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post #1 of 36 Old 11-19-2009, 02:06 AM Thread Starter
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Joshua Tree Sunday 12/6

Fellow Some-What Local Strommers,

I have noticed there have been quite a few posts lately for interest in some So-Cal riding. I was not able to make that last Big Bear trip that some of you went on, so wanted to get something going again since I missed the boat.

Bee-Strom (I believe in Yucaipa) is up for a run through Joshua Tree on Sunday 12/6. The plan is to take Old Dale Road (dirt) as far as we feel comfortable. Neither one of us have a lot of dirt experience, so in other words, take it until there is a need to turn around and get back on pavement I guess.

I am not sure how long the ride through the park will be, but figured I might shoot over to Pionertown afterwards if time permits. I just wanted to throw out the invitation in case anyone else might be interested.

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joshua tree

thinking of camping at cottonwood campground on saturday, shoot me a message as time gets nearer and maybe you can pick up my group on the way through on sunday. Thnx.
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Where do you guys plan on starting from? I'm in Pasadena. The park entrance is about 145 miles from me. That's a trip in it self. But I have been wanting to do Joshua Tree.

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Joshu Tree 12/6 - South Entrance?

I believe the South Entrance would be how we would enter the park. Follow that to Old Dale Road (dirt) in a northernly direction, until we hit Gold Crown Road (more dirt). Looks like Gold Crown Road intersects Hwy 62, and from there it would be a paved ride to Pioneer Town and eventually home.

According to the park's site the south entrance is at Cottonwood Spring, which lies 25 miles east of Indio via Interstate 10.

I don't think this should be a difficult ride. I found a video of the route online. The narration is cheesy and they show one section that may be tricky. But I don't think it'll pose much of a problem. However, I will be putting my 15 tooth countershaft sprocket back on for this ride.

http://www.desertusa.com/video_pages/dale-rd_movie.html

You can find maps here:

http://www.nps.gov/jotr/planyourvisit/maps.htm

I guess the actual meeting place for the ride will probably be determined by who all is interested in going.

Any thoughts?
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looks like fun to bad you're going on a Sunday.

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Where do you guys plan on starting from? I'm in Pasadena. The park entrance is about 145 miles from me. That's a trip in it self. But I have been wanting to do Joshua Tree.
Yes, 145 miles is a long haul. It's about an hour for me to the entrance. I am good for about 4 hours on a stock Strom seat. Hoping to get though the park and the round trip before I start feeling the effects of the seat.


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I guess the actual meeting place for the ride will probably be determined by who all is interested in going.

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I was not sure where to meet. I think you are correct on the starting point though. I think it's called Cottonwood. Will look at a map as it gets closer.


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looks like fun to bad you're going on a Sunday.
Yes, Sundays are kind of tough for me during football season, but I have to get off the couch once in a while. Maybe a Saturday ride could get organized again down the road.

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be careful...

If the sand in P'town is anything like it was 25 years ago, it is DEEP and soft!

I lived in Y'Valley a loooong time ago...


I don't know how the roads are anymore, but I'd love to go the back way to Big Bear through one of the canyons like when I was a kid!


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If the sand in P'town is anything like it was 25 years ago, it is DEEP and soft!

I lived in Y'Valley a loooong time ago...


I don't know how the roads are anymore, but I'd love to go the back way to Big Bear through one of the canyons like when I was a kid!
Thanks for the warning!

I think the photo below might be what you are referring too, to get to Big Bear from Pioneertown. This is a photo of Burns canyon taken last month. There was a group ride out there, but I was alone coming in from the opposite direction of the group. I did not feel comfortable and headed back, but would like to go from Pioneertown to Fawnskin soon. I think it can be done.



I have done roads such as the one below off Old Woman Springs Road called Ghost in JV. It doesn't look like a lot of sand, but I definitely felt it on the Strom. Had to go fairly slow. Old Dale Road in Joshua Tree looks pretty similar, so hoping it is not much worse.

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would like to go from Pioneertown to Fawnskin soon. I think it can be done.
That's definitely something I'd like to do as well. The weather might dictate how soon that can be done though. Maybe early spring when there is more moisture in the dirt would help with the sand. On the other hand, melting snow has a way of forming ruts.

I took my wee-strom around Lake Silverwood last fall. There were some sandy sections on that trail. But I was surprised at how well the bike did. The stock Bridgestones were okay as long as you were upright. They didn't have any side bite like a good knobby does.

I put some Shinko 705s on last month. I'm hoping they'll help with that issue.
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Who's planning on going?

Just wanted to find out who is set on going for the ride through Joshua Tree this coming Sunday? That way we can decide a meeting time and place for the ride.

Thanks.
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