2nd full mOOn nOOb's DV 3/12-15

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by traveltoad, Mar 15, 2009.

  1. joefromsf

    joefromsf Dark Happens Supporter

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    It was 1:00 PM, not AM. Because of the late start on Sunday, I ended up getting a motel on the way home. It was dark, cold and windy and I was tired and sore, so I opted to get off the road rather than pushing on. Got home at 1:00 PM the next day (Monday).
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  2. traveltoad

    traveltoad Aaron S

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    GalacticGS and spafxr blasting across the Saline Valley floor. Of course I should not have let them pass me here... I thought I was being cleaver taking some photos, but I forgot that they did not know where the turn was for the Warm Springs. Ooops.

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    So after letting everyone pass to get photos, I blast up to the Warm Springs turn only to find that we are two people short... or are we? No one knows if they made the turn or not. Hmmm... I see vehicle that has come from the south, I ask them and sure enough two bikes passed them. Damn. :cry I sent eveyone to the springs to fuel up and the chase is on. :evil

    Of course I am trying to chase down the two fast guys which proves to be difficult. On the plus side... I found a great place for easy and graceful 80mph power wheelies! :clap Sorry, no photos.

    Eventually, Galactic GS and spafxr realize that they have missed the turn and they slow down, *whew* I get them turned around and off to the springs. Now it is a three way race!! :freaky

    Everyone should know this signpost by now!
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  3. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    already have all the write-ups and pics, then after i clicked the submit button....server could not be found

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  4. BigJohnBundy

    BigJohnBundy Hav-A-Tampa

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    I feel your pain... Now just do it in Word first and copy over. then you only have to make small edits. If it crashes you still have it all in word.
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  5. JAB

    JAB Unsprung Weight Supporter

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    On Saturday we head out through the pass and on toward Saline Valley and the Warm springs.

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    What a view.

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    One red and two orange.

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    TT trying to sneak past Joel's camera.

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    Did'nt take any shots at the warm springs due to required repairs to my "wing tank". Thanks
    for the splash of fuel from RiverRat. We mounted up and headed onto the baby-head-rock-highway
    of Steel Pass. I don't think anyone got a shot of my "mishap" (big rock stopping all forward progress
    with a fall thrown in for points) so I guess it did'nt happen.

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    The smooth part.

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    Amazing views

    I had stopped to wait for Jason and Larry and it was taking a while. I was trying not to ride
    back down this fine section of baby head rocks when I heard a rumble in the distance.

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    Larry on the GalacticGS.

    Larry pulls up and lets me know Jason is down with shifting problem. He was going to press on
    and I head back to see what's up. Jason had lost a bolt in his shifter. Not a biggie. We found
    a bolt elsewhere on the bike and made repairs. In the meantime, Joel rolls up and it was decided
    that Larry will carry on with the group (and his ultimate fate)and we would head back the way we came.
    That was OK, I had enough baby head rocks for a while.

    Onward and upward.

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    Jason

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    Smile and salute.

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    Joel playing in the mud.

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    Back at ya, bro.

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    Lunch break. Welcome to Jason's ADV Deli.

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    Hey Joel, did ya find that contact lens?

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    Let's go places and eat things. Mmmmmmmmmmm....sammich.

    Mounted up and headed into the pass.

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    Yup. Snow.

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    Got back on the pavement and made our last stop at the Crowley overlook.
    Amazing.

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    Joel and Jason

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    Thanks for the ride Joel. Top of the wow-o-meter.

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    Takes a lickin and keeps on tickin'.

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    Jason, I think you are going to catch on to this ADV thing just fine. I am really glad this
    all came together and we were able to do this ride together. We both needed a break from
    the day-in day-out routine and this was the E-ticket ride. Thanks to everyone else in the
    group. Special thanks to Joel.


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    The end (for now)
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  6. DSM8

    DSM8 Where fun goes to die....

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    Since I missed out on last years festivities I could find no reason to justify not making this one.<o:p></o:p>
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    That said I threw the small bike into the back of the truck and headed out early Friday morning.<o:p></o:p>
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    Got my spot under the trees reserved and rolled into camp around 10am.<o:p></o:p>
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    Ran into Eggroll on the way in while getting gas.<o:p></o:p>
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    and waited to see where the first ride of the day would head off too :evil <o:p></o:p>
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    The first ride out was to Chloride Cliffs and then Titus&#8230;after slabbing it we got gas<o:p></o:p>
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    We all got back on the road and the real fun started<o:p></o:p>
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    Of course there is always that one that will do anything for attention or a photo op :deal <o:p></o:p>
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    H8Chains showing proper ADV attitude during the whole ordeal
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    Of course everyone was nice enough to wait while we picked up the bike (and the parts) finally catching back up with the group<o:p></o:p>
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    And then there was this guy (street tires on a SM DRZ400 in the dirt). Watching him ride was like watching a train wreck. :eek1

    The suspension to see something happen was there but he never delivered&#8230;.:lol3

    (actually he did damn good all thing considered I would not have ridden that bike on those conditions, I think he is insane)

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    Made it to the state line<o:p></o:p>
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    I got to take a break after eating dust for a while.
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    Before it was back into the dust bowl (that&#8217;s what happens when you&#8217;re the sweep)<o:p></o:p>
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    Titus was nice and other than the really deep gravel at the very bottom was a cake walk, scenic and simple.<o:p></o:p>
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    Rider914 making it look easy as usual :wink: <o:p></o:p>
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    Next day had us going over <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:placeName w:st="on">Hunter</st1:placeName> <st1:placeName w:st="on">Mountain</st1:placeName> through Hidden valley out to Tea Kettle then past the race track and out lippencot back to <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeName w:st="on">Saline</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st="on">Valley</st1:placeType></st1:place>. 130 miles of pure fun and excitement.<o:p></o:p>
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    Found a little mud on the way (ok a lot)<o:p></o:p>
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    On the way a little spur took you too a cabin, I got side tracked&#8230;<o:p></o:p>
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    Eggroll got stuck in the only snow on the whole trip you could get stuck in&#8230;.<o:p></o:p>
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    I seem to spend a lot of time this trip helping Asians pick up their bikes&#8230;.wonder if this is going to be a new trend.

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    then this guy parked his bike down slope only to have it fall over and break the clutch perch. But zip ties and bailing wire we were back in business.<o:p></o:p>
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    Next stretch out to the race track was fast and washboard, with the exception of a flat it was uneventful (no pics of the flat sorry)<o:p></o:p>
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    Headed down lipencott from there<o:p></o:p>
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    Back to camp&#8230;<o:p></o:p>
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    That night got to try out a new to me fire pit<o:p></o:p>
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  7. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    dave, very nice report and pics.

    yeah, i asked psr for those campsites with trees...really nice and you scored. unfortunately for us, they allow only 1 vehicle because of the picnic table. dannyG could have taken care of those tables if he camped a week before....:lol3

    did the tent came with when you bought the bike?.........:D
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  8. DSM8

    DSM8 Where fun goes to die....

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    Actually I had the tent before I ever got the KTM, first time camping it got down to low 20's I froze my ass off.

    4 season tent, never had a problem since. I am just lucky it happens to be my favorite color.

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  9. RiverRat

    RiverRat Long timer

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    Yes beware of the n00bs of March. Hahaha. Flats, getting lost, dented rims, injuries oh my!

    Your bike is looking good Sito. Glad to hear all the n00bs made it home.


    Good to see everybody. Wish it was a longer weekend.

    For one rider (not a n00b group rider) the adventure was a little more "adventurous"

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  10. BigJohnBundy

    BigJohnBundy Hav-A-Tampa

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    If anybody has any status report on the broken rider please post it here. It was quite a spill and would like to know how he is doing.
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  11. spafxer

    spafxer Long timer

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    I checked with BMW Ventura, and they can't place Jeff from Ventura, so far, they will keep in touch.

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  12. A.Vern

    A.Vern One Man Wolf Pack

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    As GalacticGS and I were leaving the springs to try and get help for Joe and crew, we saw these guys riding in. I pulled over, turned off the PIAA's so they didn't get blinded and waved. I noticed one of them was wearing sunglasses (not sure if it was the one who crashed).

    Hope he's healing well, broken ribs suck (I had a broken rib and a punctured lung from a sport bike incident a few years ago).

    Hopefully they didn't take him to Bakersfield County. If he has insurance they will keep you in the ER for days with the crackys and gang shooting victims to milk your insurance comapany.
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  13. RiverRat

    RiverRat Long timer

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    Follow up on Jeff who had the accident in dv.

    I heard there were some n00bs who had not returned to camp. Very worrisome because they were late for the bbq and n00bs don't do that. On the way into saline valley I saw the missing adv riders. they were all ok just had the issues with square wheels and leaky tubes :rofl.

    Further down the valley there were 3 other moto riders stranded due to a clutch issue iirc. They were ok and equipped to spend the night so rode on in search of the missing n00bs haha.

    When I stopped and talked to the adv group they told me of a guy who had a bad crash. I didn't know at the time who it was but would soon find out it was Jeff who I went riding with the previous night :eek1
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  14. RiverRat

    RiverRat Long timer

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    Jeff and Wally decided to take a few days and explore dv. Jeff had been there before in a 4wd but it was new ground for wally. So on friday after dark wally got lost on saline valley rd. Jeff and I checked some of the spur trails and ended up going well up north pass road. At the top of the pass I decide to go back to camp and Jeff rides to Big Pine where he finds Wally at a motel. So I get a call from jeff saying that all is ok and they will ride back into dv saturday afternoon.

    Fastforward to sat night and I ride up and see Jeff laying out on the road severe pain. I meet wally and hear all about the crash. Wally had already contacted nps and they were going to send out a ranger and chp unit.

    Around 3 hrs later the chp officer shows up in a miller towing s10.

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    Jeff was in as good of condition as we could do in the desert. We checked him out, threw some blankets on him, gave him a little water, and kept him awake. There wasn't much to do while we waited hours for a helicopter evac. Jeff and I arranged that i'd get his bike out of dv via my trailer. We loaded it up and made the best of a bad situation as the chp asked what happened.

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  15. RiverRat

    RiverRat Long timer

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    The bmw was pretty messed up but i bet it could have made it out of there. The clutch lever was broken and fluid leaked out. The bike suffered an oil leak and some bent/broken parts but started right up.

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    An hour or so later nps shows up with two units (tahoe and ram truck). By now jeff really wanted to get out of there. The story was that due to winds the chopper was grounded. About 7 hrs (3am) after the crash Jeff was finally getting out of the valley.

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    We all helped load him in the chopper
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    So right now I have his bike at my place and have been in contact with Jeff. He should be out of ridgecrest hosptital in a day or so and headed back to ventura.

    Now the interesting part of this story is that now Wally is missing. The last I saw of wally was him leaving saline valley sun morning around 10am. He has not checked in with Jeff.
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  16. fmfpunk

    fmfpunk Hooligan in training

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    Geeez! What happened? Is Jeff OK?

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  17. RiverRat

    RiverRat Long timer

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    Nobody except Jeff saw the accident and he didn't remember too clearly just what happened. Wally was a minute or two behind him. Jeff should be out of the hospital soon. It will be along time till he can ride again though.

    I took some pics sunday of the killer bush. It looks like he got into loose stuff just off the side of the road.

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  18. BigJohnBundy

    BigJohnBundy Hav-A-Tampa

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    Holy COW! It's been three days now. I haven't gotten any Amber alerts.
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  19. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    hey riverrat...we're proud of you and i feel good whenever you're around. you're one helpful guy....:lol3 ; you did a good job keeping me awake last sat night....:lol3 you saved my nOOb ass many times..:lol3

    i know wally and will give him a call tonight. i rode with jeff too and he's one of the best gs riders i've ever met. hope for his quick recovery.

    wally is on the left and jeff in the middle. all are adv inmates except for jeff.
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  20. dstock

    dstock Adventurer n00b

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    Man, hope Wally is safe and sound somewhere and Jeff heals quickly!

    Thanks for the ride report for those of us who have to live vicariously through others from time to time when other things (work, kids, etc) get in the way of riding.

    I'll have to join you all some time, I'm on Ttoad's previous steed, and a nOOb for sure!


    P.S. TToad - How's the seat on the KTM for long pavement riding? Buddy of mine is interested in the 950.
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