After 40 days and nights of rain, I suspended work on the Ark and headed south for Death Valley. First was a 620-mile run down to Beatty, NV, so I lit out of Ashland before dawn, passing Mt. Shasta as the sun rose (behind rain clouds). Heading down 89 I passed through the remains of winter near Dead Horse Summit. Winter wasn't done with me though, as it started snowing soon thereafter, and it snowed all the way into Susanville, where I topped off the tank. I had all of my thermal clothing on, and the heated grips and vest were on high. Passing through Reno and Fallon, I swung south on 95, passing Walker Lake and the Hawthorne Army Weapons Depot, with 11,000 ft. Mt. Grant still with a healthy head of snow. Did I mention that it was cold? Soon I was blasting into a fierce head wind as I crossed Nevada. Cruising along at 75 mph, the OBC on my normally 50 mpg F800GS told me that I was getting only 29 mpg. :eek1 But by 6 pm I was turning into the parking lot of the Beatty Motel 6, which was to be my base of operations.