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Death Valley Nov 6-8 2015 Ride for Ken Mooty

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Planning thread!

 

Ride last year was a lot of fun.

 

Camping at Panamint Springs Resort.  Starbucks riders can reserve hotel rooms ;)  They also have tent cabins available with cots that are nice.  I just camp in my own tent because I'm a man.   :)

 

We will probably do food like last time.  Chili and beer most likely.  Details to follow.

 

Swag if I can get any :)

 

This was the last time we saw Ken Mooty, so this year will be in his honor.

 

 

Those who are IN:

 

Eric H

Orbel

Loren

Darnell 

Denise D

Denise D guest

Tomek

Danny G

Wolfie

Ohannes

Craig G

 

Wandering Beast (Cody)

Michelle

Daniel K

Brian A

Chris H

Marcin Z

Robert B

Dan S

Doug S

Arwi O

 

Maria O

Vu

Vu guest

Rich D

Dave L

Rafe H

Randy

Gary

Carlos

Alex

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I'm planning to be there as well. It lines up well with the RawHyde event just next door. I'm coming from Oregon, through Nevada.

Yes, the RawHyde event will be nearby in Ballarat the following weekend.  I'll also be going to that to cover it for XLADV.  Hope to meet you there!

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That's a great map!  Here are some roads/trails to study or highlight:

 

  • Saline Valley road
  • Hunter Mountain road
  • Racetrack Valley road
  • Lippincott
  • Waucoba Saline road
  • Titus Canyon
  • Charcoal Kilns
  • Agueberry Point
  • West Side Road
  • Dante's Peak
  • Goler Wash
  • Ballarat
  • Indian Ranch Road
  • Etc...

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We are going to be using a new (to us) online event registration service for this event. You may have heard of EventBrite and the AMA? They kind of have this thing figured out ;) And you can rest assured the money's going to keep trails open and motorcyclists represented in DC. I will have a link shortly.

In terms of food options, I'm considering bringing food like last year but up it a notch or two. Chili w/salad, fruit and cookies then pulled pork with veggies and cookies for dessert. And beer, of course. We'll throw in some bottled water too. Guessing cost will be $40. That registers you for the event, covers your two dinners and provides us some event insurance (always a smart thing).

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Probably but then we're on dual sport motorcycles :)  They get rain out there this time of year and roads get closed mostly to RV's and rental cars but not us.  We will have to watch our speed and be on the lookout for wash outs/vados.

 

Eric, are you going to be posting any GPS routes for this trip?

I will post tracks soon.

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Tracks are up!

 

Please download and use these in your GPS.  Adventure riding means putting on your big boy/girl panties and learning to use GPS.  It can help you avoid getting lost too!Tr

Never mind... I got it.  

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Well, according to the National Park Service, a lot of the roads are closed right now due to flood damage.  

 

http://www.nps.gov/deva/upload/Morning-Report.pdf

https://www.facebook.com/DeathValleyRoadConditions

 

CLOSURES

Badwater Road - Open from CA 190 to Badwater. Closed from Badwater to Shoshone.
Artist's Drive - Closed
West Side Rd- Closed
Big Pine/Death Valley Rd. - Open from Big Pine to South Eureka Valley Rd. Closed from South Eureka Valley Rd to Ubehebe Crater Road.
Cottonwood/Marble Rd - Closed
Greenwater Rd- Closed
Keane Wonder - Closed
Lower Wildrose Rd- Closed between Wildrose Campground to Panamint Valley Rd.
Mustard Canyon-Closed
North Eureka Valley Rd.- Closed
Salt Creek - Closed
Saline Valley North Pass - Closed
Twenty Mule Team - Closed

Other Known Conditions
Titus Canyon - Open. 4x4 high clearance
Saline Valley South Pass - Open. Muddy. High Clearance
Racetrack Rd. - Open. 4x4 high clearance
Hunter Mountain/Hidden Valley - Open. Muddy. 4x4 high clearance.
Lippincott Road - Open. Standard condition. Rough 4x4, high clearance. Experienced drivers only.

 

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Well, according to the National Park Service, a lot of the roads are closed right now due to flood damage.  

 

http://www.nps.gov/deva/upload/Morning-Report.pdf

https://www.facebook.com/DeathValleyRoadConditions

 

CLOSURES

Badwater Road - Open from CA 190 to Badwater. Closed from Badwater to Shoshone.

Artist's Drive - Closed

West Side Rd- Closed

Big Pine/Death Valley Rd. - Open from Big Pine to South Eureka Valley Rd. Closed from South Eureka Valley Rd to Ubehebe Crater Road.

Cottonwood/Marble Rd - Closed

Greenwater Rd- Closed

Keane Wonder - Closed

Lower Wildrose Rd- Closed between Wildrose Campground to Panamint Valley Rd.

Mustard Canyon-Closed

North Eureka Valley Rd.- Closed

Salt Creek - Closed

Saline Valley North Pass - Closed

Twenty Mule Team - Closed

Other Known Conditions

Titus Canyon - Open. 4x4 high clearance

Saline Valley South Pass - Open. Muddy. High Clearance

Racetrack Rd. - Open. 4x4 high clearance

Hunter Mountain/Hidden Valley - Open. Muddy. 4x4 high clearance.

Lippincott Road - Open. Standard condition. Rough 4x4, high clearance. Experienced drivers only.

 

 

These road closures have zero effect on us.  Since we're on motorcycles with off road tires, we'll be fine.  We'll just use extra caution.  Most of this will be cleaned up in the next three weeks too, so I doubt there will be a lot of evidence of it.  Titus canyon might be a bit more loose than usual, but we'll be fine.  They just close the road if a Prius or RV cannot do it.

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