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Old 12-24-2007, 12:33 PM   #1
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Salton Sea--on pavement?

So I'm looking to take a ride from Phoenix to southern California later this week. I was considering making a long loop around the Salton Sea. I've never seen it before, and thought it might be worth a trip.
I'll be riding my Kawasaki Concours, with my brother on a Yamaha V-Star, so I want to stay off the dirt roads.
So.... is there anything to see at the Salton Sea? Worth a trip? Or should I stay away, and find something else to look at?
If you can recommend some nice roads that meander through So-Cal I would appreciate any input.
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Old 12-24-2007, 12:37 PM   #2
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Just one word of advice on Hwy 111-watch your speed. That long stretch of road can be devoid of traffic except that one CHP car with radar coming at you. 55 mph sucks!
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Old 12-24-2007, 01:02 PM   #3
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have fun man. Good time to explore around there. check out the old townsites and campground along the east side of the sea. check out slab city but don't stay unless you are packing.

Are you riding the 78 by glamis/palo verde/brawley or taking freeway 10?
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Old 12-24-2007, 01:03 PM   #4
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I personally think the eastern side (Rt 111) is better than the west (Rt 86), either way it is definetly worth the effort!!

From I-8 take 111 to 62 and then 247 up to I-15 and then down into LA...
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Old 12-24-2007, 02:59 PM   #5
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have fun man. Good time to explore around there. check out the old townsites and campground along the east side of the sea. check out slab city but don't stay unless you are packing.

Are you riding the 78 by glamis/palo verde/brawley or taking freeway 10?
What's up with Slab City? It used to be a free RV Community, you know,, Gummers with Winnebagos.. WTF, over.

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Old 12-24-2007, 03:36 PM   #6
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So I'm looking to take a ride from Phoenix to southern California later this week. I was considering making a long loop around the Salton Sea. I've never seen it before, and thought it might be worth a trip.
I'll be riding my Kawasaki Concours, with my brother on a Yamaha V-Star, so I want to stay off the dirt roads.
So.... is there anything to see at the Salton Sea? Worth a trip? Or should I stay away, and find something else to look at?
If you can recommend some nice roads that meander through So-Cal I would appreciate any input.
Thanks!
-Steve in Phx.
I took a group of ST1100 riders around the Salton Sea several years ago for SaltonSTOC. Stopped for Chinese food in Brawley. To add to the enjoyment, we went up SR 78 to SR 79 and then back down S22. Some great twisties and good views from high above the Salton Sea. If time is running short, you can cut over to S22 well below SR79. Or, you can go farther south and check out Glamis.
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Old 12-25-2007, 07:48 AM   #7
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i was just there myself - interesting loop - complete with smell-o-vision!
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Old 12-25-2007, 09:29 AM   #8
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You can come up 86, break off west on S2 to Borrego Springs, climb the Montezuma grade and end up in Julian.
A great Dudley's bakery to fill you up, then a bunch of twisted roads to get to Temecula, or Orange County, and if you must....LA.
Or stop in Palm Springs and see the other (green) desert.
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Old 12-25-2007, 10:30 AM   #9
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re: CHP

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Just one word of advice on Hwy 111-watch your speed. That long stretch of road can be devoid of traffic except that one CHP car with radar coming at you. 55 mph sucks!
Thanks for the info! I wouldn't have thought they were patrolling that area.
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Old 12-25-2007, 01:43 PM   #10
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Are you riding the 78 by glamis/palo verde/brawley or taking freeway 10?
I was planning to travel West on I-8, then north on 111. Never been through Glamis. How is HWY 78?
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Old 12-25-2007, 03:23 PM   #11
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111 is more interesting than 86.
There's Slab City by Niland, as previously mentioned, also some weirdness at Bombay Beach.
There are more options if you could get off pavement.
Hwy 78 is fine. Don't worry about hitting any desert tortoise in that area as they're fenced in so all so their predators can get to em.
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Old 12-25-2007, 03:37 PM   #12
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I was planning to travel West on I-8, then north on 111. Never been through Glamis. How is HWY 78?

When I go to AZ i'll ride 78 east on up to blythe and then take 10 east.

I like 78 because it isn't freeway and goes by some cool stuff (glamis, ocotillo wells, palomar mtn)
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Old 12-25-2007, 05:58 PM   #13
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A word of caution. If you choose to travel either Hwys 111, or 78; because either are shortcut routes for commercial truck traffic, expect to frequently encounter oncoming traffic passing semi's in no-passing zones. The shoulders along these roads are generally soft sand, so you're not left with many options.
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Old 12-25-2007, 06:16 PM   #14
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And the recent rain caused alot of across the road flooding in all of the low points. They had it pretty cleaned up on 111 last weekend.
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Old 12-25-2007, 06:33 PM   #15
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That road from Brawley to Blythe can be a bear.. It seems like every Wal-Mart and moving truck in the World uses that two-lane.. I once got so punch-drunk from wind blast I nearly fell off the bike at the first light..

Glamis is neat, but don't get gas at the store there.. Damn expensive, as they service the dune buggy crowd primarily.

If you're not in a hurry, take 95 from Blythe to Vidal jct, then go back thru Parker, Bouse, and Wickenburg.. my favorite.

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