n00bs rALLy DV march MADness 2011
Tasked to start the ride report for this year's nOObs rALLy DV march MADness 2011 adventure, I'm taking a cue from joefromsf and starting this thread a few days early.
The un-organized group rides will begin on Friday, March 25.
Some of the inmates are already on their way to DV. Last I heard, joefromsf was somewhere near the Tecopa Hot Springs. Others are on their way south, some coming from the east, and a gaggle of adventurers will be heading north over the next couple of days - all heading towards the Panamint Springs campground in Death Valley.
Well over 100 inmates will be gathering for this un-organized non-event. A big thanks to h8chains once again for doing his best to herd the cats involved.
If you enjoy history, and want to view the rides from years past, see:
2010 nOObs march madness 2010 death valley rally
2009 nOObs DV Full mOOn Redux
2008 nOObs march madness
2008 2nd nOOb DV rally
2007 1st nOObs dv rALLy
Once again, it will be epic adventuring!!!
nice intro larry.
can you believe it, the number of participants grew to 150 nOObs....:eek1
HMMM... WHAT DOES THE GREAT CARNAC KNOW ???
AND US MERE MORTALS ARE AWAITING TO FIND OUT ! :evil
linky here for the current event planning
not only that, jimmy lewis donating 2 free lessons to 2 lucky nOObs
I'm slowly making my way to DV. Been in Calgary on an assignment. Up at 3:30am this morning to get over to the airport for an early flight back to the states. Will arrive in Portland about 9:45am (at Seattle airport right now), and have a day to get organized. Fly down to LV tomorrow morning, rent a truck, stop by my Mom's and pick up my TE-310, and off to Panamint Springs. Hope to get an afternoon ride in tomorrow (maybe Darwin). Maybe pics by tomorrow night...
The long version starts from Seattle last Thursday ... but the short version is that I left San Francisco around 1030 am Wednesday morning after checking the weather. Took Hwy 101 south and for the first few miles the weather was clear ... but the rain started soon enough and I mostly kept to the slow lane because of poor visibility (and the kamikaze Cali cagers). The rain cleared up about the time I left the multi-lanes behind around 85 miles south of where I started.
But not wanting to be outdone by rain, the winds kicked up at that point and continued for the next 100+ miles and there was a few times I thought I was going to be blown into oncoming traffic. I kept to the far right of the lane after that and so when I got pushed over a few feet I didn't end up decorating some trucker's front grill.
Took 46 east and the winds slowly calmed even as the rain picked back up. By the time I got to 99 south the rain was coming down hard and the fog/ once again made visibility almost nil. But I was only going as far as Bakersfield for the day ... and made it there just before 5 pm.
Weather is looking dodgy for tomorrow's ride to PSR via 58 so still considering alternate routes ... will be checking things in the morning before heading out.
Wayward - Sounds like a bit of a tough day. Hopefully the weather is better tomorrow for you.
Apparently some snow in DV today (photo by Edelweys)
The reports that I've seen show it getting a little bit better each day. Hope so...
Lotsa snow, wind, and cold in Death Valley!
My ride out began from O.C. I hooked up with Francisthepig on his 800GS and we rode 395/Trona/Panamint Valley out to PSR Thursday afternoon. It was a cold and windy ride, but thankfully, no precipitation!
On Friday morning, I hooked up with Liorsmotoride and his friend, Damon for a ride to the Charcoal Kilns, Ubehebe crater, Teakettle junction, and Scotty's Castle. I've been to D.V. several times since 2002, and have never seen so much snow on almost every mountain range around Death Valley.
Shot of the SE overlooking Panamint Valley
On Saturday, I packed for home. Lior was still busy helping inmates fix bike and car? problems before I left. I chatted with Cathy before departing, while Lior helped out. Lior finally was able to leave for a ride to Darwin and we parted ways.
Many thanks to Joel and all the volunteers who made this event possible.
Hello from margaritaville
Wish I could be there.... Hope everyone had a great ride with minimal carnage. Here's a toast to past rides and future ones!
Sorry you couldn't make it.
I still have your slave cylinder for the 950 and an extra noob rally glass you just have to show up to claim them.
It was another great n00bs rALLy in Death Valley.
Kudos first of all to h8chains (Joel) who's been the lead organizer for March MADness for the past several years. He does an amazing job trying to organize the chaos of an un-organized ADV event. DSM8 awarded Joel with a brass cowboy hat on Saturday night for "herding the cats". But there's a lot of support from a lot of people. I wont remember everyone, but thanks to all of those that chipped in to help in pulling this event off.
Not sure of exact numbers, but there were about 150 signed up. Many backed out at the last minute (several due to the weather in just trying to make it to DV). Those traveling from the north faced some pretty fierce weather conditions to make it to DV. I think about 120-130 actually made ended up participating.
But once everyone arrived, the weather was great for riding. Unfortunately, a few passes were still closed due to snow which caused some last minute rearranging of planned rides. Were an adaptable bunch, and it all worked out. Some even braved the snow. Hopefully we'll see more pics and stories from them.
You never realize how vast DV is until you get 100+ riders out there, and still you (usually) never see more than your particular riding group out on the trails. DV National Park is approximately 3.4 million acres. Although there's no true offroad riding (you need to stay on designated roads paved or unpaved), there's over 1000 miles of those "roads" to explore, and many of them are pretty rough and challenging.
Some of the organization of the event shows up in the fact that I believe the worst injury incurred was a sore finger. I think only one person had more than one flat (not sure how many had flats overall but don't think it was a large number this year). Riders ranged in age from 17 to 59, and I think one guy over 70. Wayward Rider travelled from Seattle and showed up on her Triumph Bonneville. Not sure where KJ travelled from but I think I heard he rode in on a DR200. It was a diverse group, and everyone got along just fine. Everyone looked out for all those in their riding groups, and everyone was accounted for. I believe the police were so impressed with us that they awarded a few with a summons to return (or the chance to pay a few extra dollars to the cash-strapped Calif or Nevada governments).
Unfortunately my camera stopped working on the very first morning. I'll provide some commentary on the rides I took but will depend on others for the pics.
Hopefully everyone is arriving home safely; and we'll start seeing some amazing pics and hearing about the adventures soon...
pre RR teaser/summary
I led the noobs up to the steps at golar where our group of 11 watched 40-50 attempts some successful most not
after NWAF went up the first time and totally made it look easy he decided he would try a completely new route up the steps
Nicomama testing her handguards on another great ride
I was one of the ones that bailed for weather. By Saturday the forecast was looking up. I couldn't stand it and all my gear was still packed so off I went. Glad I made it, at least for the Saturday festivities. Here are a few pics, look for yourself in them...
nice pics, and for sure more are coming......and my share, sorry i only took a few......................................gigabytes....:D
though i said something at the other thread, i like to repeat it again here.
we definitely have an awesome community here in california! you guys made this happen. thanks to all, especially to all the volunteers and those who made outstanding contributions to our funds.
you guys rock...aside from rewarding ourselves with cool awards and raffle prizes, we were able to generate $$$ to support 3 charitable organizations...rider down org, corva, and blue ribbon coalition. also we got some $ going to the ADV Website.
awesome weekend, great riding in death valley, almost the perfect weather, no major injury, no 4-digit carnage, met a lot of pucks, made countless friends, tons of great stories to share, and of course the great memories we will cherish as we ride towards the sunset.
rr and pics to follow....:beer
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