|10-20-2013, 09:00 PM||#1|
Miles are my mantra
Joined: Aug 2004
Location: California Desert (it's a dry heat)
Southeastern California Desert roads are trashed
I just got back from a ride through Palen Pass, Midland, and then to Blythe. In the past, the road from SR177 over Palen Pass was a perfect ride (other than a little sand) on my 950SE. Mostly 50 - 80 mph cruising. This time, it was a couple hours of 5 - 15 mph crawling over fields of rocks mixed with sand filled washes. Lots and lots of cross ruts anytime the road crossed a low spot. In the past I'd have said a GS rider comfortable with sand could have ridden this route. In the condition it's in now, Riceless950 would 'enjoy' a ride along this road.
I wasn't here during the August monsoons but I guess they were way worse than normal.
I don't say this to dissuade you from riding - just be WAY conservative on your time estimates to cover routes you covered in the past. I was pretty late to camp - if my buddies hadn't been drinking they would have been worried.
KTM 950 SE, KTM640 ADV ( Hibachi, risen from the ashes)
KTM520EXC (broken), KTM 400XC (the replacement)
Honda ST1300 ABS (newest addition to the stable)
STOC #326 IBA #217
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