|12-12-2007, 12:19 AM||#153|
The Eternal NooB
Joined: Mar 2007
Location: Northern VA
Great RR! I've seen lots of DV pics but when you add some detailed personal experiences to it, it really comes alive. I think DV has just made my list of places to ride. I'll take a 250 with soft saddle bags though. I like the NX. :)
Looks like the bikes protested a bit at Mengel Pass. How did the Beemers fare over the rocks? The group have any problems with the difference in engine sizes?
Awesome pics from everyone and cool video clips. In that kind dramatic landscape a small 3ccd video camera would be sweet.
|12-12-2007, 05:59 AM||#155|
Wannabe Adventure Tourer
Joined: Mar 2006
Location: The Second, CA
Nowwhat and 86d were going to scout ahead while I went back and found Osii. The last thing I heard Nowwhat say was, "go around the puddle." Did I listen? I thought, "hey I made it once I can make it again." But not enough power on take off got me stuck partway. The mud was so deep even I couldn't touch ground. I fell over. Luckily I was close enough to the edge that most of me was out of the puddle. The problem was my leg was still stuck in 18" of mud and now there's an XR650L on top of it. From where I was lying I could only lift the bike a few inches at which point I would pull on my leg as hard as I could and maybe I pull my foot another 1/4" out of the mud. Then I'd have to let the bike down again and rest and try again. It took about 10 minutes of this before I got my leg out. Picture of bike in puddle to follow.
Canis meus id comedit.
|12-12-2007, 08:23 AM||#156|
Joined: Sep 2006
Location: Digging in with McClaw's Div waiting for Jackson
You sir have been conned by one of the many imposters claiming to be me. Probably another one of the groupies dreaming again.
Seriously, I was not even in the states.
|12-12-2007, 10:32 AM||#158|
Joined: Mar 2007
Location: Somerset UK
Great report and amazzzing pics, didn't relise it snowed there.
Thanks for the .KMz files RBA, I was there (Vertually (In google earth only)) Though did lose track of the group at some places
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|12-12-2007, 03:57 PM||#159|
I need another one...
Joined: Jun 2006
Location: San Jose / Truckee
Day 3 was pretty uneventful for me
Can't say the same for H8chains....
I found Joel by the side of the highway staring at his bike...
So I did what any red blooded american would do....I stole it.
|12-12-2007, 04:08 PM||#160|
Team Gear Whore
Joined: Jun 2007
Location: Lost Wages, Nevahduh
Wow. Great pics! Next time I won't wuss out and leave so early.
2009 Aprilia SL 750 Shiver / 2013 Piaggio BV 350 "Beverly"
|12-12-2007, 04:37 PM||#161|
Joined: Feb 2005
Location: Baja is good
RiverRat wrote, and posted a video:
Walk back to the bike and make it look EZ.
As easy as it looked in the video, and as apprehensive as I was doing it, shows what a bunch of n00Bs we really were.
.............anyway, it was a fun weekend and it was great meeting those of you that I did. Next ride for the rest of you all.
I gotta Thank Redbull Addick again......way past the call of duty.
|12-12-2007, 07:43 PM||#162|
Joined: May 2005
Location: SF Bay Area, California.
Fantastic pictures, everyone!
Looks like it was a great ride and I'm (kind of) sorry I missed it.
|12-12-2007, 08:53 PM||#163|
Joined: Mar 2003
Location: Falcon CO
got through 3/4 of my pictures today... that PoS camera I bought jacked up a bunch of my pictures
hope to get them up on smugmug tomorrow!
'03 1150 GS Adventure
'09 Harley Custom Vehicle Ops Road Glide
|12-12-2007, 09:17 PM||#165|
Joined: Nov 2006
Location: Petaluma, CA
OK, time for me to add my two cents to this thread (not that it needs any help at this point).
I left Petaluma early Thursday to make the big ride down to Ridgecrest. The weather had been threatening for days, and participants were dropping out like flies, but I had a feeling that things were gonna turn out fine.
A stop at Peets to fuel up for the trip.
Linked up with I B Mike near Stockton, and we motored down to Los Banos to meet up with Senor Peligro (Andy).
The three of us cruised down I-5 and over Walker Pass (Hwy 178).
We arrived late afternoon in Ridgecrest, where a few folks had already gathered.
Here is BenJava, Andy, IB Mike, and Wheeldog (Roger).
Others have already covered Friday, so I won't say much. After the morning's wandering in the desert, I hooked up with Jim (spafxer), Joel (h8chains) and Jamin in Trona, and we made our way to Ballarat.
On the way, Joel and Jamin were attacked by arrows. Good thing they had their helmets on.
By the time we got to Ballarat, it was getting late and we decided to beeline to Furnace Creek by way of Emigrant Canyon. Once there I set up camp.
On Saturday, Jim, Joel, Paul, IB Mike and I decided to check out the Chloride City loop.
I B Mike's dumping prowess is now famous (and lucrative). I'll add to the evidence.
The Racetrack rocks must be wintering in Chloride, because one jumped out at me and took me down too.
With predictable results.
Tom joined us and we all made it out to the highway without further incident.
After lunch in Beatty, we checked out Rhyolite. For some reason I was more interested in taking pics of the sculpture garden next door.
Titus Canyon was closed, so Mike, Jim and I headed to Artists Drive to finish out the day. Hmm, no photos from there.
Sunday was the epic day for me. I decided to join the group headed back over Mengel Pass. I really wanted to do this ride, but I wasn't sure if my skills or biggish bike were up to it.
Westside Road, headed toward Warm Springs.
I started to lose my nerve on the 30+ mile ride out there, but Pete was encouraging. "We'll get the bikes over it." Well alright!
Up into Butte Valley we climbed.
Dan, Pete and I caught the rest of the group up at this cabin.
I was too busy keeping my shit together over Mengel Pass proper to take pictures. It was a challenging ride, but only the basketball section was really tough. I did manage to grab yet another rock with my side case (this is getting old, innit?), pushing me off course and into a rock which tweaked my shift lever. Jamin, handy with the vice grips, got it straigtened out enough that I could ride out of there.
After heading over the pass, we dropped down into Goler Wash.
The group emerged from the canyon and met up in Ballarat one last time before heading to Ridgecrest.
I got back to Ridgecrest tired and cold, but exhilarated from a great ride.
The bike was worse for the wear (I think those side cases are history), but after putting a new shift lever on and re-taping the broken blinker, I was ready to ride home the next day.
Thanks to everyone for making this such a great weekend! I'll look forward to riding with you all again.
And Tom, Jamin and everyone else: I'm in awe of your photography. Thanks for capturing the trip so well.
DaveBro screwed with this post 12-12-2007 at 10:30 PM
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