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Old 12-09-2015, 10:29 AM   #81
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Do you plan on making any stops in the Big Bend area in Texas? Fantastic skies out there.
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Old 12-11-2015, 09:48 PM   #82
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Do you plan on making any stops in the Big Bend area in Texas? Fantastic skies out there.
As a matter of fact - yes!!
They also have the Rio Grande there, so I might spend a week or more paddling and riding around

I had an interesting day today. As I am getting ready to vacate my dry lakebed camping spot, that is about to become a lake..... I noticed an inner rear tire has a bald spot - time to get new tires I guess?

Lucky for me there is a Tire & Feed Store 2 miles away (I guess that is a common thing in California desert towns?

They only have 2 tires in my size, so I get both on that side replaced, and tell them I will pick another 2 up on the way back thru next week.



When I ask how long the balding tire would have lasted, my guy responded "maybe 1,000 miles?", After removing the outer tire he realized the tire was actually flat.



Wonder how long I was riding around like this?



So they changed both tires in less than an hour, and I got some premium dogfood, all for less than $700, feeling pretty good about what could have been a really bad day.



The actual stay was fun too.
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Old 12-11-2015, 10:57 PM   #83
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As a matter of fact - yes!!
They also have the Rio Grande there, so I might spend a week or more paddling and riding around

I had an interesting day today. As I am getting ready to vacate my dry lakebed camping spot, that is about to become a lake..... I noticed an inner rear tire has a bald spot - time to get new tires I guess?

Lucky for me there is a Tire & Feed Store 2 miles away (I guess that is a common thing in California desert towns?

They only have 2 tires in my size, so I get both on that side replaced, and tell them I will pick another 2 up on the way back thru next week.



When I ask how long the balding tire would have lasted, my guy responded "maybe 1,000 miles?", After removing the outer tire he realized the tire was actually flat.



Wonder how long I was riding around like this?



So they changed both tires in less than an hour, and I got some premium dogfood, all for less than $700, feeling pretty good about what could have been a really bad day.



The actual stay was fun too.
3 days in Joshua Tree
Be careful on the Rio Grande. Lots of cartel runs to and fro on that river! By the looks of your pics you've played with fire before on an old impact area!!!
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Old 12-13-2015, 10:58 PM   #84
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2 days in Malibu, shockingly easy parking, unloading, and overnighting - I figured it would be much more difficult, like San Francisco?



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Old 12-14-2015, 10:01 AM   #85
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Good to hear. I would have guessed the same regarding parking & overnighting.
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Old 12-15-2015, 12:15 AM   #86
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THE (NOT SO) GRAND CANYON



Shortly after I got this pic, I filled my water tank, and hauled ass south again, rolling down just south of Sedona, dropping 3,000 feet, and gaining 20 degrees. Found a nice spot with some sucky, multi-colored hills that look as tho they need exploring.



After I parked, I realized I was sharing my view with a neighbor. She seemed a little pissed.



She kept giving me “that look”.



The moonrise last night gave me the feeling that this was all too good to be true. I am much more excited about riding around here than I was about the Grand Canyon.


Looks more like a bull than a cow, but that is a guess.
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Old 12-15-2015, 12:50 PM   #87
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San Berdoo....I guess I need to look into this whole "snow chain" thing?

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Old 12-28-2015, 04:21 PM   #88
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I knew the wind was coming, just thought it was coming Sunday, not the day before. The wind picked up around midnight Christmas, and never slowed. I like storms, and I like wind, especially when I am inside a structure with windows. The irony is the windows are the cause of all my suffering. The sand grains and dried mud are small enough to fit into grooves in the vertical sliding windows.


Calm before the storm


Garage area under windows

Seeing and feeling the rush of wind and sand an rocks banging against the bus was a delight, until my sinuses came apart. When I could not get the snot-flow under control, I also realized there was a cloud of dust inside the bus. I know the bus was NOT airtight, but I had no idea how much material could actually penetrate the bus. I finished day 2 of cleaning, an that was really only the left side, as the right side is mostly drifting dust – still dirty, just no piles of sand like the ENTIRE LEFT SIDE of the bus.


First (of 2) bucket of sand

After emptying the vacuum from the day before, and replacing the filter, I emptied the entire back of the bus so I could vacuum the sand from the rear. It took another four hours to do that, ten I had to go back up front, and redo the windows from yesterday. I did not realize the sills were retaining sand on top, and sucking them thru when driving. It has been a long 2 days.


Xmas Day Ride

It’s all good, I needed to clean anyway, just wanted to wait till spring But I did get to ride some awesome desert, and hope to finish riding here this week

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The video below contains excessive profanity.

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Old 12-28-2015, 06:12 PM   #89
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Hmmmm...for some reason I keep having Burning Man flashbacks.
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Always want to do a Burn, but if that is part of it, gonna have to pass it up
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