California - The Adventure Republic

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

  1. WRC51

    WRC51 Long timer

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    I always check out the Adventure Republic thread when I log in, one of my favorites. NSFW is that your Sprinter, if so do you haul your bike in/on it to get to some spots? I plan on using ours this coming year as a base on some long term campouts in Nor-Cal and Southern Oregon. Trying to sell the old BMW, looking at getting another Dirt bomber:D IMG_1174.JPG
  2. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    i always haul it inside since it's more secure, stability and theft-wise. besides, the high-roof makes it easy to load/unload. i used to sleep inside with the bike next to me until someone told me he smells gas fume, which is a silent killer. worries me, so even while driving, i keep my windows partially open.

    i have a similar hauler like yours, used it when i had my pickup truck. just have to set it up on the sprinter if bringing a small bike. makes loading a lot easy when van is parked next to the sidewalk.

    the van is great to have due to its practicality, but after the noobs rally, i will sell the van since there's no more need for it while i'm gone away traveling.
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  3. 2on2off

    2on2off Head'n somewhere new

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    Rode one of my favorite 290 mile loops last Sunday to highway 198 to Peach Tree to Indian Valley to roads N/E of Paso Robles to McMillan Canyon past Chapel Hill to Parkfield for a Quake Burger. Then north on Parkfield Coalinga road to 198 East and back home. Great scenery and some amazing roads with a little bit of dirt roads to keep it interesting. (Word for the wise: don’t ride the dirt section when wet because it is clay)

    You can ride to a different destination and do a different loop every weekend in California and see something different for a year and rarely cross your tracks. I love being able to ride all year.

    It was 40 degrees and foggy when I left home but after only 50 miles it all cleared up and the weather was great and the temps mild the rest of the day.

    Found some new to me roads N/E of Paso Robles and there are still more I want to explore the next time I'm riding in that area.

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  4. 2on2off

    2on2off Head'n somewhere new

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    Here is a map of my route:

    These hills will be bright green with lots of wild flowers blooming in a month or two which is an ideal time of year to ride this area.

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  5. Todd157k

    Todd157k Long timer Supporter

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    How was that aroma around I5? :imaposer

    :topes :pope

    Actually looks like a heck of a ride!
  6. rider914

    rider914 Agnostic Adventurer Supporter

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    How about some more pics from the post X-mas ride :deal

    (Sorry Joel :hide No good excuse for taking so long :nah)

    Saturday morning sunrise at camp
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    Ready to ride :thumb
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    NSFW, Spank, Rustler, scarysharkface, and TrashBird

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    While the rest of the group took the main roads, Spank and I took a powerline shortcut towards Copper City :ricky
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    It was fun until we ran into some nasty sticky clay mud. Quickly built up on the tires and brought my bike to a halt. Almost tore the front fork guards off :eekers
    Spent some time digging it out before any damage done, and then pushed on with mud clods flyin' everywhere :zilla

    Regrouping on Copper City Rd
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    There was snow from around the 3800' level and over the top
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    Winter wonderland :nod
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    Plan had been to hit Tonka Town and maybe head farther out towards Superior Valley, but the sloppy slushy muddy ruts were a bit much for some...
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    ... so we turned back in search of some dryer routes :thumb
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    On our way towards Calico
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    NSFW (Joel)
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    Sorry, somehow I missed Spank (John) :dunno

    Arriving at pavement...
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    ... next stop Calico :thumb

    (Continued...)

    -M
  7. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    Matt. Thanks for adding your report. It’s always nice to see the pics from another perspective. Of course you covered more dirt than all of us and many of those we didn’t get to.
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  8. 2on2off

    2on2off Head'n somewhere new

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    Riding past the Harris feed lot makes me want to stay away from beef!!! The cattle grazing near Parkfield were a much more pleasant sight to be sure.
  9. rider914

    rider914 Agnostic Adventurer Supporter

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    Slacker checking in with more pics from the X-mas ride :wave

    So we burned a little pavement getting over to Calico...
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    ... where Joel @NSFW couldn't resist posing with the mascot miner '49er
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    Heading up Mule Canyon, Ben @TrashBird had his 5th and final dirt nap of the day (I missed all of them :bluduh) and decided to head back to camp. John @scarysharkface followed suit a short time later. That left Joel, Russ @Rustler , and the other John @Spank to follow me on a short loop thru the hills.

    Somehow, I convinced the guys to try going up E. Phillips Canyon :evil
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    Everyone did great :clap
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    Awesome overlook above the junction of E. and W. Phillips
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    At some point we took a loose little descent into Doran Canyon :eekers
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    John kept it under control all the way down :thumb


    We made our way up to Tin Can Alley and looped back around to the top end of Mule Canyon


    Down thru the mud hills...
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    ... and out to Yermo for lunch at Peggy Sue's :dukegirl
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    (Looks like I didn't get any food pics... Sorry Joel :hide)

    Continued...

    -M
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  10. rider914

    rider914 Agnostic Adventurer Supporter

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    Appetites satisfied (and then some), it was time to head back towards camp :pynd
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    I happen to think this stretch across the dez was one of the funnest parts of the weekend :nod
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    Made it back to camp with just enough time before sunset to take care of some unplanned bike maintenance and repair work :rolleyes

    Then settle down for another fine evening around the fire :kumbaya
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    -M
  11. rider914

    rider914 Agnostic Adventurer Supporter

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    A few more pics from the last half day at Owl Camp...
    While Joel and the others practiced skills near the campground :muutt...

    ... @Spank and I set out to explore some trails wandering thru the Waterman Hills
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    Beautiful day :nod ... nice temperatures and little wind :brow
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    We zig-zagged around and eventually made our way over to the towers on the highest peak (~3,300').
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    More trails on the way back to camp :ricky


    Then it was time to pack up, say g'bye to new friends :wave, and hit the road home :pynd
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    Looking forward to next time :deal

    -M
  12. bigtodd

    bigtodd Hi, wanna ride?

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    While most of Southern CA was under a storm watch this Sunday, severe low pressure with high winds and rain, I noticed all the weather models showing the High Dez not really being affected and I had a free day. Left the beach at zero dark thirty under ominous skies. My hopes of an epic day were almost dashed by a duo of CHP cruisers running a slow speed traffic escort going up Cajon Pass. The traffic warning signs all indicating low visibility and icy conditions. All worked out well and I was unloaded and riding by 8:30. Turned out to be an epic day of exploring smooth, flowing two track.

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    Took a little detour out to the Husky Monument
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    The Dez is super green out there.
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    Stopped at the General Store in Randsburg for a breakfast burrito and coffee and was back to the truck around 1:00 just as it was starting to get very windy, 120 miles completed. Home by 3:00 but had to wait for it to stop raining to unload.

    :ricky
  13. 2on2off

    2on2off Head'n somewhere new

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    A stop at the Husky Monument is always a good idea. :clap:clap
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  14. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    thanks Matt for adding a more interesting ride on the last day.

    i've been so busy to post up as you can see
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  15. rider914

    rider914 Agnostic Adventurer Supporter

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    @NSFW Joel - Looks like you are setting the 'interesting ride' bar higher than I can reach :bow

    What... no ATGATT in that part o the world? :dirtdog

    -M
  16. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    nice one BT. the SE continues to prowl the dez. glad to see winter is a riding season.
  17. ntsqd

    ntsqd I get a title?

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    I know that this particular RR is now 4 years old, but I'm not yet caught up with the thread. Calico is where I learned to drive off-road and I've been going there since the middle 1980's. Along the way I've learned a few things about the area.

    That large rock in the pic below is called "Camp Rock", the same Camp Rock that the road down in Lucerne Valley is named for. Look at an old map that pre-dates the superslabs and you'll see how it all fits together. The rock got named that because in the days of the 20 Mule Team Borax trains that rock was where the mule train had their first noon stop (in the shade) while heading for the railroad at Mojave, CA. Which is why it is "Mule Cyn Rd." as well. The original Borax mine is still private property (owned by the original family last known to be residing in Santa Barbara, CA) and is a short distance past where you turned left off Mule Canyon Rd. to head over to the locked gate. The open pit mine at Boron is or was part of the same company. The three wheeled steam tractor "Dinah" in front of the Furnace Creek store never operated in DV. When it did work, which was apparently rare, it started in the Calico's and was headed for Mojave.

    BTW, I have never, ever seen that radio tower road gate open or unlocked.

    Tom's Welding is one to keep in mind. Tom is the guy who can weld a coyote's arse to a palm tree. He got one of our broken pre-run trucks operating again, and at a reasonable price considering that it was a Saturday afternoon.
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  18. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    thanks M.

    worst case i will end up in a rice paddy
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    in the boonies, met a NZ transplant living with the farmers
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  19. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    one of the primitive roads leading to a fishing village soon will be paved

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  20. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    Matt. You're a lot younger than many of us. You can make it happen, the world can be your oyster. I have a RR title for you, "the return of the 950 Adventure"

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