Southeastern California Desert roads are trashed

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by jonz, Oct 20, 2013.

  1. jonz

    jonz Miles are my mantra

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    I just got back from a ride through Palen Pass, Midland, and then to Blythe. In the past, the road from SR177 over Palen Pass was a perfect ride (other than a little sand) on my 950SE. Mostly 50 - 80 mph cruising. This time, it was a couple hours of 5 - 15 mph crawling over fields of rocks mixed with sand filled washes. Lots and lots of cross ruts anytime the road crossed a low spot. In the past I'd have said a GS rider comfortable with sand could have ridden this route. In the condition it's in now, Riceless950 would 'enjoy' a ride along this road.

    I wasn't here during the August monsoons but I guess they were way worse than normal.

    I don't say this to dissuade you from riding - just be WAY conservative on your time estimates to cover routes you covered in the past. I was pretty late to camp - if my buddies hadn't been drinking:freaky they would have been worried.
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