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post #1 of 33 Old 08-24-2019, 07:45 AM Thread Starter
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For those who donít know me, I started my time here on this forum in High School while in WI, shortly after moved to NY, recently came down to AL and now in December Iíll be moving out to CA. By then Iíll be ripping up the road on my rebuilt f-model (Progress and updates continue here. Lost old pictures so Iíll upload everything I have when Iím done -https://www.zx6r.com/build-thread/11...6-rebuild.html)

If anyone is in the Barstow area and knows of any good roads, nearby tracks etc. let me know! Hopefully it wont be nearly as dreadful as the 90% AL humidity.
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You're in for the time of your life, weather wise. Barstow desert conditions are completely different than anything on the East side of the Mississippi. 100 will feel like 70 to you due to the lack of humidity. Dust will be a concern. Both sides of the Imperial valley are volcanic ridges.... much more vertical than almost anything on the East coast. Find a ridgeline, and run the road that tracks it. Almost always called 'Crestline' or something very similar. You're in good distance of many of the better tracks in CA, IMHO.

Day to night temp changes will take some getting used to. Desert air holds ZERO heat. Fall and winter temps of 60 day time, and below freezing night temps occur within an hour of sunset.
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You're in for the time of your life, weather wise. Barstow desert conditions are completely different than anything on the East side of the Mississippi. 100 will feel like 70 to you due to the lack of humidity. Dust will be a concern. Both sides of the Imperial valley are volcanic ridges.... much more vertical than almost anything on the East coast. Find a ridgeline, and run the road that tracks it. Almost always called 'Crestline' or something very similar. You're in good distance of many of the better tracks in CA, IMHO.

Day to night temp changes will take some getting used to. Desert air holds ZERO heat. Fall and winter temps of 60 day time, and below freezing night temps occur within an hour of sunset.
Winter is going to feel amazing, I’m all about that cool night time air and honestly I still miss the’ol WI “I cant feel my face” blistering winter wind.

And in terms of the roads, I’m really hoping I can get out and explore early and find some really great corners - AL is the most gridded out type of road layout I’ve seen and it’s torturing me.

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The air will be as dry as winter WI air, all year. Going from the West coast to Memphis TN for tech school.... Hopping off the plane at night in June or July, felt like I'd walked into a wall of soup.

Did I mention that you won't see anywhere near as many bugs? Flies, and cockroaches, yes..... Very little else.

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I passed thru Barstow today actually. And even tho theres no humidity, 100į will still feel hot as fuck. Lotta good mountain roads around there though.
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Barstow is one of the total shitholes of America and I have no idea why anyone would even want to go there ever for anything.....

But......... the "normal" humidity level is somewhere in that 3% area, but whenever it does decide to rain every street will flood and several of them will hold the water for a few days.......... Depending on where in Barstow you go, lots of areas the houses are below the streets so they have built up sand berms between the road and the houses and driving over them.......... well just make sure you go over the same area everyone else has or you will get stuck high centered


I sadly made 11 trips to Barstow in the course of about 13 months.....thankfully we finally got the gf's mom to move to MN and I will never have to go back

That said.......... it does cool down nicely once the sun goes down or is very close to down.........so in the summer months the only tolerable time for me was from about 8pm to about 8am
in the winter mid to upper 20's for 3-5 hours and would be in the 50's and even 60's by 1pm......... actually very tolerable until rain season would come in the spring

Watch out for Brown Recluse spider and black widow spiders.....they are everywhere!!! (see pics..........first one is 1 day after bitten, last one is 2 months after bitten!)

But I did manage on one trip to do a nice route up north and another day heading SW (see attachment) while road conditions were not ideal, they were not horrible and really were comparative to what I find in WI most every Sunday......
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My experience is that Barstow is a place people travel through - not stop.
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Where the Army sends you, they send you. That whole 'orders' thing....

Visiting CA for work for a few years is far from the end of the world, LOL. Day to day may not be ideal, the experience priceless. The riding in the mountains is something any rider should experience in their lifetime.

Desert, to ocean, to ski resorts, national parks, dens of iniquity, large metro areas close enough to visit without having to stay.......

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I’ll actually be at Ft. Irwin, but the only road out of there heads straight into Barstow lol. I hear the gas prices are insane out there.

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Iíll actually be at Ft. Irwin, but the only road out of there heads straight into Barstow lol. I hear the gas prices are insane out there.
Friends report $5+/gal for regular.....

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I’ll actually be at Ft. Irwin, but the only road out of there heads straight into Barstow lol. I hear the gas prices are insane out there.
Friends report $5+/gal for regular.....
Jesus Christ, maybe my next car is a Tesla

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Friends report $5+/gal for regular.....
Probably just a few gas stations right next to the freeway that have jacked their prices up for all the people passing through. Im sure there are other stations away from the freeway with much lower gas prices.
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But I did manage on one trip to do a nice route up north and another day heading SW (see attachment) while road conditions were not ideal, they were not horrible and really were comparative to what I find in WI most every Sunday......[/I]
Wait where in WI are you?

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Wait where in WI are you?
20 minutes from the border in Minnishithole, home of idiotic leftist moron politicians and 180,000 terrorists as a result of those same politicians and Odumbo/Clinton regimes......
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20 minutes from the border in Minnishithole, home of idiotic leftist moron politicians and 180,000 terrorists as a result of those same politicians and Odumbo/Clinton regimes......
Oh, I lived like 30min north of Milwaukee.

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