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Old 03-20-2011, 05:25 PM   #31
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Now, that there is some funny chit, I think I wee weed myself laughing.

I was afraid it may be too graphic a description for some. I remember the uproar when another inmate had photographic documentation of the act.
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Old 03-20-2011, 08:04 PM   #32
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Dave,

Awesome RR and stunning pictures. Sounds like a hell of an adventure.

How do you like your GPS unit - would it be worth getting as an alternative to the pricier newer units?

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Old 03-20-2011, 09:15 PM   #33
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Thanks Gero!

I'm not much of a GPS geek. I use this to tell me where I'm at and to keep stats. I usually forget to save the tracks. I have a Garmin Nuvi in my wife's truck that I sometimes use, so I'm familiar with the routing capabilities of some Garmins. The 60CSx doesn't do the automatic routing (I don't think). What I like about the 60CSx is the good topo maps (US Topo 2008) and the handheld capabilities. The unit doubles as a very good GPS for hiking. The 60CSx has a very good reciever as well. I've been in some pretty deep canyons and didn't lose the signal until I actually entered a cliff dwelling or tunnel. The Garmin Nuvi refuses to find a signal unless it's on the dash with a clear line of sight to the sky.

Planning a route is always frustrating for me on any size of screen. I prefer to plan my routes with paper maps, which show much more useful detail on a scale large enough to have some perspective. The GPS is a useful backup and takes the guesswork out of where you are (usually).

I personally wouldn't enjoy a motorcycle journey as much if I simply followed the turn-by-turn navigation on the screen.
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Old 03-20-2011, 09:42 PM   #34
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The Racetrack



I make it back to the Racetrack and strip off the riding gear. I meet Willi there again. He's walking back to his bike as I'm started out onto the playa. He asked directions to the free campground. I point him in the right direction and let him know I'll be back there soon.




The Racetrack was at the top of my list of things to see this trip. I spent about 2 hours walking around and playing with the camera. There were very few other people out there this late in the day.














The best photos I've seen of this place usually include a great sunset or a starry sky.










I stuck around until well after sundown, but was outta luck for a colorful sunset.






I rode back to camp just as it was getting dark. I planned to ride back in the early morning hours after the moon went down to shoot the starry sky over the playa. High clouds and haze set in throughout the night, and it was not to be. I'll have to come back. Next time I'll bring my son, who really wants to come here.




Willi and I stood around camp chatting and getting to know each other. He is a very interesting guy. We made plans to ride together in the morning. We finally went to bed. I realized it was too late to cook any dinner. I didn't take the time to eat a proper meal all day. I guess the day was just too fun.

The Racetrack was amazing, but the following day of riding would turn out to be the highlight of the trip.
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Old 03-20-2011, 10:06 PM   #35
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The Racetrack was amazing, but the following day of riding would turn out to be the highlight of the trip.


Whew, you really walked waaaaay out there.
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Old 03-20-2011, 10:47 PM   #36
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Those photos resemble a martian landscape...beautiful!
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Old 03-20-2011, 11:27 PM   #37
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Lippencott Road

I set up my tent last night, but Willi doesn't bother. Tents are for sissies.





It was a cool morning.




The sun rises at Homestake.





Willi makes the coffee. I provide the cereal meal bars.





I was taking a picture of this sticker that he said someone gave him. He said matter of factly, "You know it isn't true... I have all the time I want".
Damn! I'm jealous.









We take off down Lippencott.





We don't make it far before trouble strikes.





Flat Front. He actually felt bad for holding me up and told me to go on without him. No Way! I'm in no hurry and I'll not leave him stranded. The problem is just a leaking valve stem. When cleaning it doesn't work he replaces the core with one from a spare tube and we are back under way.













I stopped to take the previous photo. Willi pulls up with a big grin. He points to a steep side trail up a hillside and asked, "Want to go up there"? Uh... No thanks. You can take your bike up there though. I'll take the pictures of your attempt. We both laugh when I realize he wanted to just hike it. Sure!




I'm glad we did.




Looking into the Saline Valley














Willi









Me





One of my favorite photos of the trip.

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Old 03-20-2011, 11:34 PM   #38
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I rode up that little trail one time, back before the marker was there.


It is an awesome view from there, that's for sure!!!
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Old 03-20-2011, 11:35 PM   #39
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Great photo's and ride!
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Old 03-21-2011, 12:19 AM   #40
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What an awesome ride! Great pics. Now I realy want a 990. Thanks for shareing.
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Old 03-21-2011, 12:20 AM   #41
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Bravo!

Excellent pix and narrative THANK YOU !!!!!
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Old 03-21-2011, 01:00 AM   #42
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The Mojave and DV is home turf for me but this is one of the best ride / photo reports I've seen.

Well done!

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Old 03-21-2011, 01:48 AM   #43
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Hey,DAVE~ well done!
Fantastic photos! amazing sight! beautiful color!
I like your RR, thanks for bring so many magic moment!!!


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Old 03-21-2011, 02:20 AM   #44
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I love your photos!
and the ride report!

Now I wan't to know how you manage to take the photos when you're riding the bike!

What camera do you use? I don't think I want to use my huge Canon 1Ds while riding, as I'm sure it would cause an accident :)
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Old 03-21-2011, 03:05 AM   #45
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woooww.. great pics
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