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Old 04-03-2008, 10:28 PM   #151
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Have a great time all, wish I was there.
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Old 04-04-2008, 04:35 AM   #152
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4:28 AM and I'm planning the supply list

Our fearless leader is not feeling too well but he's going. He's going to be here about 8AM. I'll be buying the rest of our stuff over the next 2 hours. I'll checkin on this site one more time just before we leave!
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Old 04-04-2008, 09:30 AM   #153
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Late start for Tom and Steve

Just talked to Tom; he had a flat on the trailer and still feels like crap but on his way. ETA Afton Canyon 4PM. Steve.
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Old 04-04-2008, 10:00 AM   #154
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Please tell Tom that he's not obliged to be there, his health is more important. We're still grateful that he organized the ride!

We don't need Moses to lead us this time, although we will be wondering aimlessly in the desert for sure! Don't have to worry about getting lost until we ran out of gas.
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Old 04-06-2008, 02:08 PM   #155
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Thanks Tom for organizing and leading the ride, and Steve for the breakfast burrito - gringo style.

For sure, this is one of the best ride I've done. That is also one tough and wet ride.
Good op to meet the FFs from both socal and cencal!

Looking forward for next one.

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Old 04-06-2008, 03:02 PM   #156
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Sorry I missed this one too. I take the GS for a NO-DIRT ride Saturday and get a freakin' flat! Go figure! More pics are coming Joel?
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Old 04-06-2008, 04:24 PM   #157
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How could that be Artboy... Your Karma scores are thru the roof for saving my but a last weekend!!
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Old 04-06-2008, 05:23 PM   #158
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We camped in Afton, not really a town, just a campsite. Those who came from socal like me, it's a 3.5 hour drive north from my house.

Our camp, just next to a railroad bridge. The train runs 24/7, and I guess every couple of hours. Between the hard pounding wind and the train, including a noisy neighbor, didn't really get more than 4 hours of sleep.



Little wind and plenty of blue skies, and good breakfast awaited us next morning.

Mike(montibank) on his brand new ride and camouflaged outfit.



Ben and Rich. Thanks Ben for the free riding lessons in the sand and dunes. At the end of the day, my fear of the sand was diminished.



Rich, Ron, and wide open dirt


The fist water crossing, guess about 20 inches deep. No way avoiding it. The only way out and back to camp. The
crossing on the way back is a refreshing reward though.




Of course, there will be a casualty! Good thing, Ben's bike is a 2-smoker and after 100+ kicks, it fired up. I felt tired just watching him. Lane (ISellers) watching and ready to give him the leg to kickstart that puppy.



You won't believe it, but this is the water flowing on Mojave River. It was fun riding on the river bed, the dirt was packed, colorful canyon and the little water provided the contrast to the ride up ahead.




Mojave River


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Old 04-06-2008, 05:37 PM   #159
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Great pics, Joel.
I wish I could have been there.
See you guys @ Big Bear or sooner...

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Old 04-06-2008, 05:41 PM   #160
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We got lost

Rich and I deserves what it says on my helmet. The desert is a big place to get lost. Our ride with the group ended just before noon, we searched, they searched and we didn't cross path.







Not a single person in sight!
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Old 04-06-2008, 05:56 PM   #161
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After lunch, Rich and I hooked up with Ben, turned out to be an excellent guide and teacher.

After riding on deep sand for miles and miles, we ended up on a bigger pile of sand. There's so much sand that you have to like it.



Ben was a pretty good rider (or maybe because he's on a lighter bike). He showed us how to ride on sand, and it wasn't really that difficult, except when you get stuck. Half of Rich's DR was swallowed by the sand. Getting help is priceless.

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Old 04-06-2008, 06:46 PM   #162
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Hey Joel, Ben didn't happen to tell you what a razor back is did he? It's just on the other side of that mound of sand
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Old 04-06-2008, 06:59 PM   #163
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Dunes 101

We took the smallest one we could find, piece of cake!



Really thankful to Ben for teaching us how


Rich became an expert after several runs


But didn't last for long



I can read Ben's lip from a distance and behind the helmet.....oh shit Rich, again!




If you haven't seen a belly of a DR 650, here it is


The graduates on a real dune, eeeehaaaa!





I'm starting to think that the DR is just too heavy for the dunes.



No help needed here and Ben was really, really reluctant to help.


Even the light weight XR was not spared. Hmmm....I think it's the noobiness in us.


Ben and Joel


Proud veteran of the dunes


The dunes do not discriminate, this used to be a tree, now turned to a bush

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Old 04-06-2008, 07:29 PM   #164
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A few pics from my short stay

Couple of hours before I learned what a razor back is



Ben successfully making his first ever water crossing


Photo Op


Rich, Ben and Ron


Beer Time


Early Departure, thanks all who helped me get loaded up
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Old 04-06-2008, 07:46 PM   #165
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Hey Joel, Ben didn't happen to tell you what a razor back is did he? It's just on the other side of that mound of sand
Sorry Bob that we have to learned what the razorback did to you. Hope you feel better soon.

Part of the training is how to read how the dunes peak and what to expect on the other side.

Good thing I was born with fear that I didn't bother to cross over the top of the dune.
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