California - The Adventure Republic

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by NSFW, Jul 24, 2012.

  1. headstaller

    headstaller Long timer Supporter

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2011
    Oddometer:
    1,349
    Location:
    Norco, CA
    Matt.... you are very modest describing my mishaps :lol3:photog
  2. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2007
    Oddometer:
    22,460
    Location:
    Burbank CA
    not too bad if you spend the night in a motel room. day time temperature is actually great.

    me too!

    i like when someone said........you're not riding hard enough if you don't crash.....:D
    SlowerThanYou likes this.
  3. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2007
    Oddometer:
    22,460
    Location:
    Burbank CA
    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.
    [​IMG]


    once the guys settled in, they immediately went to work
    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    afraid they might form a worker's union, i called troy to straighten them up
    [​IMG]



    [​IMG]



    the evening was windy and coooooold! no amount of firewood could keep us warm. we decided to go to bed by 9 pm.
    Little Bike, BiggieFalls and rjnutt like this.
  4. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2007
    Oddometer:
    22,460
    Location:
    Burbank CA
    next morning, no wind and perfect day for riding. view of the surrounding area.
    [​IMG]



    while we're having breakfast...breakD showed up
    [​IMG]



    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!
    [​IMG]



    all i have on my gopro, 2 stinky frames....i suck...:lol3
    [​IMG]



    though i am impressed by the clarity of the pictures.....:clap
    [​IMG]
    Little Bike, BiggieFalls and rjnutt like this.
  5. Todd157k

    Todd157k Long timer Supporter

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2012
    Oddometer:
    2,250
    Location:
    Ventura, CA
    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. :amazon
    SlowerThanYou and Greedyg76 like this.
  6. rider914

    rider914 Agnostic Adventurer Supporter

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2005
    Oddometer:
    3,518
    Location:
    Alta Loma, CA
    I may have left out a couple... just to be nice :augie

    Absolutely not :nono That would've been totally irresponsible :evil

    -M
    villageidiot likes this.
  7. rjnutt

    rjnutt Desert tortoise

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2008
    Oddometer:
    865
    Location:
    Washoe Valley, NV
    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

    [​IMG]

    and it only got worse....

    [​IMG]

    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!

    [​IMG]

    Chu modeling perfect form...

    [​IMG]

    until he wasn’t...

    [​IMG]

    Matt showin’ off
    [​IMG]

    Chu conquering a hill climb

    [​IMG]

    Matt once again.....showin’ off!

    [​IMG]
    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.

    [​IMG]

    Big friggin Yucca

    [​IMG]

    Tonka Town

    [​IMG]

    Thanks for letting me tag along.
    flying.moto, Bike Guy, NSFW and 3 others like this.
  8. Greedyg76

    Greedyg76 Certified Card Carrying A-hole

    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2013
    Oddometer:
    572
    Location:
    Alta Loma, CA
    Man, sorry I missed this one. :baldy Motorcycles on their sides? That's my kinda ride!:muutt
  9. KICKNBACK

    KICKNBACK Old enough to know better young enough not to care

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2012
    Oddometer:
    1,615
    Location:
    THE 949 Cancer Sucks!!!!!
    I'm sure you could have shown them a nOOb friendly short cut or two.:rofl
    Davethestick, NSFW and Greedyg76 like this.
  10. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2007
    Oddometer:
    22,460
    Location:
    Burbank CA
    Are those pictures for sale?

    We’ll pay king’s ransom.

    Hahaha.
  11. rider914

    rider914 Agnostic Adventurer Supporter

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2005
    Oddometer:
    3,518
    Location:
    Alta Loma, CA
    Really don't think they are worth much :dunno

    Fairly common occurrence :lol3

    Here's another one...
    [​IMG]

    :hide

    -M
    BiggieFalls and rjnutt like this.
  12. headstaller

    headstaller Long timer Supporter

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2011
    Oddometer:
    1,349
    Location:
    Norco, CA
  13. rider914

    rider914 Agnostic Adventurer Supporter

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2005
    Oddometer:
    3,518
    Location:
    Alta Loma, CA
    Hey hey hey! Still go one more day... Day 3 (saturday)

    Rise and shine everybody :D
    [​IMG]

    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 :nod

    Owl Canyon campground panorama
    [​IMG]

    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 :sick
    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 :snore

    We rolled out of camp and over to Copper City Road where another feature of the still morning air became apparent :augie

    Sometimes it's good to be the leader :evil
    [​IMG]

    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.
    [​IMG]

    Not a bad view of my sweet scoot either :raabia
    [​IMG]

    Heading back down...

    Robbie
    [​IMG]

    Bhavesh (in attack mode :pynd)
    [​IMG]

    Troy
    [​IMG]

    Continued...

    -M
    BiggieFalls and NSFW like this.
  14. rider914

    rider914 Agnostic Adventurer Supporter

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2005
    Oddometer:
    3,518
    Location:
    Alta Loma, CA
    Next up, we angled north a bit and dropped down into the canyons...
    [​IMG]

    ... eventually arriving at Wells Cabin
    [​IMG]

    This is a fairly well known local destination, with a couple guys there already and more folks rolling in/out every few minutes
    [​IMG]

    Inside has been cleaned up nicely since last I was here :nod Note collection of trail tools on the work bench :thumb
    [​IMG]

    In case you gotta take care of business
    [​IMG]

    Open stall, no waiting
    [​IMG]


    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 :nod See you next time :deal

    Continued...

    -M
    flying.moto, NSFW and BiggieFalls like this.
  15. rider914

    rider914 Agnostic Adventurer Supporter

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2005
    Oddometer:
    3,518
    Location:
    Alta Loma, CA
    That left Robbie, Alan, and I to roost around the desert :beer

    In all honesty, the improvised loop we followed was some of the best riding of the trip :nod
    [​IMG]

    Lots of fast, flowing, roller-coaster two-track :ricky
    [​IMG]

    Perfect for play racing with your buddies :wave
    [​IMG]

    Unfortunately, we also saw lots of fresh new red stakes :(
    [​IMG]

    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 :loco

    Didn't stop us from getting in some really good riding (which I am pretty sure was at least 99% legal :ilmostro )
    [​IMG]

    Continued...

    -M
    flying.moto, NSFW and BiggieFalls like this.
  16. rider914

    rider914 Agnostic Adventurer Supporter

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2005
    Oddometer:
    3,518
    Location:
    Alta Loma, CA
    Eventually worked our way around to Tonka Town
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
    (Supposedly this is a 'yoga' studio :rolleyes The Barstow Bunny Ranch is down the street :augie)

    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.
    [​IMG]

    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
    [​IMG]

    Still had a great time :beer
    Thanks to all who showed up :wave
    Looking forward to next year :deal

    -M
  17. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2007
    Oddometer:
    22,460
    Location:
    Burbank CA
    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.
  18. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2007
    Oddometer:
    22,460
    Location:
    Burbank CA
    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.

    https://www.blm.gov/visit/search-details/15172/1

    Bureau of Land Management
    Barstow Field Office
    2601 Barstow Rd.
    Barstow, CA 92311

    PHONE 760-252-6000
    EMAIL BLM_CA_Web_BA@blm.gov

    please contact them and express our gratitude. i will when the fed gov assumes normalcy.


    [​IMG]
  19. jnyrav

    jnyrav Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2008
    Oddometer:
    386
    Location:
    Newport Beach
    Glad I stumbled on this thread and see some familiar faces!
    NSFW likes this.
  20. martinvh

    martinvh n00b

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2018
    Oddometer:
    2
    Location:
    San Francisco
    Hi all,

    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.
    DonniBoi likes this.