CABDR Real Time Report - It's not an Epic Ride if you can still go to Walmart

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by mb300, Jan 19, 2019.

  1. mb300

    mb300 Been here awhile

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    More sightseeing:

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    Someone came thru right before us and had a near miss:

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    There was a license plate in the wash from a non-near-miss:
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    I propped up the plate as a heads-up to the next guy thru:

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  2. mb300

    mb300 Been here awhile

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    I've been living out west for 13 years now but had never ventured into the Mojave Preserve -- it is a pretty impressive place:

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  3. mb300

    mb300 Been here awhile

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    The inappropriately named Death Valley Mine was worth a stop.

    Someone else has already done a ton of research on it, check out the link for a bunch more photos:

    http://cali49.com/mojave/2015/10/17/death-valley-mine-cal

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    For some reason there was a plastic sheeting tent put up in the middle of the house:
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  4. mb300

    mb300 Been here awhile

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    From Death Valley Mine we headed up to Evening Star Mine, where there was a minor setback:

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    The 1 finger salute:
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    Gasoline cleans everything nicely:

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    Rotate the rocker cover 180deg:

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    Several strategically applied strips of duct tape:

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    Voila:

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    It was 3pm or so by the time we got the BMW rolling again, so we bailed to the pavement and rode to Tecopa Hot Springs for the night. The duct tape patch held on for 90 miles no problem, then a more permanent Quicksteel patch was applied:

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  5. RedDogAlberta

    RedDogAlberta High Plains Drifter

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    You even had black duct tape. Amazing for presentation. People would point and laugh at silver duct tape in traffic. Brilliant!:clap
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  6. mb300

    mb300 Been here awhile

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    We stayed at Delight’s Hot Springs Resort. It was neither delightful, nor a resort:

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    There were hot springs, but there were no showers in the cabins:

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    Also the toilet was right up against the wall, you had to side-saddle your morning dump:

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    DR’s cabin was pretty much just a shed:

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    We had dinner at the Tecopa Brewing Company.

    The BBQ wasn’t bad, but wasn’t really good either. Beers were $10 each. Plus tax.

    We won’t be staying in Tecopa Hot Springs again…
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  7. RonSJC

    RonSJC Been here awhile

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    Hey, they don't call it Adventure riding for nothing!!!
    I'm impressed with that BMW and your duct tape solution.

    Great Ride report.
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  8. TemeculaTim

    TemeculaTim Timiteo Viejo

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    :thumbup Nice write up...I was running the same rear tire on my AT when I did the ride ...Great in the sand when moving forward - but scary as hell in loose corners.
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  9. LostViking

    LostViking Long timer

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    I’m in.

    Great stuff!

    Stay Safe.
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  10. mb300

    mb300 Been here awhile

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    Flashback to day 2:

    GS's right rear turnsignal broke off......

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    ....so we duct taped it to the oil bottle that was already duct taped to the rear rack:

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    It stayed like that for the rest of the trip.
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  11. SOLOKLR

    SOLOKLR Back to work

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    Amazing! I've always thought that BMW valve cover was too exposed. Nice fix.
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  12. NaturalDamRider

    NaturalDamRider Adventurer

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    Following.☺
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    bkendig76 Been here awhile

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    Bonus Points for this pic. It's practically art.
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  14. mb300

    mb300 Been here awhile

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    Day 4: Change of Plans

    Another cold morning.

    GS woke up and reinstalled the now repaired rocker cover on the left cylinder, then moved over to the right side for the daily re-torque and valve adjustment.

    We tried to go to Tecopa Bistro, but it’s closed Mon thru Wed. Breakfast fail.

    GS’s hand was starting to swell up, he didn’t think it would take the pounding thru Death Valley that we had planned for the day (Warm Springs Rd to Geologist Cabin to Barker Ranch to Ballarat).

    DR decided that he would escort GS back to SoCal.

    Since I just did Death Valley 2 months ago I decided to backtrack and hit the stuff we missed due to the busted rocker cover delay. Keep in mind the ride report is now in reverse order because I’m going south.

    The long loop off of Excelsior Mine Road (before you get to Tecopa if you are going south to north) is 100% worth doing, don’t skip it unless you are really behind schedule. There’s only about a 1 mile section of fine gravel, nothing too severe.

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    Likewise, don’t skip out on the Colosseum Mine, it was awesome. The powerline road is a bit chunky, but again it is totally worth it.

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  15. kojack06

    kojack06 Long timer Supporter

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    Are you riding alone now? If so, be cautious!
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  16. Redbank

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    awesome report so far....subd
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  17. mb300

    mb300 Been here awhile

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    Only solo on the last day.

    Not to spoil the ending, but I didn't die in the desert. However I did get pinched splitting lanes on the way home by a silver camaro who was playing on his phone, hopefully my saddle bags left some deep gouges in his paint. Jackhole...
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  18. Carlos Thomas

    Carlos Thomas Fast not Furious

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    Wow. Glad you are okay. BTW, was the plan to finish the entire route? I would think you might start to hit some snow.
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  19. ski-line900

    ski-line900 Been here awhile Supporter

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    How were the temps at night?
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  20. mb300

    mb300 Been here awhile

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    We planned 2 routes and made 2 sets of hotel reservations:

    - Yuma to Tecopa Hot Springs was shared between routes.

    - Route 1 was to go over Cerro Gordo (8200ft elevation) then continue north following the hard ways of CABDR route. We knew this was a long shot when we planned it.

    - Route 2 was to stay lower across Death Valley: Warm Springs Camp - Geologist Cabin - Mengel Pass - Barker Ranch - Ballarat - Ridgecrest. Mengel Pass is about 4300ft.

    With all the rain the week before we were pretty confident that Cerro Gordo would be snowed in, so we cancelled the Route 1 hotels.

    Temps over the MLK weekend were chilly - it was in the low 40s in the morning in Parker and in Tecopa Hot Springs.

    The Colosseum Mine is at 5500ft, it was 42 degrees up there at 11:30am. I think that was the highest elevation south of DV.
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