Chillis rolls out of Vegas

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Chillis, Feb 29, 2020.

  1. danh600

    danh600 Long timer Supporter

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    No I rode into their FL show room.

    Actually I have to take some of the blame on this one. I checked my receipt and the shipping address is wrong on the receipt. I should have caught that!! Salesman entered it wrong, but I should have verified it before finalizing the sale.

    I do have to say my email to customer service remains unanswered.

    Talked to the UPS guy yesterday and he said no problem. Cause the address is so close he thinks they will catch it and still deliver it on Thursday.



    Back to your regular scheduled program of buying, selling and riding bikes!!!:rofl
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  2. DneprMT-11

    DneprMT-11 cootzie's fuzzy cuddle muffin

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    How do you fit a tent on that?
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  3. Chillis

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    Damn good question!

    I only ever do day rides and have camped in a tent once in my life. That is why I take these monster 600+ mile day rides. I usually have to be home for work everyday.
  4. DneprMT-11

    DneprMT-11 cootzie's fuzzy cuddle muffin

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    I sincerely apologize, my old fat fingers took me places with this tablet I didn't mean to go to. Nice friggin sled though.:lol2
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  5. Chillis

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    Death Valley in the summer... It ain't cool!
  6. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    Today has been no joke!

    I'm more than half way through but it is still going to be a long run and hot!

    After these two pics were taken I was getting gas at Olancha which is a few minutes from where the earthquake originated. Lake Owens to be exact. Pulled into the gas station and the huge canopy over the pumps and the cars that were parked started rocking!

    I quickly pushed my bike back out from underneath the swaying canopy until things mellowed down.

    Also saw two fighter jets headed to Death Valley to do their canyon running.

    More later.

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  7. black 8

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    D@mn Brian... the wife told me there was a reported earthquake earlier today with a 5.8 magnitude over in Lone Pine...

    I bet it put a little extra adventure on your run today... glad you’re OK...
  8. Chillis

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    Finally home and a blister on my toe from the shifter to show for it.

    That is up there with the toughest rides I've done. Mix in very high temperatures to get to and from the Sierras, plus a couple hundred miles of twisty road riding, no bathrooms being open, and gas few and far between on the mountains; you get one heck of a ride.

    I'm pretty sure Death Valley was hotter coming through at 10:30pm than it was at 9:30am and you saw the temp in the pic above.

    Where were we?

    After the earthquake I topped off and made way for 9 Mile Canyon Road. Quick stop looking for petroglyphs only yielded graffiti and an abandoned cabin.

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    Didn't bother looking or taking pictures of the graffiti on the rock formations.

    Also saw a Roadrunner just sitting on a wooden fence watching me watching it. Pretty funny since those birds rarely sit still.

    Onwards to 9 Mile Canyon and into the Sierras.

    Forgot to mention I've restarted the keto diet and it is downright brutal when your body is switching over as you run out of glucose. Keto flu they call it. I'm adding insult to injury by doing a huge ride while starving my body of energy through blistering hot temperatures.

    My head is a little out of it and my body isn't happy most of the day either. When I eat just a burger patty, cheese, and bacon, it isn't worthy of a picture. It was at a place called Grumpy Bear's Retreat. It was good.

    We're railing corners and looking for turnouts to explore. I see a sign for Jackass Meadow. Hey, that's me! Let's go.

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    Didn't find the meadow as there was a lack of signage but abundance of forest roads. Didn't feel like getting lost(we'll get there later). Tires were all over the place since I'd over inflated them so at this stop I used a stick to let some air out and they started tracking well in the dirt.

    Back on the road I start picking up the pace. Passed a guy going to do some woods riding on an EXC KTM(I think). Stopped at an overlook I'd ridden my Roadliner to years ago.

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  9. Chillis

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    Back on the road I'm making my way towards the Kern River to head north. I see a 4x4 trail and decide to go for it. The tires are doing good and the trail is pretty fun. I go until my comfort level is checked on a steep curve. Too far from home and I'm not going to chance it.

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    Back down to the road we go. Dodging cow excrement that must pour out of trailers going up and down the mountain, my next stop is at the Kern River.

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    Could have hung out here all day with the hotties in bikinis at the river!

    The show must go on. I'm looking for fuel and it is few and far between in the mountains so I just keep going until I get to a town that is supposed to have it. Camp Nelson. An awesome little town tucked into a hillside and their fuel is just the same. Very discreetly tucked behind their general store. They better be open or you are SOL on fuel.

    Got fuel and hung out for a while because the locals kept chatting. It was fun. Everybody was mostly retired and it being a tiny community they wanted to shoot the breeze.

    I could live there. The trees, quaint homes on a rugged tree filled hillside. Wanted to get pics but people were strewn about and I try not to take pics of people.

    The road to Camp Nelson, the 190, is like Tail of the Dragon. You are constantly on the sides of your tires. The Husky is slaying it, too. Leaned over, on the brakes. Stuff it into a tightening apex and rip that throttle to stand it back up out of the corners. My front tire had wear edge to edge. Rear is too far rolled over to get full edge wear.

    With fuel I could finally go back and see the Sequoia trees without fuel anxiety.

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    Played with a few pictures and almost road the bike into the tree on the right but rode to the entrance and turned around.

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  10. klaviator

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    Where the pics? :dirtdog
  11. Chillis

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    Now we head home. With a curve ball or two.

    First, I stop back by the bridge at Kern River because there is a one way drive I hadn't taken before.

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    The water looks so inviting since I'd been sauteing in sweat all day. No time for that though so I climb Sherman Pass.

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    Having spotted and deciding against a steep climb earlier on a 4x4 route(different one) I stopped and eyed it again.

    This time with judgement becoming more blurred with everything I've put myself through, we go for it.

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    I was so impressed with how the tires and the 701 got up this hill that I did a quick video.



    I figured I'd try and take the trail up over the mountain and to the other side. No clue if it was possible other than I saw the trail name on the other side.

    All was going well climbing up until getting to Sherman Peak and not being able to go and further.

    Part way up:

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    Sherman Peak:

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  12. Chillis

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    Decision time. Head back the way I came or try to find an exit on the other side of this mountain.

    I go for the press.

    Working my way through rocky Jeep trail. No pics. Sun is fading and I need to be out of here. Best description, Return of the Jedi, Endor, where the Ewoks live. Beautiful scenery.

    Back to 9 Mile Canyon as I'm hauling you know what:

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    Pretty uneventful, if a bit painful the rest of the way back.

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    Starting mileage was 1729. Ending mileage:

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  13. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    I can't do that type of thing. Damn conscience!
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    Wow!!! I can’t even imagine an 800 mile trip like that on that bike!! You slay.

    I was sorta trying to follow you route on the map but had trouble filling in the gaps.

    Nice ride!!!
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  15. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    The main navigational points are listed in the pic.

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    I came back a little bit different of a route with the off-road action, checking out Little Lake, and then Death Valley being so hot I took the high ground to Beatty and then cut back along 127 to DV Junction to Pahrump.
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    Also google 'Trail of 100 Giants'.
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    I am experiencing saddle sore reading your RR.
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  18. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    The last few hours of the ride I was thinking to myself, F' this! I'm selling this thing when I get home.
  19. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    Got a new appreciation for nature last night.

    I'm back on the keto diet and you pee a lot! Between Death Valley Junction and Pahrump my bladder starts yelling so I find a spot where I'm not going to be obvious on main road.

    Doing my thing and this little bastard catches my eye because it is coming close to me and the bike.

    Get a closer look with the headlight and it is a damn sidewinder! It keeps coming towards the bike/myself.

    Kicked some rocks at it and the thing charges at me!

    Finally the thing changed direction and went around the bike instead of at me and then the bike.

    Wasn't aware that snakes would come after you unless it was one big enough to eat you.

  20. motocopter

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    I knew that bridge was looking familiar as I read through the posts. Check it out. From 2017 and with my '17 690ER. Couldn't make it to the top of Sherman Peak due to snow drifts in the road.

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