The Superbug experiences a little Death Valley Magic

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Ladybug0048, Apr 30, 2013.

  1. Nixels

    Nixels Face fears - live life

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    :wave Superbug! :gdog

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    I'll be getting a lot of :lurk :lurk :lurk and will enjoy reading this! :thumb
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  2. Ladybug0048

    Ladybug0048 Bug Sister

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    The desert is fasinating isn't it.


    Wow is right, that's one heck of a lot of digging.


    Hi :wave I wonder where Airhead Bruce is? I haven't heard from him since they left Death Valley. He's probably out on some adventure since he's now a man of leisure.

    Hi Nicky, pull up a chair and enjoy that popcorn. :D
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  3. Ladybug0048

    Ladybug0048 Bug Sister

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    Early evening the day before Moto-Treks showed up and would be joining Airhead Bruce and I in today’s ride. He had a good time at the Jimmy Lewis weekend and said he learned a few things. He also said he spent the weekend falling in the sand. Hey I already know how to do that. :lol3<o:p></o:p>
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    When we turned on the road above a song from my high school days popped into my mind. I liked it when I was in school and I still find the tune cheerful and the lyrics so right on.<o:p></o:p>
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    As I hummed “signs, signs, everywhere a sign” in my helmet I also quietly giggled as I enjoyed the views that weren’t blocked by signs.<o:p></o:p>
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    The road was a fairly easy road to ride however I did find a hill climb that I screwed up on. I was slowly climbing and picking my way happily through the few obstacles until I realized about 1 second too late I wasn’t giving the bike enough gas and killed the engine. Oops At least I didn’t fall over. I was off the bike and trying to get it turned around when Moto-Treks came back looking for me. He passed me right after the bike died. He said as he passed me he was wondering why I stopped there then realized maybe I hadn’t stopped willingly. We turned the bike around, I rode it to the bottom of the hill then back up again keeping the gas on a bit more this time.<o:p></o:p>
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    At the top of the hill Airhead Bruce was waiting for us wonder where we were. I’m not sure what AirheadBruce and Moto-Treks are up to but they look like they are checking a map. There wasn’t any roads to have to figure out which way to go so I’m guessing it wasn’t a map. <o:p></o:p>
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    We found a nice spot to have lunch before we headed down the other side of the mountain. Too bad I didn’t get pictures of our lunch stop.<o:p></o:p>
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    Down the other side of the mountain I was thrilled to see the Joshua Trees were blooming. :flug<o:p></o:p>
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    There were sections of the road lined with those Joshua Trees, very cool.<o:p></o:p>
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    I found some flowers :flug<o:p></o:p>
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    I was happily riding Hidden Valley road enjoying all that was in view when I notice I was headed right into a silt bed. <o:p></o:p>
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    Ah crap :eek1

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    "Relax" :ricky<o:p></o:p>
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    "Breathe" :ricky


    "Look where you want to go" :ricky
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    Whewwww I made it though. :knary<o:p></o:p>
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    Oh double crap, there’s another one. :eek1<o:p></o:p>
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    "Relax you made it through the last one fine" :ricky<o:p></o:p>
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    "Keep the weight back" :ricky<o:p></o:p>
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    "Breathe dang it breathe" :ricky<o:p></o:p>
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    "Yikes, ruts!" :eek1<o:p></o:p>
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    "Ignore the ruts" :ricky<o:p></o:p>
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    "I said ignore the ruts!" :p3rry

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    Big Wan, I can not lie I don’t like big ruts. :nono<o:p></o:p>
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    Yep, I hit the ruts then hit the silt. Moto-Treks was way ahead of me he rode through the silt like it wasn’t there. Airhead Bruce was a bit behind me and only witnessed the aftermath. By the time he got there I was up and trying to get a few layers of silt off me. When I found myself on the ground I didn’t hurt so I figured I was OK but I felt a little disoriented for a few minutes. I thought it was because my shield and glasses were covered in silt and I couldn’t see. I couldn’t get my helmet and glasses off fast enough. <o:p></o:p>
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    Airhead Bruce helped me get the Superbug back upright. He noticed new scratches on the front fender then I noticed new scratches on my helmet. Since the road was silt it took me a minute to figure out where they came from then I noticed the rocks on the side of the road. I must of hit a rock or two.<o:p></o:p>
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    As we started again I duck walked a few steps then brought my feet back up on the pegs and was relieved it was only about 100 yards and we were out of the silt. Deep breath of relief and then we headed into another silt bed. I made it about 50’ feet before I crashed again. Grrrrrrrrrr this time there was no reason to crash other than I let myself get freaked out about the silt. I did more duck walking and got through it. <o:p></o:p>
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    We arrived at Teakettle Junction. This is a place I have wanted to visit for a while and I was ready with a Teakettle.<o:p></o:p>
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    I left this Teakettle :D A nice little wind chime singing in the breeze. I don't know how long it will last but I left it anyway.
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    After falling in the silt twice I was a bit apprehensive about hitting more bad roads. A few people stopped on their way back from the Racetrack so I asked how the road was. I was told by two different groups that it was fine, like a freeway although a little washboardy but not bad. OK fine, I want to keep going to the racetrack.<o:p></o:p>
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    Airhead Bruce decided he didn’t want to go to the Racetrack. He was going to head for Ubehebe_Crater and we would meet him there unless he decided to head for camp before we got there. OK Moto-Treks and I would go on to the Racetrack.<o:p></o:p>
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    The Racetrack is another place I have wanted to see for a while I wanted to see those rocks that move across the playa on their own. The first time I was in Death Valley we tried to go to the Racetrack but were stopped by a deep sandy road. We went in a few miles from the crater side but were on bikes more suited to street riding and with street tires on. We were moving very slow and duck walking more than riding so we deiced we didn’t want to do that for 20 miles to see the rocks. The road in from the crater is much different now.<o:p></o:p>
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    We stopped where the sign is and a small parking lot.<o:p></o:p>
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    I was excited to see the moving rocks and we headed toward the Grandstand to find the rocks. I hadn’t walked on a playa before, the closed was the Bonneville Salt Flats, and I found the playa fun to walk on.<o:p></o:p>
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    We got out to the Grandstand and walked all the way around it.<o:p></o:p>
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    With all that walking there were no rocks to be seen. Dang. :cry Later that evening I discovered we needed to go further south to the far end of the Playa to find the rocks. Oh well, I guess I need to go back and try again. The third time’s the charm and all that. :D<o:p></o:p>
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    After checking out the crater I told Moto-Treks to go on ahead of me because he could go a lot faster than I would and I didn’t want to hold him back. I took my time and enjoyed some of the magic Death Valley has to offer.<o:p></o:p>
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    I decided to stop at Stovepipe Wells for gas but discovered their pumps weren’t taking credit cards and they were very busy. I decided I had enough gas to get to camp and if I didn’t I still had my spare gallon. As I was pulling away I spotted Moto-Treks enjoying an ice cream. He looks happy doesn’t he?<o:p></o:p>
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    Headed back to camp.<o:p></o:p>
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    This guy was buzzing camp and even though he seemed to get a little too close a few times he was fun to watch.<o:p></o:p>
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    A beautiful full Death Valley moon rose and made a perfect ending to a perfect day.<o:p></o:p>
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    Day 3 is coming up next. . . . <o:p></o:p>
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  4. airheadbruce

    airheadbruce Uncle Dumbshit

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    Great pics and story Bugsister:clap. Looking forward to more....
    I just got back from a little 3600 mile putt down the coast to California and back up through Utah. I am still alive, barely. I learned that my St1100 does not like side winds that barely bother the HD. Anyone wanna buy a Honda St1100 with 85,000 miles?
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  5. BSkye

    BSkye Been here awhile

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    I LOVE your teakettle!

    Will post your ride report thread on adv gals, ok?
    (too late.....already done)

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    Awesome ride report of a person following her own North Star :)
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  6. Ladybug0048

    Ladybug0048 Bug Sister

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    I was wondering what happened to you. I thought maybe you and Nora just drove off into the sunset chasing hot springs and didn't find your way home. :lol3

    You'll miss your ST if you sell it.


    Thanks - now on to more north star following. :D
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  7. Ladybug0048

    Ladybug0048 Bug Sister

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    Day 3 - Wednesday 3/27/13<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    Walking back to my campsite I had to get a photo of this bus. I kept looking at it and thinking how much fun it would be to have something like. It might not be as luxurious as a motorhome but it sure would be useful and different.[​IMG]<o:p></o:p>
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    Airhead Bruce and NoRa planned to head for home the next day so Bruce decided to not ride, get some rest and get things ready to pull out the next day. He had already been riding about a week before I got there. Moto-Treks and I would be riding to Darwin and Airhead Bruce had already been there before I got to DV.<o:p></o:p>
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    The road to Darwin at least the road we would be taking. There’s an easier way but this would be more fun. :evil<o:p></o:p>
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    As I was riding up the hill toward Darwin it kept climbing and climbing……As soon as I thought it might level out it would continue to climb. I wanted to see the view but I needed to keep my eye on the road ahead. Even with that I still didn’t look ahead far enough and got in over my head. I was on the left side of the road where the best line started but the good part changed to the right side and I was busy looking at the left side. A bit of a pause and I was done. I was stopped in the middle of a bunch of rocks and knew if I dropped it trying to get started again I would be crashing on rocks. I wimped out and asked Moto-Treks to take it past the rocky section since he has longer legs and is a much better rider. He makes the bike look tiny.<o:p></o:p>
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    As I was walking up the hill I was able to turn around and see what was behind me and it sure was a nice view.<o:p></o:p>
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    About the time the hill finally leveled out there was a mine site to check.<o:p></o:p>
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    The Superbug:pynd has a following.<o:p></o:p>
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    There was a geocache in the area and I was going to find it. Meanwhile Moto-Treks went to talk with the fish.<o:p></o:p>
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    Typical for me I didn’t find the cache but I did find a couple catus.<o:p></o:p>
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    I was having fun looking at the rocks, mountains, cactus and all the desert has to offer then I remembered Moto-Treks was patiently waiting for me.<o:p></o:p>
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    More of day 3 coming up in a while.....
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  8. Scubalong

    Scubalong Been here awhile

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    Thanks for sharing:thumb:raabia DV I will be back
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  9. moe.ron

    moe.ron Pig. Can. Fly.

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    Awesome!! :clap
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  10. Baja Ho

    Baja Ho Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the report, DV is great. Were you at the Mexican 1000 finish last year in San Jose? Think I met you their.
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  11. liv2rydktms

    liv2rydktms Long timer

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    Because, I went riding with this guy, we had a great time BTW.

    Wow, I'm loving the scenery and your commentary as well, I actually relate to your feelings of magic some places create while I am there, and feel like another trip to Death Valley would diminish those feelings of wonder and awe I experienced during our 1st DV trip.

    Your Photography just gets better every time you post something. Congratulations!

    OK, I'm Home now and I'm waitin! :ddog :lurk
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  12. RedRockRider

    RedRockRider Long timer

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    Excellent! Nice photos, nice write-up. :thumb

    Going to go back through and enjoy this for a second time. Thank you. :clap
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  13. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Aw, Ladybug! no one likes silt, but you got through it. that's what's important. :gdog

    Beautiful sunrise photos!
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  14. UpST8

    UpST8 turnin gas to noise

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    EXCELLENT!!! Great photos and story telling, looks like y'all took plenty of time to stop and explore. Next year I may have to take the entire week for this event :D

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  15. KC10Chief

    KC10Chief Adventurer

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    Awesome! I am obsessed with Death Valley. The place is incredible. I've seen the Racetrack from the air a few times. I plan to get out there real soon and check it out from the ground. And yes, you need to go to the south side of the playa to see the moving rocks.
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  16. Ladybug0048

    Ladybug0048 Bug Sister

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    Hi, good to have you along.



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    It would have been better without the silt bath. :lol3 The sunrises are nice in Death Valley but Baja still has the best.


    I'm sure if you take a week you'll enjoy every minute of it.


    You're right the place is incredible.
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  17. Ladybug0048

    Ladybug0048 Bug Sister

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    The rest of day 3.....

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    Across the street was a dome building and another sculpture.<o:p></o:p>
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    The Gates of Hell<o:p></o:p>
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    I headed for the Post Office/Gas station :D<o:p></o:p>
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    While Moto-Treks headed for the Dance Hall - I won't tell his wife. :huh :lol3<o:p></o:p>
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    Across the street was this strange little dude.<o:p></o:p>
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    I walked around town and checked out some of the building while Moto-Treks did the same.<o:p></o:p>
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    Uh oh, Moto-Trek is fueling up it must be time to go. I better return to the Superbug :pynd<o:p></o:p>
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    There was something in those “caves” like storage or maybe even at one time used as earth home?<o:p></o:p>
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    Another area of Darwin however this area is closed off<o:p></o:p>
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    We headed back to camp the easy way<o:p></o:p>
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    Moto-Treks took another ride to check out the Wildrose Kilns while I took the time to enjoy the flowers in camp.<o:p></o:p>
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    After cleaning up I visited with AirheadBruce and NoRa for a bit while we waited for Moto-Treks to return. Once Moto-Treks got back we all went across the street for dinner. They have pretty good food there. Thanks Bruce and Nora for dinner. We said our good byes since they were leaving the next morning and I wouldn't see them again until we were back in Spokane. <o:p></o:p>
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    Another good Death Valley day.<o:p></o:p>
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    Day 4 coming up...... <o:p></o:p>
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  18. ricochetrider

    ricochetrider MotoMojo

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    :eek1 Manhattan, NV SURE looks a whole lot different than the -other- Manhattan! :lol3



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  19. DaFoole

    DaFoole Pacific Avenger...

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    Great stuff....:clap


    As always...:D
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  20. moto-treks

    moto-treks Back Home

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    Airhead Bruce enjoying the ride up Hunters Mountain :thumb

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    Followed by Ladybug :clap

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