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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by dave6253, Sep 20, 2017.
After Day 8, then you trailered your bike home?
Day 9 - September 9, 2017
In the morning we all mill about camp relaxing, soaking, cooking, bullshitting...
Our campsite is in a grove of big trees with privacy fences. We have plenty of parking space,
a hot tub full of steaming hot spring water, a grill, Fire ring, and table.
We have a little bridge over the hot creek to a grassy area for our lodging.
How many advriders does it take to repair a light bulb?
1. Owner to squeeze the brake lever.
2. Overzealous Helper to wiggle wires and make declarations about the current status of the lamp.
3. One Experienced Mechanic to bark suggestions and ensure the other two idiots are doing it correctly.
4. One Crazy Frenchman as safety inspector.
Patience! I had an exhausting week. Sorry for the delay. My bikes laugh at trailer queens.
After spending all morning in camp, the guys follow me into Bishop.
Larryboy found a milk crate behind the restaurant and strapped it to Reno's KLR when he wasn't looking.
We all got the #2 Turkey Club sandwich at Erick Schat's Bakkery and watched the ladies carve our meat directly from a large freshly baked turkey.
After lunch, Reno and I followed larryboy up Highway 168...
...and White Mountain Road...
...on a twisty roller coaster through...
...and impressive landscapes.
We knew the last 2 miles to the research station would be closed, but rode all the way to the closed gate.
Elevations were as high as 11,800'. It was breezy and cool up here with lots of showers around.
We managed to avoid everything but the lightest sprinkles here and there.
BTW, Nixels and larryboy posted their version of the trip here:
Benton Hot Springs 2017 - Desert friends, not deserted
Not bad for an over the shoulder shot while moving.
We run out to Patriarch Grove in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest at 11,200'.
Renaud decided to split off and take Silver Canyon Road...
...so I followed larryboy...
...down White Mountain RD...
...and Highway 168 back towards the Sierra.
Back at camp, dinner gets grilled.
We've learned that much more than a trickle and the tub gets to hot.
We stuff our faces. Steak, baked potato, bread.
I've known Nixels and larryboy awhile now, and met Renaud here last year, but this was my first time to meet my friend SFMCjohn in person.
Day 9 - 185 miles
Day 10 - Sunday, September 10, 2017
Everyone is bright-eyed this morning. We sit around waiting for the breakfast chef to arrive.
@Kevan Garrett started riding from the Bay Area at 3:45 AM in order to get here in time to...
...cook our breakfast.
We sat around eating and swapping stories of the late inmate Benjava. I'm the only one here that never met Benjava, but I feel like I've known him listening to the stories.
...Kevan & Renaud all are leaving us today.
Now that it was just 3 of us, I suggested we take it easy today.
I know of some petroglyphs not far from camp. It ended up being further down the gravel road than I thought, but Nixels did fine on the street bike.
We enjoyed climbing around and even found 'glyphs on top of the rocks.
This is the Chidago Canyon site. These guys had a foot fetish.
We were riding on top of there yesterday.
Clues to explorations for next time.
We rode into Bishop and had lunch at the Imperial Gourmet.
Then we hit up the grocery store and...
...headed back to camp.
Later in the day, I went for a little walk.
Back at camp, the boys had the fire and grill already lit.
It was my turn to cook, so I get to work. We ate like kings.
Day 10 Stats
Day 11 - Monday, September 11, 2017
We spend more time soaking and visiting. Eventually larryboy fried up some sausage, bacon, and eggs to stuff tortillas and our bellies.
Checkout wasn't until 11, so it was 10:45 by time we leave our campsite.
We split up and I head towards home - once again, alone.
I ride around the north end of the White Mountains...
Boundary Peak - the second highest peak in Nevada was looking spectacular this morning.
I stopped next to the highway for a panorama of the entire White Mountain Range.
Nice. I've always just ridden/driven by Benton Hot Springs. Thanks to your report, I'll have give camping there a try.