not suitable for work, then COVID came and i escaped to ID, MT, WA, OR, & CA Desert

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by NSFW, Sep 2, 2020.

  1. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    now i know, thanks a lot!

    i would do it if Jim was with me. being solo and no hiking shoes, my mind is entertaining other scenarios.....:rofl

    https://advrider.com/f/threads/pushing-the-boundaries-solo-adventure-riding.1476078/
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  2. Wierdrider

    Wierdrider Long timer

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    I probably wouldn’t ride it by myself on the WeeStrom
  3. DR Da-da

    DR Da-da Infrequent Member

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    Great RR(s) - thanks for taking us along! They serve as great mental vacations until I can actually get out on the bike and get lost.

    Also, nice stable of bikes! How have you enjoyed your 701? I’m seriously considering updating from my ‘07 DR-650 to either a 690 or 701. However, all the reports of excessive oil consumption with the LC4 make me hesitant. Have you had any issues?
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  4. Zubb

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    Echo that. I rode it 3 weeks ago -up- no worse than what we rode Weds. just steeper. No concern at all on the 1200’s.
  5. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    a situation like that, it makes us value the company of another rider or riders.

    Kelly....the Wednesday ride is not a walk in the park, and you can ride your pig like a thumper.....:ricky

    after i got to the other end of Cedar Creek TT, there are several vehicles parked at the trailhead, which means there would be hikers/mtb'ers on the truck trail.


    pretty sure this person rode from the opposite end
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    thanks for chiming in and glad you enjoy the read.

    i like big singles, owned a KTM 640A, 640E, and currently a BMW G650 XCo and the 701. also have an XR400. they are all good bikes but the 701 is the best one. it's a 2018 model with a livelier and smoother engine; lots of torque too. so far only issue is the well-known clutch slave cylinder failure, which incidentally KTM/Husqvarna is not aware there's a problem. when it was brand new, i ignored the talk, and then it happened at 300 odo miles in the middle of the NV desert....:baldy

    none of my LC4s and the 701 showed low oil. as a precaution, i checked the level before a ride.

    the 2020 model has traction control, which i now embraced the technology mainly due to riding my Africa Twin. there's also the LR model that has a bigger fuel tank. i have to add an aftermarket aux fuel tank to improve my fuel range, otherwise, i'm limited to about 140 miles.
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  6. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    didn't want to deal with the uncertainty on Cedar Creek TT, i went back to the pavement and rode through Inaja Indian Reservation which took me to Boulder Creek Rd (southern section).
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    just me and my bike with the abs turned off, i had fun going in corners
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    the other end (white truck) of Cedar Creek TT, and the Three Sisters Trailhead
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    it just kept on going
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    then pavement took over and i was surprised to see a rider behind me
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    at Descanso, i decided to take hwy 79 back to Julian
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    big sweepers got me entertained
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    i was craving for an apple pie but not here in Julian where it seems business is normal
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    stopped in Santa Ysabel where the bakery is less crowded, saw no more than a dozen customers while i ate
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    it was another great day of riding and rewarded myself not just with a pie but an apple cider too
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    thought the pie and cider i had were from a local farm......:lol3
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    though i have another 2 days left here in east San Diego, i decided just to go on a staycation at my rented place. this trip goes in the books as one of my best days of riding, very thankful to @tubebender, @Zubb, @Wierdrider and @Mr.JAJA for their friendly company; without them won't be the same. would love to meet more inmates but due to the current pandemic, we have to limit our contacts.

    for those looking for a place to go this winter, east SD is sparsely populated and the riding is great. the little towns kept its western character and simple charms.

    even for a week, glad i managed to get away from the big city where the situation is not getting any better. not looking forward to go home since i will be back into self-isolation. i can always plan for the next long trip.
  7. eaglescan

    eaglescan Borrego rocks

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    Thanks for the great report and pictures. Now you know why I spent 12 winters in Borrego, and can head out for a day in any direction for adventure. I can see a lot of the trails have changed, some smoother , some rougher!
  8. DSchmidt7of7

    DSchmidt7of7 Been here awhile

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    Wow.... You've got some serious vision skills to pick my bald ass out of a crowd. Yes I did ride the 2019 Geico Julian Rally. We actually came in 3rd overall and had a great time doing it. The truth is I really had no hope of doing well cuz I was paired with a noob on a 1250 and another guy on a VStrom. But somehow we managed to keep moving and we were only stopped by a burned-out clutch on the way to the "arch" at truck haven.

    Long story short, it was a very well-run scavenger hunt type of event that included a great map of about 100 points of interest for the area and a guidebook with clue/descriptions. The terrain varied from street to deep sand, some rocky spots and few "oh-sheet" sections to keep things interesting. All together we covered a VERY large area from Palomar Mountain/Julian down to Tecate, northeast to Slab City/Salton Sea, Anza Borrego and a bunch of places in between. I think that there were a couple hundred riders that participated for some, or all, of the three days.

    And oh, Did I tell you I was riding the same old clapped out 35,000 mile 2015 KLR you've all seen me on? (Something about the "Indian vs the arrow" comes to mind... :hmmmmm)

    Hope to catch you guys on the trail sometime and you're always welcome at the "desert house".

    'Ride often and ride safe"

    Dennis (DSchmidt7of7)
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  9. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    thanks eaglescan for riding along and i appreciate the comments.

    sorry, the 13th winter didn't happen i suppose due to the border closure.

    i am really thankful we have a lot of great riding areas here in CA.

    damn Dennis, even after you took a handicap, you guys did great. it's not the bikes, but the spirit to succeed that makes things happen.

    i rode last week with tubebender and he was on his heavily modified KLR, didn't take long......i was very impressed.
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    DSchmidt7of7 Been here awhile

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    Apologies to all in advance for the thread hijack, but it's a story worth telling.

    More than on most rides I've done over the years, the "Spirit of Adventure" was running strong in my teammates throughout that rally. Not the best equipped (by far), but they carried two of the most important ingredients - tenacity and a positive attitude. Afterward, when I was telling the story to a friend, he stopped me mid-stream and said that the rally was probably the pinnacle of the other guys riding careers. We guessed that the motley crew didn't quit because they couldn't. And like any good war story "There we were... in the middle of nowhere.... deep in a gully with no cell service and miles of sand away from solid ground. We only had what we brought and ourselves to depend on.

    So when the VStrom finally died, we drank some water, I dug the tow strap out of my bag and did my best John Wayne impression and said "OK Pilgrims, here's where the adventure begins...". (Keep in mind that neither of these guys had ever seen a motorcycle being towed.) It safe to say that "reasonable doubt" was deeper than the sand on this one, but we found a way to make it happen. Later on I gave the VStrom rider my tow strap as a trophy... for the next time.

    Looking back, it would have been nice to have pictures. Yet, perhaps, some things are best described in words.

    Ride on pilgrims!!!
  11. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    Dennis. with your patience, skill and ability to motivate, you make a good mentor and a gift to the less skilled riders and riding community.
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  12. WHYNOWTHEN

    WHYNOWTHEN where are the pedals?

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    Glad you had so much fun in my neighborhood!!
    Wish you had said hi while you were out here.
    Your leatt shirt is being well utilized!
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  13. malloy

    malloy Long timer Super Supporter

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    Great ride through the PNW, Joel. Thank you for taking us along with all of your wonderful pictures, as usual. A good way to beat the pandemic shut in when you can't go to Europe. The weather Gods were on your side.
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  14. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    Peter. i would if i knew you haven't moved. saw a post that you're moving north, thought you already did. i like Ramona, it's close to nice twisty roads and highways, dirt riding nearby, lots of hills and canyons, and of course, just south, there's baja. also wonderful is the town's western character; not too many of them around in SoCal anymore.

    with the kind of riding you do, got to have the best protection available.

    i'll reach out to you next time.

    malloy. thanks for following along. every disappointment has a good side, if it wasn't for the pandemic, i will never see and experience the awesomeness of the PNW, MT and ID all in one trip. there's still plenty of great stuff to explore and enjoy, so that gives me the reason to go back.
  15. Pete Pilot

    Pete Pilot Been here awhile

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    Thanks so much for this RR. Much appreciated!!! My wife retired October 30. A year ago our plan was to leave here a few weeks after that October 30 with the toy wagon for a winter of parking it on Baja,s beaches. I go explore on the wr250r a few times a week. As we all know that damn virus ruined that plan. So, we would have been arriving in Baja bout today. O well next year. Was fun riding along. Take Care Petepilot
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    hey Pete, thanks for following along. it sucks the pandemic messed up your Baja plan. i too love riding south of the border; did several times and the last one is when i rode to Cabo on my AT ( i see you have one too) for 2 weeks (not enough).

    good to have plan B, except we have to wait for the northern border to open up again. for 2021, can't wait to ride up to Alaska with western Canada added. not retired yet, and as long as i don't have a job, i have unlimited travel days.

    if you're in or traveling through SoCal, please look me up.
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    Pete Pilot Been here awhile

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    Don’t have an AT. All my bikes are small and dirt friendly. Likely be next November before we roll the toy wagon thru south California on way to Tecate crossing. When you go to Alaska, be sure to camp your way north thru British Columbia. You can run 75 % forestry roads from our shared border to Yukon. Google Backroad Mapbooks they be out of Vancouver and make very detailed and excellent mapbooks for all of Canada. Very good product. Much free camping on these forestry roads. Also no shortage of lake side camping. If you fish bring a collapsible rod. Merlin ( Petepilot)
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    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    thanks Merlin for the route tip and will check it out. your words are magic....:D

    i'm a thumper guy and my singles are dirt oriented. prefer less weight/simplicity/good fuel mileage than speed/power/comfort. it also forces me to take backroads, through small towns and enjoy the landscape.

    most likely truck the bike to OR and WA, ride up to the Artic Circle and take my time. i prefer to camp if the weather is decent.


    @black 8 has a thread that could be the light at the end of a dark tunnel in this current time

    https://advrider.com/f/threads/alaska-2021-trip-planning-post-covid-19.1439635/page-7#post-41293442
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  19. Pete Pilot

    Pete Pilot Been here awhile

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    Do go to Backroad mapbooks site. You would need 3-4 of there books to run from Idaho to Yukon. However non paper is of course available. Lived at Prince George 8-9 years ago( my wife did a co. transfer)for 20 months spent a summer exploring within a 250 km circle of p.g. May have been best summer my life. B.C forestry roads are tremendous fun. Don’t worry bout large logging trucks. They be very professional. Do keep an eye out for the pick up trucks that work in the bush. Some drive in a less than professional manner. By the way the big trucks run with 2 way co radios. So when one sees you he tells the remainder in the area. You should budget 2 weeks going north and 2 weeks going south in B.C. Do the Haul rd to Prudoe Bay. No reason to not do it alone. Watch out for damn calcium/water they use to keep dust down. Great after it drys. But when still wet I called it liquid grease. Do the north rd in Yukon to Inuvik. Found it bit easier than the Haul rd. Although I diffently would not go up either in the rain . My wife and I plan to leave here bout mid July with our weeee toy wagon for Edmonton. From there straight north to NWT for 2 weeks of exploring. Than in late August we shall start working our way South from Yukon all the way thru BC to Idaho . So if your in BC in early September we should do a day ride. Take Care Petepilot ( I know a bit bout logistics)
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  20. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    thanks for the tip.

    next summer, i surely want to get out of inland Los Angeles because of the hot weather. so far i am surviving while unemployed, don't really have a lot of expenses and i have decent savings. that said, i can travel 6 months in a year break into 2 equal parts. once in Canada, i can spend as much time i'm legally allowed to stay.

    next year, if overseas travel eased up, i will have to fly to Greece and pick up my bike in July and do a 3-month exploration.
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