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Hotmamaandme 08-07-2009 04:35 PM

Ural does WMRS / Bishop Eastern Sierra's
Well I have been wanting to get down to the WMRS (White Mountain Research Station) ADV ride for a few years now. This year I was able to get the time off and made it a must do this summer. The wife (Marcia) wanted to ride down with me on the Ural so we made it happen.

First off................ Thanks to Stonewall for getting this ride rounded up and Hurty, I B A Fox (I will spell check that) and all the others who made this event happen.:wave

Ok so Marcia and I headed for Bishop on Wednesday night after work. Here are the bikes ready to roll.

We rode from Napa CA to Angels Camp CA

That was pretty much it for day one. We didnt leave like I said tell after work so it was a short ride with dinner and a Hotel stop. Tomorrow the fun begins, Bodie & Mono Lake to Bishop.

Teaser shot of the next days ride. Yes we get off road.:evil

GB 08-07-2009 05:41 PM

Thanks for the teaser :thumb


Hotmamaandme 08-07-2009 07:08 PM

Day 2 Bodie State Park & Mono Lake CA
We had clutches out by 8ish and headed over Sonora pass to Bridgeport CA Hwy 395. We stopped for a early lunch at a burger joint in Bridgeport and got fuel. Then we hit the road again down to the Bodie cut off.

Hotmamaandme 08-07-2009 07:46 PM

This is high desert/plains eastern Sierra's. It was some of the most picture perfect riding we have ever seen. Sorry there are a lot of pics.

On the way into Bodie looking to the south towards Mono Lake

Notice the elevation

Hotmamaandme 08-07-2009 09:17 PM

Bodie was one of the high lights of this trip. I could have spent all day walking around. Marcia didnt think it was worth an all day thing so we only stayed a few hours. We took a lot of pics here are a few. Bodie is a ghost town once a booming gold mine and lumber town.

rogerfjrfaster 08-07-2009 10:11 PM

Ural at wrms
How did the Ural do on the ride up the hill to the research station, I know it was fine to Bodie.

Bozola 08-07-2009 10:11 PM

Boy, that arctic sure could use some green paint.

We need to get you guys up here...

Hotmamaandme 08-08-2009 09:04 AM

Wish I had a Coke right about now

Lets see whats under the bonnet? Maybe I can get this thing going again.

Got the firing order

I could use this to get some extra ponies out of the Ural:lol3

Ok so I did a little goofing off.......Im a big kid and I was in an old Western town, my imagination got the best of me. What do you expect.


The only church left in Bodie.

The mining operation

Bodie must have been a close knit community. There was not a stranger in town. This is a tight fit but I guess two people could get some work done.

This is a Hotel/saloon. Notice the hotel room boxes? Each cubby had a brass plate with a number.

Another hotel

Wish I had this pool table

School house

What is what is left of the Bank of Bodie. Only the vault.

Oh yeah I did some more kid stuff

This old stone still spins

There is a museum in Bodie. It has a lot of artifacts of the citizens of yester year.

I used to work in the funeral buisness

Bodie had a baseball team

A lot of the buildings had these flat tin shingles on them. Some had been food tins

I took a lot of pictures in Bodie. You have to go see it for your self. I dont feel like posting them all and Im sure you dont want to load and scroll through them.

So we topped off the gas tanks before leaving Bodie.

NotBetty 08-08-2009 09:58 AM

great pix!
You got some great 'through the glass' shots of the bar/post office and the schoolhouse. Nice unpopulated shot of the church too. When Mike and I went there were too many people to get a good clean picture.

P.S. Thanks again for the ride in the sidecar, it was the highlight of my trip! :lol3

Hotmamaandme 08-08-2009 10:31 AM

We took the Cotton Wood Canyon cut off out of Bodie over to Mono Lake.

Our first good view of Mono Lake

My riding partner

Ok so we made it down to the Mono Lake. I had wanted to try and take the dirt road around Mono Lake. I heard that it gets pretty sandy and silty in spots but common how bad could it really be?

Well about 4 miles into the attempt to go around the lake off road ADV style we started finding more and more of this.

Now you have to remember its high elevation and the Ural isnt jetted for this. So Marcia had to slip the clutch a bit and keep the RPMs up. So she bogged down in this spot so I thought I would just keep on going so I wouldnt loose momentum too.

Check for leaks and loose bolts while youre there.:thwak

This was a pretty good spill. I had a lot of sand in and on top of the head that was sunk in the sand. The sand was thick and heavy and then sections of silt or bull dust.

So after about three spills in the sand and it was getting worse and worse; the day was getting late we decided to turn around. I think we did the right thing.

Back out on the tarmac we headed around to 395.

We stopped at a gas station and blew all the sand out of my cylinder head. Then stopped off at the lake.

Then it was Hwy 395 down to Brown Owens Camp ground

RockyNH 08-09-2009 02:14 AM

Great Photos!! Thanks for sharing your adventure

Hotmamaandme 08-10-2009 08:54 PM

We got into camp kind of late and set up the tent before it got dark. We had worked up a hunger so we asked Stonewall about dinner. He suggested Toms Place so we hoped in the Ural and rode to dinner. In the morning we had a picture perfect landscape.

Kevin and his Dad (Hurty)

After camping next to Hurty and IBAFox and their land yacht our tent looks a little well small. We also decided that after camping with these guys we need Kermit chairs.

Hurty's yacht

I had a cup of coffee while I looked at some maps. Marcia and I wanted to go for a ride together. Stonewall said he had a ride all planned out and we should tag along.

So it was Stonewall as the guide, Notbetty, GalacticGS, Desertdweller, and Nobetty's boyfriend Mike and us. We hit Chidago road aka Chirizo canyon over to the Red Rock canyon.

I cant keep up with Marcia on fire roads.


Mike, Notbetty and Marcia in the Red Rock Canyon

The next few pics are by GalacticGS

Starting to sort through my pics. I'm not familiar with all of the SoCal and NorCal crews that showed up for this ride, so I apologize ahead of time if I get some names wrong...

I was staying at the McGee Creek Lodge, but rode over to the campsite Friday morning. Met Stonewall, Hurty and some others. Stonewall organized a ride over to the little Red Rock Canyon, so I tagged along.

We headed east on paved Benton Crossing Road before it turned to dirt...

I think this is Cory (the "andme" part of Hotmamaandme)

This might be NotBetty leading the way...

On the Chidago Canyon Road which winds through a red rock canyon - Hotmama on the Ural

Another intersection regroup. GalacticGS and Desertdweller peeled off here and headed south to Bishop for some high speed desert riding.

The rest of the group headed north toward Benton.

Notbetty washed out in a sandy section and whent down. Mike close behind dropped his bike attempting to stop. Both got some sore spots and bruises but for the most part ok. Notbetty didnt want to ride in the sand anymore so Marcia gave her a ride in the Ural to the pavement. The Ural chair came in handy. The Ural also carried a case of bottled water that came in handy too.

Mark and I waited at the bikes for Marcia to get back with Mike so he could ride Notbetty's bike out of dirt to her on the pavement.

After we all made it back to camp Marcia and I whent into Mamoth Lakes to get some lunch. Then back to camp and hit the showers.

GalacticGS 08-11-2009 05:53 PM

Great pics Cory and Marcia! :thumb

Old_Don 08-11-2009 07:12 PM

Great pic's and report.:clap

It was a good decision to turn around while trying to travel the east side of Mono Lake. I was just there in my Jeep in May and took the same road. After about 6-7 miles, if I recall correctly, the road runs into pure sand dunes. We were by ourselves, so turned around also.

Cheap video from inside the Jeep of the road you were on.

There is a road further east of Mono that would work just fine. I drove it in the Jeep in 2W and it has "light" sand. In otherwords not deep sand and simmiliar to Cottonwood road. I'd recommend it.

Stonewall 08-12-2009 08:55 AM

Wmrs V
Great meeting you guys, glad you had a good time :deal

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