2018 dEATh vALLey nOObs rALLY - March 22-25

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by NSFW, Oct 29, 2017.

  1. Motopsychoman

    Motopsychoman Not a total poseur Supporter

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    Happy Birthday Joel!
    Many more!
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  2. izzyblue

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    Cute little Hazel whose personality is larger than life! F5B550D8-31F9-4282-BAA1-28CD1FD8221A.jpeg
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  3. GSequoia

    GSequoia I know a few things about radios...

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    I found it very endearing and amusing when her dad was called for a winning ticket, he got the prize, and she exclaimed "I saw my dad!"
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  4. advmoto66

    advmoto66 Ride On!

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    Happy Birthday, Joel! You April Fool. WTP?
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    Mojave Mutt Long timer

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    Joel turns 40 today, who woulda thunk! Have a great Birthday Joel.l
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  6. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    thank you pyypp....:gerg

    now officially under a Federal Protection Program....you know what i mean.

    great to hang out with spring chickens and i get the energy from all you PP.



    Happy Easter everyone....:clap
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  7. LADAKAR

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    Birthday, Easter and April Fool Day!! Lots to celebrate today Joel. Happy Birthday from one of the “spring chickens”
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  8. Folgore

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    Hey folks hopefully everyone made it home without incident! Just putting it out there in case someone found a pair of Maui Jim sunglasses around the cardboard town after the raffle on Saturday.
    Cheers all and thanks for all the photos folks are posting!
  9. izzyblue

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    Happy birthday joel
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  10. Todd157k

    Todd157k Long timer Supporter

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    Maligayang kaarawan Joel!

    May handaan ba? :choppa
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  11. typeamark

    typeamark Been here awhile

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    Happy B Day my friend!




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  12. Gerg

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    I picked up all that cardboard and didn't find anything...
  13. Bike Guy

    Bike Guy Been here awhile

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    Just got home and saw this.

    The best of B/D wishes to ya Joel. Am glad to see you are able to ride at the old age of 40. :-)

    See ya at the rally
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  14. Folgore

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    ok thanks :-)
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    Happy Birthday Joel!
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    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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  17. rider914

    rider914 Agnostic Adventurer Supporter

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    I've done big loops (250~300 miles) out of PSR before and that makes for a very long day if lots of dirt. Gotta be in 'GO' mode the whole time and I am just less and less into that.

    Taking the whole week off was awesome and I will likely plan on doing it again. No pressure to squeeze too much into too little time. I had a great vacation :nod
    ... and Happy B-Day BTW :clap :robin :wave



    Great pics @LADAKAR :thumb

    That last one with your sig line right below is classic :lol3 :imaposer

    -M
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  18. rider914

    rider914 Agnostic Adventurer Supporter

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    Wednesday (3/21)

    Break time over. Time to keep moving :pynd

    Ten miles of fast (and boring) deep tire-shredding gravel up Eureka Valley.
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    Leaving the dune behind.
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    Right turn at DV Road and a bit of pavement thru the hills past Crater.
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    Crankshaft Junction, at the far north end of Death Valley proper.
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    Instead of heading south on the main road, we turned east on the lesser used route :cromag
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    Mostly a fading two-track until we cross the border into Nevada, where even the remotest roads are well maintained.

    Glen approves :thumb
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    Now heading up Tule Canyon.
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    After confirming the correct turn, we climb out of the wash and race across a big empty.
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    :ricky
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    Rolled into Gold Point just a bit after noon, only planning on a quick break, but ended up staying quite a while.
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    Continued...

    -M
  19. rider914

    rider914 Agnostic Adventurer Supporter

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    Wednesday (3/21)

    As usual, caretaker Walt showed up shortly after hearing our bikes. He played nice and pretended to remember me from last time I was here a couple years ago (maybe he actually did :dunno). I had heard rumors of a recent shakeup in the management, and that fuel and such might no longer be available at Gold Point. Walt confirmed that Herb and Sandy are 'retired' and not often around, but Walt is aiming to keep things going as usual (maybe even add some improvments for travellers). He opened up the Saloon and we ended up staying for an unplanned lunch (couple beers and nuked sandwiches that were actually pretty good :dukegirl). Glen also topped off his fuel bladder, removing any concerns about range.

    The bar was in good shape, though a bit dusty from recent wind storms.
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    There are a couple old cabins across the street from the saloon. I've stayed in Sally's Bordello a couple times when passing thru :wink:
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    Though the sun was out and the sky was mostly blue, temperatures were on the cool side and Glen felt under dressed.

    Walt dug thru the lost-n-found bin and set Glen up with an extra layer... Sin City Motorsports :toney
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    Just as were getting set to leave, a couple GSA's rolled up, loaded to the max.
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    They were from the north-wet (I forget exactly where), had driven down to Tonopah, then rode to Oatman to follow the BDR back north until they hit snow. Having a good time , but dang those bikes looked heavy.

    Continued...

    -M
  20. rider914

    rider914 Agnostic Adventurer Supporter

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    We raced back across the big empty and dropped back into Tule Canyon, a couple miles north of where we had popped out earlier.
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    Basically following the NVBDR since Gold Point, now climbing towards Tule Summit (7,200').
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    Turned right at the pass (still on the BDR) and climbed some more up to about 7,700' where we started seeing patches of snow.

    Those GS guys are gonne leave some deep tracks going thru here :nod
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    The next several miles was a crazy roller-coaster ride. Lots of ups and downs and quick turns. Ground was soft and damp and sticky (where not saturated and slippy). Felt like you could lay the bike over in the turns and drag a peg thru the dirt. I was having way too much fun to remember to take pictures :ricky

    Eventually popped out at Lida Summit (7,400') on Hwy266.
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    This would be our farthest point north and out turn around point.

    We crossed the Sylvania Mtns and picked up Cucomungo Canyon heading back into California.
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    This is a great route, starting from juniper forest and dropping through Joshua trees down to barrren desert.
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    Right turn at Eureka Valley Road (but before actually entering the valley) and into a colorful dry wash.
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    We roll a few miles north into Fish Lake Valley, but I was looking for a new-to-me turn that will continue our efforts west.
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    Horse Thief Canyon is a rare open corridor through a wilderness area.
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    Depite all of the desert we've ridden so far, this was the only extended soft sand stretch of the day.
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    The canyon narrows only lasted a couple miles, then opened up for a looooong descent down the alluvial fan.
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    There goes Glen :ricky
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    Continued...

    -M
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