Eastern Sierra & WMRS Ride/Camp 2009
It's about that time of the year again, last Aug. 2nd the White Mountain Research Station opened it's door to the public. This has becomed an annual pilgrimage for many riders throughout CA, NV, and AZ. The research station at 12,500 feet is probably one of the highest destination for us flatlanders. The peak at over 14,000 feet again was conquered by a few healthy FFs.
Last year's ride report:
Before moving on, we would like to thank Stonewall for his dedication and effort in keeping this event alive for the last many years....:thumb
Though the WMRS ride was on a Sunday, many arrived a few days earlier to explore other parts of the Eastern Sierra.
Brown's Campgroun at Benton Crossing on Friday afternoon
Sopascat and RandyM, both from SoCal
To those who missed this landmark, it means you passed the turn off
There were many cows in the area and surely it became man vs cow that weekend. I think 2 injuries and vehicular damages (2 bikes and 1 suv).
Thanks for starting the report. Sorry we missed it.
upon arrival to the camp, we suited up
sopascat, rsc-e, and galacticGS are ready to ride...:ricky
to guide us without getting lost, roger brought his gps with a 42" plasma screen :eek1 ; and no kidding, you can see downtown los angeles while navigating.,:lol3
riding on half a mile of pavement between camp and dirt
miles of smooth dirt....:tb and moist too....:tb
the farther we ride, the darker the sky
it rained hours earlier..:clap
my 640a and roger's 990 still managed to dig beyond the wet ground
kelly(?) also rode with us that afternoon
the sign appears new, they knew we were coming...:rofl
though we hit pavement, the ride didn't dissapoint us because of the nice weather and beautiful scenery...oooops almost forgot.. plus good company..:D
again dirt brought smiles to our faces...:ricky
these 2 have been watching neduro's dsr video...:lurk
we made it to the top of the summit lookout and here's roger proving we were there
larry aka galacticGS rode for 2 days from WA for this weekend event
we don't have this kind of riding at home
i have a feeling my camera won't make it to the end of the weekend; true, it died 2 days later...:cry
we explored more of the area and they're starting to look the same
there were few road signs and without a gps, we would have been lost
this power line road eventually became a sandwash....:yikes
cathy was the first victim of the day
in less than a mile, the sand monster took cathy again.....:evil
seeing there is at least 4 miles of sand, we decided to take a break
cathy got her form back and happy to be on friendlier turf
it pays to be slow, you get lots of pics from me....:rofl
the gs1200 and 990 battling it out on our way back to camp..:pynd
roger gave up since he smelled burning rubber.....:rofl
who's idea to stop and rest at the blind corner...:nono
one of the few ranches in the area
we made it back to the camp without hitting a COW..:clap
the notorious campsite #78
and sOOn dunerat fired up his eslo carne asada grill :dg
joefromsf as usual likes to ride into camp in the cover of darkness :D ; i hope they share their ride with us and how long tall sally lead them to a real adventure...:rofl
angles on the camp
soundtrack: morning mooing obscuring snoring
view east approaching camp
High Sierra in summer....
:thumb Nice photos.
crawdaddy's ride report
very nice, check it out....:thumb
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So I decided to do this trip last minute- like fri @ 10am!:huh
I end up leaving @ 1:30pm from Irvine.
head up the 15...
to see this just before Cajon Pass. must have been going to Ft. Irwin.
So, I finally get on the 395 out of Victorville & feel the heat of the Mojave- wasn't that bad as long as you kept moving.
yep, 209 to Bishop...:(:
well, i knew which way i was gonna be heading for a while...
then, 1st sight of the So. Sierras:clap soon I would be out of the Mojave :lol3
Is that precip up ahead???
Yep! it sure is! Soo now, I'm in the Owens Valley, starting to sloowly climb in elevation- seems like i haven't really left the heat of the Mojave behind me.
So, I missed that storm cell:webers
holding indicated 80mph, which is 73mph on my gps. this is with one less tooth on the front sprocket. Engine was pretty whiney... but it held that velocity when i wanted it to. :D
leaving Lone Pine... & yes, its getting dark.
thats it for fridays pics. :dunno
Rolled into camp after dodging the cows that guard the entrance to Browns Camp @ 8:30pm.:slurp :bore
Next day, JoefromSF had to deal with his slow air leak in the front tire. He just put a tube in it.
view from camp
Joel briefing his So. Cal. crew while they all look intent:eek1
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Whats he saying:dunno
Our turn to gear up after Joe fixed his leak
07 DR650 "The Tanker":clap as in fuel...
08 KTM 990 ADV the commuter... for now.:wings
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most were still asleep when i got up
beautiful day to go riding..:ricky ........hmmmm someone just trailered a gsa..:eek1
even on a day ride, tomer never removes his panniers
steve was just one of the 6 gs riders that day in our group
the road got more interesting
waiting for the last rider
i'll post more pics tonight and anyone who has pics, please do so.
he can't :lol3
Hwy 168 heading toward Big Pine
White Mountain Rd.
more White Mtn. Rd.
at the station
looking forward to next year
for a in-state trip, this is pretty fuggin epic, no doubt.
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