season comes to an end...
boys and girls, it looks like another season is on it's way out.
There's still a handful of hard-cores who pack it up and head out
for that one last hot and sweaty ride of the season, but for the
majority of us the bikes, quads and buggies have all been cleaned
and put away for the season. That is if you don't go trail riding
or head down to your local MX track.
worry about the DDH. We're not going anywhere. There's a slew
of things still planned for this year. Lake Elsinore MX track
trips, a possible trip to Pismo Beach for riding and surfing,
and the always fun backyard battles on the fitties.
just bought GordonsWell.com and
are planning on setting it up similar to what you see here on
the DDH. Pictures, stories, directions and information will all
be found on the new site. Take a look and if you have any good
ideas for content or some history of the place throw us an email,
we're all ears.
if you know of an event you would like to share with others,
let me know. I don't mind posting any events on Desert Dog's
be sad that the season is over, just think of it as a little
vacation from the fun. The desert will be waiting...
was a blast. If it wasn't for the heat, I would probably
move to Phoenix. Good MX crowd, cool people, nice scenery.
by guest editor Jason Brady
Rob, Amy, Sam rolled out a little early in the Expo with
enough time to hit the sand drags and pick a spot to
camp. We were at the
usual spot near the 2nd bridge close to Pattons Valley.
I came out with the rest of the crew around 11pm that night,
Shannon and I in the F-3, Dave R. in the MH, OJ in the Bronco,
Nicky in the Chevy, Jeff in another Chevy, and Crazy Dave,
Lance and Kyle in their rig. Along with a whole plethora of
dogs AJ, ZERO, LEXUS, SEQUOIYA. Unloaded, settled in, watched
up his new canopy for about 2 hours ($15 canopy) then went
Awoke to the sound of a rattling canopy coming from OJ side
of camp, a small 5 mile an hour gust of wind tore down OJs well built
canopy, I look over to Crazy Daves side of camp and there
he is in the shade sippn on and Bud ICE already ICEMAN! Finished
setting things up prepped bikes for a ride. After everyone had awaken,
they had decided to cook breakfast, so knowing this was going to
be a long process, I promised Uncle Dave I would replace his clutch
on his 250R, so pulled it in the old Classic trailer and started
to work. The job took a little longer than expected due to excessive
rust on the bike, however mid way through the process OJ and Nick
decide to go out for a ride by themselves. About this time Kyle
has gotten pretty good at jumping the golf cart, and as we were
all watching him he gets a little out of control and crashes full
speed into a telephone pole, Ouch!!! Small cut on his elbow and
some dried up tears and he is ok. Just as I am finishing Uncle Daves
bike I see Nick pull up without OJ and he explains that OJ had broken
his wrist pretty bad and he needed the Dodge to go get him, couldnt
even ride back, so we go pretty deep in the dunes with the Dodge
and pick him up. There was crowd of people around him helping him,
thanks whoever you are! Get him back to camp, throw him some pills
and send he and nick to the hospital. After all this had just enough
time to make it on one good dune ride before dark, I take my quad
and everyone else is on 2 wheelers, Find a sweet jump Sam goes the
biggest. Wind was kicking up a little. That night rode out to Pattons
valley, I on the enduro and others in the truck, and various
OH also Rob, Brindy, Jake, Via show up.
a couple Vicodin won't take care of
off the day with a ride to the store on the xr50 killing Rob, to
get breakfast with most people in the group, eat for a few head
back. Rob and I start messing around on Daves new Golf cart power
by 8 high voltage batteries. I some how get it stuck down in the
dry canal, as Lance is assisting us to pull it out on the 2Hundas
we get stuck again half way up the other side. So we throw both the
2Hundas and the golf cart in reverse and begin to back down the hill
but the weight and torque of the Golf cart is too much and the golf
cart pulls the 2Hundas over on top of Lance crushing his back, nearly
hitting the cart with his head. Hes screaming in agony that
his back is broken! So I run over to camp and we get the Dodge again,
by the time we get back he feels a little better and I am relieved
that it is probably nothing to serious, just a sprain or something.
Take him back to the camp give him some pills and he will sleep it
off. We head out on a good dune ride with the boys Rob Sam, Dave
Me Shannon, Nick, Jeff. Get back as the sun is setting, start cooking
dinner. Say good-bye to Rob, Amy, Sam, and Nick heads back to the
Hospital to pick up OJ. While cooking dinner we see this beat up
looking Bronco pulling a blue banshee, Oh Ya it is Najja,!!! He
drove out by himself, with his own stuff. That night kicked it
with OJ checking out his new pins inserted in his arm. Looks like
a little too much chrome on the bike for him and not enough money
spent on the suspension and grips! Ha! Jakes sister shows up as
we party late into the night.
Tuesday "New Years Eve!"
Bang Bang Bang!!! On the trailer door
it is ICEMAN ready to
ride to the store for a cold pitcher of beer and some breakfast. So
we all get up and head down, Najja sleeps in and misses the store
run. A few hours at the store and we head back to camp for a little
dune ride, another good ride and roll back to camp to say goodbye
to Najja and hello to Scott. Who comes out for a visit with no bikes,
(too many injuries). Heather and her cousin also arrive at the camp
with yet another dog, MADDY. So we get the group together and head
out to Pattons Valley, for some racing up the hill, with Scott
driving the Dodge. Some Good Fun, Im blowing Banshees away,
on the ol CR250. I seem to be untouchable, so I let Shannon
ride my bike and I try the hill on Lances bike, I wasnt quite
as fast, due to the differences in ergonomics, but still fast enough
to beat Shan-Dog up the hill. Too much fun, head back to camp to wake
up OJ in the trailer and say good-bye to Scott. Lance Dave and I head
back out with ICEMAN and Rob #2 as spotters for some jumping, good
fun lots of tabletops and small gaps to clear. Had so much fun I ran
my bike out of gas, so rob ran back for me to get my gas can and top
me off. Whew!! back to camp just before dark and start cooking some
jumbo shrimp. Shannon is the master of the shrimp, a big favorite!
Set up the camp fire and the get ready to ring in the New Year. Just
before mid-night we set up our new years show, which consisted of
many packages of bottle rockets and 5 gallons of gas and a few old
x-mas trees. Party late into the night ringing in the New Year
Wednesday "New Years Day!"
The last full day of the trip. Sloww to wake up, too much champagne!
Dont even feel like riding, soar, and sick! I think everyone
else felt the same way. Cook a large breakfast as Rob #2, Brindy,
heather and her cousin load up to leave. Nick is getting ready for
one last ride and so after eating a late breakfast we head out for
another ride. Dunes are fresh after the wind blew a little over night,
perfect for carving up a few freshys. Get back to camp help
Jeff and Nick load theirs bikes and say good-bye. Cook a little dinner
and get ready to head out to the hill, then everyone decides to just
relax at camp. Say good-bye to Jake, Vai, and Jakes sister.
More fun by the fire with Ozzie blastin from the motor home.
Camp is thinning out
The last day, I wake up early to rush OJ off to the hospital for
his last check up with the Yuma doctor before heading home. Start
loading up process and get ready to head out. Out of the few remaining
die-hards Dave, Shannon, Me, Lance, Kyle, ICEMAN, nobody feels
like riding at all. Too tired and soar and almost out of gas. Load
up, air up the tires, load up all of OJs stuff, since he
with his new pins in his arm. As we pull the vehicles around to
the canal road OJ shows up. Nobody gets stuck except OJ, as he
up his trailer. So we start to dig, and after a few attempts of
trying to dig him out we just hook up the Bronco, trailer and
all to the
F-3 with my 30ft Classic, and I give him a yank! He is out
we are off, around 1:00pm, after a long trip we are on our way
to El CENTRO for one thing and only one thing: 2 tacs 9-9 !!!!!!!!!!!
Rob, Amy, Nicole and I take off Friday morning. I'm towing my quad
and Amy's quad. Rob and Amy rented a motorhome/mini-van so they
carried out my fitty along with Rob's fitty. Jason, Dave and the
rest of the crew were already out there, they left Thursday night.
We got out to Gordons Well around 12:30. The ol' 4 hundo was running
pretty crappy when it was time to go for a dune ride so Nicole and
I decided to stay back and tear apart the carb. After I pulled it
apart and put it back together Nicole and I went for a ride. It
started raining while we were out in the dunes, that was pretty
on that night we went to the Test hill and partied it up. On the
way back from the hill Jake and Rob got hooked up near camp. Lance
had to pull Amy's bike off Rob and we found Jake about 12 feet from
his bike laying on his back. After some poking and prodding we saw
he broke his collar bone. We loaded him up in the Dodge and Dave
took him to the Yuma hospital. Later on we found out that he had
broke his collar bone, cracked four ribs and punctured his lung.
After a "5 hour" breakfast break for Jason and Shannon
we finally get ready for a dune ride. Dave finally makes it back
from the hospital. He ended up staying there all night. Once he
got back like the trooper that he is, got suited up for the dune
ride with the rest of us. We were about 10 minutes into the dune
ride as we crested the top of a dune when everyone stopped for a
break. So Jason, Sam and I went to go find a dune jump.
time rode the fittys around camp with Lance and Nicole riding behind
us with a quad and the Enduro to light our way. We went to the hill
again and Jason and Shannon challenged Nicole and I for a doubles
race up Test hill. Jason and Shannon beat us up it three times.
Looks like time for me to throw a 440 kit in the ol' 4 Hundo.
Wake up for one last dune ride. During our ride we found a couple
fun jumps and on the way back we did some dune riding. Got back
to camp pack up my shit, said my good-byes and was on my way home.
Another fun filled weekend. Hope Jake makes it home O.K.