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Old 03-17-2013, 09:22 AM   #16
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WOW T! Once again another awesome ride! And once again, where was my invite??? I see you added "Valentine's Day" to the President's Day title to subtly say "couples only" but we all know what that really meant. No strange, needy, whiney riders welcome

That rocky uphill where you managed to crawl off the bike, turn it around, and ride it back down without falling gives credence to your skill set. I would have given up, fallen down, then just sat there waiting for Eric to come help me before all my gas drained out of my tank
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Old 03-17-2013, 11:11 AM   #17
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Wow! Sounds like you guys did it up right! We need to stage down in Panamint or something so we have ready access to fuel. That seems to be the limiting factor down there since the distances are so vast. I could spend the next lifetime exploring all the nooks and crannies down there and still not see it all.
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Yeah, we all have our bikes equipped with larger fuel tanks and did the 200+ mile loop on one load of fuel, though there wasn't a whole lot of wiggle room for exploring or wrong turns. Of course we were also carrying two days worth of food and water and liquor, camping gear, layers and camp clothes, and tools and spares. I think for our next DV outing we are going to setup a base camp somewhere in the park so we can run the bikes lighter and have fun doing day-loops to explore some of those nooks and crannies.
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Old 03-17-2013, 12:19 PM   #18
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WOW T! Once again another awesome ride! And once again, where was my invite??? I see you added "Valentine's Day" to the President's Day title to subtly say "couples only" but we all know what that really meant. No strange, needy, whiney riders welcome

That rocky uphill where you managed to crawl off the bike, turn it around, and ride it back down without falling gives credence to your skill set. I would have given up, fallen down, then just sat there waiting for Eric to come help me before all my gas drained out of my tank
Pfft...if I had any skills (and inseam) at all I would have planted a foot, lofted the front wheel, wheeled it around and continued on my way without ever having to get off in the first place! And waiting for Eric to return is a lost cause. You (and I) are on your own, baby! Good motivation to not put it on the floor in the first place


As far as your invite, um, gee...I dunno...it musta got lost in the mail, I'm guessing? Cuz, you know, I sent one...

(note to self: do not let DukeD see your next ride report or he's really gonna be mad!)




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Old 03-17-2013, 12:26 PM   #19
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Yeah, we all have our bikes equipped with larger fuel tanks and did the 200+ mile loop on one load of fuel, though there wasn't a whole lot of wiggle room for exploring or wrong turns. Of course we were also carrying two days worth of food and water and liquor, camping gear, layers and camp clothes, and tools and spares. I think for our next DV outing we are going to setup a base camp somewhere in the park so we can run the bikes lighter and have fun doing day-loops to explore some of those nooks and crannies.
Yeah, that's the way we usually do it (lots of ride reports here) but this was just a day trip. We will be doing that very thing in the future, I'm sure! We had a 200-mile range and managed to make the loop from gas in Big Pine (after 50 dirt miles from camp) back to Big Pine with no issues. We, too, wanted to make some side trips to the springs and such, but we knew we were pushing it with gas and daylight. It was basically just a pre-running trip, anyway, just to see what was what. I wanted to ride there for my upcoming birthday and wanted to make sure it was do-able for Super Tenere's and such



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Old 03-17-2013, 12:54 PM   #20
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We awoke with the sun the next morning and took a chilly walk around the "town." We wanted the temps to rise before heading east into Nevada. This rustic 1870's farm house is for rent ($300/nt for up to 6 people) and it has its own hot springs tub in back. Totally cool Victorian furnishings, too...








The original Benton Hot Springs Inn...



The jailhouse...


Looking through the window to the jail cell doors. I'm sure those lovely windows provided quite adequate ventilation in the heat of the high desert summer...



This used to be the church, but now a highway engineer lives there. Note the hot springs creek that runs in front...



High up on the hill behind the springs lies a fantastic graveyard...













Love the skull and crossbones...



Hmm...temps seem to be above freezing now. Time to suit up and head east!




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Old 03-17-2013, 02:47 PM   #21
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We pushed the bikes up the hill and out to the road, as we had done the day before. Nobody wants to hear a pair of barking Huskys at 7 in the morning, especially when on a relaxing holiday in one of the most peaceful places on the planet. More on this later. We headed east and rounded the northern tip of the White Mountains, giving us a great view of the highest mountain in Nevada...Boundary Peak, and Montgomery Peak which is in California...



Our destination on this day was...surprise!...another hot springs...



It was cold and windy and barren out there but the water was perfectly hot...



After a tasty lunch of 3-day old cold pizza we headed west into the White Mountains just to see how far we could go...





Not very far, as it turns out...



Look, Ma! No sidestand!



Knobbies would have made short work of that snow. My front was willing but my bald rear K73 was going no further...



We backtracked out, making a few side trips here and there just to see what was out there...



This camp will be splendid in warmer temps...









After goofing around in some old mining areas we made tracks for the valley floor, coming upon this lovely home...





Beautiful views out these tiny little windows...



An hour or so later we were back at camp, basking in the luxurious sunshine...


Spent the rest of the day soaking, drinking, eating and stargazing. Magnificent place for stargazing!

The next morning we soaked, loaded up, soaked again, and reluctantly said good-bye to one of my most favorite campsites ever. It wasn't a sad parting, however, because I knew we'd be back in a few weeks. Someone I know would be turning 50 and this was as good a place as any to celebrate the occasion

I stopped by the office on the way out to talk to Jimmy about arrangements, and to thank him for having such a wonderful place for us. He thanked us for walking the bikes out, said it was much appreciated. He (much like us) likes the place for the peace and quiet and solitude it affords, and he doesn't want to hear a bunch of noise in his home across the road. RV's are welcome but his take on generators ...and I quote verbatim...was "Turn `em on, do what you gotta do, then turn the damned things off, fer crissakes." We didn't run ours once the entire time we were there. I only mention this in case some of you are thinking about heading out there with your own bikes...and how could you not?? Be respectful, be quiet, and be cool to Jimmy, as he would have no problem whatsoever throwing anyone out on their ass should they make a nuisance of themselves. I like Jimmy

As always, thanks for coming along. Birthday ride report coming soon!




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Old 03-18-2013, 06:07 AM   #22
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Thanks for taking us along again,

Seems like this Benton Springs place is a good spot for home base for day trips to some great riding.
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Thanks for taking us along again,

Seems like this Benton Springs place is a good spot for home base for day trips to some great riding.

You got it right, Cabrito! It's a little too far from Death Valley for any serious exploring there, but for the other stuff it was great. We plan on going back again for sure, hopefully before it gets too hot to be enjoyable. We found some really good stuff not too far from the springs on the last trip out there. The CTUC (California Trail Users Coalition) maps were really helpful as they cover the whole area, not just BLM or USFS land. Great place for a plated and versatile bike




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Old 03-19-2013, 03:09 PM   #24
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Oh man... that looks so sweet.. love the old rental home.. the hot springs.. the rides..

and even the snow.. brrrrrr... your living well!!
Hey to the hubby and look forward to the future bday trip report.!!
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Oh man... that looks so sweet.. love the old rental home.. the hot springs.. the rides..

and even the snow.. brrrrrr... your living well!!
Hey to the hubby and look forward to the future bday trip report.!!
Thanks, budman! Life, indeed, is pretty good from where I sit
Ya know, there's lots of opportunity for the streety crowd out there, too. Ever take 120 east of 395 towards the Nevada state line? It's a giggly fun roller coaster on a bike with a decent-sized motor




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Old 03-23-2013, 10:59 AM   #26
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Zomg--the White Mountains--the petroglyphs--the hot springs--the old graveyard--
YEAH!

Thanks for the hot tip on Benton Crossing--I think that place would be great as a base for a weeklong exploration-and-birthday type celebration.
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Hey, another awesome ride report. You two are the best at finding hot springs for sure. Is there a "big book of Hot Springs" out there somewhere? If not...you should write one...seriously.
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Zomg--the White Mountains--the petroglyphs--the hot springs--the old graveyard--
YEAH!

Thanks for the hot tip on Benton Crossing--I think that place would be great as a base for a weeklong exploration-and-birthday type celebration.
That's what this trip was all about, Heidi. I ended up spending my 50th birthday there! Still gotta get to that report...and quick, too! I'm on my way home right now from 2 weeks of Utah awesomeness

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Hey, another awesome ride report. You two are the best at finding hot springs for sure. Is there a "big book of Hot Springs" out there somewhere? If not...you should write one...seriously.
Thanks, Eldrick! I'm telling you, springs (hot and cold) are shown on the Benchmark maps and we've got the ways and means to get out there and check them out! I'd love to get paid to do the research, though

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