California - The Adventure Republic

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

  1. aanichols

    aanichols Racer at heart

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    We starred riding the Mojave Rd years ago and after a couple times we started taking alternates. Matt knows the place better than I do, so that gave us a lot of flexibility during the ride.
  2. aanichols

    aanichols Racer at heart

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    Yeah, I always pack a couple utility beers next to my ICE’d Camelback. I might be a bad influence.....Matt had a carried a couple on the way home also....they sure taste good in the middle of the Mojave.
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  3. aanichols

    aanichols Racer at heart

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    Our routes definitely crossed paths.....we saw a few of your group on the dry lake before Sklar caught us near Ludlow. Sounds like you guys had a great ride also. The weather was just about as good as it gets......it was about the same at Panamint this last weekend, wonder how next weekend will be?
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  4. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    @rider914 knows his stuff. i always feel comfortable riding with Matt and has the right blend of difficulty level and fun at the same time.
  5. rider914

    rider914 Agnostic Adventurer Supporter

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    I gots mad skills yo :p3rry

    Awww.... thaks Joel :wave

    -M
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  6. rider914

    rider914 Agnostic Adventurer Supporter

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    So we rolled out of beautiful downtown Ludlow heading due east on the aptly named Ludlow Truck Trail.
    Basically ~100 miles of mostly pipeline road south of I40 running all the way to the border south of Needles.

    This would be a new route for both of us, but I had sketched it out on Mapsource as best I could :cromag

    Let's hope it works :pynd

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    We had thought this would be a fast route, making for an easy early arrival at Needles, but that turned out not to be the case.
    Even though a straight line on the map, much of the pipeline road was an up-n-down roller coaster, crossing multiple alluvial fans.
    Lots of short rocky climbs and descents (or sometimes bypasses) with sharp washouts at the bottom.
    Took us a little over an hour to cover the first ~30 miles to Kelbaker Rd., with still at least another 70 miles to go.

    Fortunately, the track was more well traveled east of Kelbaker and our average increased significantly :pynd

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    Just east of Rt66 (National Trails Hwy) is a railroad track with apparently no nearby crossing :dunno

    We scouted around for a suitable spot, then added some helpers to ease the effort.
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    Made it across just in time :knary
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    Immediately following was a long stretch of the deepest sand on the entire trip.
    Roughly 10 miles climbing out of this valley, and another 10 miles gliding down into the next.
    Standing, charging, and hard on the throttle all the way.

    Definitely a nice time to have the 690 hp :ricky

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    Finally, after over 80 miles of pipeline, we found our key intersection and turned NE towards Eagle Pass.

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    Rolled into Needles just after 4pm with shadows getting long.
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    Checked in to the motel, made a quick supply run :beer, ordered pizza for dinner :dukegirl, and set about properly relaxing after a great day in the deseert :jkam

    -M
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  7. BigDogRaven

    BigDogRaven Been here awhile

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    Great pics. Heading down a long, unknown, desolate road seems very adventurous. Well done gents.
  8. slogger

    slogger Been here awhile

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    That looked soooo fun!
  9. Norty01

    Norty01 Occupant

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    There's a harmonic vibration, centered at the shifter screw. It NEEDS to be lock-tited in place, or you'll lose it. Fairly quickly too.
    There's another harmonic area at the exhaust end can junction, but that's for another time.
  10. 2on2off

    2on2off Head'n somewhere new

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    Took a ride out to the Mojave Desert Spangler Hills area last Friday and was able to see my good friends memorial for the first time. I have many great memories of him and the family rides we did for over 17 years in the desert. This memorial is at the top of what we call "A" Mountain. We started referring to it this way about 25 years ago.

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  11. HBSURFDAD

    HBSURFDAD Oops, Sorry Supporter

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    I had to safety wire the shifter nut on my 701, and I am on my third Spark arrestor!!!
  12. ntsqd

    ntsqd I get a title?

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    A small PSA, I just learned that PSR is having a tough time paying for their generators. I guess that the increase in people dispersed camping isn't offsetting the reduction in DV tourists passing thru. Speculation is that if the bank repossesses them that PSR probably can't recover and will be gone. Finding Sierra-Nevada seasonals (Celebration, Bigfoot, etc.) outside of Butte County is a rare enough thing. Finding them at PSR was a mind-blower. I know that I keep them in mind any time that I'm the greater area as a food and fuel stop.

    https://www.gofundme.com/f/keep-the-lights-on-at-panamint-springs-resort
  13. rider914

    rider914 Agnostic Adventurer Supporter

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    Pics from the Sunday (11/15) ride home ...

    Packed up and ready to roll :pynd
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    Heading north out of Needles on the Needles Hwy
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    Chilly morning, but clear and calm :ricky
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    Made a quick stop at Avi for some NV fuel, then a photo-op at The River...
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    ... then time to hit the Ol' Mojave Road
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    Crossing back into CA
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    We opted to follow the smoother (and faster) service road that runs parallel and just south of the official OMR
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    Sandy section approaching Piute Pass
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    Four BRP's passed us just over the top of the pass :wave
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    Good time for a pit stop and let the dust clear
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    Crossed Lanfair rd and speeding west on Cedar Cyn
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    Left turn at Black Cyn, right turn on Wild Horse Rd, quick loop thru Mid Hills campground (remote, but nice)...

    ... then another right a Macedonia Cyn
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    Nice ~6 miles stretch of mostly unimproved two-track :ricky
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    Sneaking under the RR bridge just before KelsoCima Rd
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    Quick ~8 miles down the road to Kelso and time for break :beer
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    Bummer to see the depot closed up and ribboned off :(
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    We were at Kelso for a little over half an hour, figuring out which way to go from there :cromag
    Couple dozen cars pulled in during that time, mostly travelers stopping by to use the bathroom facilities (open) :thumb
    We saw maybe one or two CA plates. All others were from across the nation, including one from Hawaii :eek7

    Continued...

    -M
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  14. rider914

    rider914 Agnostic Adventurer Supporter

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    Continued...

    We decided to buzz south on KelBaker for a few miles, then pick up a powerline road south of the dunes
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    There it is :pynd
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    Some parts were sandy ... and fast
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    Other parts were packed ... and fast
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    We made pretty good time on the 30+ mile run back to Ludlow :ricky
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    Even with a few stops to pose for pics
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    Seems like we were just here :scratch
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    Leaving Ludlow and I wanted to try a new-to-me route back to Lucerne Valley.

    Basically another pipeline road angling south of I40 to Kane Wash / Troy Rd
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    Overall not too bad, but several rocky, choppy, or silty bits to keep you on your toes
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    Alan cruising one of the relaxing bits :jkam
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    Kane Wash had some scenery, but also increased OHV presence
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    Got mixed into the mass exodus of weekend warriors while approaching Lucerned Valley. Haven't sucked that much dust in years :puke1

    Made one final stop in the hills above Hesperia to ad a layer (it was getting cold) before the final push home.
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    (Also discovered a few bits that were shaking loose on my vibey 690 :bluduh)

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    (Al can share some drama if he chooses :D)

    Home safe and sound after a ~500 miles weekend :thumb
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    -M
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  15. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    great to see the word is getting around........:thumb

    https://advrider.com/f/threads/panamint-springs-needs-our-help.1478580/
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  16. ntsqd

    ntsqd I get a title?

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    You FF's have ruined me. I'm reading about the Cornell Fire in the Santa Clara riverbed and the Ventura County Fire Dept refers to their fire-fighters as "FF"'s in their updates. You might imagine how that sounds in my head......
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  17. Marcus I.

    Marcus I. The virtual world can't compete

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    Headed out to DV for the first time out of L.A. tomorrow. Will sweep by PSR and likely van camp for a couple of days. Already donated just based on all the great inmates comments. Can’t let their treasured oasis go down before I get a chance to enjoy it!
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  18. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    haha...what! we are the original FFs but no worry we can share.....PP is still mine, all mine...:rofl

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    thanks and hope you had a great time riding.

    as always...no pics or it didn't happen....:D
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  19. pprO.R.A.

    pprO.R.A. Hipster Dufass

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    OK, I have searched a bit, uselessly,, and have a Noob question ?? What does "PYYPP" mean ?
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  20. joefromsf

    joefromsf Dark Happens Supporter

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    Same as "FYYFF".
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