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Old 03-30-2010, 12:56 PM   #46
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off to ballarat

panamint valley, just west and outside of dv







soon we hit some groomed dirt; here's keith and justin



lots of gs/gsa in our group; here's jim aka 1224r looking good


melikecookies



adam or muddydonut?



tony on his new gs800 (anthlglick?)



goma and cathy




my turn to sweep and eat dust


those phat pigs love this road



if you want to know the morning temp, look and you'll find...



justin pulling into the ballarat general store parking lot









andreas aka edelweys













fyi, you have to make a $2 donation if you walk inside the store/museaum not too bad since it makes a good spot to take a break on the way to goler






how do you get this atv up on the rack and down?...





jim pointing out the jail, morgue, and motel (if vacant)







minutes later, the xr boyz....dualbadger, catsailor, and temecula kid showed up.
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Old 03-30-2010, 01:02 PM   #47
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Nowwhat, Sito, Ruugger and Toast handheld video #1






This is a first for me, posting video before the ride report.
This one is for you Sito, and you thought these videos were just for my own enjoyment.
Another ride video coming tomorrow, then the campfire video of our beloved leader for those that didn't make it.
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Old 03-30-2010, 02:57 PM   #48
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great video, toast!!
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Old 03-30-2010, 03:05 PM   #49
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This is a first for me, posting video before the ride report.
This one is for you Sito, and you thought these videos were just for my own enjoyment.
Another ride video coming tomorrow, then the campfire video of our beloved leader for those that didn't make it.



Mike: "You know he got that on video, right?"

Awesome!
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Old 03-30-2010, 03:22 PM   #50
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DV Noob Rally 3rd times a charm

DV Noob Rally - year 3

So the event started off easy enough, I brought a ADV Noob to the party. We just call him Evil Dave to keep things simple

On his XR600.

Despite the bike looking like some sort of clapped out POS he races this thing!





Not bad for a guy well into his 50's

Left early Friday morning and got into camp and set up by around 10:30am.




Ride for the day was going to be the Darwin loop just cause we both were a little beat from a long week and being up at 4am.

Going up the wash on the right hand cut off was pretty easy.

Your typical shots.





The old H2O pump



and tank



was a pretty big operation in its day I would imagine.

Got into Darwin and it was pretty uneventful







On the way out we took the sand wash route which had us going past an old mine



I tried to get him to move in but he wouldn't bite.





Da hole...



Going back towards Panamint



Nice having the snow on the mountains in the background



Once back at camp a lot more people showed up.

We laughed at this, an example of two extremes. On the left is the ultimate in excess..the right is minimalist at its best. They were riding bikes through the valley when they were not driving their hybrids. They didn't even have a fire that night. Now that is a tree hugger.



This was to be food central:



It also served as bike parking



We filled up the place.






I have a feeling their beer stock was a little low back at the bar by the time we left.



So for Saturdays ride the plan was to follow A.vern through his loop.

Basically it went like this.

PS - Beaty to get gas
Beaty to Titus Canyon
Titus Canyon to Ubehebe Crater Road to the Dunes
From here the group split one went north while Dave and I went over Steel Pass to the hot springs.

The players:

Larry/Galactic GS: R1200GS
Roger (pretty sure it's Roger): KTM ADV Dakar
TravelTOad: KTM 950SE



This guy was doing this on Scorps..Yikes

Jon: KTM 990 ADV


JAB: XR600 IIRC


Travel Toad's brother: R100GS


A.Vern: R1150GSA


We get out of Titus and take a quick break to rest and take in the view





We head out to Crankshaft Junction








Then motor along around the dunes


Evil Dave



Old beemer dude



There was some challenges in the sand but I didnt get any pics. We made it to the start of Steel Pass to the first steps.

This was where the group split up.

Shots going up the steps



Waiting for the carnage



My attempt



Nothing too bad just stalled it on the first step



Then this ass hole comes along and makes it look easy, gues it was since I already showed him the best lines...



We kept on going









By the time we made it to the springs it was already hitting 430 and we had to book it back before it got too dark. Not many more pics after this point, this was the last one.



Ended the day with 270 mile loop. Overall not a bad way to end a weekend.


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Old 03-30-2010, 06:01 PM   #51
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A few more of us going through the boulders on Mengal Pass. The first person POV doesn't really give you the perspective of how steep this is.

You say I made it look easy but it sure didn't feel all that easy.


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Old 03-30-2010, 06:57 PM   #52
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Thanks

I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who helped me wire my bike back together to get me back and all those who gave me some good advice. I hope to see you all at the next gathering where ever it might be!
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Old 03-30-2010, 07:26 PM   #53
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Adam, good riding with you. Thanks for sharing the tent site. YOU SNORE!!!

Glad you came out of your 'incident' without scratches.

Hope you get your bike fixed up asap, and hope to be riding with you again.

Got a couple of pics with you from the noobs rides: check out the first link below.

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Old 03-30-2010, 08:16 PM   #54
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This is a first for me, posting video before the ride report.
This one is for you Sito, and you thought these videos were just for my own enjoyment.
Another ride video coming tomorrow, then the campfire video of our beloved leader for those that didn't make it.
Toast You bastard! Damm that was a great weekend! we had a great group of riders and found some great trails! Thanks Matt (Rider914) your GPS tracks really helped out! We also found a bunch of great roads on our own! I have to say some of the best trails are the ones going in and out of DV!
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Old 03-30-2010, 08:17 PM   #55
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It was a nOObs ride after all...
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Old 03-30-2010, 08:18 PM   #56
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I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who helped me wire my bike back together to get me back and all those who gave me some good advice. I hope to see you all at the next gathering where ever it might be!
great, never give up and see you on the next ride....hopefully you will be denoobed by then....



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Got a couple of pics with you from the noobs rides: check out the first link below.

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andreas, you have talent, the slide show is pretty cool...and damn i look good in orange.....
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Old 03-30-2010, 08:22 PM   #57
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Heading down into Panamint Springs



Photos from the Saturday Goler Wash/Mengel Pass ride.



Our first sacrifice to the desert - a fuel can took a spill...



The steps at Goler - we walked a few of the bikes up







A cabin, not Barker Ranch though...





Riding up into Mengel Pass



Mengel Pass









Second mechanical failure (if you count my crappy saddlebags tearing apart as the first...)



We were also stopped by one of the Ridgecrest 350 riders with a dead bike (soon to be revived, as we saw him at Furnace Creek later)



There are wildflowers out here



West Side Road





Back to the pavement



Well... at least they stayed on for the rest of the ride...



Back at camp in Panamint Springs - great ride all around



Photos from my solo Sunday ride to Rhyolite/Titus.



Emigrant Pass





Nevada state line



Rhyolite





Ride out to Titus





Red Pass





Titus Canyon







Titus was awesome, the road construction on the way back to camp - not so much...

Bike loaded and headed for home



Thanks again to all who made this happen.

I had a great time and really enjoyed meeting everyone.

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Old 03-30-2010, 08:39 PM   #58
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andreas, you have talent, the slide show is pretty cool...and damn i look good in orange.....
Yes, you look good in orange, and my cousin from Virginia thinks you have a damn purrrty mouth...
(he is the romantic type)

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Old 03-30-2010, 09:17 PM   #59
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It was a nOObs ride after all...


and the very lucky nOOb hit the soft sand...
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Old 03-30-2010, 09:36 PM   #60
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A great trip,

Unfortunately I left my camera at work, so I did what I could with the iphone....

Seeing how I missed the burgers last year because I arrived late, I was determined to get an early start..... until, my rear Ohlins decided to drop all of it's oil.




I called Javier at Trail Tricks and he said bring it in. Rode it down to Frazier Park and he did the rebuild on the spot. I pulled over South of Mojave as my tank bag was blown into my right hand in the 50 knot winds... low and behold, the shock was leaking again. There was some damage to the shock that Javier said the body may need work, so time will tell. It held up for the weekend and never completly dumped, or if it did, it was a slow dump.

Few beers on Friday night, with breakfast the next day doing some research on the map as to where the ride will go.



We decide to ride to Beatty, get gas, ride Titus... then decide again.

great pic by Roger....



From there, we head North up big Pine RD to Crankshaft Junction.



Then Eureka Dunes....



The crew....



The sand that claimed 2/3rds of the GS's (mine and a R100) as well as 2 KTM Adv.




We rode to the steps of Steel Pass, took a look and decided to let DSM8 and his sidekick head over while we would track West over Big Pine RD.



The views from Big Pine RD of the Sierra was incredible, although a little chilly in the high altitude. Some of the group were wearing mesh gear.



With daylight getting slim, we slab to Lone Pine and take Moffett RD to the Alabama Hills.... incredible views that the Iphone can't do justice to.







We beat the sunset just in time to join the group at the fire pit to celebrate another great March nOOb's ride. Thanks again Joel and everyone for the great times!

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