Wherever I May Roam - One Woman Livin' on a DR650

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Feyala, Jun 26, 2012.

  1. Jettn Jim

    Jettn Jim This is Liv'n!!!

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    AWESOME DAY!!! :freaky
  2. NomadGal

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    First word that came to mind seeing this was....Crap!
  3. Utah Bones

    Utah Bones Gas X ready!

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  4. AJxr

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    wow! that cerro gordo place looks awesome
  5. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    I was planning on working on my own RR today, but something made me click on yours instead...

    You're so much fun, I just read the whole thing - starting from page 1!
    Furries! :lol3

    I'm so glad you got to meet and hang out with Larryboy, Nixels and Ladybug0048 - 3 of my favorite ADVers! :clap
    And you're in Death Valley today - awesome!! :rayof


    If you ever find yourself back in Idaho, go to Idaho Falls and stay with Questor and MotoAdventureGal (they offer tent space).
    I think you'd really enjoy meeting them (and vice versa).
    MAG rode her DR650 to South America and she's very involved with women's motorcycling and moto-journalism.
    She would be a wonderful person for you to talk to. (don't you think, GISdood?)


    Looking forward to reading about your experiences in DV...
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  6. Ratman

    Ratman Lucky Rider

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    ....so I'm filling in for her....
    Today we went to see an Ashram house up on the side of a Mtn. Built by a cult of some sort run by a guy named Wolfe.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_Ashram_Movement

    This place is about a 2 mile hike from 6500 feet to 8500 hundred feet....maybe higher. We left about noon and only had to ride about 10 miles...5 mile of light sandy 2 track with a side camber to most of it. Again Feyala was pressing her confidence level. Of course, it didn't help any that it was an 80 degree angle down several hundred feet, if she strayed a couple feet.

    She screams like a baby inside her helmet when the going gets iffy, but she keeps going. My hat's off to her.

    We were headed toward this canyon.
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    20 minutes brought us to the trail head. Fey was so happy to be off the bike she gave me the salute, and Nip can hardly contain himself and celebrates a glorious day.
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    Were going to climb to an elevation equal to the base of the big rock cliff on the right.
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    After a half hour climbing I would use any excuse to stop for a bit.
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    This year is the year for Pinon nuts. It happens every 6 or 7 years. This year the critters cant eat or store them all. When a cone hits the ground some nuts fall out and there are many just laying there to be picked up.
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    We climbed for an hour and a half....with some 5 minute breaks. We crossed a stream and went thru tree tunnels. Finally we arrived at a damned nice building....a bit out of repair, but a building that could be brought back if someone wanted to.
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    We sat around for an hour resting up and enjoying the scene before we started back down at 2:50pm. down was easier.
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    From inside looking out...
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    It only took 40 minutes to get down to the bikes....gotta say I was whipped. As I type this at 8:20 I know my legs will ache walking back from Micky D's the 2 blocks to Nip's place. If you want to play, you got to pay.
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    Fey was white knuckle on the way down, but again she's willing to learn.... and again she didn't drop the bike. What's not to like about that?

    On the way back we went thru the
    Alabama Hills of Lone Pine. It about a 2 mile square section of weird rocks where Hollywood has made countless western and sci fi movies, commercials and all sorts of stuff. It's quite spectacular. Here's an example....there are more in the album....
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    A few minutes more and we were home at 5pm. Nip had a Halloween party to go to, but I couldn't make it. Lady Fey went to see what happens at a Halloween party in Keeler, Town of 50 folks, maybe.....should be good..

    Here's the rest of the album... new picks start at the white house just after the red Studebaker...
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  7. Horton

    Horton Been here awhile

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    Wrong.

    First word that came to mind seeing this was. . .Gas!
  8. Ladybug0048

    Ladybug0048 Bug Sister

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    Ratman, thanks for the update on what Fey has been up to.

    Fey, it's clear your riding skills are getting better every day, just as I expected. :D

    Waiting to read about that Halloween party. I hope you got pictures.:lurk
  9. BSkye

    BSkye Been here awhile

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    ........think "perspective" is the first word that comes to my mind....

    Hi, Fey :clap

    B.
  10. thinairflyer

    thinairflyer Been here awhile

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    Hey Ratman, say Hi! to Nip for me. Just got to this point in Feyala's ride report that you pointed me to, looks like she does fine on the big DR650, bet I would have dropped mine a bunch riding through what she has and mine is lowered a couple of inches and I've been riding dirt for many decades. Good luck with the Death Valley ride, wish I were there. :-) L D
  11. mediaguy

    mediaguy Adventurer

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    Darn, just got on and saw your post that you were in Oakhurst. We're in North Fork just East of Bass Lake about 16 miles from Oakhurst. Would have loved to meet you. Plenty of room to "camp" here at Rancho Relaxo, we have 7 1/2 acres backing up to the national forest. I have an XR650L dual sport which I used on the Continental Divide Ride back in 2008. If you get back in the area give me a shout at larry.mediaguy@gmail.com.
  12. Ratman

    Ratman Lucky Rider

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    We began Sunday's ride a little late. It takes a while for the fall sun to warm Lone Pine up to a pleasant riding temperature. We lit out on this course a about 11am.
    http://goo.gl/maps/tIQuL

    We had big plans. maybe 200 miles most of it hwy and good dirt roads. Well that didn't work out. LOL

    First we stopped in at Craig the sculpturist place out at Keeler. I'd been there before but Fey hadn't. She deserved to be subjected to Craig. Quite an experience really. Never stops talking, but in an interesting way. He made the first of the upcoming pictures. Guess which one is Craig.
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    We spent till noon there and ten headed to Darwin. Darwin is an old mine site that has more of society's eclectic dropouts than anywhere else in the world, except maybe Keeler...
    We stopped at Darwins 'Garden' where a couple of the towns folks were tidying up a bit. Lady in the picture is Canyon. She and Fey had met at the Keeler Halloween blowout Sat night.

    She told us the storm a couple weeks ago had washed out the road that we were headed for. Washed out is a relative term, but judging from what the ranger told us earlier a few of the old main back roads in DV Park had gotten seriously washed out from the same storm. We'd have to see for ourselves of course.

    Off to the wash in question we went, and sure enough last years tracks were hard to find at times, but the wash was wide enough to find a way. There had been 10 vehicles or so thru before us so finding the way was fairly easy riding.....but of course Fey was terrified in the large loose gravel. Nip and I struggled too, but having more experience meant a lot less fear for us.

    I'd been thru this canyon 5 years back in a 4 X 4, but I'd forgotten a lot of it. There a pump house (No longer in uses) down there with a 2 foot dia electric motor that drove a huge pump to supply water for a mine hundreds of feet above and a 1/2 mile away. We saw what we could see at the pump house, then headed off to Nip's surprise.
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    At "D" on the map we were able to ride a mile north to that small black spot on the map. That's a spring/oasis....with gold fish, yet. It was so lovely that it was an hour before we started to leave.
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    Look and see if you can see what's wrong in this picture.
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    So, we spent the next hour patching his rear tube. Fey is a good hand when it comes to fixing tires...who knew?
    Then we were back under way. It was another couple miles of loose sand before we started up out of the sand wash. Fey struggled mightily. She was sure that the trail wasn't a road. At one time she dug her rear wheel in so deep the bike would stand up by itself. Then after she'd gotten a picture she forgot that the kickstand wasn't down, and upon hiking her leg to get on, the bike promptly threw her on her butt.
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    ...Then........Remember, Parking lot drops don't count.
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    So we started up the mountain....first we had to get through a rutted area at the bottom. I got my first F'you from Fey when I told her to just punch it. She eventually got control of herself, and made it thru after Nip and I threw some stones in the worst part. Pretty gutsy gal once she quits whining and crying in her helmet about, "This is so not a road". :)

    So the next several miles was up and down. The trail was slow but passable with vistas to die for. Eventually we got to the parking area to hike to Panamint Falls. Nip say that there is a 50 ft pool that has an actual water feeding it. It's down wash from the oasis where we had the flat tire. Water for Panamint Springs is piped the 7 miles from the Falls thru a pipe that can be seen all along the canyon wall. Nip says that pipe has to be repaired constantly.
    Panamint Springs Dunes out there....
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    We wished we had enough time to walk to the falls, but it was 6pm, we headed for the barn post haste. It was a 1000ft where we found the hwy, and by the time we got to 6000 ft on the way back is was down to 55 degrees....cold enough for this old desert rat.

    Our 200 mile ride got shortened to a 100 with only 15 or so of challenging dirt. It wore us out enough we were to tired to cook. We rewarded ourselves with pizza when we got back well after dark at 7pm.

    The rest of the pix are at...starting after the picture of Nip and his drum set.
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  13. Feyala

    Feyala Been here awhile

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    Yeah. This is what had me whining:

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  14. Ratman

    Ratman Lucky Rider

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    Fey is so much better of a rider now after three days with the geezers. She even passed one of us on a downhill in the hard rock stuff yesterday. It wasn't me. I was already behind her.

    I have big hopes for her. :freaky
  15. Feyala

    Feyala Been here awhile

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    I definitely learned a lot, and after hours of plowing through deep sand and gravel, I'm not nearly as afraid of either of them. By the end of the day yesterday I was standing on the pegs (through pretty gentle dirt, mind you), and when I got to some deep dips heading uphill to the highway, I kept standing and gunned it. I almost looked like I knew what I was doing! :clap

    This was hands-down the most challenging riding I've ever done, even compared to stuff like Dug Bar. I still don't think I'd do well without the emotional support of others there to help me out if shit hits the fan, but my skills are improving and that's what matters. Someday I will be able to do this terrain by myself, and that's saying a lot when a week ago I don't think I could imagine myself doing this terrain at all.

    Pete rode off into the distance a bit ago. It was great to meet you and I really appreciate the invite to come out here. Thanks a lot! Terrified though I may have been, I had a lot of fun!
  16. drbike

    drbike Been here awhile

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  17. NomadGal

    NomadGal Esther

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    Fey, now we really should meet up and you can teach me! I am still scared shitless about rough terrain! :cry
  18. Feyala

    Feyala Been here awhile

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    Don't get me wrong, I am still scared shitless. Also slow. Very slow. I didn't get past 15mph for longer than 10 minutes the whole day. I do way better when I'm on a real road, even if it's unpaved.

    The best thing for me has been stuff like this. Getting in over my head and having experienced people around to bail my ass out if it gets bad. I learn best when not learning isn't an option.

    I'd still like to do some clinic-type exercises, get a lot better at standing, especially uphill and downhill, and get better at sharp turns. So much to learn.

    Tomorrow, I'm going to try the north pass into saline valley by myself, stay there for a few days, then back to Lone Pine to climb Whitney with my friends on Saturday. Saline Valley Road from the north is 54 miles of incredibly remote, occasionally sandy "high clearance recommended" road, but we'll see. :) I can always turn back if it gets too shitty.

    It is exceedingly unlikely it'll be as bad as what I've gone through the past few days, so that's a solace. I'll be fully loaded in sand though, which is... less comforting.

    I guess you'll all just have to wait and see how I do! :eek1
  19. NomadGal

    NomadGal Esther

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    I hope you have SPOT device on you!!!
  20. Feyala

    Feyala Been here awhile

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    Location:
    Wandering...
    Nope, I'm a cheap bastard, but if shtf there's usually a few people on this road per day (more than you can say for most of death valley!) and I'll have my tools, extra oil, spare tube, lots of food and water, camping supplies etc. I've picked up the bike fully loaded with a full gas tank now, so I should be ok if I drop it.

    It will probably be a cakewalk and I'm simply paranoid. Recent photos don't look too bad...

    http://forum.salinepreservation.org/post/show_single_post?pid=1275394128&postcount=78

    Should be exciting regardless! And solo, nobody's around to hear me shrieking and cursing in fear! :rofl