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 Post subject: Riding my Met from LA to Death Valley (pix on page 3,4)
PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2012 12:23 am 
Hi everyone.
It's that time again, to get away from the busy city.
I set my eyes on Death Valley National Park. It's a great time to visit it (not too hot, only around 85 F right now).

I am think about leaving on Thursday night, after work around 7 pm, and getting across San Gabriel Mountains via Angeles Crest Hwy.

Then I plan to ride for a few hours and set a campsite in the desert around 11 pm.
Then I get up around 7 and should have remaining 8 hours of riding left. So I should arrive by around 4 pm on Friday. I will explore the park, camp there again, and set out on the way back in the evening on Saturday. Camp in the desert again, and make it back to LA on Sunday evening.

Any thoughts? My met has 9500 miles on it now. Everything is original other than changed spark plug at 5K and an air filter. It runs great.

Anyone wants to join? I am slow though, it wont go any faster than 38 on flat road, and gets down to 12 mph on steep inclines.

Here is the pic of what road to Death Valley looks like. Took this last year when I drove my car there in June. It was around 105 and pretty miserable during the day, not to mention I didn't want to off road in my Honda Fit while the Met will take me anywhere.
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 Post subject: Re: I am thinking abour riding my Met from LA to Death Valley
PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2012 1:49 am 
Good luck with this ride, take a lot of pictures :popcorn: :banger:

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 Post subject: Re: I am thinking abour riding my Met from LA to Death Valley
PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2012 4:44 am 
Have you ever rode in the desert? It feels hotter as you ride. Makes the ambient temp fell like a convection oven.

Well that's how it was in phoenix during the summer.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2012 4:55 am 
Good Luck with your travels. Take some MSR fuel bottles with ya!


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 Post subject: Re: I am thinking abour riding my Met from LA to Death Valley
PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2012 11:35 pm 
Thanks! What's MSR?

Yeah, I've ridden in the desert before. I hope it would be tolerable this time. The forecast says it'd be around 84F.

Geez, I don't know if it's smart to go so far in such a little time. I might scale down the trip or wait until I have 4 days off. But I might just go. Will see.
Hope my belt would make it if I go. It's a lot of climbing and I thought I smelled some burnt rubber before.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 12:00 am 
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be smart bring all the tools and extra parts (belts n stuff) goodluck if i had a 50 i'd go aha

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 Post subject: Re: Re: I am thinking abour riding my Met from LA to Death Valle
PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 2:29 am 
inoplanetyanin wrote:
Thanks! What's MSR?

Yeah, I've ridden in the desert before. I hope it would be tolerable this time. The forecast says it'd be around 84F.

Geez, I don't know if it's smart to go so far in such a little time. I might scale down the trip or wait until I have 4 days off. But I might just go. Will see.
Hope my belt would make it if I go. It's a lot of climbing and I thought I smelled some burnt rubber before.

:banger:

Yeah i would def wait till you had four days off, if that is an option. Lets you have extra time if somthing happens.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 2:31 am 
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 Post subject: Re: I am thinking abour riding my Met from LA to Death Valley
PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2012 10:53 am 
I am leaving now! Called in sick at work. Yohoooooooooooooooooo
Nice weather there. :)

I am taking an extra belt and few ranches/sockets.

Wish me luck! But even if it breaks, I want to have an adventure! :) Hey what are those red cans for?

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2012 11:02 am 
Take pictures! :banger:

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2012 11:14 am 
Contact me if anything happens near or around Palmdale, I'd be glad to help :highfive:

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 Post subject: Re: I am thinking abour riding my Met from LA to Death Valley
PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2012 11:22 am 
inoplanetyanin wrote:
I am leaving now! Called in sick at work. Yohoooooooooooooooooo
Nice weather there. :)

I am taking an extra belt and few ranches/sockets.

Wish me luck! But even if it breaks, I want to have an adventure! :) Hey what are those red cans for?


I wish I could've joined you. I'd be interested in the future if you go off again on a long rides again.

may the WAN-force be with you. :WAN:

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2012 12:14 pm 
I've ridden 7-8 hrs SOLO Deep in the Desert!!!
Biggest problem is distance between gas station!
I suggest a GPS & reading (Online) about how to deal with the elements!
If ya don't... you Might die.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2012 12:33 pm 
The red cans are for gas.
Good luck brutha'!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2012 12:58 pm 
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The red cans are for gas.
Good luck brutha'!
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NA... Think the biggest Red Can is 40oz. Need to bring a Gallon for sure!

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