Imperial Sand Dunes

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  1. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Javalina talked me into (like that was hard) taking a trip to the Imperial Sand Dunes in California. I had ridden a lot in the sandy south Jersey Pine Barrens back in the day, so I didn't consider myself a newbie, but riding the monster dunes takes a whole new skill set.

    We met at Javalina's place in Phoenix at 4AM to load up and head off for California. We rolled into the south side of the Imperial Sand Dunes less than 4 hours later and met our buddy DULAC and James who not only beat us out there, but also had their campsite already setup.

    The boys this day included:

    Javalina - CRF450R
    LuvMan5 - YZ125
    Schultzie - Honda Quad something
    DULAC - Raptor 700
    James - Suzuki Quad
    Nightstalker - CRF450X

    Unloading the trailer

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    DULAC Campsite

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    The Schultzie rental quad didn't want to start and needed a little inspiration.

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  3. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Have paddle tire and flag, will travel!

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    "Reading" the dunes is a skill that Brian and I had not yet aquired.

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  4. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    James led us down Patton Valley to where everyone was congregating and running up the big hills. Brian was digging it.

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  5. BikePilot

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    Good stuff! I love dune riding:clap:clap
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  6. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Schutzie has a go at it.

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    No worries.

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  7. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    DULAC!

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    James

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    The crowd disperses.

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  8. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Javalina takes a stab at the hill on Brian's 125.

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    ATV drag races.

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    The 450 will pretty much climb anything with the "Turbo" paddle!

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  9. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    We left the hill and followed James through the dunes. Navigating the dunes is tricky and an incorrect choice leads to disasterous results. At least sand doesn't hurt [much] when you go over the bars.

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    sweet! that looks like tons of fun! rip it up!
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  11. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    The dunes get these holes in them called the witch's eye. Avoid them at all costs!! Javalina demonstrates.

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  12. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    The sand also changes from soft to SUPER soft at places. If you're not already on the gas, you'll be coming to an abrupt stop.

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  13. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    20 miles into the ride, my 1.9 gallon tank hit reserve! We turned back to the truck for lunch and flag repairs.

    Schultzie.

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  14. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    After lunch, we ran the spine back to Patton Valley.

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    DULAC!

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    James

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  15. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Schultzie came down with a dose of over confidence...

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    DULAC! pulled the ATV off Schultzie, he was OK.

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  16. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    At the dunes, bikes and quads can live in harmony.

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    Back at the hill, the crowd had grown. The show was on!

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    Amazing!

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    Spectators

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  17. Nightstalker

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    We pressured Brian into giving the hill a try.

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    He made it up, no problemo!

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  18. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    One last shot of the hill and we're off!

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    Trail riding the dunes.

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  19. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    All loaded up and ready to go and the truck is stuck in the sand. James gives us a hand.

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    And of course, we stopped for some grub on the way home.

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  20. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    If you haven't been to the dunes; BEG, BORROW, or STEAL and go. Go tomorrow!
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