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Old 02-06-2009, 09:53 AM   #91
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I have a plan.



I'm heading to Vegas tomorrow to hang out with some rock stars , then going back to Death Valley to meet up with another ADV rider, camp in some remote area's, and explore more of the park. should be interesting with all the current rain....
I'll be back to L.A. in a week to meet up with Kevin ( an inmate I was in DV with with great hair and general disregard for the beauty of his Ducati dirt bike) and we're going into Baja. He's lived in Baja for years and I would have little concerns when traveling with him, hopefully my plates will come in the mail by then...
Yes, I'm a pussy - I won't take my non-spanish-speaking ass, and unlicensed brand new bike into mexico riding solo... but I know I'll have a good time with Kevin



I want more of this!

















*fundraiser*

I think I mentioned earlier in my trip about how I lost one of my tent poles after the run-in with the Border Agents.... anyways, REI wouldn't sell me just just the poles so I bought a new Big Agnes Emerald Mountain SP2 tent to keep on going, took the poles I needed out, ordered I new set from BA, and shipped it home.
The poles FINALLY arrived from BA, and I won't be able to return the tent like I planned cause I'm not going to be there in time....
So that leads me here. I'm selling a BA Emerald Mountain SP2 tent in Flea Market, brand new, never opened, and just like the one in all my pics for less than I payed at REI.
If you would like what could be the best tent ever, and want to help keep me going go buy it!


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Old 02-06-2009, 11:00 AM   #92
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*fundraiser*
Chitown;
check your pm's

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Old 02-06-2009, 11:19 AM   #93
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If you guys make it to San Felipe, and I'm sure you will, You have to go to the El Marinero bar. It is 2 blocks off the Malecon. This is the bar where I get "the tequila". Ask for a shot of "Snarlin' Cholla" and you'll be hooked.

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Old 02-06-2009, 01:22 PM   #94
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That would be the "SL2," not the "SP2," correct?

don't see an SP2 listed
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Old 02-06-2009, 01:32 PM   #95
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Hey I know you're busy and all, but since you've found yours, would you mind showing me where the "front page worthy" setting is located on my camera?

Holy crap! What amazing shots. Subscribed!
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Old 02-06-2009, 03:58 PM   #96
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ChiTown - wow, some tough roads on a 1200R! Had to post because I went to A&S here in Sac this morning, and sat on and drooled over a black and yellow 800GS. I even spoke to Ted for a moment about his trip to Death Valley, but we didn't get into it because he got a phone call. I came home to see if anyone posted about the ride, and there you are with Ted, a black and yellow GS, and two of my favorite riding buddies, Nate and Dino! Small world and all that. Those boys all have at least one screw loose and no fear gene, so I get your comment about 75 mph across the desert and being unable to see a thing. Nate picked my sorry KTM-crashing butt out of the ditch in Baja last Feb after I tried to ride like him! Anyway, what a great ride and a fun report. Thanks, Dan
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Old 02-06-2009, 05:33 PM   #97
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That would be the "SL2," not the "SP2," correct?

don't see an SP2 listed
That is correct, I was wrong.

*Tent SOLD*

Dan , yes those guys can really ride... and funny too!
I was amazed at how smooth and fast they were in the loose stuff. Great guys to get my first real taste of a DS bike with.
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Old 02-06-2009, 08:08 PM   #98
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So you are still alive?
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Old 02-06-2009, 08:10 PM   #99
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So you are still alive?
Yes I'm surviving L.A...
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Old 02-06-2009, 10:10 PM   #100
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Great pictures!
Glad to see someone living the dream.
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Old 02-07-2009, 03:26 PM   #101
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Yes I'm surviving L.A...
It's not too hard to survive in Hermosa Beach, I lived there during High School (long long time ago) and it is a great place to hang out.
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Old 02-07-2009, 04:26 PM   #102
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Speechless!

Remember that last time you started a book and couldn't put it down cause it was so mind gripping?

Read this ride report...OMG!

Awesome report and pics...
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Old 02-07-2009, 11:35 PM   #103
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Glorious, Beautiful, Wet, and Scary.

What a day!

I woke up early, itching to get the hell out of Los Angeles only to find very heavy rain... so I killed some time, went to get some Mc Donald's breakfast for my hungover friends ( I went to bed somewhat early and wisely passed on going out) and waited... finally I was fed up with "the beach life" enough, and there was a break in the weather so I set out, stopping at REI to get some replacement shock cord for my tent poles that had broken, and a few maps.






Not getting too far out of LA it started to rain. Hard.
I scrapped the going to Vegas thing, and decided to push on towards DV... stopping when in started hailing...







Taking HWY 14, I lucked out and started to ride in between the storm clouds for a while - with a wonderful view of the clouds, mountains, and some blue skies, stopping more than I should have along the way considering how late I started riding to take some wet desert photo's.



























Near Mohave












Getting closer to DV, the sun was setting. Fine. I can ride in the dark, plus I don't have to worry about too many deer around here... I think.
Passing many spot I could camp, seeing quite a few RV's with dirt bike's or ATV's around, I was enjoying the sunset, and the wild vibrant colors so I just pressed on, stopping for fuel in Trona, the crown jewel of the area with THE BEST gas station breakfast burritos, right Ted?
Sorry no pic of Trona...




















Easily seeing the huge storm I was going into before sunset, I started to get this sinking feeling, the temp was 42F and dropping...
It started raining about 80 miles from my destination. Hard. The wind picked up, and visibility dropped to about a quarter mile. I dropped my speed down accordingly, and was just tooling along now all alone for as far as could be seen, not passing another car for 30 miles.













After riding another hour in heavy rain, I came up to HWY 190, getting ready to turn right into DV NP for the final push...

To my surprise there was a CHP car there with it's lights on.... as I got closer I could see the cones he had set out and knew I was fucked.
I pulled up, he got out and asked me where I was going, like I did something wrong.
Kind of taken back by this I said," into the park to camp, of course, where else would I be going at this time of day in the rain?"
I was actually kind of annoyed and didn't hide it for some reason. Maybe it was the way he asked me, like it was his business what I was doing out here. call me a dick I guess. I'm usually very polite to cops.
He proceeded to tell me that all roads were closed going into the park due to massive flash floods, then eyed my bike up and down and said there's no way I could make it through. I started to say, well.... I can go through water this deep, pointing to my turn signals, but then just asked where I should go for the night, trying not to sound too stupid, like I was going to try and go through flooded roads at night alone...

He pointed to my left and said I should go to Lone Pine, about 53 miles down that road, plenty of hotels and such. It was raining like hell... Fine, Lone Pine it is, unless I just decide to pitch my tent along the way.







shortly down the road I passed a shady looking gas station, restaurant and motel... fuck it, 50 more miles is no problem, plenty of gas, just kept going....

After a few miles I saw a twisty road "S" sign that said "next 22 miles sharp curves".
Now I thought I'd never say this, but I did not want twisty roads right now at all. It was dark and raining hard, and with the twisty roads I was going quite slow, footpegs down, thinking of Clayton, yet determined to make it to Lone Pine.

Mother Nature had other plans for me.
Due to the very poor visibility I did not realize I was climbing a mountain, and I really didn't have time play with the GPS, and wasn't going to stop and take off my gloves to look at my maps, so I kept going watching the temp gauge start falling. 39 - a few more miles 35 - a few more miles 33 - a few more cold, slow, wet miles - 31.
Bingo!
It had turned from a heavy rain into a blizzard in about 20 minutes, going form soaked roads - to slush - to accumulating snow.
I look down at the GPS to see I have 43 miles to go! 43 miles! It just seemed so far, and at the speed I was comfortable going, it was. I was now @ 4900 feet.
I pressed on for another 5 minutes and thought about it real hard.

Fuck it, I'm not doing it. I had a real bad gut feeling about this - I had already rolled the dice riding on ice over the Cascades and felt my luck was going to run out. I'm over it, call me a pussy, I got nothing to prove to anyone I thought and wasn't going to keep climbing up in the snow or where ever this road went, I wasn't going to stop, get off the bike and look at my topo maps, so I snapped this pic and turned around.




Now I was glad that I had been kind of a smartass-dickhead to the cop that had told me to go this way into a blizzard on a bike, I crawled back, tail between my legs to Panamint Springs Resort, about 12 miles back or 40 minutes in this weather.
I rode thought the campground, all muddy, cold, raining hard and decided that this was one of those times I could surrender to getting a room instead. The hell with my budget.

As I pulled in to the motel, I saw a couple of guys on KTM's unloading their bikes... we met, I got a room, then had a very expensive, but tasty burger at the restaurant with these guys who had also turned around when they hit the snow. Wise fellows I say.




So here I am, warm, dry, and full, just hoping that the road is open tomorrow...
This should be an interesting next few days, riding in the wet desert... at the very least, all the saturated colors and rain clouds should make for some nice photo opportunities....

I will check in when I can, but don't plan to be in any campgrounds in a few days... I'm meeting some people at Stovepipe, and after a day or two will move to a remote campsite.
I will be sending out a SPOT OK message daily in the evening, if anyone's looking at the SPOT track and do not see an OK message everyday, someone come get me please! LOL

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Old 02-08-2009, 09:11 AM   #104
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Jesus, man, you got balls. No callin' you pussy, by anyone I can think of, especially since you did so much of this off roadin' on the RR, with a camera !!!. And a run in with ICE border guards? You get an award for that, especially thinking of that "I'm with a motorcycle magazine..." stuff. Quick thinking. Great work, ChiTown. I hope the folks over on the RR Board are keeping up with this report.... you're da man!
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Old 02-08-2009, 08:10 PM   #105
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DV Day 1





















































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I was warned tonight that I might get stuck here when the heavy rains come tomorrow... fine.

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