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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    I've been to Alabama many times, and it looks nothing like this:

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    Not sure what the actual name of this mine this is. It's at 36.650283, -118.124747, just east of the CABDR route if you want to check it out.

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  2. mb300

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    Saw 42 deer over on the west side of the 395:

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    Also lots of flowers:

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    Next time I come thru here I'm going to tie a leash to the bumper:

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    Saw several chipmunks and one concrete mouse:

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  3. mb300

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    More photos from Friday Lone Pine - Bishop:

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    Lunch was in Big Pine at Country Kitchen - the onion rings were really good.

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    Dinner was in Bishop at Mountain Rambler Brewery, great food and pretty good craft beers too.

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    Good stuff... love that area of the Sierra Nevadas...
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  7. mb300

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  10. Addapost

    Addapost Been here awhile

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    Great report, thanks for sharing. I'm in Massachusetts but my wife has family in Lone Pine. That entire stretch of Owens Valley from LP to Bishop is spectacular, man I'm love to ride there.
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  11. mb300

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    *** For a "real time" ride report I've sure screwed this one up -- I'm restarting the report at Day 3 below ****


    Day 3 (or Day 7 depending on how you're counting):

    Bishop to Benton on the CABDR, slab over to Tonopah, then take the NVBDR south to Beatty.

    The day started in the best way possible - with a chorizo burrito from El Ranchito:

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    Bishop to Benton is pretty uneventful on the CABDR, but at least there was a rock snake:

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    Also a section of red rock:

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    CABDR Finished:

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    I reinstalled my windscreen and hit the road to Tonopah, 81 miles of slab.

    There was rain to the north as I was rolling in, but it looked good to the south.

    Refueled in Tonopah and went to the Mining Museum. Was taking my gear off when I felt sprinkles and saw that showers were starting to appear in pretty much every direction.

    I was really looking forward to going to the museum, but decided to haul ass south to Goldfield to escape the rain.

    Museum info:
    http://www.tonopahnevada.com/mining-park/

    https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attract...opah_Historic_Mining_Park-Tonopah_Nevada.html

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    Made it to Goldfield and checked out the car art:

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    The old schoolhouse:

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    The NVBDR route takes you right thru an awesome mining area:

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    The rain is catching back up to me, time to head further south:

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    After a few miles of slab the NVBDR heads southwest thru the desert and then reaches some mountains.

    The ride gets AWESOME at this point.

    Unfortunately (for me) it also gets cold and intermittently rainy at this point, so there aren't a lot of photos.

    Heading into the rain:

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    Some random cabin:

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    Hmm the road is washed out, maybe I should walk it before dropping in:

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    Good thing I walked it first, there is a 4+ foot dropoff:

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    Worked my way around the dropoff and continued. Obstacle:

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    Went around the boulder, down the wash until it became a road again, then blasted to Gold Point:

    https://travelnevada.com/discover/26193/gold-point-ghost-town

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    Gold Point was full of great junk to look at, but it was past 5pm already and there were a lot of miles to go before Beatty. Had to stop and photo this monster air compressor tho:

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    Continuing southeast from Gold Point I came across a sign that was difficult to read as I passed by it:

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    It was so difficult to read that I decided to stop and read it, but didn't pay attention to where I was stopping (on the center hump between the 2-tracks) and ended up putting my foot out into thin air and had a 0mph dump. Fail.

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    The rear wheel was still on the center hump (it's only 2 or 3 inches taller), but it was enough to keep me from being able to easily lift the bike back up. I had to drag it around 90 degrees so the front wheel was in the left track and rear wheel was in the right track. Then it lifted back up easily enough. Stupid mistake on my part.

    Got going again and continued on to the Hard Luck Mine Castle:

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    https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/25/photos-inside-doomsday-prepper-castle-in-the-nevada-desert.html

    It's for sale for $900k if you really don't like people.

    Here's another good article with a bunch of photos:
    https://strayngerranger.com/hard-luck-mine-castle/




    Another oddity along the way was this trailer turned into a shrine:

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    It was overcast, the clock didn't work:

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  13. mb300

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    From there the road got straight and flat for a long long stretch (more than an hour):

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    There was a lightning storm to the southeast. I took about a million photos but never caught an actual lightning strike (using a cell phone camera, no time lapse ability).

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    After an hour the road got more interesting- it curved a little:

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    Green desert in every direction:

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    Made it to the Atomic Inn right after sunset (full disclosure - photo is from the next morning)

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    Penguins?

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    For future reference, here are my thoughts on this section of the NVBDR:
    1) Set aside at least an hour for the Mining Museum in Tonopah
    2) Set aside 1/2 hour to poke around Goldfield
    3) Set aside 1/2 hour to poke around Gold Point
    4) If you bypass the straight section between Bonnie Claire and Beatty you'll save about 30 minutes

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    Washout location detail (west of Gold Point):

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    Here's the secret... shoot video, then use a frame grab app to find and grab a still frame containing lightening. Done. I use the 'SnapStill' app.
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    Someone is abating asbestos from an old stove and flue. The plastic is a containment to keep the fibers from escaping.
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    Day 4 - Beatty to Lone Pine kinda on the CABDR, but with some extra credit sections.

    Having just given Wafer (my GF) the Death Valley tour last October (including Hunter Mtn, Teakettle, Racetrack, Lippencott) there was no point in doing the exact CABDR route.

    I have never been up to Eureka dunes, so this time I packed an extra gallon of fuel in my GhettoPax and hit the road:

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    The gate was open at the train station so you get a photo from inside the fence:

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    Also the bottle house:

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    What's with the penguins this trip?

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    Obligatory Titus Canyon photos:

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    It was 65 degrees at the entrance to Titus, and 85 degrees at the exit. Also it was crazy windy:

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    Cactus in bloom:

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    Stopped and helped a couple drop the spare tire down from their Silverado.

    If you are not familiar with the infamous GM spare tire latch, I'll let this guy wearing a dale earnhardt jacket explain in detail:



    (If you didn't just watch this video, go back and watch it for just a couple of minutes, it's hilarious)
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    Funniest, but best instructional thing I've watched in a while :jack

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    I didn't watch the video...until I scrolled down and saw your comment saying I should really watch the video... I did watch a few minutes :) Not sure it needed to be 24 minutes long
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    (Day 4 - Beatty to Lone Pine via Eureka Dunes Continued)

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    The guy who left this differential clearly works behind the counter at Autozone.

    "The computer says this is the right part number, so it must be a crankshaft"

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    The view looking east towards Nevada. The NVBDR travels thru that far mountain range.

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    90 degree valve stem:

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    Rocks and more rocks:

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    The view southwest towards Eureka valley.

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    I don't know why there are giant sand dunes here. I'm not a geologist. Geology requires years of study and field work and commitment.

    I don't have the patience for that, so I'll declare myself to be a philosopher instead. Philosophy requires 2 things: jack and shit. I'm perfectly qualified to be a philosopher.

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    There is a big pile of sand here because this is a good place for it to be. -Mitch



    Stripey rocks. See above explanation for details.

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    Fun stuff:

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    The view southwest towards Saline Valley Warm Springs:

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    (Day 4 - Beatty to Lone Pine via Eureka Dunes Continued)

    Taking a break for Easter Dinner.

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    The pringles got pulverized into powder:

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    Q: How am I going to hold the lid on so I don't get crumbs all over my top box?
    A: I Held it on.

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    Looking north from 36.566808, -117.605381 over Saline Valley:

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    Looking southwest from 36.524155, -117.546978 over Panamint Valley:

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    Hey look, it's raining right over Cerro Gordo. I can't win.

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    From the top of Cerro Gordo looking back the way I came up (northeast-ish I think):

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