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Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by NSFW, Oct 17, 2018.
Peeps. Don’t just buy the damper and mount, add the stainless steel filters.
I was planning on getting a Scott's damper. In case there are still some unused gift certificates floating around.
Engine oil SS pleated filters. No more disposable paper filters. KTM is notorious of using up so many filters due to frequent oil change. Oil too.
Save the planet. The more you buy, the more you save. The 701 has 2 of them.
Picked up my new Seat Concepts seat for the 450F. Already have one on the TransAlp. It's a pretty neat operation. If you make it up here to SW Idaho, it's worth a stop to see the place.
And, if you can do industrial sewing, there may be a job waiting for you
Dodged the snowstorms and back from Wisconsin. Hotel wifi sucked, so trying to catch up again...
@aanichols Was a pleasure to have you along Alan. No worries about pace or skill
That was awesome
I'm feeling a little queesy, but not sure if that is from the camera work or riding display
Those guys need to stand up
Was a little worried that the night at Benton would be a bit cold for my light weight sleeping bag, but it turned out to be fine. Maybe down to the high 30's in the morning before sunrise over the White Mtns. A nice warm up as we were packing up, but there were nasty clouds to the west over the Sierras.
It was kinda grey as we rode over to Benton Junction for breakfast.
Today would be short compared to yesterday, so we had some time to waste. The cafe was a good place to hang out, giving senas and cellphones time to charge.
Eventually rolled out heading south on Yellowjacket/Fish Slough road.
I had originally thought to take a side loop through scenic Chidago Cyn, but that would've taken us above the snow line...
... so we just kept moving along.
Quick stop at Five Bridges...
... before rolling thru Bishop.
Made our way down to Big Pine via side roads and powerlines. Looks like I didn't take any pics
Topped off the bikes then over to Country Kitchen for a lazy lunch and more sena-cell charging.
Planning to stay at Saline Hot Springs tonight, so we picked up dinner and breakfast supplies at Carroll's Market across the street.
Heading east out of town
The first ~16 miles is old pavement with some entertaining twisties
Entering Devil's Gate
Turning off onto Saline Valley Rd at Waucoba Pass (7,600')
'Somewhere' out here I took Alan on a little side trip to visit a remote waypoint
There it is... Maurer Cabin. Sometimes hard to get to, but worth the effort.
Like Minietta Cabin from a couple days ago, Maurer Cabin was also super clean and in great shape.
Log book showed some folks had been here just a couple days before. Thanks for taking care of the place
We found the old Servel fridge on the back porch fully stocked and exchanged a couple Coors for a couple Tecates
The outhouse was even better than the facilities at PSR
Back up the trail...
... and back on course
Some snow along the road heading over North Pass (7,300')
Now dropping down into Saline Valley.
Still a long way to go.
Washboard and rocky sections were pretty typical. No better or worse than I have seen in the past.
Made our turn at the valley floor and headed east to the Hot Springs.
Photo op at the Bat Pole ...
... where I had my only gravity attack of the entire trip
Stop to get off the bike, left foot down, swing the right leg over, and completely forgot the luggage on the back
Good news... the Mosko cushions the landing and the 690 is much easier to pick up than the 950
'Saul good Let's get to camp
We circled around the lower springs and found the main ADV group (much bigger than last year) setting up along the bushes just to the south.
Before I can even get off my bike (competently this time, peeps are watching), @espi Pablo walks over and hands me a cold beer. Thanks buddy
All the good spots were taken, but Alan and I found some clear space (which lated filled) just above the springs.
Unfortunately, the wind started picking up in the evening. Bummer. Really did not want a repeat of last year
After setting up and suiting down, I took my simple dinner and wandered over the springs in search of a calm place to eat and relax. Found several other folks under the palms and behind the bushes seeking refuge from the wind.
Spent some time talking to the mtn bike crew who were also camped nearby. Those guys are animals... or nuts
Luckily, as the sun went down, the wind died off. Ended up being a perfect evening for a long soak, then a little time around a campfire before hitting the sack.
~120 miles for the day.
very nice matt....just shows there are hundreds of miles of good riding near DV and around PSR.
i admire your planning skill and knowledge of the area.
Ditto, Matt knows the are well for sure.... seeing as we had 2 way communication, it was like having a guided tour. Getting the background on the areas we were passing made it that much better.
Thanks again Matt!
@trumpet900 - I won one of the 20% off Scotts coupons.
It's yours if you would like it. (they don't make a damper for the tw200)
PM me your mailing address and I'll put a stamp on it and send it to you.
I'm in the bay area too if you'd rather pick it up.
I am in same boat. Need a Scott’s certificate
Woke up before sunrise to a calm and quiet morning. No wind. Nice!
Wandered over for a soak and had the main pool all to myself for quite awhile. Double nice!
Breakfast on the lawn while sunrise crept down the Inyo Mtns.
Wasted some time just wandering around while drying off. Such a great place
Looked like many of the main group had already packed up and headed out.
Guess it was about time to do the same.
Quick trip to check out the upper springs before heading out.
Volcano was empty, but wizard was full of people.
Got mixed in with another group for a bit heading back to Saline Valley Rd.
Tried to pass safely while working our way thru. Sorry about the dust
Left turn (south) on Saline Valley Rd and into a light headwind.
Dust was hanging right on the road, so we rode side-by-side for several miles.
Oncomming traffic near where the salt tram crosses the raod.
I think this was one of the fast groups doing a big-mile loop
Poser blocking the view back down into the valley
Entering the Jackass Cyn section
South Pass (6,000') with Panamint Valley below.
Reeled in several riders on the fast run out to the highway.
Great ride Alan
Arrived at PSR to find the rally well populated
Suited down, cleaned up, checked in, and tuned out
Mooched a killer carne asada dinner from @dunerat
Then proceeded to pass the evening in the best way possible
~70 miles for the day.
Excellent! Thanks. Much appreciated. PM Inbound
finally....care packages sent to sponsors and income tax paid......
need to get my report out before rider914 finishes his.
arrived wednesday afternoon....got the bikes unloaded and hosted some riders without a campsite
immediately bonnie, bill and others came wanting to work.
got more company
set up banner out and the registration desk
lots of volunteers already slaving away
like other good citizens, they registered immediately they saw the thingy going on. thanks to twisted throttle for donating the fancy poly bags.
sasquatch jr (advname ?) and isaac (he's back!)
not for long, someone wants to be a kid again...............the poor little red haired girl...
geoff and his new toy
smitty arrived with matching boots and bike....nice (this could be thursday pic?)
our welcome committee...lol
no such thing as too early for beer
more early birds
Hey that's me
You look quite cramped on that bike.