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Jun 26, 2010

Little Sahara Sand Dunes Dirt Biking

Some friends and I woke up early and headed out to Little Sahara Sand Dunes for a ride today. This was my first time riding at these dunes and the first time with a sand paddle tire. The paddle made hooking up in the deep sand pretty easy, but it is a very different feel that you have to get use to. I was hesitant to get too much speed for fear of digging the front end in. Surprisingly to me though, once I got the weight distribution and gearing figured out I was able to carve through the stuff pretty nicely. Unfortunately, a little ways into our ride I came around a turn and failed to see a pretty good drop off in the sand. My bike went nose down and my only option was to bail at the end. As you can see from some of the still pics and video the bike nearly toppled on top of me. It was a little bit of a scary experience and a hell of a lot of hurt. I was actually recording with my helmet cam when I went down. The vid includes some of the riding before the wreck and the actual wreck itself. It's not fun getting the wind knocked out of you, but getting it on video is a small compensation I suppose, although a bit embarrassing. The map shows the location of Little Sahara. Click on the "Directions" link for directions from your location, or click the icon to the right to navigate on your mobile.Fees are $18 per vehicle for a One-Night Camping Permit – two days and one night, expiring at dusk the second day. Annual Permit $120 and an Annual Permit for a second vehicle will be $65. Senior citizens receive a 50% percent discount on all Little Sahara fees.

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14 comments:

  1. that is one of the coolest videos I've ever seen! I'm glad you are okay...I knew you were once I heard you cussing properly! Nice documentation in the face of adversity.

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  2. Man watching that over and over again - you took the initial fall on your wrists. No wonder it is swollen like it is. Sorry I was laughing at how fast and far you flew once you got your wind back. (not nice I know)

    Regardless of the trip that was a little shorter than planned - glad you came with me and look forward to getting out some more when you are feeling better.

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  3. You scared the heck out of mom at first then she walked away but Mike said that we have to watch the whole thing to make sure you're ok. Mom felt better after watching the whole thing. That was a nasty spill, glad you are ok :)

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  4. Thanks Laura, I'm getting too use to the feeling of having the wind knocked out of me.:(
    Jeff, I was glad to be able to laugh about it! I wish I could have been more responsive at first. I might go get an x-ray of my wrist tomorrow, I think it's fine, but the wife is worried. I either need to learn to ride better or wreck better LOL!
    Dan, I'm glad mom watched the whole thing. I went through a lot to get that footage LOL! Classic stuff man. The first one has some slow motion footage at the end that's pretty cool too. You can see the bike tumbling in the sand right behind me...broke my damn flag and bent my fender!lol.

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  5. Wow what a great video, It looked really scary though! Hope the wrist is ok?!

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  6. Great video! Riding on Sahara Sands is my dream from childhood. I was driving my bike at the age of 12 and I went crazy telling to my father, lets go and ride on Sahara desert. I repeat this about 100 times and he hit me, haha after that I forgot about my dream until now.

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  7. That is a great video. Reminds of my younger ears of riding the dunes.

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  8. Going in this afternoon for an MRI. I guess the doc saw enough from the x-ray to want a closer look at my back.

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  9. 3 cracked vertebre, 6 weeks to heal. Damn.

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  10. man o man - 3 cracks SUCKS! Welcome to the injured reserved bench! At least you can say you did it riding - I have to tell everyone that I don't know how to use a table saw and cut the digit off...!

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  11. Yea..I guess that's one bright side,lol. I still feel like an idiot. Hopefully we'll both be back in the game at full strength pretty soon!;) The funny thing is that I feel really good..it mostly just hurts at night. It's hard to convince myself I need to take it easy, but it has to be done.

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  12. Really nice video. I think I would go for the same thing one day :P

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  13. wow.. what a blast from the past. Grew up riding in the high desert of Ca..Never did much dune riding.. closest place was Pismo Beach.. Stuck with trail and track riding for the most part, but this looks fun!

    Mercen S

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  14. I loved mm BMW F650, but I had to grow up.

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