The Bradshaw "BOMB RUN" of 2007

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Zen Slug, Feb 6, 2007.

  1. Zen Slug

    Zen Slug Spineless Adventurer

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    While jonz led others on the view ride, a few of us chose to sleep in at camp and do our own shorter ride in the area nearby.


    The ruffians ready to roll
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    We started out by following Gearheart to an oasis that was a few miles northeast of camp.



    inte, flyingo!!!!! and gearheart at the oasis
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    jhank and elevatorjunky at one of the warm spring pools
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    No motorcycles allowed inside, but the oasis was pretty cool anyways:deal
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  2. Zen Slug

    Zen Slug Spineless Adventurer

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    Next we headed west towards the "Bat Caves"
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    The "road" got pretty sandy for a spell and jhank dropped the beast
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    I offered to let jhank ride my 450EXC for a while... and he accepted!
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    Guess what that meant:evil
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    I had never ridden a 950 before... it was pretty okay:rilla


    :D
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  3. Zen Slug

    Zen Slug Spineless Adventurer

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    When we got to the Bat Caves we knew it was worth the trip
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    There were all manner of caves, but most were pretty shallow
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    This one reminded me of being inside a giant ribcage
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    elevatorjunky looking out over the Salton Sea
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    FlyinGo!!!!! taking pics
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  4. Zen Slug

    Zen Slug Spineless Adventurer

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    Somewhere in here elevatorjunky and inte had a bike mating incident (4T + 2T = ???)
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    They both came up over a rise heading straight towards each other. The bikes were okay, but inte took a blow to the throat. I hope he's feeling better by now:dunno
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  5. Zen Slug

    Zen Slug Spineless Adventurer

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    Surprisingly (for the desert) there were a couple water crossings on the way home
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    Run-off from the oasis, perhaps?:dunno
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    I was still riding jhank's 950 and was a little wary about dumping his bike in the mud. I tried to get him to ride it across but he said it was okay and it didn't take too much convincing:evil

    Water crossing number 1
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    Water crossing number 2
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  6. Zen Slug

    Zen Slug Spineless Adventurer

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    Back at camp it was time to pack up our stuff
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    And for the "hard work" of loading the bikes into the truck:deal
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  7. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    I would be WAY, wAYYYY too inclined to strap two of those rocket things to the top of my panniers and ride down the freeway pointing at people...
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    imgonnasnap Motard wrecker

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    Last time we went out, there were a bunch of 2-liter bottle sized ones. :huh :rofl
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  9. rickf

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    Don't forget the empty Mentos boxes!
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  10. jonz

    jonz Miles are my mantra

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    I didn't make it back for the Saturday night BBQ :cry :cry :cry so I trucked my bikes out Sunday morning. The bikes being my 640 Adventure (for me) and my 520EXC (for my friend Todd). Upon arrival, I discovered I was sort of the "leader" of this ride since I'd come up with the loop. Hmmm, gearheart's place was spread out and I couldn't figure out exactly who was going. Kind of like herding cats.:rofl :rofl Someone suggested starting a bike and the herd would form. I found out if it's ADVcats, it works!!! :lol3 Post haste, we had our assemblage of riders. I guess nobody wanted to be "THAT GUY!!!"

    The Bradshaw guys from the day before lead the way from gearheart's place to the Bradshaw Trail. The projected loop looks like this:

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    Per Streets and Trips, that is about 94 miles. Once on the Bradshaw trail, we all headed generally in an easterly direction. It's a huge wash at this point and I prefer busting brush rather than riding the sandy ruts of the main trails. We all spread out through the wash and were having a grand time. So grand that a few overshot the turn to Red Canyon. Everyone was really good on this ride about checking on the riders following so we all regrouped shortly at the start of Red Canyon Tr. I started up what I thought was the correct trail, decided it was the wrong trail, led us down another trail, discovered I had been on the correct trail, and led us back up to the correct trial we'd been on. Imgonnasnap stopped a short ways up. I rode up and was rewarded with a beautiful view of a red rock canyon below. He stated the obvious - "looks like this is the right trail." Some leader. :shog Hopefully the fun of this trail made up for the miscue. It turns, swoops, bumps, and jumps along a ridge line. It was so much fun that I didn't stop to take photos. Hopefully, some of the others snapped some.

    Next up was Chiriaco Summit. We gassed up and then had some ice cream. I think a Parker race had finished as there were several race buggies on trailers heading back to smeL.A. I spied Eddie Mulder (seen in Dust to Glory at one of Mouse McCoy's pit stops) in a van there. We used canal and powerline dirt roads along with a bit of cross country on the north side of I-10 to work our way east so we could cross south under I-10 onto Red Cloud Mine Road.

    Next up was HIGHlight of the ride because we were riding high. I'd been wanting to ride up this road but never took the time. Thanks to some visitors, I now took the time. On the map above, it's number 12. Somewhere around WWII, this road was constructed to put in radio (and now cellular) repeaters.There's a gate down low but you can ride around it on motorcycles. After that, I think it's safe to say this is the steepest road I've ever ridden on. :eek1 Now for some photos.

    Our group
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    The view of the repeaters
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    And the road down as seen from the top looking down. You may be able to see a tiny little rider on the road.
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    You can just make out I-10 to the right and the canal beyond that.

    ? Kennedy had to head home from here and headed back to the I-10. He'd ridden out from Venice that morning, done this much of the ride with us, and now had to ride home to Venice. Probably made for a 400 mile day.

    We continued up Red Cloud Mine Road to Red Cloud Mine. Here's Dustjunkie trying to kill his boot odor.
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    Dustjunkie and I (on the 520 EXC) played around on some of the side roads checking out the mining stuff. Good, fun technical trails.

    For the ride back, make sure to take Gas Line Road. If you look at it on the map, it looks boringly straight. And straight it is. BUT !!!! they put in water bars about every 1/2 mile that are just right taken at around 50 mph
    on my 640 Adventure. Whoopeeee!!!! I tried a few a bit faster but the crunching noises convinced me that 50 was just fine. :lol3

    After that, it was a dusty blast back down the Bradshaw to camp. How do you tell if the fella in the photos is just happy, or a happy dirt biker???
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  11. gearheart

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    What a great weekend...
    Zen, thanks for pulling all this together.
    Flyingo!!!!, thanks for showing me how a 950 is supposed to be ridden.
    everybody else who made it out, thanks for coming out and having some fun at casa de gearheart.


    Let's do it again next weekend...:D
    see you guys around.
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  12. Trey650

    Trey650 Are We There Yet?

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    Careful, we might take you up on that.

    Thanks for having us out and meeting your Dad,wife and the rest of the desert rats out there made it one of the best weekend rides I have been on.

    The only bad thing about getting to ride FlyinGo!!!! 950 was that I want one now.

    All around it was a great group of people to ride with and in true ADV tradition there wasn't a jerk in the bunch. I've done things with other large groups of people and there is usually at least one idiot that shows up. But so far every ADV group has been a fantastic bunch.
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  13. jonz

    jonz Miles are my mantra

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    sorry I can't make it next weekend. I have to go spend a week in Baja with Bigdog and Gaspipe.:cry :cry

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    But thanks for hosting this - it was just the kick in the rear I needed to do some more local exploring. I'm looking forward to making the BBQ next time.
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  15. canpile

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    Great report!! Way to go on the 950 Zen Slug!!!! :thumb
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  16. Zen Slug

    Zen Slug Spineless Adventurer

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    Guess what the wife said when I got home and told her I got to ride a 950?



















    "Uh-oh!":evil
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  17. elevatorjunky

    elevatorjunky oily adventurer

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    Wow!what a great report.I have some pictures not any real good ones but a couple.
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  18. elevatorjunky

    elevatorjunky oily adventurer

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    Oh here
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  19. elevatorjunky

    elevatorjunky oily adventurer

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    This is what I saw most.Will resize and post more later.
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  20. Zen Slug

    Zen Slug Spineless Adventurer

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    :lol3


    You're quite the potografer!




    turn that date stamp off!!!
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