Beach to River, Inaugural Run The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, and The End
Posted 02 April 2008 - 04:28 PM
Got to an early start on Friday morning. XR650L Bum, Spaugh and I hit the road after a small breakfast and a brief discussion on bike packing.
From there rode to the Silver Strand state park to get our tires in the sand and begin our adventure.
From the Beach we took a little ride south to route 905 where we topped off the tanks and started up and over Otay Mt. We didn't stop anywhere for photos as most everyone has a pic or has seen one from there. But as were descending into Marron Valley we were greeted with a little stream to cross.
Spaugh went first
Then me and finally XRBum
Mike shows his waterlogged packout.
No pictures from here to the border fence. We stopped in Tecate for more fuel and lunch.
Took the Border Fence road all the way to Boulevard. We stopped and talked to the Minutemen on watch in Campo.
They told us we were being watched closely as they also had a number of Mexicans approaching the fence as we were riding up. They say the big thing is to throw the dope over the fence to some motorcyslists who pick it up and ride away.
After the border fence we did a mixture of slab and dirt into Jacumba and then the wagon trail onto I-8 and down to Occotillo where we entered our first sand wash.
I think the rains this season have had an effect on the desert roads. The trail behind us had two-track leading up to it and was now barely 3 feet wide. Perfect width for DS bikes.
The first of many....
I don't have any more pictures from there to El Centro. There was a few nasty areas to contend with and then the farmland started so we slabbed it in to the Ramada Hotel for the night.
Me un-packing the bike for the night.
Our room was right next to the bikes.
A little relaxation ater 175 miles of riding. This one's for KTMrad
Saturday started with a beautiful morning ride through the farmland of the imperial valley. Temps were in the 60s and the veiw was spectacular.
We gassed up again in Calexico and started along the canal roads east.
After awhile we got bored with riding strait along the canal so we decided powerline roads were more fun
The powerlines ended for us at the duner's diner
We had second breakfast there and the sand begun....
This is the bad, XRBum found a dune that rolled slowly up and came to an ubrupt end. He soared off the top and when he came down lost control of his bike, smashed into the bars and ended up on the ground.
This doesn't look good...
We got Bum back to the entry road and he rode all the way to Oceanside. We tried to set him up with a ride home, but he'd have none of that.
From here it was just two of us. Spaugh and I went to and conquered Test Hill
350' vertical of pure sand hill.
After the hill we started across the open dunes.
It sucked, we spent more time digging our bikes out of the sand then riding. Brad has about 200 photos of me crashing, crashed or about to submarine my front tire into the sand. We both know how to ride sand but I think after Mike's misfortune we were being a lot cautious.
It took 2 hours to go 18 miles and 8 of it was on the street, but we finally made it to Winterhaven for more gas.
After topping off the bikes we started off into the great unknown of this ride. Areas none of us has ever ridden on and doesn't know anybody who has. As we got closer things looked good...
...and sometimes not so good...
...,but we made it to the mine....
and kept on going.
The trails got really rough at times trying to get through the washes and old 4x4 roads around the mine areas. Eventually we made it through and the goal was in sight.
Awesome ride after the mine, strait, flat, wide open roads with dips into small sand washes.
Brad shows us how it's done
We made it to Picacho Rd
and it was only 10 miles to the halfway point...just a few minutes after 5PM we made it to the river.
We were spent, but after a shower we mustered up the strength to go back for more pics.
....was the foundation of an old mining home from the 1800's when Picacho was an actual village.
We got on the trails again just after 8AM. We had a long way to go and if we were going to get to San Diego by the end of the day we needed to get going. We don't have a whole lot of pictures as we had the throttle wide open most of the morning. But we stopped for a few.
We headed North on a pencil straight dirt road toward Glamis at a speed that would turn most rangers white. In fact we passed this train on the way to rte 78 and then had to wait for it to get to Glamis.
this time it was a lot of fun, there was a bit of moisture in the sand and getting through was no problem.
After the dunes we took a little ATV trail to where the famland began and then slabbed it in to Brawley.
The ugly part of the story was the first flat of the trip.
because 2 minutes later there was another flat.
Yeah, it's the same place, it's just that it took two minutes to get the rim back on the bike and find out the other tube didn't hold air.
Well we were only 4 miles from Brawley maybe there will be a parts store in town and we can get it fixed there. We were wrong, the closest shop is in El Centro, 20 miles away. Yup we were in a bind and had enough of changing tires. So we called in the chase team,
sat at the Jack-in-the-Box ....
....for the truck.
Posted 02 April 2008 - 04:43 PM
World's laziest trail rider and the little green leaf (unless I'm on the TE) in a sea of pumpkins.
CR85RB, Hodaka Super Rat, KDX220, TXT280, KLX300, WR300, TE450, ZR550....also the owner of Bentley and Fentley The KDXs.
I don't always ride a two stroke....but when I do, I have the most fun.
Posted 02 April 2008 - 05:43 PM
2003 KTM 525 EXC
1991 XT 600
1989 HARLEY FULL CUSTOM
2003 HARLEY ULTRA CLASSIC
RESCUE TRUCK #2
Posted 02 April 2008 - 06:08 PM
Hey, as the saying goes, " happens!".....what is so cool about that ride is that it was charting the unknown.....truly exploring.....true "Adventure Riding" on a combination of pavement, dirt and sand......and how cool is that? .......as the days pass that ride will seem sweeter and sweeter as you reflect back on it despite the few mishaps (well, with the exception of Mike's mishap - Hope you're on the mend Mike).......
As Pyro would say, "Ride On Amigos, Ride on!"
2012 KTM 350FXC-W - "Explorer", Dual-Sport Fun!
2009 KTM 300 XC-W - "The Smoker", Dual-Sport Desert Toy/Single Track Weapon
2006 Honda CRF230F - "Family Toy", Dual-Sport/family Fun
Posted 02 April 2008 - 06:17 PM
You done good Pilgrims....now the rest of the flock needs to gather and tackle that!
See ya's on a ride soon!
Riding Orange Bikes these days and Liking it too ;)
2010 530 EXC Champion Edition
2009 450 SX-F
Posted 02 April 2008 - 07:01 PM
This sounds like it was a great ride, just the type I want to do when I grow up. Can you ride along the cannel through the dunes or must you go over them? I havenít ridden that area for about twenty years but I seem to remember a road runs along the cannel. Just wondering incase I canít get over the dunes if I ever get the chance to ride this route with you guys.
Did you find you were running short of gas or water at any point? Did you bring anything that you would not bring next time, is there anything you would bring next time that you didnít bring?
Thanks for the photos and ride report! It was even better then cannibals and Slim Jims.
The rider formally known as KLRoger.
2008 KTM 990 Adventure (for sale), 2008 Beta 525,2007 Husqvarna TE610 Estar Muerto
Strictly street 2006 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide, 2003 Indian Scout
"What, me worry?" Alfred E. Neuman
Posted 02 April 2008 - 07:21 PM
Hope Bum is doing ok!
Posted 02 April 2008 - 07:51 PM
'07 Suzuki Wee-Strom...........the commuter
...can't grill to save his life and hardly rides any better, now who wants a camel burger?
Posted 02 April 2008 - 07:57 PM
There we go, club colors, initiation, dues. We can be the 1%ers.
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Posted 02 April 2008 - 09:01 PM
Silver Strand Beach to El Centro
153 miles travelled, 85 dirt, 68 street
8 hours 45 mins
Distances between fuel stops - 37,60,46
El Centro to Picacho State Park
106 miles travelled, 89 dirt, 17 street
9 hours 45 mins
Distances between fuel stops - 69, +
Picacho to Premature end in Brawley
71 miles travelled, 56 dirt, 15 street
Distance between fuel stops - 103 Winterhaven to Brawley. (Could be less as I've heard there is gas available at the Glamis Beach Store but I didn't see any pumps. Maybe there is in back but the hillbillies in the store scared me enough that I just left. Brawley is 25 miles away and plenty of gas available there.)
Total 330 miles, 230 dirt, 100 street; 70% off-road
We travelled roughly a third of the way in three hours and we kinda f'ed around in Glamis longer than we should have and had to deal with a flat tire. I do think it's possible to make it back in a day.
I'd love to do the whole trip again next weekend but more than likely it'll have to wait until Sept. or Oct. High temps were around 90 and mixed with digging the bike outta the sand is a recipe for heat stroke. Spaugh needed to stop in Occotillo for more water and I got close to running out of water in the dunes.
Next time I'd pack my Honda tool kit, it might be small and light duty but you can pretty much rebuild the entire bike with it. Keep the heavy forged steel tools in the garage, bring the factory kit, it's got what you need and weighs less than 5 pounds. If you don't have one, I'd recommend getting one for your bike. I'd also bring a change of shoes. Wearing the Alpinestars around the hotel and campground sucked. I didn't need to bring 2 little bottles of Patron to the river, I needed 4. Should've brought matches or a lighter. Oh and I forgot my toothbrush but was able to get one from the hotel.
Posted 02 April 2008 - 09:08 PM
my questionable insulation (it worked fine the whole time)
us landing at the beach:
more on river crossing that got my boot full of water
1 of many pyramid historical markers along the border
border shot east of jacumba wilderness.
more border shots
riding in a swamp
jon on the dunes
post dune experience
close to the river
at the river
rescue truck # 3 (rescue truck #1's replacement )
Posted 02 April 2008 - 09:10 PM
The trip was killer and I would do it again in a heartbeat. Jon did an awesome job planning the routes. The american girl mine and the area east of it are a must see. The area is beautiful. The pictures don't do it any justice. I think trucking to picacho and riding around that area for a few days would be worth it. There were beautiful rock formations and wild mules running on the mountains. There were also some fun technical sections there too along with the WIDE open desert. And I mean really WIDE open. Bigger and badder than any of the stuff near anza borrego or plaster city. We must have literally held an average of 50MPH post american girl mine.
Hopefully Jon can get those tracks up and we can see a Google Earth snapshot of where all we were.
Thanks again Jon for the planning and Mike I hope the specialists take good care of you and rework your arm properly. I feel your pain, I've had a similar injury on my shoulder and had the ligaments ripped off my knee cap before. I know how much it sucks to have a serious injury requiring surgery. Do what the docs tell you and you will be riding again after summer.
Posted 02 April 2008 - 09:29 PM