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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by molochnik, May 1, 2019.
There’s a video of the Afton water crossing. Looks easy but can be complicated.
Where is the video?
And more pictures, please! I really enjoy that area.
Geez, I thought it was enough to take a few pics while trying not to drop the bike or the phone!
No videos but here are some more pics.
My picture taking skills are pretty unremarkable. I usually just snap a photo if I happen to pee somewhere nice.
Unfortunately, my endeavors are typically an A to B affair much to folks’ chagrin
Stopped at the mailbox. Didn’t sign in.
The water left there gives me hope for humanity. I would have left a bottle myself until I realized I lost a bottle I had stuffed in my straps.
The ditch pic is where I sorta fell over. I won’t count it as a crash since a handlebar hadn’t touched the ground. That section changes constantly; really gotta take your time or ride light.
I dunno how people in a full size American 4x4 can fit through some of those places.
The section coming up to 95 is super rocky. I’m astonished I didn’t end up with a pinch flat. Came up on some Army guys 4 wheeling and they told me I only had an hour into Laughlin.
The trail is poorly marked as you get to the end( or beginning), but for what I went through finding my way the last few miles, I’m calling it good enough.
Had to do a lot of wandering to try and keep on the gps track I had.
The final pics are the only physical damage sustained after getting crossed up on Soda dry lake. Really rutted mud. Bike luckily had its fall broken by my knee.
I recorded a video at the end of the trail but it’s too big to upload.
There’s an enormous amount to see and my pics don’t do it justice. If I had stopped everywhere there was something to photograph it would have taken another day.
Sorry for my prickly reply; I see now I suggested I had a video but I was speaking of one I had seen on a Mojave trail website.
Those guys did very well. I’m not sure why my bike stalled. It didn’t appear to have sucked water- it cranked fine and wasn’t hydro locked, my pipe wasn’t under, but it was evident I ended up with water in the float bowl. I tried working it out with copious throttle but it wasn’t until I opened the drain screw that everything was good.
No milky oil.
Knowing now that I only used half a tank that day, I would have made a better effort to avoid it.
Now that's a proper Mojave Road ride. I've done that same route solo also. Good job.
It was a proper adventure to say the least. Home again; took the freeway which was almost as painful as the trail. Ended up taking Rt66 for part of it to avoid the freeway nonsense.
How many people told you “you’ve got balls “ to do it solo?
I never told anyone because it seemed like such a bad idea. Some of those sections are so remote that you'd be screwed if you got injured.
I'm thinking of doing it west to east in Mid March on the way to Noobs via Austin, TX - starting in SF Bay Area.
Might be solo too - and I'm insane anyway so - meh.
The water crossing is really the only downer...well that and the Manix wash; you'll be wet until you camp. Unless you're a superstar, it will be a two day endeavor.
Too bad you won't be able to go through during the bloom - it's freakin' fantastic.
Be careful on Soda dry lake; there are some serious ruts.
All that said, I'm itching to do it again. I like it, it's close, it's challenging, and doesn't take weeks to complete.
Thanks! I’m doing my homework now, have a lot of time so if I get outside my comfort zone I can backtrack.