Solo in the Valley of Death

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by hanksmybuddy, May 17, 2011.

  1. hanksmybuddy

    hanksmybuddy Been here awhile

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    Cot is a sweet set up. Kind of spendy but it sleeps like a dream regardless of the ground condition. I don't like to set up a tent unless I have to. Set this thing up and you're golden. Packs down to practically nothing. If I do set up the tent i just put it directly on the ground underneath the tent flooring. If it pours rain you don't really need a ground cover under the tent. Like I stated it's not cheap but if used enough well worth the price. Here's the link http://www.luxurylite.com/
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  2. cfernandez

    cfernandez Adventurer

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    Just curious what kind of super light weight "cot" are you using? I have never seen one with those steel rings as legs. Great report. Making me wish for a more offroad rig than what I have now. Cheers!
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  3. hanksmybuddy

    hanksmybuddy Been here awhile

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    Up early the next morning for some coffee. Plan was to ride into Furnace Creek for lunch with a little exploring along the way. After lunch in Furnace Creek on to Chloride Cliff area. Weather was great and no one around until Furnace Creek. Place was crawling with tourist buses and people in that friggin gift shop. Amazes me how people think they're seeing Death Valley from an air-conditioned bus while playing with their friggin knick knacks that they've overpaid for in the gift shop. What a scam that place is. Ate at the bar and blew that popsicle stand.

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    Ahhh Coffee with a view....

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    Got packed up and headed to Furnace Creek. Pics on the way in....

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    More to come.....
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  4. hanksmybuddy

    hanksmybuddy Been here awhile

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    cfernandez.....see post right before your post. Rings are made of reinforced plastic, not steel. Super light set up, easily packable.
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  5. cfernandez

    cfernandez Adventurer

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    Thanks! Saw a pic of your cot on 1st page and did not reply before reading the rest of your report. Just finished reading it all now:D

    Do you ever get cold on windy cold nights with the wind blowing underneath the cot?
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  6. hanksmybuddy

    hanksmybuddy Been here awhile

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    No....I use a Big Agnes bag with an insulated pad. Great system. The insulated pad is the key when sleeping on the cot in cold weather. If it's really warm out I don't even take the pad, just lay right on the cot. My bag is rated to 30 degrees so if it gets down in the teens I sleep with my long johns on and a skull cap. Also use a silk bag liner if I know the weather is going to be cold. I like the higher rated bag because it packs down a lot smaller than the low temp bags. You can't go wrong with the Big Agnes set up in my opinion.
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  7. Miguel Sanchez

    Miguel Sanchez VD #95

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    Great report and pic's - makes me want to go back so bad!! We did the same trip back in mid-March on my 650L, except staged out of Beatty and rode/camped off the bikes for 5 days in the park. Had 85 deg weather, great times, and the same hairy hippy chicks in the hot springs. With $4 gas now I might have to ride down on the GS next time.

    Thanks for sharing!!:clap
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  8. hanksmybuddy

    hanksmybuddy Been here awhile

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    After restocking in Furnace Creek and fighting the tourista's slabbed towards Beatty and took a jeep road up towards Chloride Cliffs. Had heard the view of the valley from up top were worth seeing and there were some old mines to poke around at. Jeep road in was lots of fun and they were right.....views were good.

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    Lots of open mines in the area

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    Dropped down off the cliffs and headed in the general direction where I thought I'd hit the highway north of Beatty. After about 15 miles of dead reckoning came out on the road about 10 miles from Beatty. Plan was to slab into Beatty, gas up and head back out to camp somewhere. Weather was so good considered going back up where I'd just come from to camp. Plans changed after visiting Beatty.

    Lunch break somewhere in Nevada...

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    Hit some slab and rode into Beatty. Visited one of the local watering holes and met some real characters. Great place and fun hanging out. Had planned on going back out to camp but after too many cold ones decided to get a room in town.

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  9. LostHighway

    LostHighway Been here awhile

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    I wanna hear more about that girl on the 250!:freaky
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  10. spanker

    spanker I don't get this florida thing...

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    Front-page advrider material, I really like your photography, excellent job.
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  11. pburke

    pburke Talks more than he rides

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    they take returns, no questions asked... :evil just don't do it too often or you get "the letter" from them, revoking return privliges.

    Aren't tents meant to withstand the abuse of a bike chain? I bet that's not excluded in the fine print.
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  12. hanksmybuddy

    hanksmybuddy Been here awhile

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    Not much to tell other than I talked with her a little it about her trip. Cute little thing who like I said had that 250 loaded....and I mean loaded. She said it was leaking oil pretty bad but running well. She was a little shy and stated she had been a little worried about camping some nights. I gave her a lot of credit for doing what she was out there doing solo. If I recall I think she was out of the Seattle area.

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  13. hanksmybuddy

    hanksmybuddy Been here awhile

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    I wouldn't of had the balls to take that tent back to REI. If was friggin shredded. Looked like it had been thru a meat grinder when I took it out of the bag. I think they would have laughed at me had I tried to return it.
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  14. hanksmybuddy

    hanksmybuddy Been here awhile

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    After spending the night in Beatty and drinking more beer loaded up the next morning headed to Rhyolite ghost town, Titus Canyon, Ubehebe Crater, Racetrack and Lippencott Road to eventually end up back in Saline Valley. Left Beatty pretty early and spent about an hour poking around in the old ghost town.

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    Left Rhyolite and headed into Titus Canyon. Great ride, perfect weather and only saw one jeep the whole route throught the canyon. A must road to ride if you're in the area.

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    Popped out of Titus Canyon and slabbed to Scotty's Castle. Had planned on taking one of the tours but had to wait over two hours for the next tour so opted out. Had been on a tour of the castle last year but wanted to do the underground tour this time. Loaded up on some water and headed to Ubehebe Crater for a quick stop and then on to the Racetrack.

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    Quick stop at the crater and then about 20 miles to TeaKettle Junction over some serious washboard roads. Hauled ass to stay on top and stopped at the Junction to give my ass a rest.

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    Some pics from the Racetrack. Was getting hot but walked out to an area call the grandstand. Friggin hot as hell out here today. Took some pics and got back to the bike to look for some shade and a break for lunch prior to headed down Lippencott Road.

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    More to come........................
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  15. bikyto

    bikyto Dans le doute...gaz!

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    Beautiful pix! I was there in March. I had a real good time.

    thanks for the link too. What chair is that by the way??:evil:D
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  16. hanksmybuddy

    hanksmybuddy Been here awhile

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    Is that rock up there giving the advrider salute?


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    Looks like you had a nose pickin, ass scratchin good time.
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    Joe Siphek FYYFF

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    Love this thread...easy to read, lots of great pictures. definately in to the end.
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  20. hanksmybuddy

    hanksmybuddy Been here awhile

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    Headed down Lippencott road towards Saline Valley. I would end up on a road I was on three days ago which would take me either back over South Pass or north to the hot springs. Ride down Lippencott is mucho fun. I stopped and screwed around quite a bit at some old mining areas. Not sure which route I was going to take once I got back down into Saline Valley. The hotsprings were tempting but the weather was moving in from the west and I had no tent. It looked like it could get nasty tonite and the weather report I got the night before while in Beatty was calling for rain and cold temps at elevation. Hell with it, I'll enjoy the riding and make a decision later.

    In the distance you can see Saline Valley with the road headed down.

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    Dropped down into the valley.

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    Arrived at the decision point. Left - back over South Pass or Right - hot springs with naked hippie chicks. I had seen on the map where there was an old hunter cabin up near South Pass. It would be cold but at least I'd have some shelter in the event of rain. I also might go to the hot springs and find some naked hippie chick that would take me in.... decisions, decisions. I turned left and headed for the pass in hopes that I would find the cabin empty. Back over the pass the weather was holding up and the riding good. Once I got back to the pass I turned left and according to the map had about 5 miles before a turn off to start looking for the cabin.

    Heading up towards south pass

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    Looking west towards the cut off at South Pass. Took this headed back to the east in search of the cabin. Temps were dropping as the storm front was moving in and was running into some mud on this road from heavy rains the week prior.

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    Found it......sweet, won't be wet tonite!

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    Settled in for the night......

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