Molochnik and his DR finally find the Mojave Road

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  1. molochnik

    molochnik Anhedonic Enthusiast

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    There’s a video of the Afton water crossing. Looks easy but can be complicated.

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  2. slogger

    slogger Been here awhile

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    Where is the video?

    And more pictures, please! I really enjoy that area.
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    molochnik Anhedonic Enthusiast

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    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.

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    molochnik Anhedonic Enthusiast

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    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

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    molochnik Anhedonic Enthusiast

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.
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    molochnik Anhedonic Enthusiast

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    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.
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    Now that's a proper Mojave Road ride. I've done that same route solo also. Good job.
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    molochnik Anhedonic Enthusiast

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    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.
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    molochnik Anhedonic Enthusiast

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    How many people told you “you’ve got balls “ to do it solo?
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    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.
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    molochnik Anhedonic Enthusiast

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    Very true.
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  14. Matt fe2o3

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    Nice thread!

    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.
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    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.
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  16. Matt fe2o3

    Matt fe2o3 I think.

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    Thanks! I’m doing my homework now, have a lot of time so if I get outside my comfort zone I can backtrack.
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