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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Lost Cartographer, Jan 19, 2019.
I love how you guys call the low 40's chilly. We call that spring.
Day 4 Continued:
While in the area I went to a WW2 plane crash site that my co-worker told me about. Sorry but I can’t post coordinates or any specifics, as per his request:
Day 4 (Continued)
Dropping back into the Mojave Preserve I stopped off at Copper King Mine.
The 4x4 trail heading up didn’t look too bad, until I was about 1/2way up.
There was lots of clutch feathering and clenched bunghole, but I made it up without dumping the bike… which was really important since I was solo today.
No photos of the way up, but here are a couple of shots I took coming back down.
Didn't look bad from the bottom:
Doesn't really look too bad from the side view either. Maybe I'm just a pansy....
Midway down - that's the frantic roost from when I was heading uphill a few minutes earlier:
Here’s proof that I made it to the mine shaft:
Rode back to the WW1 memorial, aired the tires back up, put on my warmest gear, and hit the pavement.
Rolled into my GF’s place 5 hours later with a sore butt, aching back, and cold toes.
1201 miles in 4 days.
This was supposed to be a proper Epic ride, but it ended up a bit shy of the target.
We’ll do Death Valley and points north after Cerro Gordo Pass opens back up, I'll revive the thread in a couple of months.
Thanks for the RR!
Excellent report with good entertaining commentary. Thank you enjoyed it very much. Will follow your tracks in April on 1290, 1090, 1200 GS, DR,DRZ, and couple more.
T-minus 5 days until the continuation of this ride.
Tentative plan is as follows:
Thurs - slab to Lone Pine
Fri - try the hard way to Bishop, even tho the latest report says it's still snowed in
Sat - Bishop to Benton, then NVBDR down to Beatty
Sun - Beatty to Lone Pine over Cerro Gordo
Mon - slab home
If you'd like to join for a day or three let me know.
Big bikes, little bikes, aggressive (and/or stupid) riders always welcome. Just be equipped to fix your bike when it breaks.
It's been said already, but we like your style. Short blurbs that make me laugh.
I don't need a ton of details, the pictures tell it well.
Great stuff!! Cant wait for more! You all have an ADVenture dialed in. Cheers!
Really looking forward to finding out how far you make it up Mazourka due to snow. Even if you have to turn around it's worth it. The first few miles is a wide gravel road but just after that it keeps getting better the further you go.
Part 2 begins now.
Traffic? What traffic? Thank god for lane splitting.
If I don't return avenge my death!
It was hot.
92-94f all thru the Inland Empire.
Maybe it will cool off above the Cajon Pass.
It did, but 89f is not cool enough.
5mm allen wrench to the rescue, bye bye windscreen.
Ahhh much better.
The flowers were blooming along the 395, but was trying to get to Lone Pine before sunset (and had just passed about a bazillion cars and trucks and didn't want to be 'that guy') so you don't get any flower photos.
You do get bug photos tho;
Had dinner at Seasons restaurant in Lone Pine, it was excellent. They also have Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA on tap.
Can't sleep, still on Vietnam time, so cleaning up that ride report a bit:
Send it? OK I'll go further.
Uh uh it's getting too narrow to turn the bike around
Found a spot to do an Austin Powers 40 point turn:
Got to Bishop early and tried to go up Silver Canyon.
I am NOT looking forward to going back down this... (photo taken on the way up)
If you don't hear from me by 8pm it means I'm under the bike.
Currently at 37.4108489, -118.2000630 and heading down.
EDIT - Made it down safely
At least it's pretty out:
12 miles or so - was still on the gravel 2 track when a group of 4 GSs came down the trail. They had made it to the ridgeline and had tried to push thru but they said there was 4 feet of snow on the other side of the ridge.
I turned around and headed back down with them.
Turns out I knew one of the GS guys, we met on a ride in AZ a couple of winters ago. Small world.
(EDIT - reordering photos)