Ride the Bradshaw Trail !!! (SoCal --> Feb 3-4)

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by Zen Slug, Dec 29, 2006.

  1. Zen Slug

    Zen Slug Spineless Adventurer

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    Bumping this info about the Friday ride... here's a Google map of where we're meeting for the Friday ride:

    MAP

  2. Zen Slug

    Zen Slug Spineless Adventurer

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    Bumping the info about the Saturday "Bradshaw Trail" ride. I've also updated post number 1 (on page 1 of this thread) with links to more info about rides, maps, directions, GPS coordinates, etc.:deal

    Jonz says we should allow 8 hrs for the Bradshaw Trail (including a stop for lunch, pictures, mishaps, etc.) and gearheart says we need to be back to camp by 4pm to get the BBQ underway... *quick math*... that means we'll need to depart at 8am on Saturday. Is that gonna be a problem for anybody?:ear
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  4. imgonnasnap

    imgonnasnap Motard wrecker

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    The gas station is the Arco Travel Center

    760-396-5243
    90480 66th Ave.
    Mecca, CA 92254

    Right off of the 86S at 66th Ave, you can't miss it, unless you are blind. but if you are blind, you shouldnt be driving anyway.

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  5. Zen Slug

    Zen Slug Spineless Adventurer

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    If I'm not mistaken that's the gas station near gearheart's pad... not the one where we're meeting jonz for the Friday ride:norton
  6. rickf

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    The Chevron station (along with 2-3 others) is on a segment of Dillion road that runs between 86 and I10.
    Heading east on the I10, veer off onto the 86, go to Dillion road, turn left (well, stop, look for traffic, then turn left) station is on the left.
    If you miss the 86, there is a Dillion road exit off the I10, turn right, station is on the right.
    If you miss both of those, you're lost.
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  8. Zen Slug

    Zen Slug Spineless Adventurer

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    Can anybody suggest a place near that Chevron station to grab a quick lunch before the Friday ride?:ear
  9. BetaTrialsGuy

    BetaTrialsGuy D i r t - Z a m b o n i

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    Since Jonz is not about at the moment, and since I live in Indio, I'll take the liberty of answering the above question:

    THE ARCO TRAVEL CENTER at AVE 66 and Hwy 86 is NOT where the Friday ride begins.

    The Friday ride begins at the Chevron Station at I-10 and Dillon Road, on the east side of Indio, just before the I-10 begins to go uphill toward Phoenix. The Chevron station is on the north side of I-10, across from Love's Truckstop, which can be seen from the I-10. Look for the Love's sign on the left shortly after you pass the Fantasy Springs Casino (with the tall hotel.) If you're coming from the west, the Dillon Road exit is a short distance past the Hwy. 86 exit, and is the last Indio/Coachella exit. If you miss it, it's about 10 miles to the first opportunity to turn back.

    Jonz has stated that we will meet at the Chevron Station, but that we will park our vehicles elsewhere, nearby.

    See Y'all there!
  10. rickf

    rickf oldfatguyMAN

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    There's fast food (Wendy's?,etc.) at the truck stops there.
    It's a truck stop hub, there's a ton of stuff, bring your iron stomach.:rofl
    Lock your stuff! There are a lot of transients during the winter.
  11. Zen Slug

    Zen Slug Spineless Adventurer

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    Thanks for posting that, BTG, I updated my post about the Friday Ride with the new information and a link to Google map for the Chevron station.
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    BetaTrialsGuy D i r t - Z a m b o n i

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    Correction:
    Don't veer off onto 86. The Chevron is Not between 86 and I-10 (which is south of I-10.) Chevron is NORTH of I-10, so stay on I-10 until Dillon Road, then turn north, which is left.

    Love's has a Carl's Jr., there is a Del Taco across from the Chevron, a mini-mart at the Chevron (have sandwiches there,) and a full blown restaurant across the I-10 at the TA Truckstop. And, for the riders who can't control themselves while away from home, there's a Gentlemen's Club across the I-10, opposite the TA Truckstop.

    I've been studying Pig Latin for the past 2 years because I intend to travel there on my dirt-bike.
  13. rickf

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    Beta's right but Dillion goes all the way through, you can get there either way.
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    dustjunkie Got Stick Meat?

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    Has anyone ever been up to Eagle Mountain?

    Looks like an interesting place to explore...

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  15. jonz

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    Howdy Gang,
    A few quick notes:

    Friday Ride - some were looking for lunch ideas. They make sandwiches at the Chevron, and I prefer them to Subway. The sandwiches are at least as good and I think better than Subway. Treat the girls nice, they're my friends. The Chevron is on Dillon Road north of I-10. The Luv's truck stop is across the street.

    Saturday ride - I won't be on it as I have to take my son to a lacrosse tryout in the morning. I'll be back for the BBQ but may not make it down there by 4:00 but it won't be much later.

    I still haven't heard back from the CHP Officer from the area but I did talk with a woman familiar with the area. Wheelie's is on a highway and the property to the west is private property - farmland. There may be access along dirt farm roads or they may be posted "no trespassing". If you want to be absolutely legal, you need to take about 2 miles of pavement from the end of the Bradshaw Trail to Wheelies which is not legal on a green sticker m/c. Whether you'd get a ticket or not, I can't say. I can say it is lightly patrolled and would most likely only see law enforcement presence if some kind of call was received. I'm still waiting to hear back from the CHP Officer but I wanted to give you an update.

    Sunday ride - I'm going to do a loop east along the Bradshaw trail, north up Red Canyon (see my ride report "Why I don't live in smeL.A."), across I-10, east on power line roads to or past Chiriaco Summit (where gas and food is available), south under I-10 at Red Cloud, up a gated 4x4 road (I have a key) to a summit with most excellent views, possibly explore the Red Cloud Mine area if time, ride down to the Bradshaw trail, and back to Gearheart's place. Green sticker vehicles will be okay as long as you don't do something incredibly stupid in front of a rarely seen LEO on the tiny bit of pavement.
  16. jonz

    jonz Miles are my mantra Supporter

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    Howdy,
    A friend of mine just got a kitchen pass for Saturday night. He'll be riding my 520 on the Sunday ride - I'll be on my 640 Adventure for that one. He will be a valuable addition as he's a physical therapist - he has fixed me up from various moto misadventures on several occasions. :super His exam fee on Saturday night will probably be cheap - something like a beer per exam :slurp . You might want to try to get to the front of the line :lol3
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    Those Sportsmobiles look like the hot ticket, I think I might try to get one before this trip. Does anybody know if you can you get them in diesel?
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    kerosene Been here awhile

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    you guys have a great ride. I would love to join but my work has pinned me bad and riding has been minimal lately. :cry
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    I am 100% OUT for Friday (just got booked)

    Saturday is still looking good.
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    They are available in diesel. Check out sportsmobile.com, quigley4x4.com and salemkroger.com. There's another advrider here that has one and rides a BMW GS1200 I forget who it is.