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Old 05-21-2010, 11:41 AM   #16
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Old 05-21-2010, 12:02 PM   #17
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A guy on a GSA and another on road bike caught up with us and passed us.


Any body here?


Who ever they are they had a ton of stuff


We cut over by Lake Isabella and saw some more Joshua Trees









Some pretty country through this canyon














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Old 05-21-2010, 12:03 PM   #18
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Old 05-21-2010, 12:11 PM   #19
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We rode north on 99 for a while then called it a day just south of Traver CA.
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Old 05-21-2010, 03:28 PM   #20
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Day six

We woke to a foggy misty morning


North on 99 to Traver CA to Marcia's favorite pit stop along 99.




Traver is a big farming community. All kinds of farm machinary


Cheese made from happy California cows




Its a neet stop. They have every thing from Shell gasoline, ice cream store, cheese, nuts, fresh bbq, breakfast lunch and dinner at the cafe. They sell sign tins and local grown food items. They have a small petting zoo in back too.

My favorite sign


Marcia's favorite


I gave up soda pop this year, but i love old Coke stuff










So we had a nice cup of coffee and some free cheese samples fueled up and hit the road again. North and to home!

Lunch stop was at a BBQ place cause we had smelt BBQ early that day. We found it on the GPS and rode right to it.






After lunch it was a straight push for home. Thats about it for the first part of this Death Valley trip. We had been pushed for time and could not stay longer to meet up with the rest of the Ural group. We would return in a few weeks in March with the NOOBs and ride some more! Stay tuned for part II.
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Old 05-22-2010, 09:07 AM   #21
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PART II: Death Valley with the Noobs

DAY1

So we are back at Panamint Springs a few weeks later for the Death Valley March Madness Noobs 2010.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=524140

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=562582


We really had less time this weekend so we loaded the bikes on the trailer and headed down after work. We got to Lone Pine Thursday night and stayed in a hotel. The wife didnt want to pitch the tent in the dark. So we rolled into camp Friday morning around 0630 cause i wanted make sure i made it out for a ride. Well the fellas didnt crawl out of their bags until 0800 and we didnt let clutches out till close to 9 so we got up early for nothing.

Ok Friday I hooked up with the NorCal guys Eric, Dean, Dave, Aaron, Fergy, and Rob on the WR250R and a guy on a F800GS and a guy on a XL650. The last few on that list i dont think are NorCal guys but they mixed well.

Lippincott Mine road to the Race Track via Saline valley was on the menu. Waiting for the group to get it together.




Aaron on the XR400




Starting line for the dust bowl charge!


That shiny new KTM is about to get dirty


A couple guys joined us on the trail. A 950 and a sweet Honda







Saline Valley Lippincott Mine to the Race track

Eric(Lilzing)


Regroup at the Lippincott Mine road.........Razor and his crew rolled up on their way into camp from the springs while we were waiting for the rest.



The top of Lippincott Mine road. This was a rocky climb not for the faint of heart. We passed a 5.0 Mustang on the side of the trail sure broken beyond repair.







Hey where are you at? Thats right AT&T had cell service at the top.




Over to the Race Track
















Thats my pics for Friday. We rode back down Lippincott Mine Road, I meant to stop and take a pic of the Mustang but that road down was not easy either so I didnt stop just kept going to the bottom. There where some good riders in this group and made this a fun ride. Then it was back to camp for burgers.
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Old 05-22-2010, 09:36 AM   #22
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Saturday NOOB ride


The wife (Marcia) brought the Ural down so she wanted to ride Titus Canyon. We had been in DV in Feb and lots of stuff was closed due to snow. So Joel and his group were going that way so we joined them.




Hit the dirt

























Ok so I got a little board riding slow and on this straight road. So i left the road and ran next to it. You can see a bike in these pics off to the left way in back not on the road well thats me. It was way more fun than that plain old dirt road. You had to ride around the bushes etc. I was having fun now.





Until I got a front flat! I havent had a flat tire in I dont know how long. OOH NO! I dont have a front tube!
Well lucky for me a few things had happened before the flat and shortly there after. Marcia and I had picked up a blue front fender bag on this road not too many miles before the flat. It had a 21inch tube. When I got the flat I pulled over and was wondering what I was going to do. Marcia and the tube and rest of the group had kept going. No worries things always work out. At the very last resort I could just patch the tube. A group rolled up from Izrael with a KTM in the pack. Score a 21 inch tube with the promise I would replace it back at camp.

So they helped me get the bike set up and change the tube. Dave and Steve showed up while I was pulling the wheel. Dave had a 21 tube as well so there was no need to panic.






A stick from one of the bushes I didnt go around but just rolled over had punctured the tire. When I finally got it out it was almost 2 inches long inside the tire.


Getting to work




Done!


Back on the trail and not on the side this time. Marcia had come back looking for me.


I managed to change the flat fast enough that we caught up with the group at the lunch stop before they had got their food.



After lunch we hit Titus Canyon




Dave and Steve who had caught up with us at the flat fix and eat lunch with us.






Dave taking a picture of Marcia












Marcia gets more attention on the Ural than any other bike on the planet period. People walk right past my $20k HP2 (no i didnt spend that much i bought it used, i couldnt afford a new one) and dont take a second look and start asking questions about the Ural. Here some guy is asking her to pose with her Ural for a picture. "Oh sure no problem"


Yeah I caught you talking to that other guy










This NOOB left the road way and needed help getting back on track.



























Once out of Titus Canyon there was some road construction we had to wait for.




As the sun was going down we rode back to camp for some great Tacos!






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Old 05-22-2010, 09:47 AM   #23
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Sunday Darwin and there abouts







Some of the NorCal guys I rode with on Friday and new riders


Eric, Lilzing (aka redneck)

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Marcia and I had a blast. Thanks again to Joel and crew for putting this thing together.
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Old 05-23-2010, 12:43 PM   #24
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Cool!

Great RR - wife and I have read all of them; and we 'went Ural' as well... Seeing how the two of you have so much fun, we decided we needed to give that thing a try as well - and we can take Grady the Schnauz along to boot (of course with proper hearing and eye protection ...) the pics are a little 'foggy,' 'cause I just got the camera out of the air-conditioned house; did my best to 'salvage' as much as possible...





And here is Grady the Schnauz in his "say hi to the little boy pose" (Actually, he was yawning )

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Old 05-23-2010, 03:18 PM   #25
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Glad you enjoyed it

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Great RR - wife and I have read all of them; and we 'went Ural' as well... Seeing how the two of you have so much fun, we decided we needed to give that thing a try as well - and we can take Grady the Schnauz along to boot (of course with proper hearing and eye protection ...) the pics are a little 'foggy,' 'cause I just got the camera out of the air-conditioned house; did my best to 'salvage' as much as possible...





And here is Grady the Schnauz in his "say hi to the little boy pose" (Actually, he was yawning )

Im glad our RR inspired someone to try the Ural. Its the best money i have spent on my wife. You guys will have many smiles and miles on it. Ride safe.
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