The adage "Do as I say and not as I do" applies here. So I'm sure none of you ADV FF's will follow my travel advice and instead do plenty of exploring on your own. And of course, I chose to ride it solo through the western entrance into Death Valley by way of Goler Wash/ Mengal Pass. Why go into Death Valley on my own? Because I can ( I thought?), and because there was a rare, once in 100 year bloom occurring that would dry out and disappear within the week. My first broken rule was having bought a brand spanking new KTM 950. I've always recommended to others finding a well maintained and upgraded preowned, if you will, hopefully one with lots of nice upgrades. Mine was still near stock save for a set of side tank bars and dual sport tread. For the trip I packed fairly light... gallon and half water, some light food, extra layer of clothes, stock tool kit and 2 cans fix o flat. No spare tubes or tire irons on this trip ( like I said "DAISNAID"! Best time of year for this trip is in March after a lucky rain where the valley floor comes to bloom. Of course if you're heading up from L.A. you might as well pass through Trona Pinnacles and check out the backdrop for the first Planet of the Apes movie. Here's my trusty steed. Note the removed GO stickers from the side tanks. Not an easy job considering they're clear coated into the paint.