Against my better judgment (again) due to thursday's "Noob Ride" taking all my energy; Marcia, Rjnutt, Pomo, and myself decided to do Ballarat through Golar wash to the Geologist cabin to striped butte to west side road back around to Panamint. This turned out to be a LOOONG day. Motrin and Vicodin I ate like candy by the end of the day.
Ok lets go
Obligatory pics of Ballarat
This was Pats first time in DV so he hamed it up for the camera
I decided it might be a good time to check my oil (45 miles from camp and the quart of oil i left behind). What do you know, I was 3/4 of a quart low so Rocky who operated the Ballarat store found some oil for me! Thanks Rocky!
Note to self: Oil goes in the hole and should be checked on occasion.
Ok so my bike got some much needed oil. Off to Golar Wash! This is NWemerys going up Golar steps on a tricked out KTM450(thats cheating but who really cares. Still a nice bike)
Pomo (Pat) also on a super tanker KTM450 no issues (wait for it.....issues do arise in the group shortly)
4x4 going up the steps which were in really good graded/filled in shape
Ok so Marcia is a Noob on two wheels. She watched Pat go up so she wanted to go next. Que the carnage music....
I seem to remember a video identical to this only it was Joel and Davebro having the yard sale?
Ok Rjnutt makes it look easy
Me (the bike sure sounds and runs better with oil)
Some more of Golar canyon
Pomo (selling tickets for the gun show)
NWemerys and his GS buddy (who i think bailed on our ride the day before. if so it was a wise move)
We got to a section that had an off camber switch back. Pat made it Marcia made it but Rjnutt.....where did he go?
Pat waiting to catch him in action.
He cheated he is over there!
Que the video below
Turn the volume way up! You can here Robbie give some wisdom!
Marcia picking her way through a small rock garden
No pics of Pomo in this section because that would mean you had to ride in front of him which isnt safe at those speeds. Here is a picture just before he remounted.
oops nope that was a wild jack ass we saw. Here is Pat! (Again i will warn you of random sarcasm don't get upset)
Rjnutt ripping to the top of Mengal Pass
I missed an awesome out of control wheelie in this shot
Top of Mengal Pass
Top of Mengal looking into Butte Valley
Not too far down the road is another rocky section
Our first sighting of Stripped Butte (almost worth the trip just to see that rock)
Onward to the Cabins