Ocotillo Wells - Nov 29th

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Ocotillo Wells - Nov 29th

Post  Guest on Sun Nov 30, 2008 5:35 pm

Mike (200EXC), Dave (300EXC) and I (XR650R) hit Ocotillo Wells yesterday for a little fun. The weather was perfect and the conditions were great. Because of the rain, there was so much traction it was almost like cheating! Very Happy

The only downside to the day were the crowds. Shocked Everyone with a toybox, rv or quad was out at Ocotillo this weekend. Or at least it seemed that way.

Shell Reef. Keep in mind this was at about 9am. When we rolled back through at about 2pm, there were 4 times as many people and 3 ambulances. Rolling Eyes

This is looking towards Poleline Road from a ledge near Sheel Reef:

Mike and Dave wondering where the hell all these people came from:


We started from the Ranger Station and rode out cross country (avoiding the big trails) to Shell Reef to check out the madness. From there we took small trails out to Arroyo Salado and rode that all the way out to Salton City for lunch at Travertine. The food was good but because it was so crowded it took forever.

After lunch we rode Pole Line Road down to near Gas Domes and then played in the tight trails to the east of the domes. We then rode cross-country back near Shell Reef where we played here. That's Dave and Mike on top:


Mike heading up:


Dave heading up and . . . topping out:




Then we took an awesome sand trail back to the Ranger Station.

Dave:


Mike:


And me:

What you can't see in this picture is that my right foot is waaaay off the peg as I had just "saved" a high side when I tried to gas it for the berm. 650 has a lotta power!! Very Happy

Great day of riding with no crashes and no mechanical issues (other than my lights refusing to turn on)!!! 54 miles, all dirt, all fun!!

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Re: Ocotillo Wells - Nov 29th

Post  Focker on Sun Nov 30, 2008 5:46 pm

Thanks for sharing such great photos and comments...That looks like a great place to ride.
What was the temp yesterday?
Are your buddies bikes plated?

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Post  Guest on Mon Dec 01, 2008 12:04 am

Focker wrote:Thanks for sharing such great photos and comments...That looks like a great place to ride.
What was the temp yesterday?
Are your buddies bikes plated?
Temp was about 75-80. A little warmer than I would have liked but still nice.

Nope, both KTM's are red sticker bikes. My XR is plated though!! rider

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Post  Focker on Mon Dec 01, 2008 1:48 am

Yeti wrote:Temp was about 75-80. A little warmer than I would have liked but still nice.

poor baby Up here in the NW we're riding our pigs in the 40's.

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Post  Guest on Mon Dec 01, 2008 10:08 pm

Focker wrote:
Yeti wrote:Temp was about 75-80. A little warmer than I would have liked but still nice.

poor baby Up here in the NW we're riding our pigs in the 40's.
Trying to make me jealous??!! I can't wait for it to get that cold in the desert.

I'm a sick F, I like cold weather riding for some reason.

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