Make Booty Your Favorite! A Death Valley Treasure Hunt with BigWan and LittleWan

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by LittleWan, Mar 21, 2012.

  1. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Well, I lied. It's so early!
    I'm not going to enjoy my friday night, I'm going to knock some more of this thing out...



    hey, look - I was right, here's how the kitchen looked in 2012 - white cabinet. now it's turquoise to match the window trim.
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    A couple of screen shots of the way to chicken corner (Since I already took them)
    Look! That bridge thing is in really great shape...

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    I kept telling myself not to look to the left...

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    I think I can, I think I can!

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    Yeah. No. :nah
    I was pretty sure I was going to deflect off the rocks and drive off the cliff...


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  2. larryboy

    larryboy Stable genius.

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    That's not a bridge anymore.

    :deal
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  3. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Wooo! Girl's bike! :lol3

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    I hate that outside line! So scary.
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    Can you see how it just drops straight down?
    (Sorry the sena camera was starting to fog up...)

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    And then we were on our way to Middle Park...
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  4. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    True! haha :)

    Used to be more bridge-like...
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  5. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    LittleWan You can do it!

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    The sena really fogged up for middle park. The Go pro used to do that, too.
    Must be something about going from the cooler canyon to the warmer meadow?
    Anyway, video is unusable from that area.



    Let's skip to the snow!

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    Remember I said I was good for picking up the XT 3 times in a ride?
    This is after drops #2 and #3.
    We hit some ice and I tried to put my foot down. Nope. Dropped it.
    Then, after picking it up, I slipped on more ice and the XT and I both fell to the other side.
    :becca

    I opted to walk down the steepest part
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    The other (less steep) snow was kind of fun to ride...

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  7. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Pleasant Canyon lived up to its name... :D

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    What a fun ride! :ricky



    We went back to Ballarat and packed up.

    I don't usually drive our rig but this seemed like a good place to get some practice.
    So, I drove our truck and toyhauler from Ballarat to Stovepipe Wells (I didn't want to have to park it in the campspot).
    I swear, every time I drive, there seems to be an 8% grade! The guard rails freaked me out, too.


    But, we survived. :gdog i didn't kill us. This time.


    Sunset at Furnace Creek Camp Ground
    (I posted a different one in the death valley conditions thread - the colors were amazing and kept changing.
    This one was my favorite! :0-0)
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    Snow riding! Awesome.
  9. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    It was surprisingly rideable! And so pretty...
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  10. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Echo Canyon and Big Dune



    I had never been to either of these places before.
    I remember seeing BigWan's video of the steps at Echo and I was nervous...

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    It's a really beautiful canyon

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    We got lost at one point and ended up at Inyo mine.
    Didn't take any pics, though. Or video.
    Can't remember if this was before or after the mine. :scratch

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    Getting closer to the canyon steps...

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    OK, I think that's all for now. 3 hours is enough for tonight.
    Gotta find the video that goes next...

    LW
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    DiggerD DougFir from SuperDuke Days

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    I feel another DV trip coming on.

    :D:D:D:D
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    Shady Pass David Long timer Supporter

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    Geez.....Briggs would bring in $600. a night in Seattle......
    Good to know the "unpleasant" folks can't find the way there....
    I'm seeing these pictures swell!
    Thanks
  13. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Yes! :thumb


    I know, right? Such a nice place.
    @larryboy can tell you more - we've never stayed overnight but they have a power system and a water set up and all kinds of cool stuff.
    The Friends of Briggs and Stone Cabins do an incredible job.

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    Hey, are my photos back?
    Maybe!



    So, our house guest won't be coming til tomorrow.
    Matt has a playdate with our trials friends. I'm so jealous, the conditions are perfect. Dry logs!

    But, I'm feeling a little under the weather.
    Built a little fire in the woodstove...

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    I'm going to stay home and work on the report.
    :type

    Now I just need some hot tea...:*sip*

    LW
  14. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    As we approached the step, BigWan was in my helmet yelling, "Go! Go! Go!"
    Um. What?

    No, thank you.
    The last thing I wanted to do was crash here and not make it to the dunes.

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    This photo does not convey how tall the step looks in person!

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    Maybe this screen shot does?

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    Yeah.
    Nope.




    Thanks, Mr. Honey!

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  15. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    There was another canyon with some rocky parts.
    We discussed line choice here.

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    The trials-y line was down the solid rock (where I was standing)
    but I opted for the jumbly bits instead.

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    I enjoyed this section, but the upcoming deep sand was starting to creep into my thoughts...

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    Getting closer to the dunes! :uhoh

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    RedDogAlberta High Plains Drifter

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    I just love these assorted cabins in Death Valley. Kudos to all responsible for them. We need more of this in life in sharing with the community. I encourage all to leave something for others be it soup, bottled water, bath tissue, etc.
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    DiggerD DougFir from SuperDuke Days

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    On one of our trips to DV, we were out exploring and got off track.
    We were on the steep foot hills of a valley and this two track lead us down hill, which got real steep and loose.
    We stopped on a small landing on the way down and I got elected to ride down to see if this two track led back out into the valley.
    It did not and dead ended into a hole / cave still heading down hill.
    I found a drilling rig that looked to me abandoned because they got it stuck because the two track was too steep and loose.
    That got me concerned. There were 4 riders in our group and two of them were new bee's to this type of riding.
    I got my bike turned around and gave it all I had to get out of the hole, yelling at the guys that it was a dead end as I blasted pass roosting rocks as they took cover.
    I knew they had their work cut out for them. One newbe made it out barely. The second one failed. That left the more experienced one to ride two bikes out of the hole.
    He later told me his mantra he repeated to him self as he rode the KLR up hill.
    " I am not pushing this bike up this hill and this is not my bike ":lol3
    The throttle was pinned non stop up hill and the new be walked himself out of the hole.
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  18. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    It actually took a while to get completely out of the canyons and down to the sand.

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    This part ^ was nice, but then there was a long stretch of rocks.
    Rocks and rocks and rocks.
    It went on forever...





    The sandy road to the dunes had some deep ruts/tracks and it was a pretty wiggly ride.
    I know what I'm supposed to do in sand, but making my hand twist the throttle is another thing...
    "I'm gonna die!"


    In the video that I'll post later, you can hear BigWan cracking up in the dunes.
    It's probably because I tend to laugh and scream in my helmet when I'm riding sand.
    Here's a short video from a couple years ago -




    :lol3




    A trials bike is one thing, but this was only the 2nd time I had ridden the XT in sand.
    First time in real dunes. :uhoh
    I was hoping I wouldn't crash too much...


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    It went surprisingly well! Got stuck one time (upright) in a really soft spot but made it out.
    Went too slow here and fell over.
    Man, the XT was heavy in the sand!

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    Other than that one drop, it was surprisingly smooth sailing! :rayof

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    LittleWan You can do it!

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    :nod


    :lol3 Poor noobs!
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    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Wheeeee!
    I need a lot more time in the dunes before I'll totally get the hang of it, but I did have a good time. :D

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    I was worried about burning up too much fuel (and my own nerves), so I sent BigWan to go play

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    He has only ridden a big bike (950, 990) in the dunes so he was curious how the 350 would do...

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    He thought it was great. Plenty of power.
    At least for that day, in those conditions (moist from the recent rains).



    Okay, we're going to run out of fuel (or daylight) if we screw around too much...
    still had to go back through Echo canyon, too.
    The sandy road was still wiggly, but I felt much more relaxed on the way out.

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