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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    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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    Wooo! I'm 50!

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    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
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  4. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Hi RD!

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

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    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 !
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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
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  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!
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