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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by tedder, Jan 15, 2011.
Varese is northwest of Milano and happens to be home to MV Agusta and Ducati Corse.
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! 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.
Slot machines? We didn't stop by any houses of ill repute.
who let this guy in?
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.
Tamara with the camera
Nice caboose and rail car
Ken's DL1000 and caboose
Moon through bank building
Ruins and terrain
Railroad signaling gear
DL1000 on road in Rhyolite
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.
Tamara in the canyon entrance
Ken in Mosaic Canyon
Ted, climbing the canyon wall
Tamara in Mosaic Canyon
Marbling on the canyon wall
Ted and Ken
Ted, photographing a ledge
Ted, climbing canyon wall
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 !!!!
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>)
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.
Road and Artists Drive
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Alluvial plain, Death Valley, and mountains
DL1000 and Artists Palette
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.
Tamara and Ken pointing to sea level
Ken at Badwater
Ted and Tamara
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.
Finding the punctures
Finally found the punctures
Ted, repairing tire
Ken's DL1000, waiting patiently for Ted's DL650
Will this plug hold? (no)
While stopped for the tire repair, a curious coyote checked us out. It was close enough to easily take pictures.
one more after this.
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.
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.
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.
You can't go from Ft. Irwin to Trona by the crow. There is a mountain range and a military base in the way.
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?
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.
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.
What the hec? I'm 300 mi from DV, and never been there. Your pics are fantastic. Great report, thanks for sharing.