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Old 02-15-2011, 09:19 PM   #16
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A perfect choice for a day ride on the mighty KTM.
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Old 02-15-2011, 11:24 PM   #17
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The country around Parker and the Parker Dam is beautiful. I'm now sorry I took so few pictures.



A broad expanse of wetlands, then the lake, then the red rock montains!







Rode through Parker, then back on to 62 to Twentynine Palms (where are they?).

Flag man generates a photo op near Parker.



Hiway 62 should be boring but it's just so long and straight and the desert is so vast, with ancient mountains rising out of it like islands, it's just really cool (for a prairie boy anyway).

Refueled with a double latte in Yucca Valley (thank god for Startbucks!). It was blowing a bitch dropping into the north west end of the valley by the wind turbines. I had the bike leaned over and was perched on the edge of the seat like I was in a road race, just to keep from being blown off the road. But the tailwind was great on the freeway - home and in the hot tub in no time!
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Old 02-16-2011, 10:04 AM   #18
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Great preview of what lies ahead for us! Thanks! My wife and I will be heading that way on Friday, going through Parker to JTNP and tooling around some of those areas through the weekend.
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Old 02-16-2011, 12:34 PM   #19
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Great preview of what lies ahead for us! Thanks! My wife and I will be heading that way on Friday, going through Parker to JTNP and tooling around some of those areas through the weekend.
Hope the weather holds for you! Joshua Tree is wonderful - great riding. We really enjoyed it and have been back three times. It can be pretty chilly at that altitude (you probably know that). One day I was there and wore everything I had and was still pretty cool - and it was 75 in Palm Desert!
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Old 02-16-2011, 03:22 PM   #20
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A lot of bikes make the trek out to the slabs.
Some dirt and some of the street variety! Lots of trippy old military installation items to see out there.

Here is my last trip there.

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Old 02-16-2011, 04:57 PM   #21
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Great Pictures! I just gave the place "a lick and a promise". Never saw any of the art/graffiti - like I say, I'm gonna' retire from my retirement there, when the money runs out! Ride all day and play guitar all night (well, maybe not ALL night)
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Old 02-16-2011, 07:50 PM   #22
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Hope the weather holds for you! Joshua Tree is wonderful - great riding. We really enjoyed it and have been back three times. It can be pretty chilly at that altitude (you probably know that). One day I was there and wore everything I had and was still pretty cool - and it was 75 in Palm Desert!
For some reason, in all the planning I have done, I hadn't checked the weather recently! We might end up bailing for this weekend if it's supposed to be nasty and rainy that direction. Another time perhaps!
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Old 02-16-2011, 08:32 PM   #23
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Great Pictures! I just gave the place "a lick and a promise". Never saw any of the art/graffiti - like I say, I'm gonna' retire from my retirement there, when the money runs out! Ride all day and play guitar all night (well, maybe not ALL night)
Just as long as the diesel generator that powers the amps and mics will run!!

Check out this trailer. It's about the bombing range near Niland. http://www.scrapperfilm.com/scrapper.html Crazy guys.

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Old 02-17-2011, 10:37 PM   #24
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I'll try to spend some time and pull the tracks of the GPS. My SPOT trail is here
http://share.findmespot.com/shared/f...e1oELTvYsMHkzq but it expires (I just realized).

If anyone in the area would like to connect for a ride, drop me a PM.
I am from BC, rv ing in Boreggo Springs . I ride a BMW 650 X, and can show you some big bike friendly dirt in the area if you like. If you are interested, I can PM a cell # or email. cheers, Steve
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Old 02-25-2011, 05:12 PM   #25
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One Last Spin

The weather has turned a bit crappy (still pretty good compared to home!), so we haven't ventured very far from the valley. But I went for a last boot up hiway 74 - surely a classic twisty California ride - and took a few pictures.









A little rain and snow sure greens up the desert!



Wouldn't you know that today, after the ride, I bought a cheapy helmet cam - one day sooner and you would have to put up with a twisty vid

I find the desert flora fascinating and beautiful. Saw almost no fauna!



I think this is kind of a fitting farewell shot of this beautiful place. We will be back next year for sure! (maybe for longer).
And next time with a dirt bike.


I know what you're saying - the 990 will go any where ala riceless. But the sad facts are I'm old, underskilled and chicken
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Old 02-26-2011, 11:10 PM   #26
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I just want to add a huge THANKS to 10 West Motorsport, and especially Matt, who helped me offload and onload my bike - without a moments hesitation. Great folks - great service (got the oil changed etc.). And they sell KTMs and other great stuff.
Like almost everyone else we've met here, they were super friendly and helpful.
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Old 03-08-2011, 09:31 PM   #27
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Home and depressed

But we had a fantastic time in California - will definitely be back next year!
If we EVER get rid of the snow.

Thank god for great neighbors that kept our walks and drive clear, or we'd be sleepin' in the truck! More snow than we've had here since 1984

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Old 03-09-2011, 07:52 AM   #28
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Thank god for great neighbors that kept our walks and drive clear, or we'd be sleepin' in the truck!
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Now those, really are good neighbors!
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