Orthodoc takes on the Southern Route!

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Orthodoc, Aug 30, 2020.

  1. Orthodoc

    Orthodoc Cowboy Supporter

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    It’s close to happening!

    The idea: Ride @NorthernTraveler ’s Southern route:
    https://advrider.com/f/threads/the-southern-route.1035083/
    Aside for him, I am unaware of another who has checked it out and given it a try sea to sea.

    The “when?” has been adjusted at least a couple times...as COVID and life have intervened...

    And so has the bike. The initial plan was on a TW200 with my SIL. But he couldn’t go right now, so I thought the XR650L would be a better choice for both versatility and my size ( 6’ 4”, 220#). But mechanical issues made it hard to hit the time windows that my work demands.

    And then my wife insisted I couldn’t go unless I got a new bike... Nice problem to have, right?!

    The challenge was that the new motorcycle supply in our area was about as tight as the toilet paper supply was in early March..

    Suffice it to say, and with no regrets, I’ll take off on a new Husqvarna 701 Enduro! EA04F01A-8E7E-4A4C-9E32-B6CE20DFDDAD.jpeg

    The only mods, mostly due to time constraints (got the bike 12 days before departure date):
    Tusk rack
    Rade garage auxiliary fuel tank and air pod (came in 5 days!)
    Recluse clutch slave as OEM failed at 190 miles...
    GPS mount
    Charger

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    Bike weight field on my cattle scale 353#
    My gear weighs 18.5 #

    Take off with trailered bike today!

    More to follow....
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  2. Throttlemeister

    Throttlemeister Long timer Super Supporter

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    This should be interesting :lurk

    hope you can keep a live update going.
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  3. Orthodoc

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    Made it to St George, Utah! AA1FC163-EF0A-42AB-8E0F-34F97F4EF189.jpeg
    Safe trip but the bike recorded it’s first drop!
    (Inside the trailer, straps broke free. Scratches and a broken brake lever tip to start..)
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    Gearing up
    Plan Vegas, Hoover dam, and then the road tomorrow!!
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  4. ReverendRev

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    First drop is just wearing things in. Awesome pics. Keep it up!
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    In !

    (you're going to really HATE that exhaust bbq... probably by the second fuel stop) Your blinker will melt like ice cream in the summer.
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  6. Orthodoc

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    Set up day.
    Southern Route day-1

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    St George to Vegas and Hoover dam. The dam was closed, so the overlook:

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    Then South and west

    Solar farms
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    Mojave Desert
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    Couldn’t pass up a chance to ride Route 66
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    Then Big Bear Lake
    Getting there was more awesome than the view - hills, twisties!
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    And then a bunch of freeway to get to Imperial Beach!

    Lessons for the day:
    - ride fast, it’s cooler!
    - this is a great bike but the seat is HARD!
    - deserts are hot

    Tomorrow the adventure starts for real!
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  7. Orthodoc

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    No doubt!
    Already melted a new hole in my KLIMs:
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  8. Orthodoc

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    Day 1

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    Great day
    Had some issues though with gps
    Which resulted in phone issues
    Most of the pictures aren’t available right now
    And I pressed the this limits with the heat. Still caught some of the alternate routing to the north of the Salton Sea and should be on track for day two!
    Safe
    Hydrated
    More to come...
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  9. Orthodoc

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    Day 1

    Started at Beach Avenue in Imperial Beach, CA 88DBE3F7-A761-4AD9-89E0-072A2BFE1B74.jpeg
    Then tracked North to the track and followed it out. Urban driving quickly transitions to suburbs and then countryside.
    Expect a ton of Border patrol vehicles!

    Misty morning quickly transitions as you climb. E4200198-F530-421D-B87E-AC6B88EB9F4A.jpeg 65AD55BC-C375-4EFC-B9A0-9EA28A44B534.jpeg 29D00D29-5B13-450D-BCA0-07D131D3B96D.jpeg

    Then some twisties as you climb
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    Then desert on paved roads

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    The track reaches the Salton Sea and transitions to flat irrigated farm ground. The stop near Westmoreland is here.

    I decided to press on a bit as it was only noon.

    The track transitions to steady dirt here following an irrigation canal.
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    Temps were 106, and despite all caution got way too hot and needed to hole up and cool off before a final run to water, AC, and a rest.
    So, the Salton Sea, and a run on the slab to water, AC, and some rest. 49C857A3-BFFA-4E36-98B3-152F04E863C6.jpeg

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  10. Orthodoc

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    Day 2

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    A little early morning cool slab riding to get to the track E9E2C79E-4A5A-448A-8D5C-0053C873A985.jpeg

    The track picks up Along the same canal, and transitions to desert with a old bombing range next to it
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    It transitions to open desert, with varied surfaces, but loose sand prevails.
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    Here I had a few low speed drops, and my engine light came on..
    Also struggling with no gps and troubles with my phone as backup.
    Also noticed the return spring on the rear brake was gone.

    Decided to cut up to the freeway and regroup.
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    This was an old railway grade, and headed where I wanted..

    Back at hotel
    Fix spring and checked over bike
    New phone
    And SILs gps loaded and meeting me in Phoenix..

    Still an adventure, and tomorrow is a new day...

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  11. BigDogAdventures

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    Thought you'd get a bang out out of this.
    Here is Northern Traveler the guy that laid out your route---met him years ago while riding with the Mobius Riders.
    Quite a guy that I've rode with some.
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    But the day I met him he pulls up on his DR 650-----------of course----he loves those things.
    And on the back of his bike was the strangest looking thing---couldn't figure out what it was.
    Looked like a rubber chicken and Scott was totally unaware what it was.

    Turned out to be his plastic gas can that "WAS" full of gas.
    We put 2 and 2 together and figured out the loaded gas can got to hanging down on the muffler outlet and started melting----as gas started flowing out of course. He was oblivious to the whole deadly situation and how close he came to becoming a human fire ball. Check out the picture---give me the willy's just thinking about it.
    True story------I've got people and a picture to back me up. :lol3
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    Scott runs 2 GPS's-----as there wasn't room for a third.
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  12. Orthodoc

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    Agree @NorthernTraveler is awesome.
    I have met with him a couple of times before this ride. What a nice and helpful mentor, and passionate about what he is doing. Though I heard many stories, none about the gas can...!
    After riding a few tracks, I suspect he is a talented rider, as I have been challenged
    a bit...
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  13. Orthodoc

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    Day 3

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    Yes
    I didn’t follow the track
    Temperatures over 110 and some more mechanical challenges resulted in a mid afternoon run to friend’s in Phoenix

    The plan in the morning was to ride East, cut down to the track, and follow as long as temperatures would allow.

    Took the freeway to Wiley Well road. Huge prison to the west, beautiful sunrise to the east.
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    The road was somewhat packed sand, and actually did lead to a well that worked!
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    This is just north of the posted track, the Bradshaw Trail
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    The trail heads over a low ridge to the Colorado River and surrounding farmland
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    The Route follows the East bank of the Colorado on a nice gravel road and then reaches Ehrenberg and then follows the freeway first on paved roads, then hilly service roads with rock and loose gravel. Here is had a couple drops, and broke my clutch mount. I began to realize the I was again overheating, and my abilities already not awesome,becoming affected. I took a rest , turn headed to nearest gas station for repairs.
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    Two gatorades and a gallon of water in my camelbacks, I hit the road East, deciding that if I waited til I was cool enough to ride the desert, I might be waiting til October. Again, @NorthernTraveler was right....
    Plan was to continue East, keeping stops like gas and hotels and the rack in reach, and ride what I could.
    Temperatures were 110, and as I headed towards Salome the gas vent on the Rade front tank bubbled a little. This was a hint of worse to come. At one point, I suspect the vent valve was bad, so used a section of camelback tube to vent it instead.

    To be continued....
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  14. Orthodoc

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    Day 3 continued
    Desert scenery persisted, but at speed somehow seemed better
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    The road to Salome cooled me off, and the bike now seemed ok. After another Gatorade stop, the plan was to ride south and connect with the track.

    But lack of cell service made my navigation by phone suspect, and I got off track. Soon after the bike quit.
    A patient wait and cooling off for both of us helped. I decided to head back to civilization, the bike decided to start.

    Several bouts of quitting with what seemed like fuel starvation in spite of fuel in the reserve was concerning. The fuel light in the main tank would come on, and the bike would quit soon after thought there is supposed to be .6 gallons reserve at this point. I had not put a valve in the reserve line, and suspect vapor pressure in the main was pushing fuel into the reserve or at least preventing flow. Each time a five minute rest would allow a restart and a few miles. Limped into fuel at Tonopah.
    There was a little fuel in the main tank and plenty in the reserve.
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    Plans always change
    Decided to head to Phoenix directly because of fuel, engine light heat, etc
    On the 60 mile run the bike did well at first, but by the time I got to my friend Cliff’s house, the front tank was spitting gas out the vent, and the fuel was boiling!

    Tomorrow’s a new day for rest, repairs, regroup, and gps.
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  15. Todd157k

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    Talked to my brother today who lives outside of Phoenix, said it was 114 today.
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  16. Bill Dirt

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    AZBDR north will get you a little cooler temps...Me not being not much of a mechanic, I don't think the 701 would be a right fit.
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  17. NorthernTraveler

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    Cut north. The Rim is 7k and cooler.
    Camp Verde around to Globe would be good, then cut across on highway to Wilcox.
    Wilcox east over the mountain route (skip north of I10 - it's more desert) will get you to New Mexico.
    Desert to start, but then mountain pines last 30-50 miles into Silver City.
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  18. Orthodoc

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    Good advice!
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  19. Orthodoc

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    Agree. In Camp Verde now and heading toward Globe in the AM
    Later post will tell of some rough road west of Crown King
    Just getting up each day with a plan, and riding as you advised.
    Progress will come.

    And I am already impressed with your ability to synthesize these routes. I am also thinking your descriptions of the degree of difficulty of some of these tracks might be a bit of an understatement. (Student to Master):-)
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  20. Orthodoc

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    Day 4

    Repair, rest, repeat.

    Several on this site have had some issues with the 701 tank add on. Solutions were don’t use gas with ethanol, don’t ride when it’s over 105 degrees, place the stopcock on the auxiliary fuel line, and revert to a tube not a valve to vent the auxiliary tank. One might mod the venting on the original tank, but I’m afraid to to that.

    After a great rest , headed out for parts and changes were made in an hour.

    then some R & R
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    Then some rest for a bruised up ankle. (Two Ortho docs agree it’s not broken)
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