2 Dirtbags do the CABDR & So NVBDR

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Eastbay Dirtbag, Oct 6, 2019.

  1. Eastbay Dirtbag

    Eastbay Dirtbag one track mind

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    Day 5 Beatty NV to Lone Pine CA, 165 miles

    …northern DVNP the high lonesome way
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    We had a standard breakfast at this place a few blocks SE of the motel. Cash only.
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    Re-entering DVNP at Daylight Pass. Near here the NPS has a self-serve entry station where you can buy your park pass from a ticket machine.
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    Remember the Worm Guys from Men in Black?
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    Heading north to Racetrack Valley
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    Racetrack Valley Road is miles and miles of pounding washboard to Teakettle Junction.
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    We flogged our DRZs on this road. No point in slowing down because it didn't make it any better. The bikes took a beating but did not rattle apart. Thank goodness for Locktite. We were definitely guilty of DRZ abuse. Forgive me Stanley!
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    The infamous junction where thankfully the worst of the washboard ends. We turned off SE and took the easier option of Hidden Valley / Hunter Mtn / Saline Valley versus the Expert Lippencott Pass.
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    Taking our lunch break out of the chilly wind
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  2. Eastbay Dirtbag

    Eastbay Dirtbag one track mind

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    Day 5 cont'd

    What lies ahead…
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    and behind
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    We saw about 3 vehicles and 1 bike after the turnoff to Ubehebe Crater (back near the highway).
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    some ruts and washouts but nothing bad
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    From whence we came. Yea, though we rode through the valley of Death we feared no pupfish... or something like that.
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    heading up to snow level
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    the road was clear and dry but more rutted
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    No place for daydreaming
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    Sierras
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    A grader turned part of road into powder. Beyond the pass it was dry but slippery.
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    I can't resist posting all of these which were taken by the rider we saw earlier.
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    This view will forever be etched into my memory. Now I have an excuse for why my mind is blown.
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  3. Eastbay Dirtbag

    Eastbay Dirtbag one track mind

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    Saline Valley
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    I love Joshua Trees
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    My camera went on the fritz due to low battery power but I like the effect so I’m including them. After charging it that night it was fine again so you won't have to look at a whole ride report with this.
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    Twilight Zone music do do do do....This was posted on the door of the cabin. Looks like my photo.
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    We started up to Cerro Gordo but it was washboard and we’d had enough for one day.
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    The infamous Owens Lake
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    Mining ruins near Keeler
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    Downtown Keeler
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    Heading to Lone Pine
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    The Best Western in Lone Pine was nice and we enjoyed a very good dinner at the local steakhouse, Seasons Restaurant.
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  4. fitzPA

    fitzPA Adventurer

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    What sensational scenery, You've certainly whetted my appetite.
    This week-end, I'll be booking my flight to the West coast.
    First 10 days of December.

    Thanks you for posting you journey.
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  5. Critic

    Critic More or less!

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    Really enjoyed your RR and photo's. Very nice perspective, it left me in a relaxed positive mood!
    Maybe it was the bed in the last photo.:-)
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  6. Eastbay Dirtbag

    Eastbay Dirtbag one track mind

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    This trip was sensory overload. Stick around because the next day was one of the best.
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  7. Eastbay Dirtbag

    Eastbay Dirtbag one track mind

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    Thanks. We didn't always cover a lot of miles but that allowed time to soak up the scenery and get lots of photos. We had about 1000 pics and it took a couple days to whittle it down to about 650.

    We prefer a comfortable room and nice meal each night. But there are times when lunch is a can of Dinty Moore stew and breakfast is microwaved pizza. :D
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  8. Eastbay Dirtbag

    Eastbay Dirtbag one track mind

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    Day 6 Lone Pine to Bishop CA, 100 miles

    …Can’t get enough of the snow-capped Sierras
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    Heading west into the Alabama Hills right outside of Lone Pine where many western movies were made. So listen up, and listen good, Partner. (Yeah I know John Wayne made many of his movies near Moab but I digress...)
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    This area was popular with campers but after continuing north a bit we only saw a handful of people the rest of the day (Except at Manzanar and even then not that many).
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    Somewhere near here the route gets off the road and onto a fun two-track for a while.
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  9. bajaburro

    bajaburro Ancient Adventurer

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    What a great ride for both of you.Very fine report.All those day's,nights.
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  10. Eastbay Dirtbag

    Eastbay Dirtbag one track mind

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    Manzanar Internment Camp. I was shocked to learn about 20 years ago that California had concentration camps, although, granted, the conditions were nothing like those of the Nazi’s (I've been to Auschwitz.). Another camp is located near Benicia in the SF Bay area. Sad to say but the Japanese were probably safer here than staying in their homes, not that it makes it justified.
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    cemetery / memorial
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    Manzanar reservoir not far from the Memorial
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    We drove around the camp a little. There is not much left except the Visitor Center. We did not go in but there are several signs providing the history of the area.

    Original inhabitants. There were about 1,000 but they were relocated by the Army in 1863 to north of LA. [​IMG]

    Settlers entered in the 1860s. The town had about 200 people but was abandoned by 1935 after most farmers sold their water rights to LA.
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    11,000 detainees were here from 1942 to 1945. They raised much of the food needed by the camp.
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    The route crosses to the east side of the valley past an abandoned airplane runway. I suppose the military needed access other than by road.

    Reward Mine site is further up a steep, loose, rocky drainage.
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    Tricky going up or down in smooth-soled boots.
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    Great view no matter how you look at it
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    There are two roads to the silver tank area. Both are similar. A little rocky but not bad.
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  11. Eastbay Dirtbag

    Eastbay Dirtbag one track mind

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    Thanks. Riders can blaze through the CABDR in a few days if that is all the time they have available. It seems a shame though.
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  12. rufus

    rufus We're burning daylight...

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    Excellent RR!. I Spent 4 days riding around DV in April with a buddy. Seen a lot of the same stuff,...It's neat to see it again.
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  13. Eastbay Dirtbag

    Eastbay Dirtbag one track mind

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    The route takes a mix of road and two-track
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    It crosses back to the west side of the highway...
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    and climbs into the foothills, sometimes loose and rocky
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    Just when I wondered if I missed a turn somewhere it pops onto a road and keeps climbing.
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    It weaves over this gap then up, down and around, a little steep at times. Fun fun fun.
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    We dropped into Big Pine for lunch and were greeted by these choppers. Well, ok, maybe they were there for another reason.
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  14. Eastbay Dirtbag

    Eastbay Dirtbag one track mind

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    Thanks. We've been to DV a few times but its so big there's always more to see.
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  15. Eastbay Dirtbag

    Eastbay Dirtbag one track mind

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    Back to the east side again.
    Hard to believe we can ride through here without those choppers coming after us.

    I got to climb into a radio dish at the VLA in New Mexico many moons ago. This brings back fond memories of that special day.
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    Hmm, dark clouds starting to build.
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    Only a handful of gates to open on this whole trip.
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    Good thing we're not in the western foothills now.
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    Eenie, meenie...
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    minie, mooo
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    The Best Western in Bishop is nice and recently remodeled.
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    Our room was quiet and way back from the main road.
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  16. Baja Ho

    Baja Ho Momentum is your friend

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    Great report and thanks for taking us along. Hard to beat California & Nevada deserts.
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  17. Eastbay Dirtbag

    Eastbay Dirtbag one track mind

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    Day 7 Bishop CA to Tonopah NV, 130 miles

    … end of the CABDR and start of the southern NVBDR
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    The route heads straight north out of town and is soon on dirt.
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    A few ranches along Fish Slough
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    To the west is a Wilderness Study Area
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    The rocks in the area were pitted and pocked and looked almost spongey
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    Fish Slough petroglyphs. There was at least one more petroglyph site further up the road. Just look for fencing like this along a rock outcrop.
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    No discernible figures of people or animals.
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    This neat two-track starts at the petroglyphs and heads SW.
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    Not sure if it eventually goes through private property or not but it was heading in the opposite direction of the BDR so we turned around.

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  18. Eastbay Dirtbag

    Eastbay Dirtbag one track mind

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    Thanks. There was more variety than I expected, due in part to the elevation range.
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  19. jonz

    jonz Miles are my mantra Supporter

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    Nice job. I just returned from a couple days riding south on the BDR from Benton. Always nice seeing the route through others' eyes (and camera).
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  20. Eastbay Dirtbag

    Eastbay Dirtbag one track mind

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    Thanks. I thought April was the best time with the backdrop of the snow on the Sierras. I'd do it again next spring.
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