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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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    Hi Gary,
    Matt's 350 came with mousses but he didn't like them (said they felt wooden or "dead").
    Now he's running Tubliss. He wasn't into it at first, but now he got a better pump and likes Tubliss much more.
    We've been riding in NV a little, but are always interested in more. Let us know!
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  2. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    1/29/20 PSR - Darwin - Lower Centennial Flat - S 5 - Saline Valley Rd - Lippincott - Racetrack - Teakettle Jct - Hunter Mountain - PSR
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    We made it to Teakettle Junction with most of our fillings intact.
    Man, that washboard is brutal!
    We could go way faster on the 990, although we did have to stay seated - so 6 of one, half a dozen of the other.
    Matt can do 55mph on the 350 but the little XT can't go 55 on washboard without feeling like it's going to blow up.
    I was able to manage 40-43mph and the washboard was tolerable.

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    some of the current tea kettles
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    Next up - Hunter Mountain.


    Double checking the GPS.
    One nice thing about Hunter Mountain Rd today - no silt! :lol3
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    Hmmm. I see a lot of snow on that mountain...
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    yeah.
    It didn't take too long before we realized we had made a huge tiny mistake.




    Ice. Then mud and ice.
    Ugh! So much glop.

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    Good times.


    Then back to just ice.
    This was probably drop #4.

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    Matt: Do you need help?
    Me: no...I got it.... I think....

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    :gdog

    Wooo! I'm 50!

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    :rofl




    It was so frickin cold right here...we had been shivering all day due to the wind,
    but it was super chilly in the shade with all the ice.
    I kept getting screwed up because the edges of the ruts were so hard.
    I would nick one, then slide. Try and put a foot out...no luck.


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    We got to a pretty steep incline. It did not look good for us. Hope we can get out of here.
    Matt was trying to coach me up the hill.
    He said, "you have to go fast enough to get up the hill, but not so fast you crash"

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    Yeah. I couldn't do it.
    Ouch, ice hurts! It was like landing on a slab of marble.
    I got some pretty good bruises from that one.



    BigWan rode my bike up for me. :crash

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    Just walking up in moto boots was hard enough. :knary



    it went on forever.

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    Whew. Finally got out.
    We were losing daylight, and we still had a ways to go...

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    No more pics after that.
    Had to haul butt to get back to camp.
    Matt wanted to get me through one more hard part before it was completely dark.
    We made it, barely.




    I had never ridden the XT in the dark before.
    The headlight isn't great, but surprisingly, it's better than the 350's sad candle!
    We rode side by side and with both lights on highbeam, we could kind of see.
    I could barely hear my own teeth chattering over the noise of Matt's teeth chattering over the intercom.
    :vardy


    The scariest part of the day for me was going into reserve in the downhill twisties on hwy 190.
    There were lots of cars coming at us, the wind felt like it was blowing us off the road, and I was freaking out because it was dark.
    "I just ran out of gas!"
    Oh yeah, reserve. Right.
    I still had to pull off the road to flip the switch.



    Boy, was I happy to see PSR!

    So, today - riding in sand, riding up Lippincott, riding on washboard, sliding around in the ice and mud,
    racing the sun, being scared out of my mind, getting home in the dark...
    It brought back all the old memories of riding 2 up.
    I guess I'm adventure-riding now! :lol3

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  3. ROAD DAMAGE

    ROAD DAMAGE Long timer Supporter

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    Kelly, I've got to ask ................................... Does Matt have a big fat term life insurance policy taken out on you? :lol3

    Just call me Geraldo, because I'm always asking the tough questions. :deal


    Good to see you two out thrashing around.
    BTW, You're the real deal on your own bike. :thumb
    Impressive stuff!

    RD
  4. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Hi RD!

    Hmmm. That is an excellent question...:hmmmmm

    :lol3


    Aw, thanks! I'm doing my best as a middle aged beginner. :knary
    I am still a giant chickenshit, but Matt is a pretty good chicken whisperer :robin and he gets me through stuff.
    Great to hear from you!
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  5. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    1/30/20 PSR - Saline Valley Rd - boxcar cabin - viking mine cabin - darwin - PSR - minnietta cabin - osborne cabin - PSR



    Whew. Are you guys sick of me yet?
    Almost done.
    No video for today, so that means I can't get bogged down in documenting every inch of the trail.
    In fact, I'm going to try and leave out as much detail as I can!
    (good luck)


    It was still windy today, but the temps were warmer.
    My street riding sucks, so we started off with the highway.
    After last night's ride in the dark, doing it in the daylight was easy.
    But it made me happy to get onto Saline Valley road.



    I took a photo of this map, purely out of Ride Report habit.
    Maybe if I zoom in it's good for something?
    We were there.
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    We went to check out Boxcar Cabin.

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    Hey, someone put up a new sign!

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    This was the old sign, circa 2012

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    They're both nice, but I think I like the old one better.
    The new one looks too hot.


    A couple pics inside. I like the paper lantern.

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    Ladybug for @Ladybug!

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    We took a peek at the outhouse...
    In Matt's words, "it's graphic..."
    Yeah. Ick.



    Got back on the road...
    We were looking around, checking out side trails, when some structures caught our eye.
    Found our way up and discovered a new-to-us cabin.

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    The point and shoot hanging by the door was working. Matt turned it on and we saw photos of the owner's dog.
    Hope they came back and found their camera!
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    the guestbook told us this was Viking Mine Cabin.

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    Hey, we know that guy! @joefromsf

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    Super nice view from up here!

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    We screwed around some more, riding sand and checking out side trails.
    Went back via Darwin. By the time we got back to PSR, it was still early.
    Where should we ride next?


    I was in a cabin mood, so we decided to go visit Minnietta and Osborne.
    Unfortunately, Minnietta was occupied.

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    I was so sad, I had wanted to leave some magnetic poetry for @larryboy !
    (old pics from inside minnietta)
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    We made our way over to Osborne.

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    No video today, so I can't screen shot how awesome the road was.
    I had forgotten how long it takes to get to Osborne, a couple of times I was worried that we were lost.
    Rockier than I remembered, too.
    It was great. :ricky


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    I briefly read the guest book and noticed that the visitors before us were complaining that the cabin was a mess.
    They wrote that they had spent a bunch of time cleaning up after the previous guests.
    That sucks. I did see that the previous entries were all about drinking and shooting.


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    The kitchen was looking a little rough.

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    haha, did a doubletake here...

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    OK. Bye, Osborne!


    The road was just as fun on the way out.

    I remember we had a hard time riding this wash when we were 2 up.
    But it was pretty good on little bikes. :D

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    I can't lead, though. Whenever I lead, I take us down washes that dead end.
    Washes look like fun roads!
    Until they stop at a bunch of boulders or drop offs and then Matt has to show me how to get out.
    (don't worry, I'm not leading at DVNR, haha :rofl)



    Apparently, I'm not great at following, either.
    Matt: Where are you?
    Me: Um...nothing! Just took a different line...
    :lol3

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    BigWan is trying to up my speeds.
    We practiced going faster from here to the highway.
    Lots of sand and rocks. Watch out for the dips!
    Plenty of opportunities for a flat or a crash out there.



    And then we were back at PSR.
    We went just over 100 miles today.


    :ricky
  6. Ol Man

    Ol Man Long timer Supporter

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    Your reports are always so much fun. Glad you are back to writing these.
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  7. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Hi Ol Man! :wave

    I'm not sure how it happened. :dunno



    :rofl

    Almost done with the scouting trip, guess we'll see how the noob rally goes!
  8. redog1

    redog1 KTM 690R

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    Hey BigWan and LilWan. Been awhile. Funny how things happen. I haven't been on advrider much at all but when I pop in I see this ride report. Heading to Death Valley next week (not on bikes) Meeting my riding buddies down there for some 4 wheel off roading. I turn 60 next week also. Haven't been riding much the past couple of years but hoping to get back to it next year. Nice to see you're still out there. Have fun and stay safe. I know this is a current ride report but hope you see my message.:D:clap
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  9. Ladybug

    Ladybug Bug Sister Supporter

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    Happy Birthday @redog1. Enjoy a bit of DV for me too. :clap
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  10. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Hi @redog1 ! :wave

    Good to hear from you! Nice to see you're still out there, too.
    Hope you have a great time in DV, go visit some cabins! :D

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    take care, LW

    p.s. thanks for the heads up @Ladybug :flug
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  11. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper Supporter

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    Glad to see everyone still around! Redog1 happy bday!
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  12. redog1

    redog1 KTM 690R

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    Hi Ladybug. I hope all is well with you. :-)
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  13. redog1

    redog1 KTM 690R

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    thanks everyone. Looking forward to the trip and glad to hear from you. 60 this year. never thought I'd make this year. Meeting Lionsroaar and another friend in DV. Might be some drinking involved.:D:clap
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  14. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Adventurer

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    I stayed the night in Briggs cabin about 20 years ago. I had a big storm chasing me down the mountain but never made it. The skies opened up and lightning filled the air around me. I didn't know about the cabins in South Park. I went to Briggs for shelter and knocked on the door. I was a little apprehensive because I was scared off from the Barker Ranch earlier by a man with a shotgun that claimed he was one of Charlie Manson's original followers. But in this case, I realised that the cabin was open to all on a first come first serve basis. I was able to get a fire started to stay warm as I was wet and not prepared to sleep out there. There was IPA beer in the fridge and food in the cabinets so I didnt go hungry or thirsty. I was able to do some cleaning and even mowed the lawn to pitch in.
    What an amazing night i had alone at Briggs. It really saved me when I was riding solo on my 1993 XR650L and was unprepared for bad weather that trip
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  15. flying.moto

    flying.moto Earthbound Misfit, I Supporter

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    It seems like I just came back from Colorado and some rocky gnar... but this thread has me seriously wishing to be riding DV as soon as possible! There is still so much there to be discovered! I have only been to a handful of cabins you mention... Hmm...

    Saline Valley seems to be highs in the 70's lows in 50's... and I get 4 days off after this work trip I am on now... im starting to get nutty ideas :loco

    Back to re-living my memories through your RR for now! :ricky

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    THANK YOU :super
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  16. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Hi guys,
    @flyingdutchman177 - it's so cool that you got to stay at Briggs!
    Thanks for your story - I'll bet it was a little spooky, but such a neat experience.


    @flying.moto (hey, flying dutchman, flying moto....you both have wings! Or capes? :pynd)
    Thanks for reading the report - glad to help you re-live some memories!
    Sounds like the perfect time for you to go discover some new cabins :deal


    I'm with you....DV sounds really good right now.
    Speaking of re-living memories, BigWan and I went for a e-bike ride yesterday and I sure was thinking about Hunter Mountain!
    This snow was way more rideable, though...
    I didn't eat shit :D

    snow.jpg

    I'm not sure how much longer these photobucket-hosted photos will keep working,
    but I'm happy people are still reading the reports for now.
    Thanks, guys.

    LW
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  17. Bonnie & Clyde

    Bonnie & Clyde Wishing I was riding RTW

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    That's not deep enough :D

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  18. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    It is for these skinny tires! :lol3

    Yeah, fat tires rule the snow...esp with the BBSHD!
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  19. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    hi guys,

    Not sure how many of you read the regional forums, let alone the specific West forum, so I thought I'd put this here.
    (EDIT - see @Ol Man 's post below for the link to the West forum PSR thread)


    Like many small businesses, Panamint Springs Resort is really hurting right now. They are barely making it.
    There's a GoFundMe page set up for them, hoping to raise enough money to keep the lights on.
    If you love Death Valley and like being able to get fuel and food - please consider making a donation.
    We are all the losers if PSR closes down.

    GoFundMe page:

    https://gf.me/u/za565w


    from the GoFundMe page:
    Panamint Springs, a rustic and remote community & resort in the heart of Death Valley National Park has been decimated by the COVID travel bans and has barely been able to survive since April. The resort is off the grid and has to generate its own electricity, but the bank is threatening to take the generators. With no electricity, the resort and small community will close permanently and the people who live and work there will become homeless. This is why a group of us Panamint enthusiasts are asking for the community to step in and help save this family and community. If it goes under, the park will probably bull-dose the place and it will never return.

    The family members on site have been working since April without pay trying to keep the place from going under, but it has been a real struggle. The National Park was closed for quite some time, and visitors to the area dropped 95% within days of the shutdown. Travelers are finally beginning to return to the area, but with all the restrictions still in place and the uncertainty about further restrictions, it is still a daily struggle to keep operations going. It's been a brutal year for the family but they have managed to keep the campground, RV Parking, Fuel Station, and Store open, along with take-out and outdoor dining on a limited schedule in the restaurant. Getting food, fuel, and supplies delivered to the resort has become near impossible and very expensive, so they have had to get very creative in order to obtain fresh quality food items and supplies. The motel has been open off and on, and finally has enough guests to allow daily reservations. They have taken great measures to implement COVID health protocols throughout the resort to protect the guests and community, but that is also very expensive.

    The family has struggled to keep up with creditors, most are working with the family to give them some breathing room, but the generators were installed in February right before everything fell apart, and there just isn't enough business yet to cover the costs. We are hoping to raise enough to pay them off, or at least give the bank enough to prevent them from showing up in the middle of the night and turning the electricity off.

    In addition to raising some needed funds, we would like encourage everyone to plan and book a trip up to Panamint as soon as you can. Also, please tell your family and friends about Panamint Springs and how amazing of an experience a visit to the Panamint community and Death Valley National Park would be. This time of year is the best time, the weather is not hot and the landscape is breathtaking. If you are looking for somewhere to escape all the lock-downs and hoards of people on top of each other, then Panamint is the place to go. Bring your RV, tent, hiking boots, or just jump in the car and go. This is a great place to get away from everything and everyone.

    Please help save this 100 year old historic resort.


    https://www.panamintsprings.com/


    Hope enough funds are raised to keep PSR open. We've made some really good memories there.
    Met some super nice people, got great ride intel, even got invited to some spectacular dinners.

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    If you haven't been to PSR yet, hurry! Go book a campsite, ride DV, enjoy it all.

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    Hope they're still open in March, we were looking forward to meeting @Ladybug for some DV fun.
    Fingers crossed...

    :flug
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  20. Ol Man

    Ol Man Long timer Supporter

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