ALIVE in Death Valley

Discussion in 'Ride Reports' started by Mikie Robin Mcguire, Jan 31, 2016.



  1. Mikie Robin Mcguire

    Mikie Robin Mcguire Well-Known Member

    Name:
    mikie and robin
    Got word the crew is on the way back home from DV. what happens in DV stays in DV :) here's some of the photos that I got. Thank you Rossage for organizing the Epik adventure :) life is good.hope you liked Mcg Happy Breakfast meal plan "

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  2. bigringrider101

    bigringrider101 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Winnetka CA
    Name:
    Berni Avila
    Current Bike:
    Jones Space Frame Ti truss for
    Walking on the moon

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  3. rossage

    rossage MTB Addict

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
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  4. knucklebuster

    knucklebuster Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Mission Viejo (South Orange County)
    Name:
    Dave
    Current Bike:
    Canfield The One '12
    Awesome guys, and great pictures :thumbsup: Keep them coming please!
    Esp this one of the slot canyon, I just love those steep slot canyons, and that you can ride up them (i.e. not too sandy). Amazing to think of the years of work mother nature took to create them....:thumbsup:
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  5. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist MTB Addict

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Chameleon
    This is great, would have loved to have been out there!
     
  6. Varaxis

    Varaxis Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Perris
    Name:
    Dan Vu
    Current Bike:
    Yeti SB5c ('16 Yellow v1)
    Cool photoshop, making the background a painting. Also, is that Indiana Jones as if he were in a Star Wars film, holding a blaster instead of a whip? :Roflmao
     
  7. bigringrider101

    bigringrider101 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Winnetka CA
    Name:
    Berni Avila
    Current Bike:
    Jones Space Frame Ti truss for
    You got it. Chew @rossage is walking by Indiana Jones @DangerDirtyD side, trying to convince him that the Force is strong with him.
     
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  8. rossage

    rossage MTB Addict

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
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  9. rossage

    rossage MTB Addict

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
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  10. rossage

    rossage MTB Addict

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    After Berni stole my pic, the Shaman made sure he felt it
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  11. mike

    mike MTB Addict

    Name:
    Mike O
    TFPU the eye candy!
     
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  12. rossage

    rossage MTB Addict

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    Five men and a canine,
    made to the Valley line
    Nobody liked my driving music
    but Cash and Haggard
    suits me fine
    We met at Father Crowley
    the five men and their dog
    lucky there was a restroom
    to handle the breakfast logs
    We saw some sand
    and set up camp
    Texas Spring is nice
    Lucky was a bad neighbor
    he spent some lonely nights
    Mikies big breakfast filled the tanks
    Echo Canyon was our trip
    Fourteen miles up a 3% grade,
    turn around and let it rip
    On the road back to Texas
    my freehub died
    grinding and slipping with dust
    Next road trip
    an extra set of wheels
    can prevent another bust
    Titus Canyon was the next ride
    with me as a shuttle driver.
    five men and their dog in a Taco
    me a little wiser.
    A quick stop in Ryholite
    to drop our days riders
    I had to drive the Taco
    like a real 4 wheel driver
    A lonely desert hike at the bottom
    saved my solo day
    Soon enough I heard the spining freewheels
    the riders made it-Yay!
    Last day hikes
    saw wind blown rocks and colors on the walls
    if you don't like my poem
    you can kiss my *alls!
     
  13. DangerDirtyD

    DangerDirtyD MTB Addict

    Location:
    La Verne, CA
    Name:
    Dennis (AKA Dio)
    Current Bike:
    2013 Trek Slash 9 (26er)
    Please no! Not again! Me likes your poem! Me really like it this time!
     
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  14. doublewide

    doublewide MTB Addict

    Name:
    Mark
    Current Bike:
    Ride Life Ride Giant
    I have a feeling your b@alls are gonna get chapped.......
     
  15. Tom the Bomb

    Tom the Bomb MTB Addict

    Location:
    Alta Loma, Ca.
    Name:
    Thomas Cosgrove
    Current Bike:
    Niner rip 9
    Looks good guys, great poem Ross:)
     
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  16. DangerDirtyD

    DangerDirtyD MTB Addict

    Location:
    La Verne, CA
    Name:
    Dennis (AKA Dio)
    Current Bike:
    2013 Trek Slash 9 (26er)
    Ross is the Champion host to epic-afy any proposed bicycle ride. The man shows the lay of the land and even includes a few secrets along the way. Then he drives way out of his way, across state borders even, to ensure every Goldilocks has her long ride or short ride as she so desires. Then he is there waiting for our arrival to take us back to base camp where his OTB comrades ShadowMan, Otto the Hungary, B. Aztecatl, and BigAirED prepare food, bathe themselves, and rotate through the massage tent, which ultimately had to be burned.

    On top of all that, he sends me home thinking about riding Mt. Zion. This was a hell of a trip. Oh, and weatherman Rossage also provoked the rain gods to sprinkle some of nature's gold on us by which to enjoy the Artist's Palatte...in Death Valley of all places. Is there anything the Rossage Sausage cannot do...besides repair a broken freehub with an avocado and a safety pin? He got close though...
     
  17. rossage

    rossage MTB Addict

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    First off, I would like to thank the Academy,

    Thanks for the accolades. A good group makes it easier to be a great host.
    @DangerDirtyD brings life, spontaneity,and some raunchy-ass humor to the mix.
    The incident that he is referring to was that my free hub died after the first ride. On the last mile, just near our camsite.
    The boys pitched in and with a few pushes and a little running we were back at camp.
    Once I removed the cassette, I knew even if I could get the freehub off, it still may be unrepairable. Got out my trusty 10mm Allen wrench and....too small! The Specialized (Formula/Dimension /whatever) hub was an 11 or 12mm!!!! Curses, foiled again!
    Generous lubing and toying with the freehub did nothing...My last ditch option would be to ziptie my cogset to the spoke and hope they held up for a rough 30 mile ride in Death Valley.
    I decided against it. Titus Canyon is a one way 4wd road. We need to do a shuttle that takes close to 2 hours to complete. My solution was to be the shuttle driver-by driving my truck down the road first.
    I dropped some of the riders off in Ryholite,NV ghost town. @DangerDirtyD, @bigringrider101, and Big Air Ed did the full Monty across the desert.
    McG and Ottoman, who is recovering from health issues, rode with me to the top of the first climb, to save a few miles.
    I drove my 4wd Tacoma down the road without issues. Worked the drive train and never used the brakes except to stop and take pictures.
    It's was totally awesome! I had fun, they all had fun and the day was saved.
     
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  18. DangerDirtyD

    DangerDirtyD MTB Addict

    Location:
    La Verne, CA
    Name:
    Dennis (AKA Dio)
    Current Bike:
    2013 Trek Slash 9 (26er)
    Can someone PM me BigAirED's # so I can get his address to send him a CD of my photos? Also, PM me your contact info for If you want them as well. I haven't uploaded them from my camera yet, but I took 200 or so, 50 of which should be decent.
     
  19. MCB2K

    MCB2K Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Castle Rock, CO
    Name:
    Brian Kiggins
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Tallboy LTc
    "Rossage Sausage"

    That's an interesting, and possibly telling pet name?!?! :eek:o_O
     
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  20. bigringrider101

    bigringrider101 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Winnetka CA
    Name:
    Berni Avila
    Current Bike:
    Jones Space Frame Ti truss for
  21. DangerDirtyD

    DangerDirtyD MTB Addict

    Location:
    La Verne, CA
    Name:
    Dennis (AKA Dio)
    Current Bike:
    2013 Trek Slash 9 (26er)
  22. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/MTB Addict

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower
    Oh My!
     
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  23. Mikie Robin Mcguire

    Mikie Robin Mcguire Well-Known Member

    Name:
    mikie and robin
    Hi Wolfie, I will send you a PM on big air ed phone # and our info. Thank you!BTW Mcg owes you! He has your salt and pepper shackers .. sorry

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  24. DangerDirtyD

    DangerDirtyD MTB Addict

    Location:
    La Verne, CA
    Name:
    Dennis (AKA Dio)
    Current Bike:
    2013 Trek Slash 9 (26er)
    Can someone PM me Ottoman's # and/or address please? CDs are ready to mail to the Death Valley Crazies. Thanks.
     
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  25. Mikie Robin Mcguire

    Mikie Robin Mcguire Well-Known Member

    Name:
    mikie and robin
    Hi Wolfie, you can send ottoman 'S to us .we will be seeing him next weekend. . Thank you! I heard a lot of wild and crazy stories about the Wolfman :)
     
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  26. Mikie Robin Mcguire

    Mikie Robin Mcguire Well-Known Member

    Name:
    mikie and robin
    Thank you! Wolfie got the CD'S for Ottoman & us.. So very nice of you.. we will be seeing Ottoman on sunday so we will give his to him ..Thank you :) :)
     
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  27. Mikie Robin Mcguire

    Mikie Robin Mcguire Well-Known Member

    Name:
    mikie and robin
    Thank you! Wolfie aka Danger dirtyD We finally got a chance to watch the slide show CD you sent ..Wow Awesome photos. So enjoyed seeing DV amazing thank you! From Mcg & me

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  28. rossage

    rossage MTB Addict

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    I never even got a copy...Fail!
     
  29. doublewide

    doublewide MTB Addict

    Name:
    Mark
    Current Bike:
    Ride Life Ride Giant
    You probably smoked it.....
     
  30. bigringrider101

    bigringrider101 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Winnetka CA
    Name:
    Berni Avila
    Current Bike:
    Jones Space Frame Ti truss for
    You just have to like that kind of response.
     
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