ADVrider Rally dEATh vALLey nOObs rALLy, March 25 - 28, 2021

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  1. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    DEATH VALLEY NOOBS RALLY - MARCH 25 - 28, 2021
    PANAMINT SPRINGS RESORT


    POSTED ON FEB. 5, 2021

    Now that the state lifted the order to stay-at-home we are going to move forward but will remain very cautious on how we are going to proceed.

    The 2021 DVNR IS NOW ON but with LIMITED capacity! Please note that this is a camping-meetup, and there are no organized group rides associated with this event.

    Riding is what you and your friends do after you leave the campground. All informal group rides are formed when people meet in camp, then plan where to go. The best way to catch a group ride is by asking other riders. There are some DV vets that volunteer to lead rides, and normally they will have a sign up sheet posted at RV site #2.


    If you registered in DVNR 2020, you earned a credit that will be applied towards 2021 registration.

    REGISTRATION BELOW

    I laid out the camping arrangement, see link below, and put a limit on how many can share a campsite. Each camper can pick a site but must suit the header, ex. RIDE INS, TENT CAMPERS, TRUCKS, RV, etc. are grouped together according to their camping preference. See link below.

    https://tinyurl.com/18nzce6x

    Regardless you have enough 2020 credit or not, all participants must still register. If you don't fall under this condition, please send me a PM.

    STEP 1......PLEASE CLICK LINK TO REGISTER, each participant will fill out the form individually.....https://forms.gle/RwWwcFim768YasjP8

    STEP 2.....PICK AN AVAILABLE SITE...........https://tinyurl.com/18nzce6x

    STEP 3.....COMPLETE YOUR REGISTRATION BY ADDING THE SITE # AND COMPANION (IF APPLICABLE)

    STEP 4.....GO TO PAYPAL AND SEND $ TO "basecamp4adv at gmail dot com"

    please note: You may use PayPal (Friends/Family) or for the regular transaction like a purchase, please add 4 %. Personal Check is good too, PM me for my address.

    Preferred Method - Payment may be combined to minimize the number of transactions as long you note on the PP Notes who are included.


    REGISTRATION DEADLINE - MARCH 14, 2021 - SUNDAY MIDNIGHT

    WHILE IN CAMP, MASK MUST BE WORN AND KEEP A SAFE DISTANCE TO THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU!

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  2. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    100% of the $2775 raised had been disbursed

    Stewards of the Sequoia - $500
    Stewards of the Sierra National Forest - $500
    California Off-Road Vehicle Association - $500
    Blue Ribbon Coalition - $520
    Angeles National Forest Volunteer Groups/CTUC - $755

    thanks everyone who helped in various ways, big and small.

    this is just a fraction of what they need. please go to their websites and make additional donations.

    PLEASE READ HERE FOR UPDATES

    before i spend them on farkling my Honday Monkey let me get this on the board


    Cash donation - $1720
    @Lost Roadie - $500 (from firewood sale)......:kumbaya
    @Some Beach and Ms. - $120
    @Team Vegas and @byh - $120
    @dvjim - $100
    @BiggieFalls - $100
    @dunerat - $100
    @Distant thunder - $100
    @typeamark - $100
    @Nowwhat - $100
    @GalacticGS - $100
    @Mofrid - $100
    @Sam Hayes - $60
    @joefromsf - $60
    @Motobillb - $60
    there are more who chipped in various amount and sorry for not getting them written down in my mind; they went in the donated tee shirt sales which is 100% going to the same cause.

    Garage Sale - $525
    BIG THANKS to all who donated their gear and to the @HBSURFDAD team.....:thumb
    there are still a lot of good items that remain unsold, Troy will hang on to them for future fundraising.

    Tee ShirtS and SwagS Sale - $530 (spent $1k + to raise this much...:lol2)


    Total = $2775

    :wings:wings:wings




    Panamint Springs Resort Campground Map
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    PLEASE NOTE!

    PSR RESTAURANT WILL BE OPEN FOR THE WHOLE WEEKEND DURING THE NOOBS RALLY......BURGER ONLY!

    :beer:beer:dukegirl:dukegirl:drink:drink


    if the situation gets better or we find a way to do things safely.....we are looking to add some activities to spice up the event.

    Feb.16, 2021
    2020 credit holders......if you haven't gotten your 2020 tees, please send me a PM with the size.

    i will bring them to the rally. they are free while the supply lasts! sorry, we're out of small and medium.

    THURSDAY, FRIDAY and SATURDAY - CHECK-IN

    WHERE - RV SITE #2, SEE GERG OR OTHER VOLUNTEERS
    PLEASE DO IT IMMEDIATELY UPON ARRIVAL.

    1. PICK-UP YOUR FREE SWAGS (2021 participants) and TEE or SILICUP (pre-ordered)
    2. GET YOUR ASSIGNED CAMPSITE OR PRE-ARRANGED ACCOMMODATION
    3. FIND YOUR SITE AND SET UP YOUR CAMP


    FRIDAY - JIMMY LEWIS DEMO, Q & A
    TIME - 5:00 PM (TO BE CONFIRMED)

    FRIDAY FILIPINO FIESTA DINNER (FFF) - $25 EACH
    TIME: 6:30 PM AT RV SITE #2 (after the Jimmy Lewis Demo)
    chicken adobo
    stick pork bbq
    eggroll
    steamed rice
    veggies
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  3. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    Sorry to see some people could not make this year's, I appreciate for letting us know and thankful for their donation.
    PEOPLE DONATING THEIR 2020 CREDITS or SENDING EXTRA $$......:raabia


    2021 IN LIST (REGISTERED AND PAID USING 2020 CREDITS)....THIS IS NOT THE 2020 LIST!

    nsfw - Joel - SILVER SPRINTER VAN - RV Site #1 HQ and CHECK-IN/REGISTRATION
    hbsurfdad - Troy - Cabin #17
    aanichols - Alan - Cabin #24
    damoose - John - Cabin
    slowerthanyou - Del - Cabin
    mrGadalot - Craig - Cabin
    billUA - Bill - Full RV
    todd157k - Full RV
    grace157k - Full RV passenger
    carl57y - Carl - Full RV

    motopschoman - Marty - Ride In - #28
    headstaller - Chu - ST - #27
    AUstate - Mike - ST - #38
    shavenyak - Roman - ST - #36
    oldgrayghost - Joel - BT - #61
    spongerob - Rob - BT - #43
    bullseye - Taylor - Tent Cabin
    allseasonrider - Mark - Tent Cabin w/ bullseye
    choo choo - Dennis - Dry RV
    gerg - Greg - OUT

    socially stunted - Chris - Tent Cabin
    ms. socially stunted - Faye - Tent Cabin
    crotch rocket - David - Ride In - Dry RV
    dunerat - Noel - Full RV
    ms.dunerat - Val - Full RV Passenger
    mikey113 - Mike - BT + Trailer - #47
    pukawai - Berndt - Ride In - #28
    tbarstow - Tim - BT + Trailer - #53
    distant thunder - Brian - OUT
    thunder's stormy - Kim - OUT

    dannyG - Danny - BT + Trailer - #60
    migolito - Mike - ST - OUT
    sonora dave - Dave - BT + Trailer - #47
    avejoe - Dave - DRY RV - #63
    klammer - Rich - Tent Cabin #21
    ms. klammer - Anne - Tent Cabin w/ klammer #21
    ourdoorsman - Darren - Tent Cabin
    nowwhat - Mike - Cottage
    bigtodd - Todd - Group Campsite
    dzrtracin - Shawn - Group Campsite

    davethestick - Dave - Cabin #17
    bigbikemike - Mike - Cabin #17
    beerbubba - Mauricio - Tent Cabin #20
    jalapoj - Jeff - Tent Cabin #20
    blaise w - Ken - Share Dry RV
    pcfly - Paul - Share Dry RV
    zdirty1 - John - Share Dry RV
    mji - Monte - Share Dry RV
    hardinoki - Tim - Tent Cabin #14
    boomdust - Scott - Tent Cabin #14

    dumbeorangebike - Jon - Tent Cabin #14
    trawak - Taylor - Cabin
    hillbillie - Billie - Cabin
    gsequoia - Geoff - Small Truck
    typeamark - Mark - OUT
    squaredvet - Richard - OUT
    damado - David - Dry RV
    thrashed - Scott - BT + Trailer - #55
    mawesome - Jere - Passenger - #55
    bookworm - Shana - Passenger - #55

    mete8or - Marlon #33
    ms. mete8or - Maria - OUT
    ms. slower than you - Lontrice - Motel
    gsequoia - Geoff - Small Truck
    messamer- Jon - Share Dry RV
    5boomers - Frank - Share Dry RV
    ca-cincinnatus - Peter - Ride In - #29
    tuffgonger - Steve - Small Truck - #57
    captain quagmire - Chris - Tent Camping - #57
    mofrid - Bill - BT + Trailer - #54

    thecoldman - Jon - ST - #41
    beatsworkin - Don - Full RV #9
    heirhead - Dave - Ride In - #61
    airborndad - Keith - BT - Trailer - #56
    jusinbustin - Justin - Passenger -#56
    sarahFR - Sarah - ST - #36
    byh - Brian - Full RV #7
    team vegas - Shawn - Full RV #7
    ms. team vegas - Full RV #7
    jonomoto - Jonathan - ST + Trailer - #46

    vadox - Vadim - Full RV Passenger - RV #8
    gavilan5088 - Emmanuel - BT + Trailer #43
    grumpyhag - Martiene - Passenger #43
    jromoto - Jake - Passenger #46
    arimoto - Ari - Passenger #46
    hoondog - Al - Passenger #61
    Op2_ADV - Mark - Cabin
    suzuki phil - Phil - Dry RV #67
    temecula tim - Tim - BT + Trailer #52
    agnessman - Chris - Ride In #30

    frenchchris - Chris - ST #36
    j.king - Jason - ST + Trailer #57
    dirthmech - Rene - BT + Trailer #59
    actionjerojes - Jess - ST #41
    dirty adventurer - John - ST #42
    riddler990 - Jon - Share RV Site #10
    bionicman - Chuck - Share Dry RV
    weak rider don - Share Dry RV
    slideways - Dan - BT + Trailer #62
    slideways jr - Cam - BT - #62

    goofy footer - Tim - BT #51
    bboyle9 - Brendan - ST #51
    TFC - John - ST #42
    stunny - Stan - Ride IN #50
    pecata - Peter - Dry RV #50
    690 - Christian - #49
    g_rides - Garrett - Ride IN #25
    pbro63 - Peter - Tent Cabin #18
    gsgar - Gary - BT + Trailer #57
    tank - Bill - Passenger #57

    little bike - Sue - RV #3
    emmi - Emerson - BT #40
    ineedanengine - Alex - Dry RV #49
    easy - Valeriu - Ride IN #50
    slomo - Tony - BT #54
    roc 104 - Kevin - ST #45
    sgt smoker - Dave - Ride In #24
    buff_husky - Tom - BT #52
    papy danone - Jerome - Ride In #31
    qartis - Andrew - Ride In #25

    kile 157k - Kile - Passenger Full RV #5
    brynn 157k - Brynn - Passenger Full RV #5
    spafxer - Jim - Tent Cabin #23
    speed racer - Bill - ST #44
    xt225dm - Don - ST #59
    unkgd - Bill - RV #2
    jmessamer - Jon -Share Dry RV
    death valley tiger - Jacob - BT #34
    bag007 - Dave - BT #37
    lord morgan - Scott - ST #35

    camello911 - Josue - Small Truck #33
    thekinghimself - Jeff - OUT
    johnkol - John - Ride In #29
    toddlite - Todd - Group Campsite
    4serge - Sergey - Ride In #30
    genetic rider - Gene - Ride In #31
    crotch rocket +1 - Shari - Dry RV Passenger #65
    liv2ride - Brad - BT #54
    b4thenite - Inho - Ride In #26
    pjh66 - Pat - RV Site #10

    fernwehBSN - Justin - Ride In #26
    ladybug - Sherry - ST #35
    jplug - Jay - BT + Trailer #64
    Jplug +1 - John
    william howard - William - Cabin
    mongolikecandy - Terry - Ride In #24
    sir cash - Evan - ST #48
    fred p - Fred - BT #48
    kmag - Kyle - Ride In #34
    grinch - Peter - BT - Group Campsite

    spinman - Brad - Ride In #34
    ken - Ken - Ride In #40
    old kenny - Ken - Small Truck - #58
    adv man - Yoni - Ride In #34
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  4. FYYFF

    FYYFF Forever young...

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    Chicken and Pork Adobo

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    Radio Info per @GSequoia

    Provided the event goes on as planned we will have the repeater up to get coverage between Saline and Panamint Valleys again.

    Frequencies you should have:
    DVNR Repeater - 146.585 PL/CTCSS Tone 100 Hz, Simplex
    DVNP 170.10. - You can monitor the NPS radios with this. Daily broadcast around 9AM with park weather and outstanding issues/causes of concern.


    If you don't have a radio I recommend picking a cheap one up. You can get these two items on Amazon:
    BaoFeng UV-5R Dual Band Two Way Radio (Black)
    Nagoya NA-771 - Cheaper antenna but worlds better than the one the radio comes with.
    Diamond SRJ77CA Antenna - This is more expensive but a higher quality unit.

    That will get you able to hit the repeater as long as you're in range. As these are in the amateur band the FCC won't let you use the radio for casual communication until you have your license however in an actual emergency those rules are waived. Plus, well, there's a whole lot of nothing out there, the only people likely to be monitoring those frequencies are us.

    Alternatively you can go full tilt like me and install a big radio on your bike.

    If you don't know how to program your radio don't sweat it, hook up in camp and we'll figure it out and test it. I intend to be out there in some capacity but can't really speak for when yet as it depends on kids remote schooling and days my wife has to report to the office.

    A couple of points about general radio use. You'll likely be hitting this repeater from a 4 or 5 watt handheld radio so you're challenged out of the box. Getting the best antenna you can helps out a lot but isn't a magic bullet. Don't expect it to work very well from a moving bike unless you have clear line of sight. Even thing it can be spotty.

    Best bet if you need to get a message to the repeater stop, remove your helmet, and interact directly with the radio. Keep your antenna pointed as near vertically as you can and try not to move it around as you talk. This is a simplex repeater meaning that it stores what you say and plays it back. So about half a second after you end your message you should hear it played back to yourself. This also serves as a way to make sure you hit the repeater and sounded halfway coherent. While I'd like to say nobody is judging you about how cool you sound when you're on our radio that's entirely bullshit. We're all judging you. And making fun of you. As well as creating drinking games around it.

    If you're having a tough time getting to the repeater consider putting your side stand down and walking up a nearby hill. With radios altitude is king. If you can see the general area of South Pass you should be able to hit the repeater from quite a distance away (I've hit mountaintop repeaters on a 4 watt radio at 75 miles plus distances). If you're down in a valley you won't be able to get the repeater from half a mile away.

    As always in addition to the above I would love to get as much help as I can in both repeater setup and tear-down. Typically I set up the repeater Wednesday afternoon and tear down on Sunday mid-morning (I'll give you time to break down camp). Quick ride or drive out near South Pass with a short but vertical hike to the repeater location.
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  6. GalacticGS

    GalacticGS Motorcyclist Supporter

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    Places to Visit

    What you're going to miss if you don't attend!

    Some Info:
    Death Valley is the largest National park in the lower 48 states.
    Badwater Basis is the lowest point in the US (approx. 282 feet below sea level).
    In July 2018, temps reached 127F for four days in a row.
    Some of the moving rocks at Racetrack Playa have weighted up to 700 lbs.
    There are over 1000 miles of roads to explore in Death Valley.


    Darwin Falls
    Very close to Panamint Springs is a small oasis and the Darwin waterfalls. Take the turnoff south from 190 about 1/4 mile west of Panamint Springs. Then it's a short 2.5 mile ride to the trailhead parking area, followed by about a 1 mile hike to get to the Lower Darwin Falls.
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    You can also keep climbing up the narrow canyon to reach the Upper Falls (but would be difficult to do in riding boots). It's fed from one of the few permanent springs in Death Valley. Well worth the hike to take a look!


    China Garden Spring
    About 3 mile past the Darwin Falls trailhead will be turnoff to China Garden Spring. Another little oasis with small fish to see.
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    At one time this area was used for a zinc mining processing facility.


    Darwin
    A semi-ghost town, inhabited by approximately 30+. Has an interesting history - once a rowdy mining town and at one time the largest town in Inyo County. Now it's mostly populated by people that just want to be left alone. One of the scenic spots...
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    You can read about it's history here. Or watch this interesting documentary...

    When entering Darwin, remember the Hills have Eyes!


    Cerro Gordo
    Cerro Gordo (Fat Hill) is a ghost town in the Inyo Mountains. At one time, it was the site of the largest Silver mine in California. Read more about it here.
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    The site was sold for $1.4M in 2017. It is accessible from the west from Keeler, and from the east via White Mountain Talc Road (from Saline Valley Road). The route from the west is much easier.


    Salt Tram
    The Saline Valley Salt Tram Summit Station is about 14 miles north of Cerro Gordo.
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    The salt tram carried salt from Saline Valley over the Inyo Mountains to a discharge terminal near Swansea. It took over 1.3M board feet of lumber for the various tramway support structures and control stations.
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    Quite the engineering feat...


    Saline Valley Warm Springs
    About 70 miles north of Panamint Springs and about 6-1/2 miles east of Saline Valley Road are the Saline Valley Warm Springs.
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    It's a series of three springs and several soaking pools. It's a clothing optional area,so bring your bathing suit (or not - nobody really cares). It's well maintained by the many regular hot spring aficionados and the resident caretaker named Lizard Lee.
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    It's a popular camping area but be prepared to bring what you need and be self-sufficient. It's a little oasis literally in the middle of nowhere.
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    Eureka Dunes
    North of Saline Valley Warm Springs are the Eureka Dunes. Accessible by experienced riders via Steel Pass heading north from the hot springs, or the easier route of taking Eureka Road south from Death Valley Road (running roughly between Big Pine and Scotty's Castle).
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    The dunes are constantly changing. Absolutely no riding on the dunes! But feel free the take a hike if you wish. They're quite a sight to see...
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    Crankshaft Crossing
    On Death Valley Road, 11 miles east of Eureka Road, is a road junction known as Crankshaft Crossing. Look at the pic to see why it's named that. You can turn northeast at the junction to head towards Gold Point (or Hwy 266), southeast to head towards Scotty's Castle or Ubehebe Crater, or southwest to head towards Eureka Dunes or Big Pine.
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    Ubehebe Crater
    Ubehebe Crater is a large volcanic crater in the northern part of Death Valley. It is approximately 1/2 mile wide, and about 600 feet deep. It is located on Ubehebe Crater Road, west of the road to Scotty's Castle (or southeast from Crankshaft Junction).
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    Ubehebe crater is known as a maar, a crater that is formed when magma migrates close to the surface and the heat of the magma causing groundwater to flash into steam, and throwing large quantities of pulverized old rock and new magma across the stony alluvial fan draped across the valley floor. The age of the Ubehebe Crater is indeterminate, with some studies indicating it may have formed as recently as 300 years ago while other studies have indicated it may be 2000 or more years old.
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    It's possible to hike down to the bottom (although it's a rigorous trek back up), and you can also hike around the perimeter and view the Little Hebe crater.


    Teakettle Junction
    Another strange shrine at a road junction in Death Valley. This one is at the junction of the Hunter Mountain Road and Racetrack Valley Road.
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    Tourists will leave a teakettle (usually with an inscribed message) hanging off the road sign. Every once is a while, the park rangers will remove them and allow a new collection to begin again.
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    Racetrack Playa
    West of Teakettle Junction is the dry lake bed known as Racetrack Playa, and world-famous for it's "moving" rocks.
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    DO NOT RIDE ON THE RACETRACK LAKE BED! DO NOT PICK UP OR MOVE THE ROCKS! DO NOT VENTURE ON TO THE LAKE BED WHEN IT IS WET AND YOU MIGHT LEAVE FOOTPRINTS!
    Instead, park along the road, and walk out on to the lake bed, and wander around to view some of the rocks, and their trails of movement. There is large outcrop of quartz monzonite rocks on the lake bed (known as the Grandstand) that you can climb to get a great view of the area.
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    The rocks tumble to the surface of the lake bed during storms. They can remain stationary for years, but under the right conditions they will move across the surface and leave trails in the lake bed. A study by the Scripps Institute of Oceanography discovered that the moving rocks requires a rare combination of events. First, the playa fills with water, which must be deep enough to allow formation of floating ice during cold winter nights but shallow enough to expose the rocks. As nighttime temperatures plummet, the pond freezes to form sheets of "windowpane" ice, which must be thin enough to move freely but thick enough to maintain strength. On sunny days, the ice begins to melt and break up into large floating panels, which light winds drive across the playa pool. The ice sheets shove rocks in front of them and the moving stones leave trails in the soft mud bed below the pool surface.


    Lost Burro Mine
    The semi-difficult trail to Lost Burro Mine heads from Hunter Mountain Road (approximately 3 miles south of Teakettle Junction).
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    The story behind the mine's name is that in 1907 Bert Shively's burro wandered off. Bert when looking for the burro, and picked up a rock to throw at it to get its attention. But before throwing the rock, Bert noticed that it was laced with gold. The area now contains the remains of mining operations that continued into the 1970's.
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    Chloride Cliffs
    Chloride City and the general Chloride Cliffs area is the site of abandoned silver mines originally established in 1871. It sits at about 5200' elevation, and provides some scenic views of the death valley area.
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    It's reached from trails heading east from Daylight Pass Road (between Death Valley and Beatty).
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    Rhyolite
    Rhyolite is a ghost town just southeast of Beatty, NV (and just off of Daylight Pass Road). First established in 1905, it quickly grew to about to almost 5000 people by 1907 to serve the nearby gold and silver mines, primarily the Montgomery Shoshone Mine. By 1907, it had electric lights, water mains, telephones, and the town included a school, an ice plant, a foundry, a hospital and even a stock exchange.
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    However, by 1908 the town began a decline, with all three town banks closing in 2010. The largest mine, the Montgomery Shoshone Mine closed in 1911. The 1920 census reported only 14 people remaining in the town. However many of the remnants of buildings still exist today, and Rhyolite is now a historic town site managed by the BLM.
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    Over the years, Rhyolite became a quirky ghost town becoming host to the Goldwell Open Air Museum containing unusual sculptures and artwork.
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    Did I mention quirky?
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    Titus Canyon
    Titus Canyon is a must-do ride for a Death Valley motorcycle visitor. It's a frickin' beautiful ride with majestic scenery. Titus Canyon Road is a graded dirt road heading west from Daylight Pass Road (southwest of Beatty). It crosses the Amargosa Valley and begins a slow climb into the Grapevine Mountains. The first pass is known as White Pass, where you enter Titanothere Canyon - you'll know it when you start seeing the colorful rock formations, which contain fossil beds 30-35 million years old.
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    After a few more miles, you'll begin climbing more steeply with several sharp switchbacks. You'll reach Red Pass which has a small turnout area. At 5,250 feet in elevation this is the highest point. Stop at turnout, and take your first look at Titus Canyon.
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    I always find it to be a breathtaking sight. The road then begins a winding descent into upper Titus Canyon. I usually stop a few times to take pics of the amazing scenery.
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    Eventually, you'll reach Leadfield - the remains of another old mining town that was very short-lived.
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    The remnants of several old buildings and mine operations are scattered in this area.
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    After Leadfield, the road heads into the lower Canyon and will get rather narrow in certain sections. The surface can become varied - often, it remains firm and graded, however it can become very soft (gravel and sand) in some sections. Along the canyon, you can stop to view petroglyphs.
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    Up until the last few miles of the road, Titus Canyon Road is one-way (west to east); however the last few miles are often used by hikers that enter from the east end, so please be wary and careful through the narrow sections towards the end of canyon.
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    Zabriskie Point
    Located just southeast of Furnace Creek on Hwy 190, Zabriskie Point provides an overlook viewpoint of the badlands area at the east side of Death Valley.
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    Named after Christian Brevoort Zabriskie, General Manager of the Pacific Coast Borax Company (famous for its 20 mule teams used to transport Borax), the viewpoint offers some great views of the landscape, and some short hiking trails to reach additional views.
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    Zabriskie Point has been a popular place for photographers to take some amazing photos of Death Valley.
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    Twenty Mule Team Canyon Road
    This is a short 2.7 mile winding dirt road that provides more picturesque views of the badlands at the east end of Death Valley (similar terrain as seen at Zabriskie Point).
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    Dante's View
    This viewpoint provides a majestic and panoramic view of the Death Valley basin.
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    Reachable by taking Furnace Creek Wash Road about 13 miles east of Furnace Creek, and then taking the 13 mile long Dante's View Road to reach the viewpoint parking area (all paved). Views are best in the mornings (with the sun behind you). As the crow flies, Dante's View is only 2 miles from Badwater (but another mile up in elevation).
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    Badwater Basin
    Badwater is the lowest point in North America - 292 feet below sea level; and during summers, it can be one of the hottest.
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    The name comes from a spring-fed pool of "bad water", due to the accumulated salts in the surrounding area. The Badwater Basin is an endorheic lake basin, which provides no outflow to rivers or the ocean. During rain storms, water can accumulate as a shallow lake, but tends to quickly evaporate (the area has the highest evaporation potential in the US). Salts will dissolve and re-crystallize during each cycle. Repeated freeze–thaw and evaporation cycles gradually push the thin salt crust into hexagonal honeycomb shapes.
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    Artist's Palette
    This is a short 9 mile one-way drive (paved) between Furnace Creek and Badwater. About 1/2 way through the drive you will discover why this attraction is named Artist's Palette.
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    The drive winds through the canyons and hills east of Badwater Road. Artist's Palette is an area where oxidization of the minerals in the soils creates some amazing colors in the canyon walls.
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    Barker Ranch
    Located on a side trail between the Goler Wash steps and Mengal Pass, Barker Ranch is most famous for being a desert hideaway for the Manson family, and Charles Manson was found hiding under the bathroom vanity in October 1969 during a raid by authorities investigating vandalism within Death Valley National Park.
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    Originally built around 1940, James and Arlene Barker purchased the ranch in 1956, expanded the buildings, and mined for gold and uranium in the surrounding mountains for many years. Charles Manson and his followers started using the property around November 1968. In 2009, a fire burned down the structure and that's left is the foundation and some rock walls.
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    Backcountry Cabins of Death Valley
    There are a large number of remote cabins in the Death Valley area. They are available for camping on a first-come basis; however be aware that many are infested with the hantavirus. If you wish to camp at a vacant cabin, raise the flag that you will find inside (that's that indication that someone is staying at the cabin).
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    In Butte Valley, there are three cabins (Geologist's, Stella/Mengal, and Russell's Camp). Along the Pleasant Canyon/South Park Canyon loop are the World Beater, Briggs, and Stone cabins.
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    Up Jail Canyon, you will find the Corona Mine cabin.
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    And on the west side of Panamint Valley, you can find the Osborne, Minnietta, and Kopper cabins.
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    These are just some of the many cabins in the Death Valley area, and worth riding to just as a destination.


    Wildrose Charcoal Kilns
    The construction of 10 charcoal kilns was competed in 1875 to serve lead-silver ore mining operations, but were abandoned after only two years of operation. Their short life as working kilns has contributed to their remarkable condition for now being approximately 140 years old.
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    The kilns are located on Wildrose Canyon Road, about 4 miles past the intersection with Emigrant Canyon Road.
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    Skidoo
    A shell of its former self, Skidoo (originally named 23 Skidoo) was once a booming gold mining town with over 700 inhabitants. Established in 1906, it lasted about 10 years.
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    It was famous for its water-driven stamp mill, drawing water from 20 miles away via a pipeline.
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  7. Todd157k

    Todd157k Long timer Supporter

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    IN! RV hookup spot 4 people. (lowest number possible please)
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    We will always support the n00bs!
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  9. meate8or

    meate8or little dirt never hurt nothin

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    Ms and I are in for cabin again.
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    Pcfly Dude?! Seriously?? Supporter

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    ****Updated 12/16/20****

    IN....Motel Room 12, 14, 15.....will get a head count on who's in what room.

    Also......I just donated $100 to PSR to help their GoFundMe page. SAVE PSR!!!
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    IN as always :thumb

    Dibs on site #27 :deal

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    Motopsychoman Not a total poseur Supporter

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    BAY AREA n00bs INFORMATION PAGE

    I'll be posting info on the various routes, road conditions and weather for those traveling to PSR from the Bay Area and Northern California.

    Routes Info: (links provided)
    Fastest Routes:
    Longest Routes:
    Twistiest Routes for those motorcycling:
    Highway Conditions: (for latest conditions, click HERE)
    • I-80 Donner Pass -- Open (chains may be required)
    • US-50 Echo Summit -- Open (chains may be required)
    • Hwy 88 Carson Pass -- Open (chains may be required)
    • Hwy 89 Monitor Pass -- Closed for the winter
    • Hwy 4 Ebbetts Pass -- Closed for the winter
    • Hwy 108 Sonora Pass -- Closed for the winter
    • Hwy 120 Tioga Pass -- Closed for the winter
    • US 395
    • I-5 Central Valley
    • Hwy 178 Walker Pass -- Open (chains may be required)
    • Hwy 58 Tehachapi -- Open
    Weather Conditions: (click on links)

    Bay Area n00bs looking for riding buddies:
    Anyone looking for a riding buddy for the long trip down from the Bay Area, PM me. I'll try to broker info on who is leaving when and from where, if you are interested in finding someone to ride with. Like I'll likely be leaving from the East Bay early Tuesday and take one of the long twisty routes to PSR. I don't see any reason to clutter this thread up with this kind of stuff.

    See you all at PSR!
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    In, please! I'm with the Pcfly group for lodging.
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  14. FYYFF

    FYYFF Forever young...

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    Still in; let's ride!
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    Goofy Footer Been here awhile

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    Was on the waitlist in 2020 with bboyle9 and we are happy to patiently wait again in 2021. I attended the 2011 event and it was a blast.

    Thanks to you Joel and your crew for keeping the ADV Rally Spirit alive and well even during current times.

    PSR is the best campground in the park. I hope to visit & support them soon!

    Ride on!
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  18. Team Vegas

    Team Vegas ((̲̅ ̲̅(̲̅C̲̅r̲̅a̲̅y̲̅o̲̅l̲̲̅̅a̲̅( ̲̅̅((>---

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    In!

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  20. aanichols

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