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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Molonlabemike, Nov 15, 2015.
Well what the hell ... There right there !
No they're not (for me). Are they hosted someplace where you have to be signed in to see them?
Bummer, just found out about this event. Maybe next year.
those were nice pics.
were there yesterday and now gone...
mike, email them to me and let me repost them.
next year for sure.
Big thanks to everyone for welcoming me at this event!
Several of you helped me out with small things I had forgotten since I had forgotten lots of things since I was pressed for time to get the bike back up and running.
Shawn (Team Vegas) hosted me at his place the night before heading for Pahrump and joining me going out there:
We found this climb, Shawn did not follow me, hard to see him at the bottom:
And that caused some repair:
And Shawn decided to visit the shrubs on the side of the road =)
Friday was an easy ride with Tom and a local guy I dont remember the name of:
Felt early that the suspension was not keeping up but was hoping it would survive this trip and I could push that cost to my next visit but that did not happen, blew the rear shock:
Saturday I joined up with the group lead by Jimmy, did not stand a chance keeping up with the modern singel cylinder bikes. Was a couple of KLRs in the group also that I felt I could keep up OK with even if I nursed my Turd of a bike around with its leaking suspension and nearly bald rear tire.
Few pictures, at least Heather took this one of me that turned out good:
But after lunch I choose to separate from the smaller bikes, need to do some cardio if Im going to do all day active riding.
Took a big dirt highway to get back to Pahrump and meet up with some other riders airing up the tires for the last bit of slab back.
In the evening I dominated the maneuvering course that was set up! Or was everyone just nice letting the foreigner win? But it was good fun, need to buy some cones so I can practice until next time
Sunday I made it back to Phoenix and had a 100hp pogo turd by the time I was back there.
Left the bike like this and have made an order to have the suspension shipped up and sorted out for more active riding:
Had to fight delayed flights and rerouting to make it back home to Sweden and was greeted by snow and sub freezing temperatures.
I am on FB but not very active.
The motorcycle related stuff I post on a DirtyADV FB page I have created.
Until next time, Cheers!
Not bad for a swede on a turd... good riding with you
Day 3 (Friday) - Pahrump - Rocky Gap
It sounded like Larry's (Galactic GS) Friday ride to Rocky Gap was going to be the must do destination for the weekend and he shared his track with me so I could lead a separate group of riders: Me, Bill, Scott and Mark.
Day 3 tracks:
We caught up to Larry's group at the Pioneer Saloon.
15 minutes out of Goodsprings, I was waiting at an intersection for Bill and Mark when Larry's group arrived. I was surprised when they said they hadn't seen Bill and Mark, but Larry said they left Goodsprings via a slightly different route than his shared track. I told them I was going back to look for them and asked them to relay word to Scott (who was ahead of me) to come back.
I feared a navigation error and was relieved to find them on the short stretch of road not traveled by Larry's group. They were just finishing up with a flat repair to Bill's bike and Scott came back a few minutes later.
It was starting to get late and Scott said the road he had headed down was pretty rugged, so we decided to take the fastest way back to Pahrump which was easy dirt roads until sundown and then a 30 minute highway ride in the dark.
... more to come
where is pahrump? what is in pahrump? don't know much, but we saw the sign
jimmy lewis and i have been planning to hold an event in pahrump for the last 2 years. it didn't look very interesting at the beginning since not too many really know pahrump, including myself. then, i took his class prior to the 2015 death valley noobs rally, and soon i realized it's a great place to ride, explore and meet other riders.
above all, the town officials and the tourist bureau were excited to host us. as far as i know, we are the first adventure rider group that ever camp at the public park.
before i set my camp site in petrack park, matt lewis the town building/ground manager was already there ready to assist us. then later, arlette of the tourism bureau welcomed us. this is treatment is a surprise, extremely unusual to received this preferential treatment. yeah, people in the desert are different from the big city folks in many ways.
they dropped off 50+ bags of goodies to show their hospitality
camping on grass is a luxury especially in the middle of the desert. pahrump is proud to have such facility for the public and share with us
Day 4 (Saturday) - Pahrump - Wheeler Pass, Wallace Canyon & Dry Lake Bed
Wheeler Pass was another popular destination this weekend and a 4WD book also recommended nearby Wallace Canyon.
Day 4 tracks:
Wheeler Pass was a fun ride.
We took the standard route up there and returned via a slightly more northern and shaded road that had a lot more snow. Not a problem going downhill though.
Wallace Canyon was scenic but the loose gravel got a bit tiring. We ended the day with a trip out to the dry lake bed south of town.
Back at camp we watched the moto challenges and a short riding demo by Jimmy Lewis. That was followed by the excellent Mexican dinner and raffle.
not long, larry showed up with his brand new ride. yes, all that space behind him is ours. unfortunately we can not fill it up with campers. hope we will next year.
the sign of good times and camaraderie to be had on this event
thursday breafast at mom's and we like to patronize local businesses. mike and mike, and ken will be joining us later for this ride.
riding towards wheeler pass
we just rode by and no time to play here
interesting rock formation and i guess from erosion
first stop was the kiln which is falling apart
our first encounter of snow this season
matt slid down after hitting a patch of ice
our loyal sweep was quick to assist
mike and i took turns sweeping
we got to a high elevation without even noticing
heading back to camp
high speed dirt
pahrump is in that valley
it was a good ride and a shake down......the bad is we never made it to wheeler pass. we made a wrong turn in front of a big sign pointing to wheeler pass.....
next year, we'll get it right.
thursday afternoon ride next.
thusday afternoon, rode with tom, chu and mike to the dry lake bed. these guys are all happily married men and the only thing they want is to pose in front of the sign.
dirt 360 degrees and these guys want to ride
last time here, tom was on his 1190. this time he's riding his new 500
mike also on a brand new 350 with a brand new motor.....
the smoothest dry lake bed i've ever been to
for a noob, this rider knows how to rip...
same with this noob....
another noob and a sandbagger...
i left the boys playing in the distance and explored the far edges of the dry lake bed
it was getting late and we're getting tired too.
that was a blast but wish we started earlier and work on some of the drills jimmy taught us.
well............there's always next year.
friday ride to follow.
Joel...."matt slid down after hitting a patch of ice" fucking really?
Ill hopefully have my ride report done in the next day or so...been super busy
Thanks to Joel, Jimmy and all the participants
Joel, you and Jimmy did a great job putting together the first Pahrump Adventure Rally. I had a great time.
Joel, I also want to thank you, and of course the rally participants, for directing a generous gift to our friend and fellow ADVrider Darrell Hawkins who was paralyzed in a street motorcycle accident last year. He was truly appreciative and especially humbled by it. Darrell was not a regular poster on ADV other than to indicate "Count me in" for the rallys he attended with me and Bill; but he has attended many DV Noobs, WMRS and Mendo rallies.
To put a face to the name here is a pic (by Joel) from the last adventure ride we did together the week before his accident. Clockwise from lower left: Darrell (kawtipper), Scott (Fish Wisperer), Bill (Speed Racer), Me, Randall (r3r3r), Joel and Steve (tuffgonger).
Joel, that looked like the snow covered road we came down from Wheeler Pass. The road we went up (right of the sign) had only a few patches of snow.
haha, i screwed up that one twice! it was matt not mike. what do i know, didn't see it happened and thought the innocent will just play along.
great seeing you and your dad today at the moto show. now i feel really old.
hope you guys enjoyed the endurocross.
joe, anything i can do to help i will.
now we know where that road where we were will lead us.
friday morning, the sun is up and the PPs are still asleep
the new form of camping for adventure riders
that tent is a square foot short from becoming a house
mike's home for the weekend
greedy's inheritance already spent by slo
good morning scott
mike was the gracious host serving coffee for everyone. it helped dealing with the frosty morning.
first time to see a sherco
seeing the sign, i am starting to like this town
our friday ride with mike, mike and mike
we stopped and waited until the dust clouds settle down
let it rip
a dead head....yeah, i know this guy
we finally hit the first snow patch
we should have the same sign here in south central l.a.
wild horses free to roam
riding into goodsprings
my riding partners
larry's and joefrom sf's group caught up with us right after we finished our lunch
just like the old west, except steel horses
great to have pioneer saloon in the middle of nowhere. perfect location for lunchstop.
the mikes are ready to head back
it was a long way ride back to camp and soon the shadows are trailing us
having a local joining our ride was a big plus
the track that was given was us took us across the dry lake bed....awesome
saw a lot of this
we're low in fuel and have to do a mad dash to get gas
mike's 500exc ran out of gas here...
at 160 miles, i barely made it to the station
friday was a long day! we covered a lot of fun dirt miles. great riding with the 3 mikes.
dinner at the winery with tim, larry and jim put a nice ending to friday.
las vegas riders rode to pahrump
similar ride that many of us did. lv guys are lucky to have riding areas close from home and ride as far as they can make it.