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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by GSequoia, Mar 27, 2016.

  1. Little Bike

    Little Bike Air/Clutz Sue Supporter

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    1. Miner/Penguin Sculpture - Irony
    2. You know to never let me navigate!
    3. Dang, that bike is more comfortable on the ground than riding. Time for a new seat!

    :lol3
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  2. GSequoia

    GSequoia I know a few things about radios...

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    Time to call Seat Concepts!

    FYI recovering is easy. Here's a link to the process.
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  3. Little Bike

    Little Bike Air/Clutz Sue Supporter

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    I'm lazy, they're close by in Hemet, I just ride in and have them do it.:lol3 I was really hoping for one of their certificates at the raffle! Oh well.
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  4. headstaller

    headstaller Long timer Supporter

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    KaptSlo, you meant that 'Aussie' was way back ??? :jack
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  5. Little Bike

    Little Bike Air/Clutz Sue Supporter

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    That's right! I forgot about Chu, the Australian!
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  6. GSequoia

    GSequoia I know a few things about radios...

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    Does Chu the Australian guy hang out with Cindy the Japanese girl?
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  7. Shooby

    Shooby Long timer

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    FWIW Chu - I've changed the front wheel many times without removing the caliper(s). (Removed calipers once for fork service) When mounting, recenter calipers on the floating pins to center, spread the pads a bit and carefully guide the discs into their respective slots and keeping the spacer in place.
    pop in axle, tighten fasteners. Boom, Bob's yer Uncle.:thumb
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  8. Little Bike

    Little Bike Air/Clutz Sue Supporter

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    dunno, I only know the Australian guy
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  9. advmoto66

    advmoto66 Ride On!

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    You forgot one important step, after installing the front wheel be sure to pump the front brake till you get some pressure in the line or you will be in for a butt clenching moment when you go to use the front brake.:p3rry
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  10. Heakle

    Heakle Wanderer

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    Thanks Joel for another great event

    Left the house in HB Monday morning
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    Hit rain up to the 395 off ramp
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    Always wanted to know what the old radomes were on 395 before Kramer. An abandoned military / prison town.

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    Arrived at Saline Valley Hot Springs for two days of relaxing
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  11. Heakle

    Heakle Wanderer

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    Great relaxing at the hot springs
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    Packed up on Wednesday and took the loaded 800GS up Steel Pass.
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    Not too bad all and all, fell down, took off all the bags, lifted bike,put on all the bags, kept riding. Got up to the plateau area, riding along around 35MPH thinking what a great place to camp. Forgot Jimmy Lewis' rule 142 "Do not cut a corner with a bush close. Because the rock that caught the seed is right behind the bush" Rock hits left, foot leaves peg, we go down AGAIN. After much swearing, jumping around, more swearing, repeat as before. Got to steps at the head of the canyon near Eureka Dunes. Road slowly through the first three steps. Took gear off bike, rode down last step, reloaded gear. Had a blast riding the deep sand around the dunes, thanks Jimmy L, easy ride to Panamint Resort. 4 Advils and a beer left foot felt OK for riding through Sunday
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  12. advFord

    advFord Been here awhile

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    I interrupt this thread for geeky history moment. It was an air station to guard against the commies.
    From LostAmerica
    • The Boron AFS was closed in 1975 and the radome was turned over to, and is still operated by, the Federal Aviation Administration. The site was converted into a minimum security Federal Prison in 1979. A 25-house subdivision was built for the guards and their families, and the barracks and dorms housed about 540 male inmates. Through a company called Unicor, the prisoners assembled parts for military vehicles and rebuilt forklifts for the army in the site’s many industrial buildings. The prison had virtually no security–no locks on the dorm room doors, no fence, and no guard towers. In most cases the site’s remoteness served as deterrent enough, but occasionally an inmate would hike out to highway 395 after dark, meet an accomplice, and drive away. Due to budget cutbacks, the prison closed in April, 2000.
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  13. Heakle

    Heakle Wanderer

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    Great rides all event days. Back to the Hot Springs Thursday. Needed a foot soak
    Friday sweeper for Joel's Chloride Clifs ride even thought four of us skipped the cliffs portion and got ahead of the main group. Had a blast with Kevin and Simon through Riyolight (sp?) and Titus Canyon
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    Saturday rode out to the Racetrack with Joe and Paul. Great riding partners the entire way.
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    Got home Sunday, by Thursday I am wearing this
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    Three broken bones in the left foot above the knuckles. I guess leaving the riding boot on and riding was a good thing
    Lastly seeing Nicole was a treat. Fair winds to her on her trip
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  14. NSFW

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    keep those RR coming. you don't want to read mine yet unless you're going to bed early.

    henry, hope your foot is getting better. soaking at the hot springs didn't fix it but i'm sure you had some other rewards.

    we had a great time at the lower and upper springs. amazing place.

    thanks to fletch for delivering gas, bleach, tp, etc. to lizard lee.
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  15. Grok

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    Great report!

    Thanks!

    Makes me want to go to the Valley :becca
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  16. dtysdalx2

    dtysdalx2 Knowledge is horsepower

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    Great ride reports peeps! :clap
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  17. rider914

    rider914 Agnostic Adventurer Supporter

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    DAY 2: Two Mtns and A Valley (Friday 4/1)

    Woke up friday morning in one of my favorite places :nod
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    Looking like another beautiful day at Camp914 :thumb
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    Today I had offered to lead a ride over Hunter Mtn, thru Hidden Valley, and out to White Top Mtn, exploring several of the seldom-seen side-tracks along the way. At the designated meeting place we had Pvt Joker (Mike), VillageIdiot (Colby), Dirty Adventurer (John), and WildChild (Bob).

    Heading up Hwy190 is an amazing ride, even on knobbies :ricky
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    Our groove was slowed for awhile by a pokey Sprinter who refused to pull over :devildog
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    Turned right at Saline Valley and passed a huge group (or two?) at the intersection. Turned out to be great timing since the dust for the next several miles is typically very bad.

    John and Mike in formation. Colby and Bob are back there getting their daily mineral intake. Sorry guys.
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    Quick stop at South Pass to enjoy the view ...
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    ... then pushing on over Hunter Mtn ...
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    ... and another right turn to go check out the cabin.
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    From open desert to riding thru the woods :ricky This place is great :thumb
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    Cabin was in typical condition, empty and a little dusty.
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    Don't think I would sleep in the cabin, but would like to camp here someday and take some time to hike around a bit.

    Continued...

    -M
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  18. rider914

    rider914 Agnostic Adventurer Supporter

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    DAY 2: Two Mtns and A Valley (Continued...)

    Moving on ...
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    ... and dropping down towards Hidden Valley.
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    At the bottom we took a right towards Goldbelt Spring, then swung around past Quackenbush Mine.

    This is a fun little stretch of two-track :ricky
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    Bob made a couple passes to enjoy the cleaner air :thumb
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    Another turn onto another two-track, heading towards Sand Flats.
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    Trail turns back south before the flats ...
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    ... and eventually ends at a wilderness boundary.
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    A nearby mine needed to be checked out, but was too far collapsed to go inside.
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    Looking back at the trail we rode in on.
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    John had a gravity attack while getting turned around :muutt
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    A little manual labor had him back on the trail and we boogied back out to the main road.
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    Continued...

    -M
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  19. rider914

    rider914 Agnostic Adventurer Supporter

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    DAY 2: Two Mtns and A Valley (Continued...)

    We didn't stay on the main road for long, and were soon back off, heading for the Ubehebe Talc Mine
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    This route doesn't get traveled much ...
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    ... and has a few technical rocky sections.
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    Lots of stuff still at this mine.
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    A good place to take a break ...
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    ... and have a look inside.
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    Much more collapsed than last ime I was here (~7 yrs ago)
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    Bunkhouse and other remains down below.
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    Over a saddle and down into Ulida flat ...
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    ... where we picked up the main road and raced north :pynd
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    Continued...

    -M
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  20. rider914

    rider914 Agnostic Adventurer Supporter

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    DAY 2: Two Mtns and A Valley (Continued...)

    Across Hidden Valley and a right turn towards White Top Mtn.

    I had never been out this way before and was surprised at how nice the road was.
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    Some gravel wash / canyon sections ...
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    ... and some hillside supermoto sections with great views into DV.
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    We eventually made it out to White Top.
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    The last half mile or so is a bit sketchy ...
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    ... but totally worth the effort :thumb
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    Looking down the cobby hillclimb near the end of the trail.
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    Here comes Mike
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    It was time to regroup and take a much needed lunch break.

    John found a great spot in the shade.
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    :jkam
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    Looks like there are a few spur trails out there that need to be explored. I'll save those for next time :deal

    Continued...

    -M
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