Christmas in Death Valley

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by tedder, Jan 15, 2011.

  1. BillyD

    BillyD Been here awhile

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    Varese is northwest of Milano and happens to be home to MV Agusta and Ducati Corse.
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  2. DreadPirateKermit

    DreadPirateKermit Ribit.

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    The ice was a little off putting. Being older and used to getting up at the butt-crack-of-dawn, I was usually up before T&T and made the pilgrimage to the gas station / store / slot machines for coffee. I've had worse coffee, and this place is open 24 hours a day; I've eaten there at 2 am during an Iron Butt rally! :evil The flip side to the ice was that there were beautiful blue skies, and in general it was a nice day. We did bundle up before heading to Stovepipe Wells for breakfast, and I remember running the electrics. OK, that was most of the trip! The food in Stovepipe Wells is entirely respectable, but do be aware they are closed between meals - like 10am to 12 or something like that.
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  3. tedder

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    Slot machines? We didn't stop by any houses of ill repute.
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  4. tedder

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    who let this guy in?

    Rhyolite

    We headed out of town, stopping at <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhyolite,_Nevada">Rhyolite</a>. It's so close to Beatty that the bike engines had hardly warmed up. Rhyolite reminded Ted of how cool <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garnet,_Montana">Garnet, Montana</a> is- Garnet has mostly-furnished buildings and abandoned items, where Rhyolite just has the structures remaining.

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    Nice caboose and rail car

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    Ken's DL1000 and caboose

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    Railroad station

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    Moon through bank building

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    Ruins and terrain

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    Railroad station

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    DL1000 on road in Rhyolite

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    Old bank
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  5. tedder

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    Mosaic Canyon

    Our next stop was <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Places_of_interest_in_the_Death_Valley_area#Mosaic_Canyon">Mosaic Canyon</a>. We weren't equipped for a long hike, but we went a ways into the canyon. Slot canyons are so cool! Ted spent a substantial part of the time climbing the steep canyon walls for some reason.

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    Narrow!

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    Tamara in the canyon entrance

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    Ken in Mosaic Canyon

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    Ted, climbing the canyon wall

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    Tamara in Mosaic Canyon

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    Marbling on the canyon wall

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    Ted and Ken

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    Ted, photographing a ledge

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    Ted, climbing canyon wall
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  6. mundobravo

    mundobravo Long timer

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    Here's my 2 cents on this, on the rare times we have to ride " 2 up" with one of our riding buddies , GET OVER IT and set like you would want your to girlfriend to set. Get close , hang on to them , not leaning back holding on to some hand rail. As my buddy once said to me when I found myself in just such a spot, " grab some fat , hang on". Great RR and video !!!!
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  7. tedder

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    Zabriskie Point

    We rode over to <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zabriskie_Point">Zabriskie Point</a>, which is sort of a small version of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Badlands_National_Park">South Dakota's Badlands</a>. (<a href="http://perljam.net/wander2008/day04/">see Ted's pictures in the Badlands</a>)

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    Zabriskie Point
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  8. tedder

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    Artists Drive

    Much of Death Valley was closed because of recent rain and flood damage. We were able to ride <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Places_of_interest_in_the_Death_Valley_area#Artist.27s_Drive_and_Palette">Artists Drive</a>, though. There are a lot of mineral colors in a very short distance. The road is one-way, which made it feel like a go-kart track.

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    Road and Artists Drive

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    Colorful terrain

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    Terrain

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    Alluvial plain, Death Valley, and mountains

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    DL1000 and Artists Palette

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    Artists Drive

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    Badwater

    Obviously, we had to stop at <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Badwater_Basin">Badwater</a>, one of the lowest places in the world. There isn't much to see or do, but it is weird to think about being below sea level.

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    Tamara and Ken pointing to sea level

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  10. tedder

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    Puncture repair

    No adventure is complete without a few things going wrong. The second event of the trip involved repairing Ted's well-worn rear tire. There were two holes next to each other, and each hole needed two plugs. A few other plugs were lost in the process, but four plugs finally held.

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    Finding the punctures

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    Finally found the punctures

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    Ted, repairing tire

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    Ken's DL1000, waiting patiently for Ted's DL650

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    Will this plug hold? (no)
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  11. tedder

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    Coyote

    While stopped for the tire repair, a curious coyote checked us out. It was close enough to easily take pictures.

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    one more after this.
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  12. DreadPirateKermit

    DreadPirateKermit Ribit.

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    It was amazing how completely unafraid of us the coyote was. I've run across them in the wild before, and generally they look at you and skirt off the other direction. This one got very close, and kept circling around to look at us. He finally wandered off, but kept stopping and looking back at us.

    While Tamara and I took pictures, Ted was struggling with tire plugs. I'm really surprised that tire made it home, because it had more plugs that Donald Trumps head. :lol3
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  13. Ron from BC

    Ron from BC Long timer

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    I'm making lots of notes on your report. Last year I transited DV from Lone Pine thru the main highway, Furnace Creek and on to Pahrump.

    This year I plan on coming from the east. My counterclockwise loop will bring me north thru Mojave and I 'had' planned on going up north thru DV and onto Beatty but now I think went I come out of Mojave I'll go northwest to Trona and to trace your route.

    Unfortunately, it appears I have to take a bigger loop around Fort Irwin as the map says No Travel. When I zoom in tight on Street n Trips there are roads in there which would have made it a shorter more direct route to Trona but I guess it's a no go?

    I plan on going thru that area in the first week in June so I hope after staying at Beatty I can go west and make it thru Tioga Pass. Last year it wasn't open when I came down from the north in late May.
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  14. tedder

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    and, finally, the end of the ride report:

    The trip to LA

    After fixing the flat tire, we rode back to LA by way of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoshone,_California">Shoshone</a> (home of $4.39 gas, most expensive of the whole trip) and Baker. In Baker we stopped for dinner at <a href="http://www.roadtripamerica.com/eats/madgreek.htm">The Mad Greek</a>. Either we were hungry, or the food was damn good. Considering how long the Mad Greek has been a Baker institution, it could very well be the latter. Being the only Greek food on a well-traveled corridor is also a brilliant business/marketing move.
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  15. tedder

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    You can't go from Ft. Irwin to Trona by the crow. There is a mountain range and a military base in the way.
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  16. TeamReader

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    Nice ride, the coyotes are "tame" because people feed them from their cars. I have had one follow me for over a mile looking for a Dorito or something.

    I liked the GPS window of the Contour videos, how do you like camera otherwise, seems to have a good picture. Is the lens still plastic or did they upgrade to glass to reduce scratching?
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  17. tedder

    tedder irregular

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    I think it's plastic. I had it out but didn't even notice. The GPS feature of the Contour is cool, but it doesn't persist when the video is edited in a good editor. I'm most excited about the bluetooth connection that is coming soon.
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  18. TeamReader

    TeamReader Lee

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    To bad the GPS info doesnt stay with the video. Have you tried iMovie on a Mac, I think it has metadata that can store location info.

    FYI be careful cleaning the lens, if it is still plastic I have hear of them getting swirls from even one cleaning with a cloth, not sure how to clean them without risking damage, I would think lens fluid and lens tissues.
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  19. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    What the hec?:becca I'm 300 mi from DV, and never been there. Your pics are fantastic:clap. Great report, thanks for sharing.
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