I am a ghost, this is a dream, something is here...it calls to me.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by larryboy, Dec 13, 2010.

  1. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric Supporter

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    Riding a bike well is art, whether it be picking a line up a steep rock incline or carving a corner on the pavement. The dance between rider and machine is an expression of the mind and soul. The things we see, their impact on us and a well executed maneuver is all part of the fun and experience.

    You put words to what many feel but do not express
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  2. larryboy

    larryboy Stable genius.

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    Eggzactly...I want it easy to read, I try to keep the blathering to a minimum and not everybody has a gigantic monitor.

    The tent is an REI Half Dome, the tent poles ride on the handlebars so they don't get broken when I fall down. I use the duffle bag for the tent stuff sack.

    Sleeping bag on this trip is a 15f REI Blue Kazoo. It's not warm enough but my next best bag is a 20f. I don't use a stuff sack for the bag either, stuff it in the saddlebags.




    Thank you.

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  3. larryboy

    larryboy Stable genius.

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    I got to the castle and there were about 15 Skoda wagons there, I'm a sucker for wagons. The group was taking the tour, but one guy was out there. We started talking bikes and wagons. Turns out he has won the Baja 1000 in the 250cc class back in '94. That's pretty damn cool!! The group came out and before you knew it I was some kind of celebrity or something, had me behind the wheel showing me the car. I bet they would have let me drive it, but I was wanting to go check on the underground tour. Last I saw the whole group was swarming the XRR.

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    I'm being a little bit lazy here, but this is a nice slideshow.


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  4. scottmac

    scottmac Long timer

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    I was wondering about what kind of gear you were carrying. I've got a REI
    Quarter Dome T2. It's a nice tent for one person. I had a REI Quarter
    Dome T1 but it was just too darn small. I've got a Big Agnes air matress
    and three decent sleeping bags depending on the weather.

    I've noticed that the lower temp ratings on these new bags are what will
    keep you alive, not comfortable!:rofl
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    That is still afew month in the making. So around March-April I should be getting over there with my BRP. I still need to go pick the bike up too!!:lol3
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  6. larryboy

    larryboy Stable genius.

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    I carry the Big Agnes insulated air mattress too.




    Yeah, that's right. :eek1 Time's running out!! :deal
  7. DougZ73

    DougZ73 Fading off.........

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    OK, cool. Thanks for the reply and information.
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  8. larryboy

    larryboy Stable genius.

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    I talked to Isabelle the Ranger for almost an hour. I got the most honest answer about gas services being restored here at the castle, "Not in your lifetime.". Then the BS answer about the cost to clean up the great tragedy of a fuel leak that I highly doubt even occurred...we didn't fight it out 'cuz she was super cool. Towing the company line. Put me in charge and I could have it cleaned up and fuel coming out of the nozzle in less than a month...I don't buy it. Ok, I'll stop whining...


    I haven't been to Ubehebe Crater in awhile. Man, that's nice.

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    Plenty of money for asphalt and concrete...gotta stop dwelling, no sense getting in a funk over something I can't do anything about.

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    Heading for the Racetrack this guy was hanging out begging for scraps.

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  9. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Mmmm... Ensenada Grill :dg

    Thanks for the petroglyph pics!
    It's always nice to see the stuff we missed by accident...:waysad
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  10. larryboy

    larryboy Stable genius.

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    Love the grill!!

    I've ridden right past the 'glyphs before and just had to see them this time. There are more in the Saline Valley that I've yet to find...next time.:deal
  11. larryboy

    larryboy Stable genius.

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    The last time I was on this section of road was after the rains in 2005, it was torn absolutely to shreds and I liked it better that way.

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    I saw a few of the rental Jeeps on my way to Teakettle Junction.

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    Super Suz and Rat had left kettles there.

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    Before the Racetrack I took a look at the Ubehebe Lead Mine.

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    The views were awesome and there is a super nice camping spot up there.

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  12. zzlejeune

    zzlejeune Wanna-be Adventurer

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    Awesome RR, looks like Death Valley (in the cooler months) will be on the "to-ride" list now!!!!
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  13. larryboy

    larryboy Stable genius.

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    Thanks, zz.





    Heading back down the road to go see the Racetrack. I could smell burning oil as I rode along, I stopped and checked out the bike...nothing that I can see and the exhaust pipe didn't have any soot. I dunno? They call these rocks the Grandstands.

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    As I came up to the good spot to park for a walk out on the playa I passed a newer model KLR, that would explain the burning oil smell.

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    I introduced myself to Rich and asked him about the oil smell. He said that he'd stopped for a picture and his foot slipped out, then so did the bike. Ahh, must have gotten some oil in the airbox..we're all okay. Meet Rich:

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    We walked around for awhile and looked at the rocks that move by themselves.

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    I even found one of the rocks that had been used in a study. They had made corrals for some of the rocks to see if they moved hard enough to escape...they did.

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    The last two times I've been here I had to do bike repairs, coolant explosion one time, broken clutch cable the last time...nothing to fix on the XRR. I had pumped all the info I could get out of Rich about the weather to the north, he'd heard the same thing I had...70% chance of snow for Carson City on Sunday. He gave me his phone number just in case I came that way and needed help or a place to hide out from the snow. Very nice guy.

    It's time for me roll on down the road...

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  14. larryboy

    larryboy Stable genius.

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    awesome awesome awesome:clap:clap:clap
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  16. larryboy

    larryboy Stable genius.

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    I've gotten a ton of questions about this section in the past, so I shot the roughest section and broke it up into four shorter segments.



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  17. larryboy

    larryboy Stable genius.

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  18. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Just caught up again. Kinda rough when your reading a great one and writing another at the same time !
    "The moving rocks" !! How cool is that ? I saw that on TV, "How the Earth Was Made" I think was the show. Puzzled geologists for years.
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  19. Oilybimmer

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    Thank you for taking me along Larry, you have given me a look into a part of the world that is completely new to me, Though I had heard of Death Valley I never knew about the variety of conditions, the history and the amazing riding to be had there, I like the Cabins idea too.
    Stewart
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  20. Moraflex

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    Larry, the red tie-strap around the DirtBagz....

    I have the same bagz on my Honda and I'm using the supplied black straps. Did these not work for you, or did the bagz fail at some point.

    Great idea about the tent poles on the handlebars. Thanks.
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