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Old 03-15-2009, 05:19 PM   #1
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2nd full mOOn nOOb's DV 3/12-15

Well... I just got in and I am way too tried to be prolific in a ride report. The ride report will just have to develop and grow as the rest of the inmates get home.

But first off:

A BIG HUGE thanks to H8chains for putting this all together!

All I have for right now (I really need a shower) is:

Ready to go:



800 miles (round trip)... with about 350 miles of dirt.... one blowout... two flats later:
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Old 03-15-2009, 06:14 PM   #2
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Old 03-15-2009, 06:18 PM   #3
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Ok, after a shower I feel much better. So I might as well get this started before dinner.

A couple more pre-trip photos:





A few scenic detours along the way:



The wildflowers were out in force. They assulted both the visual and the olfactory senses.









Looking north into Panamint Valley:



Double secret "shortcut" down to Ballarat:



Another "shortcut" from Panamint Valley Road around the backside of Ash Hill. It is kind of fun to pop out back onto pavement just south of Panamint Springs.




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Old 03-15-2009, 06:30 PM   #4
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Jason and I are in safe(?) and sound(?!). Had a great time. Great to ride and hang out with you FF's. First time to DV, definatly not the last!
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Old 03-15-2009, 06:38 PM   #5
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I guess i miss a lot o carnage from saturday ride .and THOSE 950SE ARE FUCKIN AWESOME
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Old 03-15-2009, 07:01 PM   #6
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[quote=trailtrick]I guess i miss a lot o carnage from saturday ride .and THOSE 950SE ARE FUCKIN AWESOME [/quote]


YOU NEED A TALLER BIKE!!!!

I saw you use a rock as a stepstool...
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Old 03-15-2009, 07:04 PM   #7
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Checkin in-- had another great time in DV-- thanks Joel and everyone who helped put this on! I took a quick ride to China Gardens and Darwin while everyone was packing and heading out.

RiverRat it was good to see you again at the camp. We should do an ADV ride to the hot springs where you stayed sometime. Btw, Darwin was a little red-necky, but not as scary as you described; there weren't any albinos playing dueling banjos, far as i could tell!
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Old 03-15-2009, 09:20 PM   #8
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home safe and sound....

We made 460 miles of trails in 3 days.....

No carnage only great memories....Steele Pass, Lippencott, Hunter, Gholar, Barker's, Racetrack, Teakettle, Crankshaft, The Springs etc etc....

As always Yzlvr was flying...new guy RSC (Roger) did all the loops on stock Scorps... ..badass....

Took 1 pic in 3 days....but as it is of a stuck rider I am going to hold on to it for now...
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Old 03-15-2009, 09:23 PM   #9
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it started here...

the march full moon nOObs Redux was an original idea of benjava, a fellow inmate from norcal, and the first one was last year. since it didn't look like we're going to have one this year...i went ahead and do one for this year and make it an annual tradiional ride for nOObs... thanks again to bj .......now we nOObs have 2 rides to DV everyyear.

we came for this. courtesy of vern who did the recon for us..




and here's the dv this weekend
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Old 03-15-2009, 09:38 PM   #10
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Old 03-15-2009, 09:19 PM   #11
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.and THOSE 950SE ARE FUCKIN AWESOME
Amen brother... amen.
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Old 03-17-2009, 09:22 PM   #12
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Death Valley N00B v2

Since I missed out on last years festivities I could find no reason to justify not making this one.

Originally I was supposed to bring a noob along that was going to ride the 625 but he got hit by a car, a Porsche no less , so was a little sore and unable to make the event.

That said I threw the small bike into the back of the truck and headed out early Friday morning.

Got my spot under the trees reserved and rolled into camp around 10am.

Ran into Eggroll on the way in while getting gas.

Got camp all set up



and waited to see where the first ride of the day would head off too

The first ride out was to Chloride Cliffs and then Titus…after slabbing it we got gas



We all got back on the road and the real fun started







Of course there is always that one that will do anything for attention or a photo op



H8Chains showing proper ADV attitude during the whole ordeal




Of course everyone was nice enough to wait while we picked up the bike (and the parts) finally catching back up with the group




And then there was this guy (street tires on a SM DRZ400 in the dirt). Watching him ride was like watching a train wreck.

The suspension to see something happen was there but he never delivered….

(actually he did damn good all thing considered I would not have ridden that bike on those conditions, I think he is insane)




Made it to the state line



I got to take a break after eating dust for a while.



Before it was back into the dust bowl (that’s what happens when you’re the sweep)



Titus was nice and other than the really deep gravel at the very bottom was a cake walk, scenic and simple.








Rider914 making it look easy as usual



Next day had us going over Hunter Mountain through Hidden valley out to Tea Kettle then past the race track and out lippencot back to Saline Valley. 130 miles of pure fun and excitement.



Found a little mud on the way (ok a lot)





On the way a little spur took you too a cabin, I got side tracked…

Eggroll got stuck in the only snow on the whole trip you could get stuck in….




I seem to spend a lot of time this trip helping Asians pick up their bikes….wonder if this is going to be a new trend.



Rest of the way to the cabin was uneventful





The cabin




then this guy parked his bike down slope only to have it fall over and break the clutch perch. But zip ties and bailing wire we were back in business.

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Next stretch out to the race track was fast and washboard, with the exception of a flat it was uneventful (no pics of the flat sorry)





Headed down lipencott from there






Back to camp…

That night got to try out a new to me fire pit

Worked great!!





Till next year



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Old 03-17-2009, 10:17 PM   #13
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dave, very nice report and pics.

yeah, i asked psr for those campsites with trees...really nice and you scored. unfortunately for us, they allow only 1 vehicle because of the picnic table. dannyG could have taken care of those tables if he camped a week before....

did the tent came with when you bought the bike?.........
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Old 03-17-2009, 10:27 PM   #14
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Actually I had the tent before I ever got the KTM, first time camping it got down to low 20's I froze my ass off.

4 season tent, never had a problem since. I am just lucky it happens to be my favorite color.



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Old 03-17-2009, 10:52 PM   #15
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Yes beware of the n00bs of March. Hahaha. Flats, getting lost, dented rims, injuries oh my!

Your bike is looking good Sito. Glad to hear all the n00bs made it home.


Good to see everybody. Wish it was a longer weekend.

For one rider (not a n00b group rider) the adventure was a little more "adventurous"

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