Short-cut My @$$, 05 Wr450
Posted September 12, 2006 - 11:45 AM
My buddies at this point thought I went to town.
Well, now 2:pm and aprx. 105deg and no shade. I came to a block wall . no way out. The location I stoped at had a decent drop, I could probly drag the bike down 20 foot or so. Now i'm thinking, drag the bike down and risk gettin hurt or walk the 900 foot mountain to get help. I have tools, water, full set of gear. Left my helmet, goggles, tool bag, and gloves with the bike. Layed her down, turned the fuel off and made the 1.5 hour climb to the top. T-Mobile Service was all bars(awesom) started making calls to the guys I rode w/ and no answer. After an hour of thinking my buddies are coming back for me, I realized I need to make some other calls. Finallay got connected to my sister 27-miles away and told her to give the phone to her husband LA COUNTY SHERIFF DETECTIVE. He also had a few buddies in camp from LASD. Good thing, they made a few calls to the local athorities. Needless to say, I was rescued by Helicopter 5-hours later, slightly de-hydrated, bitten by a huge red annt , but in good shape.
Why five hours you ask? Because they couldn't find me. I gave them some key points of position(landmarks) They were 20-miles off and four hours later they realized I was on the other side of the mountain.
The ride started about 12:noon and I made it back to camp aprx. 7:30pm. 4-bottles of water and 8-Corona's later. Happy to be back with family and friends. The desert really plays mind games on you.
NEVER, NEVER, NEVER GO OUT WITHOUT A GPS, CELL PHONE AND SOME 2-WAY RADIO COMMUNICATION. Could have saved my but after the first hour.
Back the next morning to recover the bike. She was still there and the ignition light was still on. Using motorcycle straps, we lowered the bike down aprx 20feet or so. She fired right up, That's my girl. Put my gear on and road it out. Speacial Thanks to: Frank, Brock, Robert, Ruben, Kern County Sheriff Helicopter Pilots and Officer Brandon from Cal City Police Dept. .
Can't wait for the next one.
If anybody knows Cal City, they thought I was at Gallalejo Mountain(only 3-miles from camp, i could have walked), and I was really at Government Mountain(aprx 25-miles from camp) I told them I'm only 2-3 miles from Ransberg. Ye think that could have done it.
Posted September 12, 2006 - 12:12 PM
we're all glad you made it back, and thanks for sharing the experience.
Posted September 13, 2006 - 06:15 AM
got down in A canyon, couldn't ride out, no cell phone. Two days to walk out, left the bikes there.
Posted September 13, 2006 - 06:30 AM
Posted September 13, 2006 - 09:08 AM
I have never approached Randsburg from the south because I have been warned that it is a bit of a challenge. I'd like to try it someday though.
It sounds as if you did all the right things. The only thing, if any, that I would have not done is to make my own trail in that situation. I've been lost out there before and i now carry a gps, but I stopped carrying a cell. I guess I'll start based on your story.
I find that there are lots of unmarked mines and unexpected dropoffs as you get closer to randsburg from the south. They scare the absolute hell out of me. So i stay away from that area and ride everything else.
Being 41 (soon 42), I too look for fun rides instead of the fast ones. but I plan to get a map and look up where you were so I know to avoid it.