T120 Adventures and Playlists

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by tjt94, Dec 9, 2018.

  1. tjt94

    tjt94 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Modern day Highway S-2 runs parallel with the Butterfield Stage route. The lower part is separated by a few miles (separated by some mountains) and the upper part runs on the route.

    S-2 is one of my favorite roads to ride. Always something new whether its flowers and vegetation changes, or desert big horns running across the road.

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    tjt94 Been here awhile Supporter

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    More S-2

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    This outing ended at the road leading to the Carrizo Creek Station of the Butterfield Stage. Again, a different bike would be preferred to ride to the station, about 6 miles up the road. I will likely drive my truck up to the site as there has been some archeological excavation done.

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    All in all, it was another very nice day riding my favorite of all bikes I have owned.
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    Sunday morning riding is always a joy and today was no exception. Also, it was important to get the green and white bike out on the road to conjure up a win of my Spartans over the Duke Teletubbies.

    Today I rode to a couple more historical sites that are very local. These are very local. Fort Romualdo Pacheco is 11 miles from my house while Yuha Well is only 9 miles away.

    The site of Fort Pacheco is off Worthington Road alongside the bank of the New River. Fort Romualdo Pacheco was built by Mexican Army Lt. Romualdo Pacheco and soldiers at this site in 1825-26. It was built with adobe and is the only Mexican fort in Alta California. On April 26, 1826, Kumeyaay Indians attacked the fort, killing three soldiers and wounding three others. Pacheco abandoned the fort, removing soldiers to San Diego.

    Upon my arrival to the site, I noticed that the marker and entire south and west sides of the site had active bee hives. There were more then enough bees in the air and I was not willing to see if they would allow a picture of the marker. Maybe next time.

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    Looking at the New River from Ft. Pacheco site.

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    By using the "historical places" search in Google Maps, I also just discovered the marker for the Yuha Well today. It is located at the eastbound rest area on I-8 near Sealey, California. That well is about a mile north of the Butterfield Stage Indian Wells Station site. Pretty interesting to find these things so nearby.

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  5. CCitis

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    I really like the look of your bike... nice. How did you attach an ikea sheepskin to it?
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    I put this one on top of an ATV seatpad I got from Walmart. I cut slits in the sheepskip and ran the pad's buckles through them. I also screwed the sheepskin down to the buckle straps using screw conchos.

    On previous sheepskins I glued webbing (straps) to the bottom and buckled under the seat. Again, I secured the webbing a little better using screw conchos through the skin and the webbing.

    Let me know if that makes sense. I can probably take a couple of pictures of the system if not.
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    Beautiful Saturday morning here made for a great time to take a quick 140 mile loop through Glamis then down Ogilby Road. It's also a Green and White day since my alma mater is playing in the final four tonight. Most appropriate to get the Spartan bike out for a ride.

    The overlook of the Imperial Sand Dunes was drifted in so I was not able to get pics from the top. Next time.

    Again, what a great bike for these kinds of rides!

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    Onward through Glamis, to the Imperial Gables, then down Ogilby Road.

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    Today I installed a set of progressive fork spring and ran out to the lowest point on the US Interstate system. Then down a rough county road. The springs were a good addition!

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    Time for a return to Bombay Beach since it's basically local (40 minutes away) and the weather is still under 100. This time I found more decay and interesting graffiti art and sculptures.

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    Seafaring decay. IMG_0019.jpg IMG_0021.jpg
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    Bombay Beach graffiti.

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    Salton Sea giant clams should be avoided as should any fish or shellfish from that polluted mess.

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    The sculptures in Bombay Beach were surprising and interesting.

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    After Bombay Beach it was onward to Coachella then Palm Desert to make a run up the switchbacks of Highway 74.

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    There were groups of high end cars running the highway. Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Bentleys, Porsches, Maseratis, and even McClarrens.

    There was also an MG club running a variety of MGB's and the like.

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    I stopped at Warner Ranch on S2 since it was a stage stop on the Butterfield Stage route that I have discussed before. There are remaining walls of the original adobe building under cover.

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    Then onward towards home.

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    Thanks for taking us along, 94 - really enjoyed seeing that territory with you. I'd driven through some of it, read about Bombay, but you gave us a better look! Mighty nice T120 too!

    For another way of putting sheepskin on, here's a pic of my T100 with its sheepskin, the front half over inch=thick memory foam. The tail attaches with one snap in the center at the back of the seat.

    Mine's attached with five snaps. I got some "stickyback" from a sailmaker (cheap stuff, Dacron with serious adhesive on one side) and used it for doubling on the back of the sheepskin where the snaps go, marked where I wanted them, took it to a boat canvas shop and had heavy-duty stainless steel female staps installed (cost: peanuts). I brought the male half with self-tapping screws (also stainless) home and screwed them into the seat pan near the bottom rim.

    Snapped in place, the sheepskin stays taunt. Never had a problem with any of it in 30,000 miles, and it's easy to remove the sheepskin for any reason. I had enough to make a second shorter sheepskin cover for the memory foam using the same seatpan snaps, leaving the rear half of the seat nekkid for when I put my Wolfman soft bags on and duffel atop the seat. (A buddy said I put the sheepskin on wrong - "It goes on the tank!")

    `Sorry for borrowing the thread! Thanks again for the So. Cal. tour!

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    Thanks for the update.. I really need to make it out to the Salton Sea sometime...
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