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Old 10-03-2013, 08:25 PM   #796
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Thanks so much!!!

RRR, thanks for putting this ride together and making me feel welcome and introducing me to some of the riding area you have. I met some great guys and shared a great day of riding with some quality people! I hope to do it again someday with you all. Your knowledge of the area and its history was a great bonus, thanks for shareing. It was great riding with you all...get well soon distribution Dave!

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Old 10-03-2013, 09:16 PM   #797
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Hey guys,

I wanted to thank everyone on the ride for taking care of me after my launch over the bars and for all of the well wishes. I was admitted to the hospital last night for observation due to bruising around the lung but I'm about to get out of here. I have 5 broken ribs with fractures in the front and the back and a separated shoulder. The doctors were surprised that I was able to ride back into St. George and I'm convinced it was because of the support I received from everyone. I also appreciate everyone following me all the way back to my friends house which really made me feel good.

I'm already looking forward to the next ride.

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Holy crap, Dave. Glad you are going to be ok. You are one tough dude. I would have hit my SPOT and started squealing for DirtyJohnny to get on the SAT phone and call for the truck. Here's me . . . Here's Dave . . . That was a good call to ride to your buddy's house.

After getting home last night I told my wife that "fly2hi96" went off in the weeds on a turn. Bad tumble. Told her that "fly2hi96" is a mountain biker and has had broken bones before. Didn't seem like the kind of guy that said "we have a problem here" unless there is really a problem. Really happy you posted. We have all been thinking about you . . . the inmate brotherhood! My wife says heal up and sends a get-well-soon kiss

Take it easy for a while before we get back out there. Perhaps a mellow road bike run up to Veyo for a slice of pie.

Remember, before you ride your Suzuki again . . . you have to re-attach your license plate . . . it's in your backpack.

All the guys were happy to ride escort . . . any one of us could have caught a tire in a rut . . . along with the comraderie, one of the benefits of a group ride is looking after each other . . .

Hey . . . at least you didn't lose a leather jacket (or a bag of chips) off the back of your bike and have to go back to get it. Look forward to seeing you soon --- Karl.
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Old 10-03-2013, 09:58 PM   #798
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Riding with broken ribs

Here's the final pic of our ride again. Dave is on the yellow Suzuki calling his buddy who conveniently lives on the west side of St. George. We are all trying to be as supportive as possible.




Dave's get-off happened at least 30 minutes before this point, and we still had 30 minutes to get back to St. George. Dave rode for at least an hour, probably 40+ miles, after the mishap.

If you're tracking on the map the dirt nap was on the Snow Valley Road in the Tule Desert where it says "Joshua Trees" just east of Snow Spring. That is a long way to ride with five broken ribs.
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Old 10-03-2013, 10:07 PM   #799
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RRR, thanks for putting this ride together and making me feel welcome and introducing me to some of the riding area you have. I met some great guys and shared a great day of riding with some quality people! I hope to do it again someday with you all. Your knowledge of the area and its history was a great bonus, thanks for shareing. It was great riding with you all...get well soon distribution Dave!

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Hey DRZ Rider -- Yeah, it was great (all except the wipe-out). Glad you join us. Sounds like the Snow Canyon camping and the extra days of riding worked out well. Thanks for doing that train tunnel reconnaissance over by Caliente . . . I can add that to the bag-of-tricks for future rides. Next time you are down we'll have to check out a few of the tunnel / bridge combos in Rainbow Canyon. Might get a tad bit more interesting. Happy to send you first . . .

Okay . . . ride safe up north . . . you might be having some snow soon. Looking forward to more riding on your next trip south. Thanks, RRR.
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Old 10-03-2013, 11:33 PM   #800
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Dave-Ouch! Heal up quickly.

Karl-Thanks for another fun ride & the schoolhouse tour!



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Old 10-04-2013, 06:20 AM   #801
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Here's the final pic of our ride again. Dave is on the yellow Suzuki calling his buddy who conveniently lives on the west side of St. George. We are all trying to be as supportive as possible.




Dave's get-off happened at least 30 minutes before this point, and we still had 30 minutes to get back to St. George. Dave rode for at least an hour, probably 40+ miles, after the mishap.

If you're tracking on the map the dirt nap was on the Snow Valley Road in the Tule Desert where it says "Joshua Trees" just east of Snow Spring. That is a long way to ride with five broken ribs.
I am glad that Dave posted so that we all know he is going to be ok after he has time to heal. He is one tough dude!
Thanks for inviting me and for allowing my son to tag along. Not usually his "cup of tea". He had a great time exploring new country and meeting some very nice people. RRR definitely puts on some very enjoyable and informative rides.

My next bike purchase will most likely be a TW 200. Although I think that RRR's buddy at Moto Zoo must have modified RRR's after being a witness to it's top speed capability.
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Old 10-04-2013, 06:52 AM   #802
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Ouch!

Dave glad you are OK, but wow, that's some nasty damage. After seeing your shoulder with a big knot on it, I figured it was messed up...but 5 ribs? Dang!

Get better soon and let us know when you are ready to get back on it. RRR was right, that could have been any of us, and there were a few times where I caught an edge and got squirrely and nearly went down.

Take care...you are one tough SOB.
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Old 10-11-2013, 10:00 AM   #803
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Hill on Caliente Ride 10-2-13

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Old 10-11-2013, 10:05 AM   #804
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This was not on Caliente ride. I posted because it is funny.
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Old 10-11-2013, 10:28 AM   #805
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Austin South of Navajo Drive. He is not on a dual-sport bike today, but at lest he is with one.
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Old 10-11-2013, 03:17 PM   #806
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Great videos, DirtyJohnny!

Was there a sound track on the Caliente Hill climb? Nice pause at the top of the descent on the big bike. Was wondering what you may have been saying as you started down the steep, loose section . . . then eventually

Funny little problem with the seat . . .

And finally, yeah Austin was good sport for riding along with a bunch of middle-aged guys (or older) on dual sport bikes. When he lets it rip on a powerful, lightweight bike he's in a different league. Nice you guys can enjoy that as Father & Son.

Ready for nice mellow road bike ride . . . perhaps with the wives . . . whenever you are around. Take care, RRR.
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Old 10-13-2013, 11:39 PM   #807
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Beaver Dam Wash

Went for a good solo ride yesterday. Was out exploring, piecing together an "off pavement" route from St. George to Mesquite. Definitely doable, probably several variations. I pulled it off, then slabbed back home just as it was getting dark.

A few pics. Backside of Utah Hill on Old Highway 91. Start of the Eardley Road. This is where our "Caliente Inmate" ride hit pavement. As I took this pic a CA-based Kern Pipeline guy stopped to talk. Big TW fan. Nice guy with lots of time on his hands.




Just a mile or two in. I turn left (south), following a small water pipeline downhill.




The first of many watering troughs.




Gentle downhills with pleasant desert scenery. Lots of Joshua trees.




Another tank.




And an empty tank.




Nearby another full tank.




Fencing, in good repair. Very scenic area. No cattle nearby. Perhaps still at higher elevation.




At this point I was still close to Old Highway 91, so I popped out to get an exact fix on the sign. Here it is.




This is immediately across the pavement from the "exit" of the Joshua Tree Scenic Backway which is accessible from Navajo Drive in Bloomington.




Followed some fence lines and did a bit of cross country driving . . . saw this sign. Stop for a self-portrait.




Further down slope and yet another full tank.




After a few minor washouts and a 4-way intersection and a cattle guard, I came to a long straight section.




I didn't come this way, but here is the view looking back east from the same spot.




Part of the "Old Mormon Wagon Road." Area is very close to border of Utah, AZ, and Nevada. None of the Benchmark Maps provide good detail. Google Maps is better. But, lots of variation due to roads routed in washes. Changes with each major storm. Also some recent pipeline and powerline projects alter the "road" patterns.




Dropping in to a wash near the powerlines. The road in the wash is surprisingly easy to follow and relatively smooth.




More Eagle Scout signs. Nice work Jace. Not as many bullet holes in this sign.




Just before entering Beaver Dam Wash there is a stand of trees and a few abandoned camp trailers.




Several local ATVers from Littlefield, AZ told me a hermit used to live here. Apparently he died about a year ago.




A look inside his main trailer.




A small building.




Nearby is a windmill. This area is on the right bank of Beaver Dam Wash about 7 miles north from the town of Beaver Dam. The wash is very ridable from this point south.




In Beaver Dam Wash heading south.




One fence line crosses the wash.




Lots of recent tracks.




Scenery in the wash.




Looking south towards Mount Bangs. Very close to town of Beaver Dam, AZ.




Poked around town of Beaver Dam a bit. Then found dirt (really rocks and sand) continuation from Beaver Dam down to Mesquite, Nevada. All on the north side of I-15. Route got a bit sketchy due to erosion near Mesquite. Reconnected with pavement just north of Mesquite at the town dump and police firing range. Good ride. I'll work out a few more of the details then post up with the best map possible. There are at least 1-2 additional variations on my "to do" list.

Final pic is in route between Beaver Dam and Mesquite.




As always inmates (and lurkers), thanks for riding along. Ride safe, ride often.
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Old 10-15-2013, 08:39 AM   #808
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I was at the same spot on Sunday morning about 1030. Ended up going west and then north to Caliente for lunch. Beautiful morning for a ride.
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Old 10-15-2013, 08:59 AM   #809
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Sure are getting your TW time in. Kinda scary going into the old hermits quarters. Now what will happen with the stuff?
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Old 10-15-2013, 10:37 AM   #810
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I was at the same spot on Sunday morning about 1030. Ended up going west and then north to Caliente for lunch. Beautiful morning for a ride.
Thanks for checkin' in Quota, especially since we are St. George neighbors.

My pic was taken on Saturday. On Sunday I went riding with my dad from Gunlock Reservoir to Enterprise Reservoir. On Monday I was out solo again at this same spot on Old #91 checking out more dirt routes down to Mesquite. Big territory out there! I'll get a few pics organized shortly.

The riding area between St. George and Caliente, NV is one of my favorites. Lots of variations possible, and nice to be able to get gas and buy lunch in Caliente! The old railroad station in Caliente is a bonus!
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