Originally Posted by S_Palmer
Can any of you old hands share some info on the routes? I downloaded the tracks but it would be great to know, attractions, skill level required, anything that shouldn't be missed etc.
Yep, what Browneye said, plus the routes can vary with "current conditions".. You will see other threads in the West about what it's like in DV at this moment ! Example the steps at Goler wash right now are relatively easy but 2 1/2 miles up canyon have become much more difficult than they normally are..
Right now South Pass sounds tougher than normal too due to a storm that went through in August.... This condition will change with the winter weather and all the Jeeps that pass through, so who knows what it will be like at the end of March..
Many of us will be up at DV 2 or 3 times before the NooBs Rally so we will have first hand knowledge to give the ride leaders.
Even if you are riding on a level road you have to be ready for washouts (across the entire road as well as on the edge), deeper sand, silt beds, large rocks embedded in the road (pinch flats are a pain)..
The size / weight of the bike makes a big difference too. Lots of miles makes a big bike enjoyable when riding the paved roads and graded roads to get to some of the sights like Racetrack, at the expense of having a tough time if you attempt to do Lippencott Mine Rd back to PSR.