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Old 03-01-2013, 09:38 PM   #16
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AWESOME!!!! Great pics as always, looking forward to the rest, hoping to share some of your steps this year with my new bike
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Old 03-01-2013, 09:55 PM   #17
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Inspiring, D6253. You captured it. Great work.
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Old 03-02-2013, 12:04 PM   #18
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It was a chilly night. In the morning my new buddy Scott helped me jump start the bike. The battery was dead.
I headed for the park exit with a new priority to get to Las Vegas 50 something miles away to hunt for new electron storage.

I was realized how disappointed I would be to miss seeing the park after coming so far to get here. Just before the park exit
I changed my mind and headed back into the park. Shitty running bike be damned!






The scenic road was just that.





I had this fun stuff all to myself.










Panorama















I parked at the top of a hill in case the bike needed a rolling start.










Satisfied I had seen the park, I headed west to the exit.

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Old 03-02-2013, 12:09 PM   #19
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Inspiring, D6253. You captured it. Great work.
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AWESOME!!!! Great pics as always, looking forward to the rest, hoping to share some of your steps this year with my new bike
UpST8, Yeah for a new bike! Looking forward to hearing about more of your travels. Thanks.

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Old 03-02-2013, 12:12 PM   #20
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Thanks JO. I love your day-trippin' thread!

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Looking forward to your RR and Amazing pictures
Thanks Scubalong. It was great to be back in the saddle out there.
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Old 03-02-2013, 12:14 PM   #21
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Man, great time for reports right now...wachs, Wans and now I find this little gem!!!


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Old 03-02-2013, 12:17 PM   #22
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Dave, love your work. Looking forward to this.
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Yeah, Dave! Looking forward to this one. Just spent some time in the Mojave myself . . . I'm in!!!
Hey RRR. I was up to date with your thread. I now remember reading about your Mojave trip. It must've played some part, at least subconsciously, in my last minute decision on where to ride. I knew I was going on a ride, but didn't really know where to until a couple days before.
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Old 03-02-2013, 12:42 PM   #23
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New Juice

The battery was FUBAR and the bike was running like crap. I tried a couple other places with luck before limping into Carter Powersports.
The engine died and refused to start again. I coasted into the parking lot.


Spending ~$190 bucks on a new OEM battery sucks when I know...




The last one lasted 2 years and 3 months! (I probably need to troubleshoot my charging system, huh?)





I swapped the batteries in the parking lot and let the dealership keep the old one. I wasn't attached to it.
I was happy to find the new battery, which ended all of the problems I was having.
By mid-afternoon I was headed out of town.





20 years ago I visited the desert southwest for the first time when Helen and I flew to Las Vegas.
As many tourists there do, we got out of town in a rental car to see sights such as Hoover Dam
and the Red Rock Canyon Scenic Drive.





I remember being thoroughly impressed with the scenery, but after all I've seen since, will I still be?
Nah. Just like I thought. Crowded with tourists in rental cars its claim to fame is undoubtedly being close to Las Vegas.
Only the first couple miles of the 13 mile scenic one-way loop road was scenic.
At least it was wide enough to pass the tourists driving 15 in a 35.





This rock is huge! For a sense of scale, try to find all of the people in this picture. I counted at least 24, but I had the advantage of the full-resolution photo.

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Old 03-02-2013, 12:54 PM   #24
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Man, great time for reports right now...wachs, Wans and now I find this little gem!!!


Oh Man! Thanks for the heads up, larryboy. I obviously need to spend some quality time reading reports. I hadn't noticed those two yet.
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Old 03-02-2013, 01:02 PM   #25
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Oh Man! Thanks for the heads up, larryboy. I obviously need to spend some quality time reading reports. I hadn't noticed those two yet.

HardWorkingDog too, I gotta get started on that one.




Desert=Dessert


On with the story!!


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Old 03-02-2013, 01:04 PM   #26
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I finish up the "scenic loop" and stop near the exit. I need to determine where to next. I had done everything planned so far.
I had the rough idea of heading towards the Mojave National Preserve. I pull out the Atlas and notice a trail that will be a nice short-cut.




It starts as an easy graded road. Obviously this will be a fast short-cut.





Maybe not.





I climb out of the wash I was riding in to get this panoramic view behind me. You can even see Red Rock Canyon.
(You may need to scroll right.)




I had to remove some layers and change to my summer gloves here. Riding a rough trail is so much warmer than asphalt.

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Old 03-02-2013, 02:34 PM   #27
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Great pics. I can's wait to see where you take us.

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Old 03-02-2013, 04:19 PM   #28
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Ahh. The Mojave Desert. The old stomping grounds for 40+ years. Even before it became the exclusive play ground to the Environazi Government with all the road closures and wilderness designations.
Although I am without motorcycle for the first time in 45 years, I do enjoy coming back to lurk the pages of the wonderful world of Adventurers like you Dave. I get to see the great scenery that is familier to me but in a complete different perspective because of your ingenious ability to take a picture of the scenery and transform it into a magical place. Thanks for that.
I see you have not foresaken the majesty of the Eagle on your bike.
I hope to get busy with tours like this, albeit in a truck but it will be an exciting ride non the less.




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Old 03-02-2013, 04:45 PM   #29
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Right on, Dave! Nice work with the new battery. Good that little deal didn't mess you up. Pushing a bike is no fun.

Ok, throw up some specifics on where you criss-crossed the Mojave. Always fun to ride along. Keep bringing it!
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Old 03-02-2013, 05:39 PM   #30
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Great start Dave!
Super pictures.
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