The Breakfast Club: 2010 Spring Ride to Death Valley [Saturday]

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Crash!

Day 2 started well. I was making a cup of coffee when Carl and Dan walked over to the campsite. It was an excuse for an impromptu lesson in the art of chopsticks by Dan. Carl doesn’t quite get it. They left to go to breakfast and I made a second cup of coffee then got the campsite ready for my absence. Today we were going to head back up Wildrose to the charcoal kilns. I’d never been there.

The last mile or three of the road to the kilns in dirt. No-one had any problems other than losing a filling or two on the bone jarring washboard condition of the road. After taking a few pics and walking a short ways past the closed gate toward Mahogony flat (Carl left us in the dust) we headed back toward Furnace Creek to meet the Beatty contingent for lunch.

The washboard that was terrible going up hill wasn’t felt going down. Perhaps we took a different line. I certainly took it a lot faster. In any case we re-grouped at the end of the dirt section and headed down Wildrose when Dan hit what will now be called Bockmier Bend. His R100RS low sided then slid into the berm at the right side of the road. The berm did a number on his fairing. We picked up the bike and got it out of the way while Bob made sure no traffic ran over us and Carl picked up loose pieces, sticking them in his tail bag. The only repair necessary at road side was to rotate the front brake controls and tape off a hot wire that went to the now broken off the bike riding light.

The bike started and ran fine. We continued on to Furnace Creek, meeting Rich, Ginny, Rob, Paul, and Derek. Not a large turn-out this spring. Derek had already had lunch. The rest of us waited for a table and settled on two tables for four side-by-side.

After lunch it was back to Stovepipe Wells. I changed out of my riding gear and into something suitable for jumping in the pool. I rode my bike over to Dan and Carl’s room to have my tools for any needed R100RS repairs. The most needed item was cable ties. I now need to replenish my kit. The item of concern was a spark plug that was broken in two pieces, yet still supplied spark to the bike. More on that later.

Another dinner, earlier this evening, then back to the campground where I had a cup of tea before going to bed.

(1) Carl gets chopstick lessons

(1) Carl gets chopstick lessons

(1) Carl gets chopstick lessons
(1) Marc, drinking real coffee

(1) Marc, drinking real coffee

(1) Marc, drinking real coffee
(1) Carl and Marc

(1) Carl and Marc

(1) Carl and Marc
(1) Bug magnet

(1) Bug magnet

(1) Bug magnet
(2) Bob fills the hammer

(2) Bob fills the hammer

(2) Bob fills the hammer
(2) It will be a warm one

(2) It will be a warm one

(2) It will be a warm one
(3) Starting the adventure

(3) Starting the adventure

(3) Starting the adventure
(4) Up to the kilns

(4) Up to the kilns

(4) Up to the kilns
(5) Snow capped

(5) Snow capped

(5) Snow capped
(6) How many kilns?

(6) How many kilns?

(6) How many kilns?
(6) Carl

(6) Carl

(6) Carl
(6) Before the fall

(6) Before the fall

(6) Before the fall
(6) Used for 3 years

(6) Used for 3 years

(6) Used for 3 years
(6) Charcoal hauled 30 miles

(6) Charcoal hauled 30 miles

(6) Charcoal hauled 30 miles
(6) Marc

(6) Marc

(6) Marc
(6) Carl

(6) Carl

(6) Carl
(6) Bob, Dan, and Marc

(6) Bob, Dan, and Marc

(6) Bob, Dan, and Marc
(6) Marc in the snow

(6) Marc in the snow

(6) Marc in the snow
(6) Marc was here

(6) Marc was here

(6) Marc was here
(6) Shall we hike?

(6) Shall we hike?

(6) Shall we hike?
(6) The road to Mahogony Flat

(6) The road to Mahogony Flat

(6) The road to Mahogony Flat
(6) Carl's GS

(6) Carl’s GS

(6) Carl’s GS
(6) Again

(6) Again

(6) Again
(7) FJR

(7) FJR

(7) FJR
(8) After the fall

(8) After the fall

(8) After the fall
(8) Broken shoelace

(8) Broken shoelace

(8) Broken shoelace
(8) Mangled mess

(8) Mangled mess

(8) Mangled mess
(8) Will it run?

(8) Will it run?

(8) Will it run?
(9) Of course

(9) Of course

(9) Of course
(10) Repair time

(10) Repair time

(10) Repair time
(10) How about cable ties?

(10) How about cable ties?

(10) How about cable ties?
(10) Lots of cable ties

(10) Lots of cable ties

(10) Lots of cable ties
(10) Sewing practice

(10) Sewing practice

(10) Sewing practice
(10) Need more cable ties

(10) Need more cable ties

(10) Need more cable ties
(10) This might work

(10) This might work

(10) This might work
(10) More sewing

(10) More sewing

(10) More sewing
(10) Much better.

(10) Much better.

(10) Much better.
(10) Doesn't get any better

(10) Doesn’t get any better

(10) Doesn’t get any better
(10) Riders view

(10) Riders view

(10) Riders view

 

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