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. larryboy

    larryboy Stable genius.

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    Thanks 'motic, I was close to 400 miles for the day...if I would have had a one ton truck with a chain...


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  2. larryboy

    larryboy Stable genius.

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    I really hate falling down, so I took it pretty slow as you can tell in the vids.

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    The wind was blowing a bit and I was still winded from my morning workout.

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    Things turned to rain around 4,000 feet or so.

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    I found a few pavement bypasses as I went up towards Dyer, NV...this one dead ended at a drop off.

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    I was planning on making myself a late breakfast, but I was shivering uncontrollably and needed to get warm and dry. I went to the saloon in Dyer and got some breakfast.

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    I was heading for a place I'd heard about, I'd been given directions over the internet and figured I'd find it today.

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    It's hunting season for Big Horn Sheep, so things were pretty quiet around camp.

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    Medium hot with big time flow thru the tub, very nice early afternoon. I'm going to stay here tonight and do a little unloaded riding this afternoon.

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  3. larryboy

    larryboy Stable genius.

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    I left everything at camp except for my tools and headed out for some exploring.

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    Roads usually have a reason as did this one.

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    The grit it took to mine here was impressive.

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    I had wandered around for a few hours and it was time to head back towards camp. It's kind of nice to have low mileage days(for me), most days will be in the 100 to 150 mile range as I'm planning to immerse myself in every 'Moment' .

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  4. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer Super Supporter

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    :lurk :5stars :amazing
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  5. FLYING EYEBALL

    FLYING EYEBALL out of step

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    great stuff larryboy :freaky
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  6. Lion BR

    Lion BR I'd rather be riding

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    Fantastic LarryBoy! :thumb
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  7. larryboy

    larryboy Stable genius.

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    Thanks for reading guys!! :thumb






    Heading back to camp...

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    I decided to give myself a chance at bump starting in the morning.

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    Let's get dinner started!!

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    The moon, atomic.

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    This is gonna be tasty!!

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    Paris gave me a knife for my birthday. He wanted me to have it to stab mean people if I needed to, I'll just cut steaks with it. :lol3

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    There was a sink with hot water and good pressure from the natural hot spring.

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    It's about 20 degrees tonight, I found a nearby camp with a roaring fire and helped myself to some heat. Back to the tent for some map reading.

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    The wind blew really hard all night and the sky spit some sort of ice pellets all over the place.

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    While I ate bacon, eggs and tortillas this is all I had to look at:

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    I fed the ducks a few scraps.

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    It's time to head south. I gassed up in Dyer including my extra 1.5 gallon can. Topped off my water in the bathroom sink. South...Death Valley...

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    I hadn't been in this area for a few years and it took me a few tries to find the road I was after.

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    Looks like it's still storming in the direction I'm going.

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    I stopped for a break where I'm going to take a left turn.

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    Going to go up through the Sylvania Mtns.

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    I have no set plans and if I can't make it over the top it doesn't really matter, I can come back and try a different route.

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    I had to double check my map as things look different with snow on the ground.

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    This is the crest, right around 8500 ft.

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  8. SFKLR

    SFKLR Noob. Again.

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    At the 5:15 or 5:20 mark of the Wyman Canyon snow video: "This could be an interesting two weeks!" :roflYa think?!

    Hard to believe we were sweating like mad and begging for shade at that very spot just four months earlier.

    Snow ridin', gate jumpin', and a "quick shake down ride" to DV and back before doing it AGAIN for two more weeks--in winter? Hard effin' core! No support truck for you. Five stars for the reporting, the photos, and the trip itself.:clap
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  9. larryboy

    larryboy Stable genius.

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    Yeah man, I forgot I said that right there. :lol3

    It was an interesting two weeks, that's for sure. Things were a battle to survive on a few nights...we'll get to that soon enough.
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  10. larryboy

    larryboy Stable genius.

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    I tried to get video of going down the narrow section of Tule Canyon, but I was shivering and mixed up which batteries were charged or not. It was pretty cool, the snow was drifted into the narrow slot canyon and I had to break trail in about 2 feet of snow, luckily it was down hill.

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    This is the turn I normally take down to Roosevelt Well, but I've decided to go over to Gold Point this time.

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    There is an old cabin ruin here that I use for a landmark to find this trail.

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    I have to climb a small switchback section, but the snow is a little drier on this side of the hill if that makes sense.

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    I'm over the top and on a road I've never ridden, heading for the ghost town at Gold Point.

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    See what I mean about the snow? Dry looking to me.

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    Heading down the road I remember that there should be cell coverage here and I make a call home.

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    Less snow as I head south, but it's bitter cold...mid 20's.

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    I go up to look at an old mine and I have a vague memory of a decent cabin in this area.

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    Ahhhaaa, there it is..see it hiding behind the hill?

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  11. balloonman

    balloonman Been here awhile

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    I'm enjoying your RR as I use to live in AZ. I would rather camp in warmer places, don't freez your buns off. Those hot springs look like a good break to clean and warm. Captain Tom
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  12. larryboy

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    Thanks, Tom!!








    I've never been inside this cabin, but it looks promising!!

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    Yeah, we can stay here.

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    It was about 2:00 PM. Time for a quick lunch.

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    I unloaded the bike, grabbed my tools and went for a ride.

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    I found a few chunks of firewood at a dugout rock cabin and made a few trips back to my cabin. It's called the 'Stateline Cabin'. It's getting really cold already and the puddle on the porch is frozen already.

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    I parked the bike up on the hill behind the cabin hoping for an easy bump start in the morning. I failed at the bump start at the hot springs. I'd better figure out a cold weather starting method pretty soon as this thing is wearing me out.

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    There was all kinds of good stuff for a motorcycle rider, Arizona tea and a fresh magazine to read.

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    Snow piled against the window.

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    There were couches and a couple of recliners here. I found a cot that was a little worn, but I fixed it up with a piece of plywood. I set the cot up near the woodstove and hung an old blanket over the doorway to the bedroom to try to keep as much heat as I could in the main cabin.

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    I found a book and read long into the night.

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  13. larryboy

    larryboy Stable genius.

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    There was enough firewood here to keep warm all night long...it was awesome!!!

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    I'm not going very far today, so I drank a pot of cowboy coffee and sat next to the woodstove reading for awhile. I took the rest of the canned milk with me so it wouldn't go to waste. This place is outside the park and it's legal to target shoot, so I added my cans and bottles to the targets in a box on the porch.

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    Wow.

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    I failed at bump starting again, but it pulled enough fuel to kick start pretty easy.

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    I've always wanted to see what's up this dead end road, but I never seem to have time or enough fuel. I've got plenty of both today.

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  14. larryboy

    larryboy Stable genius.

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    There is a great little trail from the cabin that comes out in Oriental Wash.

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    Down to the main road.

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    Taking my time today.

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    Into the park.

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    Heading up the road to Last Chance Spring.

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    There was a cabin here that burned in 1990 I think.

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    I hiked up to the mine.

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    I found the original road. If a mine starts to pay they have the extra cash to put in a better road.

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    There was a nice grassy area fenced off where they kept the livestock.

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    I hiked overland towards the spring.

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    I figured these were bobcat tracks...

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    I spotted the spring and while crossing another draw I found the mountain lion tracks...those were cub tracks, not bobcat. Please, don't eat me...I'll go now.

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    I had to go past the springs to get to the bike.

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    Gulp...tracks where there weren't any just ten minutes ago, they had circled back around me.

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    Let's get outta here!!

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  15. Second chance

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    I am thoughly enjoying this adventure of yours Larry. After years of not being able to ride offroad motorcycles because of a long illness I bought a used adventure bike this fall and am trying to get back into riding. For now I'm living through your adventure. Thank you for taking the time to share this with all of us.

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    hanksmybuddy Been here awhile

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    Very much enjoyed. Thanks......:clap:clap:clap
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    cool report.
    really liked the way you kicked it off!
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  18. larryboy

    larryboy Stable genius.

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    Thanks Dave!! A dislocated knee got me back to the dirt. I couldn't ride for nine months and that alone just about killed me. I had to come up with a bike that would work with my knee and dual sports had the best riding position.



    Thanks, we have a long ways to go with this one...stay tuned!!




    Thanks, Rivka!! :thumb
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  19. larryboy

    larryboy Stable genius.

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    Down to Crankshaft Crossing.

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    I took a look at the lead mines and went waaaay out a dead end road system.

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    Some nice sights as I head for the Eureka Valley.

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    I'm looking for the road that goes to the walking trail for the Marble Dunes.

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    I found the road and went out to the end. You have to walk from here, I'm very tempted. It's around 2:00 PM or so, but it's six miles one way from what I've been told and it's cold enough that I wouldn't survive the night if something bad happened...I'll have to wait for somebody to go with me someday. The dunes are through that low notch, waaaay the heck out there.

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    I'm going here for the night:

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    I've wanted to hike up on the dunes for a really long time, so I have a snack and decide to go for it. The wind can get really bad here and it was pretty calm at the moment, so I set up camp and put a few rocks in the tent to hold it down.

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    So, I picked out a dune for a goal and set out. I'm shooting one that seems to be about half the height of the tallest dune...these are the tallest dunes in California at 700 feet from the valley floor.

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    It really wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be.

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    I wanted to stay until sunset, but the wind came up and it got super cold.

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    I hollered a hello to some passing hikers that were camped near me.

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    It's time to head back to camp.

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    It will be dark soon...

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  20. larryboy

    larryboy Stable genius.

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    I made it back to camp.

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    My camp neighbors had been on a day trip and had since returned. The girl called me over with the promise of free beer...straight to my heart...I LOVE beer!!! I went over and met Miles, Rebecca and get this...by now you all kind of know me...the little tikes name is...wait for it...ready? His name is Lyric and he's three!!!! I actually go by 'Lyrically Driven' on some other forums. It turns out that Becca was in charge of shopping for the trip, she came back with 250 beers and a 4 pack of toilet paper...I'm going to like her, plus she has the same name as my wife!!


    Oh, here comes a jet...I ran for my camera, just in case he came back for another run. They don't usually come back, but for Thanksgiving he made a turn around the dunes and came back for me!!!

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    I've been trying to get a jet picture for over five years and maybe 12 different trips here...I'm sooo stoked!!!
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