. I'll be there before noon.
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  7. cheff

    cheff Been here awhile

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    I am there!!!! I grew up hunting, riding and hiking in this area and know it very well. I have tons of maps and know just about every legal trail out there as well as the wilderness trails but you are not allowed to ride those :wink:

    Question... why camp there and not some where off of Bradshaw trail. Amy's wash is a great area to camp with the only large tree out there for shade.. not that we will need shade at this time of year.... Just wondering?
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  8. Zen Slug

    Zen Slug Spineless Adventurer

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    Because gearheart generously offered and said it was easily accessible by trucks and large trailers. Also it seemed to me that private property would be a safer place for us to leave our trucks/tents/gear during the day while we're out riding.:dunno
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  9. jonz

    jonz Miles are my mantra

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    This is a single track that closely parallels the I-10 freeway. If you like technical, sandy, rocky single track; you'll like this ride. Unless you're God on two wheels, anything larger/heavier than an XR650 is too big. An XR650 is too big for me as most riders can plan on picking up their bike at least once and probably more times.

    For those that want to do this ride, let's meet at the Chevron on Dillon Road just north of I-10 at noon. I'll work on a spot to park the vehicles. If I'm the weak link, we can finish the loop in under 3 hours - the total distance is just under 30 miles. If time starts running out, there are several bailouts leading to high speed power line roads so we can finish by a certain time. From where we park to Gearhart's place is probably about 1 hour driving time. How's that sound to everyone?

    A couple photos to whet your appetite

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    That's a photo of me missing a shift at the worst possible moment on one of the short technical climbs typical of this loop.

    Below is perhaps the hardest technical move of the ride near the easternmost end of the loop

    [​IMG]
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  10. cheff

    cheff Been here awhile

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    Sounds good enough to me!!! You all let me know if you need any help with plaing rides etc.

    By the way what kind of bikes are most of you taking? I dont want to show up in the strom if you are all showing up with dirtbikes.... should I plan on taking the XR or the V?
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  11. cheff

    cheff Been here awhile

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    LOL dam snow birds!!!
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  12. rickf

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    BBQ list yet?

    I'm in.
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  13. Zen Slug

    Zen Slug Spineless Adventurer

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    I've got a BBQ list going on page 1 of this thread (fourth post, IIRC).


    Everybody who's interested in the BBQ should PM me and I'll put you on da list:deal
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  14. TwoWheelsGood

    TwoWheelsGood Four Wheels Bad

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    Zen, I may be in for the Friday ride but likely not the weekend. Please put me on your update list. Thanks!

    Rich
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  15. Zen Slug

    Zen Slug Spineless Adventurer

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    Jonz,

    Your timing for the Friday "lunatechnical" ride sounds good to me. I'm still waiting for confirmation from work that I can take the day off, but it should be okay. You can count on me (450EXC) and ElevatorJunky (380EXC) being there for some punishment and hopefully a learning experience. Somehow I don't think you'll be the weak link on that ride, btw:arg

    I might need some coaching on how to pick a line in that mess of rocks and ankle bones:confused
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  16. Zen Slug

    Zen Slug Spineless Adventurer

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    Somebody who has actually ridden down there should probably answer that question. You most definitely wouldn't want to bring the V on Friday's technical ride, but it would prolly be fine on the Bradshaw trail. There will be people on both kinds of bikes (DS and plated dirt) so either way you'll have a group to ride with.
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  17. Zen Slug

    Zen Slug Spineless Adventurer

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    I've updated page 1 with the new info people have posted here and sent by PM. I also separated the "Maybe" folks out into their own list in the second post.
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  18. G.Kennedy

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    Hey Zen, ... Switch me to "maybe" .... I may have the option to ride Baja on the same weekend.
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  19. gearheart

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    I'd like to tag along with you guys(Jonz, Zen) on fri. I will probably go out on thur night, drop off some stuff, spend the night and meet up on fri to catch that ride.
    I am still up for showing off the local area on Sun.
    For those on the fence about what to bring, I am bringing my YZF for Fri but bringing out the big gun for Bradshaw (950S ADV)
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  20. BetaTrialsGuy

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    Zen,
    You asked for attendees plans, so here's mine:
    I only live an hour from Gearheart's place, so I'm not doing any overnights or the BBQ. I plan on riding Friday on my brand new 07 450 EXC, which I'm just getting accustomed to, so I'll probably be the weak link. (It sure is tall!) I also plan on riding Saturday & Sunday if my stamina holds out.
    Staying power is less of a concern than fuel power if a 2.5 gallon tank is suspect between Gearhearts place and Blythe. Can someone answer that cunundrum?
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