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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by NSFW, Jul 24, 2012.
Matt.... you are very modest describing my mishaps
not too bad if you spend the night in a motel room. day time temperature is actually great.
i like when someone said........you're not riding hard enough if you don't crash.....
made it back to camp with no more drama, while the rest went to see rainbow basin. while waiting for them to return, i prepped up dinner.
once the guys settled in, they immediately went to work
afraid they might form a worker's union, i called troy to straighten them up
the evening was windy and coooooold! no amount of firewood could keep us warm. we decided to go to bed by 9 pm.
next morning, no wind and perfect day for riding. view of the surrounding area.
while we're having breakfast...breakD showed up
felt sore, legs and shoulders i could barely move. decided to stay in camp, relax and learn how to use my gopro.
glad to see these guys still have a lot of energy!
all i have on my gopro, 2 stinky frames....i suck...
though i am impressed by the clarity of the pictures.....
The RRs of this ride are just killin me. Specially when I see the rocky canyons and hill climbs to play in.
and no Matt... you and I would NOT have been sideways/side-by-side on those flat stretched out roads.. no.. not us.
I may have left out a couple... just to be nice
Absolutely not That would've been totally irresponsible
Saw the planning for this ride while I was lurking on th L.A. thread and thought I would give it a go. Obtained permission from the embassy and got my CA travel visa in order....
Kinda frosty heading out Thursday morning
and it only got worse....
Rolled into the Owl Canyon CG 6.5 hours later to find Chuck and Chu anxiously awaiting the arrival of Joel...it would prove to be a bit of a wait. Mike, Troy and Matt were somewhere in the bowels of the Mojave. Once the Mojave spit the Three Amigos out we made plans for dinner, still no Joel. Nearly overcome with hunger and hypothermia we made the arduous 10 mile drive to Barstow and the crew was complete. I guess once Joe heard dinner he firewalled the Sprinter....
Full of Italian food we returned to the CG, made a fire, complained about the wind and went to bed. Woke up Friday morning to cold and windy conditions and headed out for a ride at the crack of 10....
The ride has been covered pretty well by Matt and Joel so I will just throw in a couple pics.
Joel making the rock pile his bitch!
Chu modeling perfect form...
until he wasn’t...
Matt showin’ off
Chu conquering a hill climb
Matt once again.....showin’ off!
That’s it for day one. The rest are either of the inside of my pocket or have a fat finger blocking most of the frame!!
Mike/Migilito went home Friday morning with some sort of ailment. Troy offered to let me take mig’s bed at the California Inn. I warned him about my snoring and he apparently thought I was exagerating. Any way we showed up at the CG at the crack of 9 Saturday morn...me well rested, Troy not so much!
Had a good ride...
My Italian Mistress in all her beauty.
Big friggin Yucca
Thanks for letting me tag along.
Man, sorry I missed this one. Motorcycles on their sides? That's my kinda ride!
I'm sure you could have shown them a nOOb friendly short cut or two.
Are those pictures for sale?
We’ll pay king’s ransom.
Really don't think they are worth much
Fairly common occurrence
Here's another one...
Hey hey hey! Still go one more day... Day 3 (saturday)
Rise and shine everybody
Well... actually... it was only Joel and I in camp this morning. Everybody else had either gone home or stayed in a hotel in Barstow. Too bad for them because last night was quiet (no wind) and the morning was beautiful. Even though the temperature was a few degrees colder than yesterday, the lack of wind mad it feel warmer and it was a pleasure to go for a walk before sunrise
Owl Canyon campground panorama
With a few departures last night and a new arrival this morning, we had yet another combination of riders...
Started out with five in our group today... Robbie (rjnutt), Alan (aanichols), Troy (HBSURFDAD), Bhavesh (breakdirt916), and myself.
Absent from the group was Joel, still feeling tired and a little sore from yesterday
He decided to hang out at camp and play with his GoPro (is that what they call it?), but I think all he did was take a long nap
We rolled out of camp and over to Copper City Road where another feature of the still morning air became apparent
Sometimes it's good to be the leader
After dodging traffic thru the toyhauler villages, we angled east towards our first target of the day.
An easy ride up Lane Mtn offers great views of the surrounding desert.
Not a bad view of my sweet scoot either
Heading back down...
Bhavesh (in attack mode )
Next up, we angled north a bit and dropped down into the canyons...
... eventually arriving at Wells Cabin
This is a fairly well known local destination, with a couple guys there already and more folks rolling in/out every few minutes
Inside has been cleaned up nicely since last I was here Note collection of trail tools on the work bench
In case you gotta take care of business
Open stall, no waiting
At this point, Troy mentioned that he just wasn't feeling it today and would be heading back to camp. A couple close calls (and other signs) on the way in were telling him to back off and play it safe. Bhavesh volunteered to hang with Troy, since he was just shaking down the 2-smoke before bigger rides in the next few days.
Always great riding with you guys See you next time
That left Robbie, Alan, and I to roost around the desert
In all honesty, the improvised loop we followed was some of the best riding of the trip
Lots of fast, flowing, roller-coaster two-track
Perfect for play racing with your buddies
Unfortunately, we also saw lots of fresh new red stakes
Many were on routes that were obviously long established and (still) well traveled. I think some were intended to keep ohv traffic back a miles or so from the expanding military (Ft Irwin) boundary... A virtual boundary beyond the boundary. Others just didn't make any sense at all
Didn't stop us from getting in some really good riding (which I am pretty sure was at least 99% legal )
Eventually worked our way around to Tonka Town
(Supposedly this is a 'yoga' studio The Barstow Bunny Ranch is down the street )
While some of the individual displays are still tidy and cute, the overall area is a mess. Apparently, many of the folks who visit (weekend warriors?) can't be bothered to haul away their own garbage. Beer cans, water bottles, and general trash all over the place and inevitably spreading. This place is in desperate need of a serious cleanup day.
Already approaching 2pm, so we decided to head back to camp and see how everyone was doing.
A little playtime in the mud hills along the way.
Turns out, what pretty much everyone was doing was heading home. New Years, family, and other commitments were calling.
I think (hope) Joel wanted to stay another night, but his XR was having fuel (draining on the ground) issues so he wouldn't be riding anymore anyhow.
Nothing to do but pack up and hit the road
Still had a great time
Thanks to all who showed up
Looking forward to next year
thank you Matt for sharing your version of the trip. the desert may be unattractive to many, however for us, it's a great place to enjoy winter and an open place to escape.
yeah, i would have stayed for another day, don't really have any good reason to get back into the holiday madness and excess living.
we could have gone shooting....save the precious ammo for next time.
i was sore for 3 days...a reminder that i need to shape up.
before this thread goes buried again, i would like to express my gratitude to the BLM people for their action to leave Owl Canyon Campground and Rainbow Basin accessible by the public and keeping the bathrooms very clean and stocked with TP. believe me, i can sleep inside the bathroom when the wind was blowing hard. nothing repulsive.
thinking about the it, easier for them just to lock up the 2 places due to the Federal Shutdown, but good people don't do that. sorry that they have to stay home and lost their pay.
Bureau of Land Management
Barstow Field Office
2601 Barstow Rd.
Barstow, CA 92311
please contact them and express our gratitude. i will when the fed gov assumes normalcy.
Glad I stumbled on this thread and see some familiar faces!
If been reading through this thread and your experiences look amazing.
I am based in San Francisco and totally new to adventure riding. I’ve been riding motorbikes most of my live, but recently added a 2005 R1200GS to my ‘stable’ (that also includes a early 70’s Scrambler style airhead). I’ve been doing some dirt riding when I was a teenager back home in Holland, but those bikes were about 1/3 of the weight of the GS.
I am looking for a rider who can take me on my first adventure day trip in a California. Again, experienced rider but no ‘adventure’ experience on a heavy bike. My ultimate goal with the GS is to go on a solo or group ride to Patagonia.