The dusi ..... what?

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by WHYNOWTHEN, Oct 4, 2010.

  1. WHYNOWTHEN

    WHYNOWTHEN where are the pedals?

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    "How are we going to shuttle this ride?" Me
    "Are you going to ride north to south or south to north?" People that have ridden it
    "Where is it?" Most people
    "I drove that in my built up jeep!" Jeep guy
    "I'm too sick to join you!" Sick friend
    "I'm too broke to join you." Various friends
    "I'm not good enough of a rider." Sensible friend
    "Maybe next year" Busy friends
    "Can I do it on a 950?" Traveltoad and Riceless950
    "There is no way you can do it on a 950!" People that have driven past the trailhead

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  2. traveltoad

    traveltoad Aaron S

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    Morning arrived...
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    The ground was damp, thoughts of little dust and good traction filled our minds as last minute preperations went on... and on.... and on... No pics of the yummy breakfast Tim made for us... but a huge thanks to him!
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    Ok. Ready? 33 miles each way.... no problem... right?
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  3. xymotic

    xymotic Long timer

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  4. WHYNOWTHEN

    WHYNOWTHEN where are the pedals?

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    My wonderful girlfriend, Rollergirl, had said, "Let me get this straight, you want me so sit in your dirty truck with 3 stinky guys and no A/C for 5 hours? Then you want me to make breakfast before you leave? Then you want me to run up the trail and video you as you come by? Then you want me to pack up the truck, drive 80 miles of twisty road with a trailer, and meet you at the end of the trail? Oh, and you would like a BBQ, cold beer, watermelon and a massage waiting for you? And then you want me to sit in the truck for another 5 hours while you guys lie about how well you rode?"

    Me: "That sounds pretty good to me, and it was my birthday last week:wink: "

    Rollergirl: "Not this time my love, this sounds like a boys weekend. :lol3 "


    So there we were, Friday afternoon, Tim, Traveltoad and I, driving up to the Sierras in a dirty truck with no A/C, wondering how we were going to shuttle the Dusy Ershim trail.

    Tim suggested that we get to the end and simply turn around and ride back to the truck along the trail. That way we don't wear our tires out on the slab. What a fantastic idea, we agreed. That even solves the dilemma of which direction to ride the trail.:clap :clap :clap

    And an added bonus, this could answer the question of whether a silly man could ride a 950 on the Dusy Ershim. Surely riding the trail twice in one day on a 450 would be about the same as riding the trail once on a 950.
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  5. traveltoad

    traveltoad Aaron S

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    And just to be clear... I would never (and I am pretty sure I mean this), never ride the Dusy/Ershim trail both directions in one day on the 950. :eek1
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  6. WHYNOWTHEN

    WHYNOWTHEN where are the pedals?

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    Me. Well, my half of a 950 anyway.


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    Tim - the voice of reason and source of great breakfast.


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    Traveltoad and his half of a 950
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  7. WHYNOWTHEN

    WHYNOWTHEN where are the pedals?

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    See how Tt isn't quite smart enough to actually say that he wouldn't take a 950 on the Dusy Ershim.:evil :rofl
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  8. traveltoad

    traveltoad Aaron S

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    I've never been accused of being smart.

    The trail starts right away with big rocks and sets the stage for how the day will look. All the normal disclaimers... it's steeper than it looks, the rock steps are taller than they look, it was cold so there was shrinkage.... etc etc...

    Peter making it look easy:
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  9. TOPI1967

    TOPI1967 Been here awhile

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    Peter,
    Am I the sensible or the busy friend? I am just wondering if I am committed for next year or not. :2cry
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  10. traveltoad

    traveltoad Aaron S

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    Oh you're commited alright.:lol3
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  11. wrk2surf

    wrk2surf on the gas or brakes

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    you guys missed all the lightining last night.. now its time to ride up here!!
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  12. traveltoad

    traveltoad Aaron S

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    We saw some... but I am sure it got better.
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  13. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    wow....:eek1 :eek1 :eek1


    subscribed...:wave
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  14. riceless

    riceless Let's Ride!

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  15. WHYNOWTHEN

    WHYNOWTHEN where are the pedals?

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    So, as entertaining as this is so far for the 10 people that know about this trail, I think I should fill the rest of you in.
    The Dusi Ershim Trail is 33 miles of 4X4 trail that runs between 2 wilderness areas on the west side of the Sierras. It starts at 9000' ASL, goes up a few rocks to 10 000' ASL, and then goes down a few rocks to Courtright Reservoir at 8000'. Apparently big expensive jeeps take between 2 and 4 days to drive one way, and then be picked up by their tow-truck and trailer.

    There has been a little debate recently as to which way is harder/easier. Having done both ways back to back, I can honestly say that both ways are a bit rocky:evil :rofl . Both seemed the same difficulty to me, although south to north was definitely both wetter and more muddy. That might be because it rained the entire way back.

    I'm sure some of you are wondering why there are so many words, and so few pictures. It is because I was riding my ass off, and didn't have the energy to stop and point the camera.

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    Lots of pretty!


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    One of these tires worked way better than the other!


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    Is that an FMF pipe hiding in the boulders?


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    This is Tim's new one-into-zero exhaust system. It is way lighter than stock.
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  16. A.Vern

    A.Vern One Man Wolf Pack

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    I watched it last night from my backyard in Hanford... It's been a long time since I've seen a storm go off like that.

    Here's a video of it.

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    Great report!!! I'm in.

    I've been wanting to check out Dusy Ershim for a while... but my 950 won't be going much farther past chicken rock :lol3

    more info: http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/sierra/publications/pdfs/rogs/dusytrail.pdf
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  17. traveltoad

    traveltoad Aaron S

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    As WHYNOWTHEN has mentioned, the Dusy-Ershim trail is a tough 4x4 trail. It is ranked right up there with the Rubicon, although it is lesser known. When I drove my Land Rover from South to North a few years back our group of 5 trucks took 4 days.

    So naturally, it made perfect sense to ride it both ways in one day.

    Ok... I only have a few photos as I was doing everything I could just to keep up with these guys... so here there are.

    We did get some sun...
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    And there was some sand...
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    But mostly, there were rocks...
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    It was a long hard day so we used WHYNOWTHEN's water filter to fill our packs... and yes, those wet rocks in the background are the trail.
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    How did that pipe get there?
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    And of course... there was some moderately ok scenery...
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  18. Jean-Luc

    Jean-Luc Throttle committed

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    Congrats guy :clap I've always wanted to do this trail but I only have a full 950. BTW TT, I didn't know that you had a half-one?!? Cool!
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  19. WHYNOWTHEN

    WHYNOWTHEN where are the pedals?

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    Sorry i've been gone a bit. I broke my internet yesterday:D
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  20. WHYNOWTHEN

    WHYNOWTHEN where are the pedals?

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    This was the last photo that I took. Finally filled the camera.

    This trail was fantastic. It was beautiful and possibly the hardest 66 miles I have ever ridden. Thanks to TrailTricks suspension!!!!
    We got to Chicken Rock, a big granite slab, rode down, looked at the sign by the gate, turned around and started riding back. That is when the rain and lightning started. It rained the whole way back to the truck. I figured that the lightning would have a harder time hitting us if we kept moving. I fast forwarded through the Anni De Franco on my ipod, giggled maniacally into my helmet, and rode over the never ending piles of wet and muddy boulders.




    Oh yes, I did think a little about the ultimate question: to 950 or not to 950?
    I would definitely not take my big bike on this trail. But I know someone that probably could:evil . No, not you Aaron:rofl
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