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Greenhorn

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  1. The Hideout

    We almost had to camp out in the parking lot there. We were head to Ocotillo Wells on Friday night and it was snowing pretty had. I'm think if we get that far we'll pull in and camp in the parking lot. The was covered pretty good, center line had disappeared miles back. I was going pretty slow to words the top and I could feel the back end slip occasionally. I was towing a short but loaded tow hauler. Got to the top and was going to pull off into their parking lot and call it, then figured we could slowly ease down the other side. Have some great snow pictures on the way back including the VW in the ditch we saw on the way out. The riding at Ocotillo Wells was fantastic, some big puddles too .
  2. Veys Powersports

    Anyone able to fill in a little Vey's history? Way back it was a little repair shop in Santee ran by Vey himself, now it's a full on multi brand dealership. If I recall at one point there was the move across the street (Magnolia) and someone else owned or ran it it and Vey just worked there for a while? There was a counter guy once it crossed the street was a bit of a character, not sure if he was one of the owners at that time or currently. Might have been some brothers?
  3. I rode twice this week.

    I don't post much, your rides (and pictures) are certainly post worthy Fantastic !
  4. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays !
  5. One for the new, semi - new ADV type riders, as I think I fall into that category, me and my KLR I'm staying in Borrego Springs for couple days to ride, was going to post but wasn't sure till the last minute what my plans were, where I would be staying... Ended up staying {in my trailer) at the Palm Canyon "Resort" which is ok, the pool and Jacuzzi were nice at the end of the ride today. Don't really know the area too much, just had a few places in mind to ride to. So this morning starting from Borrego Springs I rode out Yaqui Pass and over and out past Scissor Crossing, through Shelter Valley to Blair Valley. I have wanted to see the Indian Pictographs there. Fun dirt road in and then hiked the mile to the pictographs, plus another bit for a fantastic view of the desert floor. This is a good 5 miles dirt ride anyone can do and it has a neat payoff if you walk the mile or so. From there I got back on S2 and rode to the Vallecito County Park to see the old Mail Stage Coach Stop. Lots of history out in the desert. Very nice 2 lane ride, only came across a few cars all the way out and back. Headed back towards Borrego Springs but took S2 north up to the S22 and went through Ranchita and then down Montezuma - Borrego hiway back into Borrego Springs for lunch and gas, Needed gas as I had been out to the Salton Sea the afternoon prior. Next I headed out to Ocotillo Wells. Rode out Split Mountain road. Went out the Elephant Tree road for a while but didn't see much and the road got a little iffy, mostly the rocks. As I was solo and just riding I decided to headed back to Split Mountain road. Continued on Split Mountain road and got to the Gypsum mine, had never been out there, out Split Mountain Road for that matter. Got to the end, turned around and followed the train tracks (east?) for a while and then turned around as not sure where that went. Looked like lots of shooting in that areas, gathered up some copper casings for fun. Turned back towards Ocotillo Wells and decided to go up Fish Creek Wash. What a ride! Got loose a few times , but that was about it. Have to be sure and stay off the center line, sand gets deep there Got to the Wind Caves I think it's called? A little tired by then so did not do the hike to see what that was about. The geology in that area is spectacular. The ride out and back took a while and so I Great ride, great history, great geology... Great KLR. I chugged it hard a couple of times in the sand and it kept on going. Grabbed and dropped the clutch hard a couple times, no complaints. Dang KLR treated me well. Left about 8:30 am and got back about 4 pm. I guess about 125 -150 miles. A good day of riding of sure.
  6. Sedona

    There is a very unique souvenir shop across from the Best Western Plus Arroyo Roble Hotel & Creekside Villas if you can call it a souvenir shop. It's like a Indian ceremonial supply store. Pelts feathers, small skulls, fetishes, stones.... you name it. Real deal stuff. It also has other a little more mainstream stuff, but even most of that you will not find anywhere else. I had thought it was a different kind of place then I happen to over hear a phone conversation and yes kind of real deal kind of place. You'll Have to visit to understand. We accidently stumbled upon the "Coffee Pot" restaurant, it's a land mark and the food was good. We were lucky to get a booth high in the back. In general I can't remember too much special about the food, apart from a pizza place on the other side of the town. Tried to make it to Moon Dogs but that didn't work out. Pink Jeep tour as goofy as it sounds was great. Out driver liked to gas it and I was in a jeep with all ladies (my wife and a group of women who travel together 1 time a year) and it was really fun. The jeeps were beefy and got drove, I was impressed. We did a Indian ruins tour, 3 -4 hours, driver was local with a lots of knowledge, Indian ruins we really neat. There are a few 1 hour or so trolley type tours, take them all if you can. Cheap easy way to see lots of sites and hear lots of info about the place. Driving and parking are iffy and really make sit easy. One stop at a vortex outside of town and one (one in the same?) goes by the airport. It stops here and there but it's not an on off kind of deal. I highly recommend the one out to the Chapel of the Holly cross. If you have time drive up to Flagstaff and in doing so you will go above - next to a gigantic valley, Oak Creek I think, it is on the main route. The views were fantastic, unbelievable. There was a specific view turn off that was incredible. It is above Slipper Rock Park coming back down from flagstaff, another kind of cool place. We drove to Flagstaff very earl was y in the morning, got coffee and donuts and drove back down stopping a few places, it was beautiful. 3 - 4 hours round trip maybe. Cool road in parts too. Stopped to have air pressure in car checked, looked and the view was stunning. The place is visually incredible. They also did a good job with their zoning and keeping the structures low profile and nature complimentary in colors in most cases. Oh and with that check out about the Mc Donald's. I really had a good time there. I would have like to hike, but it was our anniversary. We did the train from Williams to Grand Canyon on a different trip if that is what your doing. It was kind of fun, Williams was kind of off. .
  7. I would look forward to a ride like this in the future. I did Borrego Springs out to Westmoreland and around to Sonny Bono for some bird watching with my daughter earlier in the year. Bird watching was fantastic, route was the basic all pavement ride there and back. I would like to learn more about the SS area (N-S-E-W) in general and some of the alternate to pavement roads and rides around it. Have a good time.
  8. SDAR member AFRY - Arnie has passed

    Respect and Condolences
  9. Campo newbiesh ride

    I'd like to go, going to check the calender. On a side note as you are in proximity to Buckman (Springs Road) I assume. I bought an old booklet put out by E Vitus Clampus about the history of the "Buckman Springs". Starting in the late 1800's there was a little Bottling Plant, Cabins and a little later a Hotel. A Spa - Resort of sorts. Tells about the Buckman family and how Mr. Buckman was granted the land and all. He had owned something like it in (I think it was) Northern California prior. Fun little read.
  10. Quite a ride and nice pictures. Did you just pick up the camp sites on the fly or had you routed them, had routed and reserved?
  11. Economical Wheel Rehab

    I'm fine with in place or disassemble, just don't want it to get to expensive. About $100 each and I can invest a little in tools. I have power washer, air compressor. It has have crossed my mine to get a media blaster (baking soda?) but have never done anything like that. In the big picture it might be useful for other things on the bike? In tried a little WD-40 and a stiff nylon brush, not so good, will get some goo be gone. I think it is an Ace 100, From what I understood the original owner, not who I got it from, did a lot to it back in the day. I got a box with a couple internal gears, workshop shop manual, a different air filter can. Not such a good thing I would think for originality but frame looks modified. Forks, shocks and pipe are all after market I think. Forks look like they are going to need major work or replacing, would prefer to keep some how. Seat cover not so good, seat pan is ok. Not %100 where the tank condition is besides rust. I'd like to need to try and keep the project to about $1000. SoCalHodaka - Your Super Combat looks fantastic. I might take you up on the offer for advise and parts info, looks like your an expert Here it is. Kind of rough, but I want to do right by it as possible. Not in a big hurry.
  12. Economical Wheel Rehab

    I have a little Hodaka that I'm going to work on bring back to life, It's a neat little bike, has lots of old school mods. Starting with the wheels. I'm looking for suggestion on bring back the finish to the wheel, spokes and hub as possible and how to address a few issues. Doesn't have to end up a perfect restoration, but I'm not in a big hurry and would like it nice when done. I would rate mechanical reliability over ascetics if I had to. I can put maybe $100 into each wheel. Starting with the front. Issues are there was duct tape inside as a tube protector and there is some sticky residual gunk. A few of the spoke are high out of the nipple, one or two look like incorrect nipples as they are small. And of course the finish is funky. The nut and bolt was to protect the seal and bearings while spraying it off. Appreciate any suggestions Front hub Small nipple and spokes extending High nipple and duct tape gunk Inside Hub
  13. San Diego to Joshua Tree

    I’m planning a ride to Joshua Tree this fall and I’m looking for what would be the best route. I’ve dug up a few post and looked on Google but looking for who has ridden what, how it was, anything to see along the way… that sort of thing. I’ll be riding my KLR so dirt roads are good in general, but nothing too technical or time consuming. I would figure leaving pretty early and lunching before entering the park at the Cottonwood entrance. I took my Toy Hauler and KLR up there last year and had a great time camping (at Jumbo Rocks), hiking and riding round. This time going to ride up and stay a day or two in Joshua Tree or near about. As I get the dates and details sorted out I’ll post for anyone that might be interested in joining. On the way there I’m avoiding freeways and looking for the road(s) a little less traveled, see few things along the way, some points of interest, good places to eat, an interesting small town? On the way home, while still avoiding freeways, I’m looking for something relatively simple and time effective. Best suggestions for the ride there, Best suggestions for the ride home? So starting out via the 79, from what I can tell there are 3 basic options, I guess each with some variation or options? 79 to 371 to 74 to Fred Warring Drive to 10 to 111 to 66th Ave to Box Canyon to Cotton Springs to the South Entrance 79 to 78 to S22 to N 86 (some hi-way) to 81st to Harrison to Pierce to 66th Ave to Box Canyon to Cotton Springs to the South Entrance 79 to 78 to S 86 to something like (Banister – Forester – Gentry – Getty – Edens – Brant - Sinclair) to 111 or Coachella Canal Rd or Gas Line Rd to 70th to Wheeler to Box Canyon to Cotton Springs to the South Entrance Thank You
  14. Bee invasion, need help

    Polinators are in a significat decline, but also are necessary for production assistance of three-quarters of our major food crops. I don't suggest distroying them. And polinators are not limited to only honey bees. What are Pollinators and Why Do We Need Them
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