Southern Sierra Ride Weekend

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by KillerPriller, Oct 25, 2004.

  1. KillerPriller

    KillerPriller Long timer

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    Writers’ block, can’t think of anything interesting to say about this ride report. So, I will just jump in with some introductions, then maybe some ADV action shots, followed by some bike porn, and close with scenery.

    Introductions
    Mr. Head, himself, crosses the desert on a horse with no name. (don’t tell me you have never had that song stuck in your head before)
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    Paul, the KLR guy, always on time, except once.
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    The man with the plan, Bill was a most excellent host and navigator. Did I mention he is an excellent cook?
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    And lastly, there is me. If Bill is the man with the plan, I am the self appointed “Naysayer”, and am against it from the start.
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    ADV Action & Adventure
    Our adventure starts with “The Rally”. The meeting of the minds brings Paul, Bill and myself together. As Dick fights traffic, we decide to wait in Jerry’s Famous Deli over in Westwood.
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    I am so bummed this pic didn’t turn out.
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    Lake Isabella was a good kick away. The morning view was spectacular.
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    black shirts in the sunshine on a crisp mountain morning. Like lizards on a rock we are.
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    It had rained the week prior to our adventure so road conditions were perfect, no dust, no snow, and very little mud. Mr. Head weights the pegs on Cadillac dirt.
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    Solid roads and killer views make for nice rides. I wasn’t the navigator for the ride so I don’t even recall the name of the road. I can say that Lake Isabella is in the background somewhere.
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    Speaking of “navigator”, we saw a lot of this over the weekend. Way to go Bill, not a single back track the entire time! All that without a compass or GPS!
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    There were some rocks occasionally, but mostly the road was well packed and quite smooth. Paul makes it look easy.
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    We were not the only ones enjoying the great riding conditions. Along the way we found Heather and Jim. They offered to teach us how to ride these pigs; something about Jimmy Lewis classes would be good for us????
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    About the only other tricky road hazard was the pine needles. A slippy matt lined some parts of the road and if you got it wrong, it wasn’t any fun. Bill goes “off route” to explore some single track. (sorry I missed the big jump).
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    Dick does his best “this doesn’t suck” expression. Ya know, I think he’s right.
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    quick map check says we are ½ way to nowhere, but smack dab in the middle of ADVRider bliss!
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    Trails are everywhere, and occasionally, one gets the impression that they are not the first to pass this way. But occasionally, I was reminded it had been a long time since the last visitors came to stay. A co-worker informed me that this was a chip kiln in which log mills used to burn up excess chips. The vents at the bottom created an inverted maelstrom and the screen at top prevented sparks from igniting the forest.
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    The decent down Jawbone Rd was an exercise in breaking technique. Its steep and sandy, so switchback transitions can be tense.
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    Eventually we descended out of the woods to find ourselves on the wide open prairie of upper Kelso Valley. This wide open road was perfect for throttle whacking!
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    So too was the prairie.
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    The next morning we struck out around the north end of the lake for a long ride home.
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    We headed out Kelso Valley again to pick up Jawbone for the ride down to Hwy 14. Along the way, we checked out the Joshua Trees. Yucca Brevafolia
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    I had that song stuck in my head again, “riding through the desert on a horse with no name…”
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    The lower part of Jawbone is a nice road for GS’s. Not too steep, not to sandy, as Mr. Head would say, “its Cadillac dirt"
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    And now for some gratuitous bike porn

    Lake Isabella
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    Cortez Canyon in Kelso Valley
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    Looking back up toward Piute
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    Ok, now show me “sassy”!! Oh yeah you sexy beast!
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    Oh, your so dirty!
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    And lastly, my favorite shot.
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    The rest of the pics are over at http://www.killerpriller.com/gallery/Southern-Sierra-Wknd?page=1

    TTFN

    nk
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  2. Greg Minor

    Greg Minor The Trespasser

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    I sure would like a GPS tracks from this ride. Did you save them? if so can I have a copy :D
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  3. KillerPriller

    KillerPriller Long timer

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    Check your PM's
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  4. Greg Minor

    Greg Minor The Trespasser

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    Yes I would have and I'm ready to do it again anytime I can get away, so just holler. Where did you leave from and where did you stay once you got to Isabell or did you camp. Was there any snow anywhere after the rain? Did you go up Sherman pass at all I'll bet there was snow up that way
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  5. AZcacti

    AZcacti Dope on a Rope

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    Great photos :thumb . Looks like you guys had a blast!
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  6. Sod Buster

    Sod Buster prairie rider

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    Sassy and dirty, YEAH Baby!:thumb
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  7. Marc

    Marc Just sayin...

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    :clap Bravo! What an excellent ride report. Thanks! :clap

    Marc
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  8. richard cabesa

    richard cabesa The Mayor

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    I guess I've got to add this area to the "got to ride" list. Too many roads, too little time. Thanks for the report :thumb
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  9. osii

    osii Disgruntled Time Traveler

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    excellent!

    Can you put up some kind of map showing the area and routes??

    The West really is The BEST!
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  10. Mr Head

    Mr Head PowerPoint ADV

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    Great job Nick!
    My day began at teh DMV, I'd made an appointment and with traffic figured the 20 mile ride could easily be done in an hour and a half... Not so fast there turbo! You forgot Friday idiot traffic. Jeez! Where are these peoples keepers?!
    It's a straight flat dry highway, drive between the little white dots and all will be right with the world. Nope not these cages. Somebodies always got to go off on their own and flip a car....

    Anyway four hours of traffic then head for Westwood, and PIE! Great pie.
    Then off to the freeway and morons in traffic until we get over the hill. How do you drop a tank trailer off the tractor, two thirds the way up the hill? Isn't hooking one of these things up kind of straight forward? I mean I might be able to figure it out myself... Oh, well, some more splitting adventures, literally with Nick and the wide body Adventure system cases and me with the; "hot one side cold the other" Jesse bags, scaring the locals into the far reaches of their lanes...

    I for one had a great time, and a real hard time doing anything remotely constructive today at work. OK, so I did get some actual work done. But, I did spend a fair amount of the day dreaming up the next trip.
    I have never ridden that route from Bakersfield to Lake Isabella in the daylight, I think it might scare me if I did.
    We got there after a nice chat with some local well wishers in Bakersfield.
    Early Saturday morning coffee starts and Bill fires up the eggs and bacon.

    Here is Nick washing that sexy GS...
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    And here is my view of the cabin, Sunday morning:
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    What a great place.

    The weather was beyond perfect.

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    GS's loose on the prarie.

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    Bill says to Nick, "bet you a dollar you can't put your bare butt on that big lazy cow."

    Nick, "you're on."...

    Butt, alas the cows were not in the MOO'd....

    I know a long way to go... Tip your server..

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    Paul wondering what those two are up to now...

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    This is an ART shot, I call it; "Rising Sun, Crouching Adventure Bikes..."


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    Nick coming by...

    Ya know I never did get a good shot of Bill.

    Here is the only one I was able to get
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    I probably need more practice with both the camera and the bike. By the time we got down to Jawbone Canyon Road, I was sort of comfortable with the bike wandering in the general direction I thought I might like to go..

    I still think I need about a thousand hours more practice to get reasonable at this, but damn it's fun! You guys should try this... And you know what?

    We didn't see one idiot cager the whole way across the dirt. So, I'm thinking they stick to the main roads mostly...

    I can't wait for the next one. It's almost like being a kid again. OK, maybe a fifty year-old sore in a lot of spots kid... :thumb

    The rest of the pictures I caught are here:
    Ride Shots
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  11. Big Dave

    Big Dave The "Big Dave" from SoCal

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    Well boys, my DR is back up and running. I fixed the carb last week so it doesn't pee fuel all over the hot motor anymore. Let me know when the next little jaunt is.

    Nice pics guys.
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  12. billy bee

    billy bee AAdventurer

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    First of all, guys, I am pi$$ed. I have put a lot of miles on motorcycles, plenty of them in the dirt. Our 75 pigs-in-dirt miles Saturday were by far the most expensive. In 30-some years of riding, the bug has never bit my arse quite this hard. It is going to take a lot of money to swat that bug...an XR650 for me, a DRZ400 for Mary, all the gear... I guess the landscaping will have to wait.

    Have not figured out how to load the pix I took, so I sent them to Killer Priller who did an admirable job of posting the good ones. Thanks, Nick.

    Indeed, a good time was had by all. Lake Isabella offers off-road riding opportunities in every direction. Hard to go wrong. Cannell Meadow and Hume to the north; Keyesville on the southwestern tip of the lake; Piute to the south. For our first stop we swung by the US Forest Service Office in Kernville and bought The Map...for an AdvRider, it is the Mother of all Maps. It is also a work of art, currently hanging in the Tajma Garage Gallery.

    I also have a copy of National Geographic Back Roads Explorer. That, too, helped plot the course. I was only able to download waypoints from BRE to my eTrex. The maps I loaded into the GPS were from MapSource Roads and Recreation. Both programs offer decent detail of the area. But it did not matter, my eTrex crapped out (again). It can't handle the off-road vibes. Time to hard wire it. So, natural-born naviguessor that I am, I put my ear to the ground a lot, watched the cloud formations, and checked trees to see which side the moss grew on. Occasionally, I'd check The Map.

    Just goes to show, our best-laid plans may not be the best. I had GPS points laid out for Cannell OHV area. Eight inches of snow changed that plan. The Forest Service closed that area. All for the better. We ended up riding the Piute Mountain Road from Bodfish all the way down to the Jawbone Canyon Road east to S. Kelso Valley Road north back to the 178, Wofford Heights, and our humble cabin.

    That's it for me. The other guys have done the easy work...a picture's worth 1000 words...phooey.

    bb
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  13. lacrestadr

    lacrestadr Been here awhile

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    Great pics, love the look of the calif. desert. Any of you guys need a house guest for the winter? :D
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  14. Mr Head

    Mr Head PowerPoint ADV

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    The other part of this weekend that was great was being with such a good group of people. Nick and Bill acted as Paul and my excellent guides and inpromptu teachers. Thanks guys. Now, I have to take a class...

    At least I know where Pahrump is.

    I have no idea how anyone could ride 250 miles a day on trails like those or rougher... I certainly couldn't. Maybe after another ten years of training.

    What a blast! I guess the next route will have to be the Arizona desert since we are flooding So Cal.

    I'm game. I think I know of some "camping", out that way...
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  15. papavero

    papavero Just good enough.

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    My first post to this site. Appropriate, after the first ride with this group. I must say, we could not have asked for a better weekend. A great group to ride, eat, and share with. The roads were some of the best I've seen. The rain the week before left the trails dust free. The big GS and Adventure bikes always amaze me at their capabilities. Hope to have the back healed up soon, I see a Jimmy Lewis riding class in my future. Lets see if I can get this KLR up and down the dunes.

    Next trip? Who knows. But I'll be ready...Now where are those knobby tires...

    Paul
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  16. Road Rash

    Road Rash Infamous

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    And now for some gratuitous bike porn


    Ok, now show me “sassy”!! Oh yeah you sexy beast!
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    Oh, your so dirty!
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    I love it :thumb my wife sez I spend to much time looking at "Motorcycle Porn"
    this is great, I will have to share this with her (then we'll go into the bedroom :feelgood ) :D
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  17. KillerPriller

    KillerPriller Long timer

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    LOL!!! Im glad to see that at someone gets my humor. Thanks

    yeah, show me sasssy!!! Yeah baby!!!


    and now im spent...
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