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Old 03-24-2012, 11:38 PM   #61
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Cone HUNTING here we come !
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Old 03-24-2012, 11:39 PM   #62
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I just choked on my beer.
OMG! +1!
Tn. Walrus! You're gonna get me in trouble!!


(holy crap, that's funny!)

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LittleWan & BigWan!
Nixels! That was a really fun video - thanks for sharing it

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Here is a little video of me in the Death Valley last year, at 30 seconds in the video I was about to turn the camera off and almost mucking dropped the bike, because of one of those mucking loud fighter jets.
LionBR! Glad to see you, too.
Regarding the video - heh. I think I heard you screaming something about, “I’ve had it with these monkey-fighting snakes in their monday-to-friday planes!”


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I really enjoy your trip reports. Thanks for sharing with us.
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. Plus up on the tire issue, I too love the 908 but I had major sticker shock this year Went from $113 on Bike Bandit last year to $199 but I see they dropped it by 5 bucks.
Hi Idahosam! Enjoyed your Mex report. Are you still on the road?
Yeah, I'm hoping that bike bandit will have another April sale this year, but who knows?
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You guys are Wan-derful! I'm gonna pull up a chair and wait for the rest of the story.
Hi Dave62538675309! If you guys want to see pretty DV pics, you should go visit dave's report.
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Ubehebe Lead Mines...sorry, no gold.
Thanks, Rob. I knew you would know. You're my reference librarian for DV
Stand by - I'm gonna need your help near Rogers Pass...



Waiting for some photos to upload and then I'll back...



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Old 03-25-2012, 02:21 AM   #63
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Cone HUNTING here we come !




Day 3: 3/13/12 Total milage for the day 138
Part 1 - Racetrack - Lippincott - Saline Valley Rd - Panamint Springs Campground, continued




So, we left Lippincott and made a left onto Saline Valley Rd.





As soon as we picked up speed in the gravel, BigWan started grousing.
He said he wanted to fiddle with the fork compression when we got Panamint.
Hell, if it’s so shitty, why don’t you just do it now?




So he did.
He broke out the swiss army knife and dialed down the compression 5 clicks.
I don’t know much about suspension, so I found this page (from Super Plush)
very helpful.


Ahhh. Much better.





Matt said that the bike was back to feeling like a billy goat...





I asked, “What did it feel like before?”





He thought about it...





“Before I adjusted the compression? It felt like a billy goat in high heels.”

Huh. Would that be a Tranny Goat?

(Um. is it just me, or are people getting mucking weirder than ever?? )






Aaaand, we’re moving...





This one is from that part where Saline Valley Rd and Hunter Mtn Rd meet up (looking out over the valley)





Oh, this is where I had heatstroke in 2009. Almost puked under that tree on the left.





Losing elevation





Fast road. Matt was loving the new dialed-down compression...










I’m not sure why we stopped for pics here?






Open ‘er up!





I called this section of road, “The De-Knobinator.”
We could just feel the back tire getting scrubbed away...





Approaching 190





Hey! A sign. I’ve been missing most of these.





Boo. Yucky old slab.





BigWan said this is the real “De-Knobinator...”
Yeah, I guess so.





Panamint Springs





Motherbrother!





Camping was only $7.50 (and they have showers!!) so we decided to grab a spot.
Site number 22





After we set up camp, Matt said, “Well, we could hang out, relax...go eat lunch across the street...
Or, we can just grab some granola bars and trail mix and go look for the playboy and that guy's wallet...


Woo! Booty hunt!
Gotta gather up our Mojo and hit the trail!





Oh yeah. First, he wanted to dial the compression down, 2 more clicks.
There was something wrong with the rebound adjusters and he couldn’t fine tune with them.
WTF? Hopefully the extra 2 clicks would help.





It was after 2pm when we left, but it gets dark at 7pm now. 
That gave us almost 5 hrs to do this loop.
We told ourselves that it would be fine, as long as we got out of the dirt by 7.

Yep.
Out of the dirt by 7.


And, get this - we even told someone where we were going.
I know! So responsible.


There was a friendly-looking lady across from us in a giant RV.
We said “hi” and told her that we were riding over to Pleasant Canyon and Rogers Pass.
I told her that we would probably be back after dark (and not to worry).
BigWan said, “If we’re not here in the morning, we just want someone to be able to tell the rangers where to look.”

I don’t think she liked that, but she smiled politely and backed away slowly.


And, we're off!





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Old 03-25-2012, 09:42 AM   #64
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Good morning, I see yet another nocturnal installment of The Wans do DV while I slept...............




Good thing I didn't had an AM beer in my hand.. I did have a hot cup of coffee and while taking a sip I read

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I don’t think she liked that, but she smiled politely and backed away slowly.
needless to say, I had to clean up the keyboard
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Old 03-25-2012, 09:58 AM   #65
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Approaching 190






It was after 2pm when we left, but it gets dark at 7pm now. 
That gave us almost 5 hrs to do this loop.
We told ourselves that it would be fine, as long as we got out of the dirt by 7.


190? Boy, that is a fast KTM.


A 5 hour loop? Ha, I gotta see this.


Not a bad idea to tell somebody you were going up there, SPOT's are known to NOT work in South Park Canyon.
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Old 03-25-2012, 10:15 AM   #66
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Good morning
'Mornin' Sam!



(really wanted just the "morning, Sam" + "morning, Ralph", but it's at 0:43, here )



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Old 03-25-2012, 10:31 AM   #67
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190? Boy, that is a fast KTM.


A 5 hour loop? Ha, I gotta see this.


Not a bad idea to tell somebody you were going up there, SPOT's are known to NOT work in South Park Canyon.
Hey, I wasted so much time looking for that cartoon, you snuck up on me!

Haha, good one...
Take off that "1" and it's about right.
I mean, what? 25 mph is the perfect speed for Death Valley. *cough*


Well, it kind of worked for our loop (just barely) - I think we missed part of your loop

Yeah, we figured the SPOT might not work in most of DV. It's mostly to add more orange to the bike.


All right, I'm way behind this morning. Up too late.
Need. more. coffee.


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Old 03-25-2012, 11:04 AM   #68
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I've spent so much time on this RR that I am WAY behind in getting my vintage VW hippy bug restored.

I loaned it to a buddy so he could test the brakes.

And this is what happened!




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Old 03-25-2012, 04:18 PM   #69
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And this is what happened!
Those shred guys must love their work!





Day 3: 3/13/12 Total milage for the day 138
Part 2 - Panamint - Ballarat - Pleasant Canyon - Rogers Pass - Middle Park - South Park - back to Panamint




Heading towards Ballarat






Okay - so, the day before we left on our trip, I read about cjbiker losing his wallet.

I hadn’t really heard of those places before (pleasant canyon, rogers pass, south park canyon), but after talking to Matt,
we realized that this was sounding like the same loop that larryboy had recommended. Cool.


And, after looking a little more, we figured out that this was also where the Playboy magazine was stashed.
Even better!



Of course, with it all being last minute (again, the day before we were leaving), I didn’t do a great job of figuring out exactly where this stuff was.
I skimmed the text from the relevant posts, watched the videos that cjbiker’s friend Sam had taken,
and printed out the photo of dabracing’s bike in the canyon.




On Indian Ranch Rd





We weren’t using tracks or anything in Death Valley.
But we did have an awesome Tom Harrison map , that we got in a sweet trade.
(Thanks, Rob!)



Of course, once we were in DV, and it came time to actually ride this stuff, we realized that we weren’t totally clear on where any of it was.
We hoped we’d figure it out.



Here we are - Ballarat





Left at the store





Hmm. Left or Right? We saw 3 jeeps coming down, so we chose the right.





There was another road that went up to the right, along a ridge,
but we figured Pleasant Canyon would be, well, in a canyon.












This feels like the right way.
I expected water on the road after seeing Sam’s video.






This is it!
It was really pretty, with the greenery on the sides and the water streaming down the rocks.





Then it got steeper.
I had tried to keep an eye out for cjbiker’s wallet, but it was hard to focus on the side of the road as the trail became more demanding.





Matt said the traction wasn't bad, but the trail was pretty wet.
After a couple times slipping on some slick rocks, I was getting a little nervous.

Okay, this is stupid. We’re going to eat it if we’re both looking for this damn wallet (instead of at the road).



Shit. Here comes the voice of reason...




Hellooo, Idiots!




If we fall and one of us gets hurt (me, matt or the bike), the trip is OVER.
Son of a biscuit.







So, I got off the bike and told Matt to continue on without me.
I decided I would hike the next bits,
rather than take a chance.
Sigh.

The shame.







And still no mucking wallet.





Alright, back on the bike.





Still pretty.





The canyon started to open up.





And, dry out.





Mmmm...Orange.






Matt wanted to go check out that thing.











He opened the door and started to look around...





Til he saw this beam.





He said, “Don’t go in there!”
Um. Yeah. Not a problem.




Can we get going? We have booty to find!





What’s that up there?





The internet tells me this is Clair Camp.
Any truth to that murderous caretaker story?











There's supposed to be a cabin around here somewhere...


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Old 03-25-2012, 05:11 PM   #70
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Really enjoying this, especially as I'm headed for a few days in DV next month. Love the writing style and pics. Thanks for sharing!
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Old 03-25-2012, 05:52 PM   #71
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Then it got steeper.
I had tried to keep an eye out for cjbiker’s wallet, but it was hard to focus on the side of the road as the trail became more demanding.




Matt said the traction wasn't bad, but the trail was pretty wet.
After a couple times slipping on some slick rocks, I was getting a little nervous.

Okay, this is stupid. We’re going to eat it if we’re both looking for this damn wallet (instead of at the road).

Hey, awesome ride report so far! Thanks for keeping an eye out for my wallet. The bits I've quoted are exactly what my experience was while I was looking for it. I probably should have said that I still had it when we stopped at Clair Camp for a break. I actually feel kind of stupid posting this kind of info on the web for anyone to see and find my stuff and steal my identity (not that I think any ADV'er would do that, but anyone can lurk about and with google these days...), but oh well. I feel more stupid for loosing it!

You guys are crazy in a good way for riding where you went 2-up on a big bike. I'm reading your report and recalling my experiences on Lippincott and Pleasant Canyon-Rogers-South Park and...

Anyway, awesome job and keep it coming!
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Old 03-25-2012, 07:33 PM   #72
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Really enjoying this, especially as I'm headed for a few days in DV next month. Love the writing style and pics. Thanks for sharing!
Hi rodr! Glad you're enjoying it - have a great trip! The wildflowers should be blooming nicely next month.
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Old 03-25-2012, 09:56 PM   #73
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Day 3: 3/13/12 Total milage for the day 138
Part 2 - Panamint - Ballarat - Pleasant Canyon - Rogers Pass - Middle Park - South Park - back to Panamint, continued




We could just barely make out a cabin, up on the hill...










Here it is!











It was pretty cool






I recognized these guys from one of larryboy’s ride reports






People take such good care of these cabins (at least some of them).
It's pretty neat.





Too bad we didn’t bring our sleeping bags.
We had half a gallon of water, some granola bars, a first aid kit and our jacket liners.
Not enough for a good stay.





View from the deck





Outhouse. yay!





And, back on the road.





We were gaining elevation - here come some trees.











Sort of Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route-ish





Hey, another cabin!




Ooh. This one creeped me out...
Who's gonna want to go into that musty old clap-trap?











I...like...big...RUTS and I cannot lie!
Heh. That one never gets old.



This section was like “the narrows" of the TAT (near baker, NV).



Rogers Pass




I was confused when we got here - we hadn’t seen the really steep stuff from cjbiker’s report.
Huh. Maybe it was going to be after the sign?

Of course, now that we’re home I know that we made a wrong turn somewhere and accidentally took the easy way.

Motherbrother!


And that’s why you should take more than a day to plan a route.

Sigh.






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Old 03-25-2012, 11:15 PM   #74
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Looking good!!!

First cabin after Claire Camp is called World Beater, second was Rita's Cabin..from what I've heard she was a real nice lady.




You guys did Pleasant Canyon proper all the way up to Rogers Pass, there is another road back in the trees behind Rita's that will take you into Middle Park, but you guys did it the hard way thru the canyon bottom and up to the pass.
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Old 03-26-2012, 08:21 AM   #75
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This is my first Wan and Wan ride that Ive caught, Iam having a blast. I think its pretty cool of you guys to do this trip 2up,also caught larryboys 2up trip, seems to add somethigh to the trip trip when the better half is along.
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