Old story, same old story...

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by larryboy, Nov 18, 2012.

  1. redog1

    redog1 KTM 950se old fart

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  2. PinkPillion

    PinkPillion Husqy pilot too...

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    The mom headstone, the hotsprings, the food, the tunes.
    Thank you. :D
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  3. 2on2off

    2on2off Head'n somewhere new

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    When I start noticing the sun getting lower in the sky, I start thinking about Death Valley.

    Thanks for the Benton video. I've wondered about the hot springs there.

    My friends oldbmw and Dave from Sacramento will be camping in Dyer and the White Mountains in a few weeks. Looks like it is that time of year to start thinking about the desert. Sure hope we get some rain soon.
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  4. larryboy

    larryboy Stable genius.

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  5. sopascat

    sopascat not much of an adventurer Supporter

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  6. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper Supporter

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    Thanks for the heads up!
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  7. larryboy

    larryboy Stable genius.

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  8. Nixels

    Nixels Face fears - live life

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  9. Fubars

    Fubars What would Scoobydo?

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    I miss Death Valley, dammit. Stupid job, stupid mortgage. Bloody Hell...

    Carry on LB.
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  10. Ladybug

    Ladybug Bug Sister Supporter

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    Yo Nicky, pass the popcorn I think there is a story coming :lurk
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  11. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    In again...
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  12. joefromsf

    joefromsf Dark Happens Supporter

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    Not sure where this bus is headed . . . . but I'm on board. :thumb
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  13. SFMCjohn

    SFMCjohn 13

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    +1 ... :lol3
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  14. larryboy

    larryboy Stable genius.

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    Spooned a good used tire on.

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    Decided to check the charging system as it hadn't started so great on the last trip. 13.2 volts at idle, rev it and it drops to 11 volts. Spent the big money for a new voltage regulator from KTM and it came in the day before I leave...I button it up at 1 am.

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    I forgot my heavy sweatshirt and it was cold today, found a K-Mart going out of business on my way south and got a sweatshirt for $4.

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    Over the pass on hwy 155, no ice this time, but plenty of sand and mud over the road.

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    Stopped for lunch.

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    The Kern River was flowing good.

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    I vaguely remember somebody saying that the road was wiped out, so I turned around here.

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    Waaaay around the other side on 178 now.

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    Overlooking the Panamint Valley.

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    Onto the closed section of Wildrose Road, I could fix it in a week with a grader/dozer/backhoe/dump truck and about five guys..it'd be gravel and driveable, but the NPS won't lift a finger.

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    I made it to Furnace Creek, I was invited to camp a couple nights and ride a day with some friends.

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  15. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    Thanks for fixing up the broken links in this thread, Rob! :happayNow we know you can do it, I hope to reread all your old RRs soon. :jjen
  16. larryboy

    larryboy Stable genius.

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    The rest of the group had already eaten and set up camp. It had been a really long day for me and I didn't feel like cooking, so I spent some $$.

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    For the life of me I couldn't find my headlamp, but as soon as I bought a new one I found it.

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    First time for me to stay at Furnace Creek.

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    The guys had an idea to ride to the microwave tower in the Owlshead Range, I've always wanted to check it out, but never have since it's probably not a good idea to go out there alone, not many people go out there.

    From the left, Jim/Richard/Me/Jim.

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    First we wanted to go see the internment buildings at Cow Creek, there were some trouble makers at the Manzanar site and they were brought over here for some extra misery.

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    Empty employee swimming pool, weird.

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    Down south on the Harry Wade waiting for the big bikes.

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    It should be about 27 miles from here to the tower.

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    North gate for Fort Irwin.

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    Back into the park.

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  17. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    Owlshead! Always wondered what the trails out there were like.:lurk
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  18. SFMCjohn

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    ... it's on my list of places to see ... if it is where I think it is ... :lol3
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  19. joefromsf

    joefromsf Dark Happens Supporter

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    Yeah, I haven't been to the end of Owl Hole Rd either. Still on my to-do list. I did explore it as far as the Black Magic Mines and Owl Hole Springs, and some of the roads near the beginning that head south towards the military base. I'm curious where else they go in Southern DV. There's some cool stuff down there.

    For some reason I was under the impression @larryboy had an aversion to dead-end roads. Riding with @dave6253 to all the Grand Canyon overlooks on their GCBAR ride must have softened him up.
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  20. jussumguy

    jussumguy psuedo intelectual

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    Wonderful ride report! Does anyone know if that microwave tower is the one mentioned in the second half of the story of the Death Valley Germans?