Mountain Snow to Desert Rain and Wind 36 hour dash to madness

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  1. Stroked 550

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    well @circusinthesky and I decided after our failed BDR debacle it was time we redeem ourselves. We set out from Riverside popped on to Hwy 38 after slabbin it on the freeway for a bit...Im buzzin along on my wee lil 450 well @circusinthesky is cruising along on his 701

    We make our way up hwy 38 for a bit and then turn off the slab to make our way through the unknown conditions of the jeep trail.. We start meandering our way up the trail through deep puddles and wet trail conditions.

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    We come across a group of offroaders in their brand new RAM trucks powered by the Almighty cummins engine. They reached a boulder almost in the middle of the trail so let us pass. We pass them and pull over to see if we all as a group can move the boulder over. Boulder 1 Guys 0... who knew boulders were so heavy :imaposer but it worked out they were able to squeeze through

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    trail 10.jpg We make our way up the trail and all is well until we hit the snow..... But who are we to let some snow stop us... I mean we are adventure riders after all aren't we?

    My bike doesn't have a nice easy throttle you can feather, its either nothing or a whole lot of something :lol3 The snow starts to get more and more deep and Im constantly spinning my way through it sliding all over the place trying to crab walk the bike through 20 miles of this stuff :imaposer
    I keep spinning out and getting stuck. @circusinthesky and are constantly trying to get the bike out of the hole I keep digging myself.




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    More snow fun

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    In the background is 1 of the guys who ended up helping me load the bike in the truck at the end of the day


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    The views were horrible

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  4. Stroked 550

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    When you've dropped your bike 1 too many times throughout the day just take a seat and enjoy the views :imaposer

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    I feel bad Don had to help me all day to pick up my KTM pig

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    Wasnt the bike just down a second ago? :imaposer


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    Well at least the bikes look cool in the snow you can see Don in the background lowering his tire psi

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    After 8 hours of riding in the snow falling down and having the bike land on me several times. I got the point where I needed a break and couldn't ride in the snow anymore. After all the times the bike had fallen the last time was the kicker. I was beat , the battery was dead (from the trailtech fan running when the bike was off) and the carb was flooded. I couldnt continue to kick start the bike so we were towing it with the other bike well I walked next to it. After a minutes of this trudging through the snow two trucks pull up behind us....

    Alas a miracle... the guy asked if we needed help and offered to throw the bike in the back of his truck. I immediately starting removing all the bags off the bike. I didnt want him to grow impatient and leave us lol. with 5 people made easy work of loading the bike up in the truck. I hoped inside and was immediately relieved I didn't have to fall another time on the icy trail... who knew Ice hurts so much:muutt:rofl..... It was also getting dark and much colder.

    We make our way down the trail descending towards Angelus Oaks we come around a sharp bend and meet 2 tacomas working their way up. My new friend tries to move over but the snow is too deep off to the side and on the other side is a cliff so thats not gonna work out too well for us :dirtdog
    Since the tacomas were better equipped then us they back down the hill a little bit to a turn out and we proceed to pass them.
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    We talked to them for a few mins it was the same guys I saw earlier in the day. They thought we were brave for riding bikes in the snow. That was a nice way of putting it lol...jk I wouldn't have anything less then adventure on my rides.

    We keep working our way down to Angelus Oaks finally made it to some pavement. Alas what do I see............its a general store I hadn't had the chance to eat all day and hadn't had enough water. I pop in there and buy $20 worth of snacks and start refueling myself.

    The guys unload the bike while I try to warm up a bit inside the truck. I had been sitting all day in freezing temps... Not a good combination..

    The guy who had the truck that the bike was loaded in got the bike fired up immediately and did a little rip in the parking lot. He grew up riding and hadn't been a few years. So rippin around in the parking put a big grin on his face. He joked that was his payment for hauling the bike downt he mountain... We talked for a few minutes and thanked him many times as I would not have not been able to get down that mountain if it wasn't for him. I offered to buy him dinner but he refused saying he was just happy to help plus they had plans to go to the casino and do the buffet. How can I argue with that... It was great meeting Tom and his wife they were very nice people. We exchanged contact info so we could ride in the future.
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    We parted ways heading down hwy 38 towards Yucaipa to hit interstate 10... Oh great this again on my lil 450 lol... We cruise for a bit its been a long day Im sore and my muscles are cramping. We ride for a a bit and pull off into a starbucks to get something warm and unwind for a few minutes.... Don had been helping me all day get my bike through the snow so the least I could do was buy him a coffee.... We look at our GPS and we still have a 1.5 hour ahead of us to get to our hotel in 29 palms... :( It has been a long day

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    We depart the warmth of starbucks and head east on I10 its coooold and its windy but wait once we pop on Hwy 62 to head to 29 palms it gets colder and windier lol Its about 10 pm and we finally pull into the hotel... It seems like the last 10 miles took hours to ride.

    A hot meal and a warm bed sound so nice but when you ride its not that quick to go to bed. We had to pull our saddle and tank bags off....finally all our gear is inside and I can kick my boots off and eat some pizza. Don and I remissness about our adventures we went through to get here.

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    I slept very well and woke up the next day semi refreshed but very sore lol.... We head out to Joshua Tree to a little breakfast place I have been to several times... Crossroads Cafe....they have really high quality food with big portions. I ordered "Mike's Mess" a scrambled egg dish with bacon potatoes topped with Cheddar cheese and sour cream... That was a great way to start the day:D

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    I pulled up my Caltop map for the National Parks and it showed a dirt trail that goes through the park and hits I10... After charging up our electronics, body and soul we head out to Joshua Tree NP... Once we get there park ranger had some sad news for us..... The dirt road is closed due to all the rain..... So we just rode through the main road on the Park. We enjoyed the sights and make our way towards interstate 10... Once we hit the 10 I told down Don there is a road we can take that heads towards Mecca but looks like there is a dirt trail off of that road. So we start making our way to the trail head... shortly after we start Don honks his horn at me so I pull over and pulls up next to me. I wondered what happen and he says that he lost the bolt that holds his clutch perch in.... luckily he carries some spare bolts while he getting his tools and bolts out.... Don says watch your 6 and so I subtly turn around and a man appeared out of nowhere. This guy is just standing there with his arms crossed maybe 100-200 ft away from us.... The guy stands in 1 spot for several minutes and my hair is raising up on my arms I dont really like this situation... the guy starts working his way towards us slowly very slowly in a roundabout way.... finally hes very close to his and says we were like ninjas and just rolled up on him... I had a weird feeling about this guy we got geared up and go the hell outta there lol... The sad news was the road to Mecca was closed most likely it got washed out with all the rain they have been having..
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    Since we hadn't had an opportunity to hit any dirt today we planned to go ride on the bradshaw trail. ... We get going again on I10 and the winds are just relentless blowing up to 65+ mph and I am getting blown all over the place and have to heavily compensate with my riding posture to stay in a straight line.. We pull off the freeway to hop in the 111 to get down to the sultan see where the bradshaw trail starts......

    We pull up to the light and I hear squeaking, the light turns green and I try to get going and the bike stalls.... thats weird.... we pull up to another light I hear squeaking again... I yell to Don I think my brake is locked up.... we pull off the road and guess what...my brake is locked up... we cant seem to get a break.... So its time to do some Macgyvering we try to free up the brake but no such luck... So we end up removing the brake pad and tie up the caliper against the swingarm so it doesn't hit the disc


    Its getting late and Don and I have responsibilities to attend to so we hit the freeway again.... The wind had gotten even worse. I rode for maybe 30 miles but I was getting blown around more and more and it was starting rain ice cold rain. So I deiced to pullover at a rest stop and that I would get the bike towed and ride with the driver because at the end of the day its not worth dying over to ride home in bad conditions. I had a great time and wanted to thank Don for helping me with getting the bike back vertical all day playing in the snow. I cant wait for the next trip. Also they are not on here but I wanted to thank Tom and the other strangers for helping us and loading the bike in his truck there was no way i could have made it off the mountain that night without them.
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    That was an adventure!
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    it was in my book at least
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    haha exactly im not gonna let a little snow hold me up lol.... Don and I are talking about building a tire chain setup or we might just stud the tires for our next snow adventure :rilla
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    The road to Mecca is Box Canyon and if officially closed due to August flash floods covering the road with mud. However, lots of local atv'ers and motorcyclists are riding it. Super scenic.

    Another fun option after riding down to Box Canyon out of JTNP would be to cross I-10 and then head east on Pinto Rd (unmaintained county road) to the Red Canyon Trail/Road. That's a fun ride south to the Bradshaw Trail. Then ride west toward the Salton Sea and either take Hwy 111 and/or some atv trails back north. If you want to have company on that ride in the future, let me know. I'm always up for a ride.
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    Nice RR and good pics! Having ridden in the snow before, I commend you for making it as far as you did. Good on you for getting out there to ride and enjoy the outdoors, even if it tried to beat you up with wind, snow, and cold rain...lol.

    Enjoyed the story, thanks for taking the time to post and share :D :D
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    thanks @jonz for the info those sounds like fun trails, I didn't realize that Box Canyon had been closed for that long. Thats crazy the road hasn't been repaired since August. I was there last April and drove through it, it was a nice drive.... When we went over I-10 and saw the closed signs for Box Canyon it was quite disappointing lol... Thats also where we pulled over to fix the clutch perch for Don's bike where the creepy guy popped out of the bushes lol.....

    Thanks I appreciate that, I will let you know when Im in the area again, the only thing is after hearing your stories Im not sure I will be able to keep up with you :imaposer
    We were trying to get to Bradshaw trail when my rear brake locked up so we decided to head home.
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    Thanks Im glad you enjoyed it... thanks it was definitely a solid workout trudging through the snow, Don made it look easy on his 701 lol....haha all the elements were trying to beat me up but Im not gonna let that get in the way of having fun..

    You are welcome, thanks again there's more ride reports to come :D
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