3 days in southen California

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by jamin_mathis, Jan 14, 2010.

  1. jamin_mathis

    jamin_mathis Long timer

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    I just got back from a 3 day 770 mile solo ride from my home in echo park LA CA. to josh tree, Salton sea, glames dunes, pochico, Yuma and back. This is the the report.

    I built some pannier racks for my for about $35 out of 1/2 box, its ugly but they held up great. This is the bike loaded up
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    I had originally planned a route that was alot more dirt but just as I was pulling up to gold crown rd (a back way into josh tree off of 29 palms hwy) my GPS said it had a low battery and when I plugged it in the charger wasn't working so I figured OK I'll turn it on when I come to forks in the road but in the end the on off switch broke and was stuck on hold so no GPS. I went on because there where other people around, The road was sandy with lots of forks, one of witch I took and ended up in a sand wash that was very hard to get out of. See photo of very stuck bike
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    And getting unstuck
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    It took me some time but I got back on track
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    until I got to a very rutted part and bounced my bike into the biggest rock I could find resulting in a broken turn signal
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    Prays be to Alla I made it out and took box canyon to mecca for gas and then a few more miles to camp at the Salton sea
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    In the morning I got to see what I had been smelling all night the Salton sea!
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    I packed up and headed down the road a few miles to the small town/big trailer park of Bombay beach where on the other side of the dike you can find this stuff and a cool old guy fishing
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    The big part of the day was going to Glames dunes so I found cochlea canal road and was going to ride that all the way to the 78 but it was a very boring straight dirt road that I could go about 50mph on so I decided to go back to the 111 where I could go 80mph and get to the dunes faster. Then I got to Glames:eek1
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    I went in as far back as the road would take me and road back keeping an eye on the road as I did. I had a 606 on the rear it did OK from 2nd gear up 1st gear sucked
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    When I got back to the 78 I stayed in the sand and parallel the hwy until it was gone:cry
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    I would have loved to stayed there all day but I wanted to get to Pochco before sunset and did just barley. Got these sunset photos of the Colorado river.
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    I set up camp and went to Yuma for dinner and supplies. When I got back I took this photo of the trees lit up by my fire
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    I didn't sleep very well so I got up before the sun packed up and hit the trail
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    Indian trail was the way back and was filled with lose gravel that tried to get me but I kept it up
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    I had to decided to take a long way back or go back the way I came. Missing my wife, dog and Glames helped me make the decision.
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    After that I was ready for home so I got on the 86 to the 10 for a very windy butt aking ride home:clap
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    I love this State:freaky
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  2. Off Limits

    Off Limits Banned

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    those dunes were looking smooth.
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  3. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Great ride.. love those dunes! Thanks for posting :thumb
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  4. Thorne

    Thorne Sherpa-ing around

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    Cool pictures.........
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  5. WestSlope

    WestSlope Adventurer

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    love the photos. what kind of camera do you use?
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  6. NewHampWoodsRider

    NewHampWoodsRider Tag Captor

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    Cool report!

    I love solo trips, something about them.
    You, the bike, the solitude. Its a wonderful thing.

    Plus you dont have have your buddies bitching when you are setting up the Tripod and composing an image.
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  7. jamin_mathis

    jamin_mathis Long timer

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    Thanks all

    Westslope- I'm using a Canon 5D (the old one) & a 1D mark II n for a back up and action, I would like a point & shoot that shoots video that I could keep in my pocket and could use w/o taking my helmet off like the Canon G11.

    NewHamp- I love riding alone as well but it would have been nice to have some FF's to hang out with at camp.
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  8. Shrek650

    Shrek650 Guest

    :thumb
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  9. TemeculaRider

    TemeculaRider Been here awhile

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    Good one, man! Excellent shots of the dunes. The Salton Sea is so interesting until you actually get there and then it's just a mudpuddle of death.
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  10. trackhead

    trackhead Utard Wankster

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    Front page nominee.
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  11. TemeculaRider

    TemeculaRider Been here awhile

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    ^^^ That is freakin' awesome! :huh
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  12. Merf88

    Merf88 Adventurer

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    Not sure why you are always flipping me off...but GREAT pics.
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  13. srosa

    srosa Been here awhile

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    Fantastic photography. Thanks!!
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  14. jamin_mathis

    jamin_mathis Long timer

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    Is it just the LA guys that do that? I thought that was ADV tradition but some other guy got mad at me for it on a another thread:dunno sorry...
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  15. puttingontheritz

    puttingontheritz tremolo

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    I would like to be there.
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  16. Ironwood

    Ironwood Friday Harbor, WA

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    I second the nomination of that picture of the bike and dunes. Great shot.
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  17. No False Enthusiasm

    No False Enthusiasm a quiet adventurer Supporter

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    Yep... some of these shots are front page material... Thanks. :clap
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  18. Gas Can

    Gas Can Gas Can

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    Nice to see some decent photography on here for a change. Nice report. No apology needed for the self pics.
    I take it like you left all the hassles and headaches of society at home, and said F' it, Im going on a solo adventure because I can.
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  19. the darth peach

    the darth peach eats crackers in bed

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    Love the sand pics!
    Awesome self portrait in the early morning light!
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  20. purelick

    purelick DIRTRIDER

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    Great report, Good pics, what a ride. welcome to the club. Keep your finger up. :fyyff Hope to ride with ya again. :fyyff
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