How does the ride navigation work?
This is a self-led GPS ride; all riding is on your own. You are responsible for your own riding. You will be given a GPS map file and instructions on how to use your Garmin GPS unit. People will hook up in small groups of less than 6 riders and tend to ride together. You are not encouraged to ride alone. You are responsible for your own riding and yourself. (see my ride Navigation Video)
Note from me, gpsKevin
My goal for this ride is simple: great riding. So you can count on great routes and places to ride.
But in addition: the ride is about discovering new places, meeting new friends, seeing new parts of Death Valley.
Q: What bike will I (gpsKevin) be taking on this ride?
A: I will ride my 2015 WR250R or my 2013 KTM690
Q: How much stuff can I load into the support truck?
A: Please only bring one small overnight bag with your street clothes. No Gas or Oil as the gear is stored inside my van.
Q: Would this be a good ride for new riders?
A: No, this ride is for intermediate and experienced riders only. The riding has easy route choices and tough route options. Each evening we will study the following day's choices. You will find lots of supportive people at the ride.
Q:What will the weather be like this time of year?
A: In January, the weather is often nice, could be a little cold in the morning and in the mountains. But sometimes there can be rain and snow. Some years the snow in the mountains is a problem. Snow can force us to change our routes. Come prepared with extra gear for cold and wet.
Q: Where can I park my truck for the weekend?
A: You can make arrangements with Panamint Springs resort to park and store your vehicle of $5 per day. See the attendant at the gas station.
Q; What do I do if I don't have a Garmin GPS?
A: Buy one, you need it, we will show you how to use it. You can get a great one for $100 bucks. ( See gpsKevin's gps recommendations)
Q: Is the riding really on my own?
A: Yes, but almost everyone hooks up and rides with a friend, or a new friend.
Q: What fuel range is required for this trip?
A: Day three you will need to carry enough gas for 150 miles.
Are you right for this ride?
When something goes wrong on a ride, would your riding friends say that you are more likely to need help or more likely to give help? You should be in the more likely to offer help camp. This ride is filled with riders that are more likely to give help, so most of the time the riders never need help. Additionally there is all the normal stuff, come prepared to maintain your bike, fix your bike on the trail, repair flat tires, deal with bad weather and rain and make a joke or two.