Friends in Low Places - Death Valley 2012

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by Humunn, Mar 10, 2012.

  1. Humunn

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    Thanks...almost as much fun to write as it was to ride!
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  2. Ladybug

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    Enjoy the pictures and the write up. Thanks for sharing your adventure.
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  3. Humunn

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Well then these pictures should be worth at least that and I am sure Greg will be talking about this for some time&#8230;


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    A little background;
    In preparing for the trip we decide to purchase large tanks due to the lack of fuel in Death Valley. Now Don and I have ridden with Greg many times and you out there that have ridden with him know he likes to get every bit of bang for the buck he can. That means, maximum miles out of the gas tank and utilize the daylight to its fullest. Of course I tell Don that means we will be at our limit on the fuel at least once or twice during this trip. The routes come out and we see it is the 1<sup>st</sup> day that is the test, 245 miles without gas.


    Greg has calculated 6.3 gal tank times 40mpg gives us a range of 252 miles&#8230; we should make this no problem :norton Don and I try to reason with the group since we don&#8217;t get 40mpg (must be the weight difference between Greg and us) and discuss dropping fuel on the way in. They insist we do not need any. :doh



    Since they want no part of this we decide to stash fuel and not share&#8230; yes we are that nice of friends. We drive in 10 miles off the pavement and stash the recently camouflaged gas can with 4.5gal. This puts the gas out 30 miles from the starting point which will give the three Amigo&#8217;s from the west side 75 more miles of range (we all pack 1/2gal on our backs too). It also left some fuel for our friends if they ran out on the way back which we were pretty sure was going to happen.


    Three Amigo's


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    We had planned on being the last to leave the 1<sup>st</sup> morning but since they tent camped they were running a little late. We seized the opportunity and told them we were itching to head out and we would stop about 10 miles up the saline valley road and wait for them. Of course we were filling up our bikes. We blasted up the road and the pictures tell all.


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    The plan works, no one noticed our tanks are topped off once we meet up and we head out. Once we hit the hot springs Darrin is really starting to get worried about his fuel level and him, Greg and Robin notice that the west side boys seem to be getting much better fuel mileage. We motor on and Darrin hits reserve&#8230; Greg is gone and Darrin ask me where do you think Greg is. I say &#8220;oh, you are a newbie when riding with Greg, he will be waiting for us at the pavement.&#8221; Darrin finally runs out of fuel and Don, Dan and I give him the blank stare (on purpose) saying we are going to need all our gas to get back to Panamint. Robin decides to give up some fuel but then I get to ask how they are going to transfer the gas :evil of course I knew they would need to use one of my small gas cans on my back. Just a small lesson in being prepared&#8230;



    I know the gas can we stashed is only about 15 miles ahead so I suggest just giving Darrin a qt. Thinking he would run out again right at the stashed can. He runs out 5 miles short. I decide I can part with maybe a qt. to help him out but that is it I need to get back tonight. The panic is starting to set in that it could be a long night in the desert. Don takes out in front to see if he can catch Greg, actually we didn&#8217;t want Darrin to pass the can so Don went to the can while we were shuttling gas and just stopped so Darrin would stop.



    Darrin does stop and we discuss Greg&#8217;s location and start talking shit about how much we would pay for some fuel right now and how nice it would be to find fuel behind a bush like I had on a previous ride (see http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=707424 ). Finally I walk over to the bush and pull out the gas can with about 3 gal. of gas. You should have seen the relief that came over Darrin and Robin&#8217;s faces, PRICELESS.
    Now this is the first that Greg is hearing this that we know of. We decided to let him think that our bikes were getting better fuel mileage than his. Of course I am not sure how we got away with that since Don had at least 2 gal in his bike when we finally caught Greg at the pavement.
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  5. modeselector

    modeselector Common as muck

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    Great write up and pics guys
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  6. Humunn

    Humunn Agent Provocateur

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    YES! Now the math is making sense! :lol3
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  7. dammitdave

    dammitdave Long timer

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    Great Ride Report Guys! Thanks for posting up! DD
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  8. Brtp4

    Brtp4 Powdercoat it. Supporter

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    Ohhhhhh, THAT is good. Priceless. Epic.

    Welllllllllllllllllllllll done.................................

    BP
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  9. K_N_Fodder

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    Oh man I'd pay good money to have seen this... awesome.... :lol3:clap
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  10. Humunn

    Humunn Agent Provocateur

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    Yah, I did not get the full story until weeks afterwards. And to think I was actually worried about them. I'll know better next time. :lol3
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  11. JDRobin

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    Dale left out the best part of the plan. We were all pretty sure (or at least hoping) that Greg would run of gas or had already ran out. Our plan...wave as we rode by. :ricky :clap and go drink for a bit :1drink :beercome back later and hopefully get a pic of him curled up in a ditch trying to stay warm. Of course, he didn't run out :deal And of course, I'm joking. :D

    I will not leave camp without my fuel cells again. Seems like I said that after the last trip...:hmmmmm
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  12. Humunn

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    Now where is the adventure in that??? :muutt
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