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Old 04-12-2012, 09:13 PM   #76
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Hi Park, nice meeting and talking with you up near the Salt Tram. You have any trouble getting down that rock chute heading into Swansea? We spent the better part of the afternoon getting the Cerro Gordo tour from Bob, he knows his history and sure enjoys sharing it.

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Old 04-12-2012, 10:12 PM   #77
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Can anyone tell me the current daytime temperatures up at Cerro Gordo. And when do the roads typically get clear enough to head up there? Joe
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Old 04-13-2012, 07:19 AM   #78
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Hi Park, nice meeting and talking with you up near the Salt Tram. You have any trouble getting down that rock chute heading into Swansea? We spent the better part of the afternoon getting the Cerro Gordo tour from Bob, he knows his history and sure enjoys sharing it.
Didn't have any trouble getting down. I slabbed back into Lone Pine. Good talking with you guys. I thought the Swansea grade ride was awesome. Next time down I'll definitley do it again. You're right, Bob knows his history and loves to share it.

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Old 04-13-2012, 07:24 AM   #79
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Can anyone tell me the current daytime temperatures up at Cerro Gordo. And when do the roads typically get clear enough to head up there? Joe
Joe.....there is a site somewhere which give the current temp at Cerro. May have to Google to find it. It is definitley clear up top now except for a few patches of snow here and there. I rode it the first week of April and it was fine. Unless they've received a storm you should be good to go. Here is a picture from a week ago that was taken at one of the higher points.

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Old 04-13-2012, 09:40 AM   #80
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Got any more pics?

If you go to NOAA and put in "Keeler, CA" you can then move the cursor around on the map and get weather info for the Cerro Gordo area.

I did it real quick, so my location for Cerro Gordo is off, but you'll get the idea:
http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick...&FcstType=text
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Old 04-13-2012, 10:16 AM   #81
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You're right, Bob knows his history and loves to share it.
Any chance that Bob is a retired airline pilot who does historical presentations for something to do? If so (and I'm thinking it is) he lives in Bend during the summer and does the same kind of work (more of a geology focus) at the East Lake obsidian flow. He's one of my best friends brother in laws.

Great ride report!
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Old 04-13-2012, 10:42 AM   #82
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Didn't have any trouble getting down. I slabbed back into Lone Pine. t.
I'd gladly trade the slab from Swansea to Lone Pine for the ride out from PSR. I thought it was about 25 miles, turned out to be about 40 miserable miles. The rest of the ride made that all worth it though

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Any chance that Bob is a retired airline pilot
Bob told us he was a retired shop teacher from SoCal, Riverside or San Bernardino area I think. He lives at Cerro Gordo full time, their Jack of All Trades. He takes care of all the repairs and greets everyone that comes into town.
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Old 04-13-2012, 11:11 AM   #83
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Got any more pics?
LilWan......read your ride report and am impressed that you and BigWan rode all of that 2 up along with Pleasant Canyon and Rogers Pass as well. Impressive. I was on a loaded 650 and was all over the place a couple of times. Not sure I would want to tackle that 2 up. Rode for a week a couple of weeks ago but didn't do a ride report this year. Only reason posting back to this one is I ran into some guy on the Swansea grade and for some reason he snapped a pic. I took quite a few pics from my trip last week. I love Death Valley. Enjoyed your RR. Here are some pics from last week.




































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Old 04-13-2012, 11:43 AM   #84
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Thanks, hanksmybuddy, glad you read/enjoyed the RR I had to hike here and there, but it was totally worth it.

Wish my photos were half as good as yours, though.
WOW! your pics are beautiful.

I love this one:
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I had BigWan look at your photos and he said, "Makes you want to go back, huh?"

YES!


Thanks for sharing - your love for Death Valley really shines though...
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Old 04-13-2012, 12:19 PM   #85
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Those would be great shots except for that poor excuse for a dirtbike you got cluttering up the scenery... Let me know if you'd like some photo instruction, iso, aperture, composition, subject matter... that kind of thing.
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Old 04-13-2012, 02:20 PM   #86
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Those would be great shots except for that poor excuse for a dirtbike you got cluttering up the scenery... Let me know if you'd like some photo instruction, iso, aperture, composition, subject matter... that kind of thing.
This guy is everywhere......Bulletin, ADV, BDS, Facebook, etc., etc., etc. It's impossible to get away! He likes monitoring my activities to learn something from my photos!
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Old 04-13-2012, 02:35 PM   #87
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This guy is everywhere......Bulletin, ADV, BDS, Facebook, etc., etc., etc. It's impossible to get away! He likes monitoring my activities to learn something from my photos!
Sounds like he is envious of your bike.
I've seen a few of his posts and pics and he does very well also, I'm not sure who is the teacher and who is the student but good job to both of you.

Kelly your stuff is top notch also!
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Old 04-13-2012, 02:49 PM   #88
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Sounds like he is envious of your bike.
I've seen a few of his posts and pics and he does very well also, I'm not sure who is the teacher and who is the student but good job to both of you.

Kelly your stuff is top notch also!
Well if age is a factor as far as the student/teacher thing goes I am Luke to his Yoda, but mainly when it comes to the number of wrinkles, not the Jedi stuff...

Thanks for the compliment Bob!
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Old 04-15-2012, 05:46 AM   #89
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Cot is a sweet set up. Kind of spendy but it sleeps like a dream regardless of the ground condition. I don't like to set up a tent unless I have to. Set this thing up and you're golden. Packs down to practically nothing. If I do set up the tent i just put it directly on the ground underneath the tent flooring. If it pours rain you don't really need a ground cover under the tent. Like I stated it's not cheap but if used enough well worth the price. Here's the link http://www.luxurylite.com/
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