1. CrashAdams

    CrashAdams Been here awhile

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    HI all -

    Wife and I are thinking of camping/riding in death valley over thankgiving week.

    We have bikes, dual sport and dirt, but questions are a plenty.

    What's the riding like - I race enduros, wife has an adventurous spirit but would prefer jeep trails to single track.

    What range do you need on bikes? Kind of like to get back.

    Where to camp, stage, etc.

    Is thanksgiving a flipping zoo?

    Thanks for your comments.

    Mike
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  2. Bo Pop Pop

    Bo Pop Pop Been here awhile

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    This Northwesterner joined a robust group of asylum members in that spectacular place last winter for the annual pilgimage called "Death Valley Daze." A very positive experience on 2-wheels, I intend to return (sooo many places, so little time). Be sure to check out the major tourist places, but 2-wheels allow you to duck into remote old mines and ghost towns with greater comfort & speed than a jeep without motion sickness. Whatever you do, take PLENTY of water and be prepared to stay overnight in case of breakdown or worse! Remember the adage - " it takes at least a day to walk out for every hour you ride."

    Type of riding?
    - Bumpy pavement to challenging ruts, rocks & sand. NO off road allowed but there are so many old wagon roads you won't care - can't ride 'em all if you stay for 2-weeks. Our group trailered there, spent a week, rode 1100+ miles and just scratched the surface.

    Range? - Take enough gas to get you at least 120 miles.

    Camp location? - Personal preference. I liked Furnace Creek as a base camp; lots of amenities but a long ride to some nice remote places.

    T-Giving activity?
    - No clue but you'll surely get info here.

    Spend a bit of time Googl-ing your way around the net, especially the NPS & weather sites. When you get to Furnace Creek, quiz the rangers at the info center and get a good guide book & map. For a flavor of the place, check out these links to some of these ride reports from DVD:
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=67967
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=67643

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=67467
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=68397
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=67785
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=67592
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=67447
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=67425
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=67480
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  3. Oly

    Oly Deadlines whooshing by

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    Your bikes will need to be liscensed and stay on approved roadways. Get a good map at Tom Harrison maps that show all the routes through the park. Furnace Creek is good for staging as they have food, fuel, heated pool, water and is centrally located. Thanksgiving will be crowded so get your reservations early but where you will be riding you will not see many folks so go for it. Do a search for Death Valley in this site and you will find several ride reports for more info and pictures. Have fun, it is a magical place indeed and a dual sport bike is the way to experience it.
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  4. levity

    levity nano-Adventurer

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    General: [size=-1]www.nps.gov/deva/[/size]

    A daily report of conditions:[size=-1] www.nps.gov/deva/Morning.pdf

    [/size]Winter weather is variable from still and beautiful (70s) to cold (low 30s at night) and windy (50 mph).
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  5. Zen Slug

    Zen Slug Spineless Adventurer

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    These are the rides that we did at the Adventure Rally last April. The "Cerro Gordo Experience" was a lot of fun!
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  6. CrashAdams

    CrashAdams Been here awhile

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    see -there she was doing all these pointless searches on google - kick her off the computer for 2 minutes on advrider - and look at all the scoop.


    Thanks much.

    Mike
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  7. Zen Slug

    Zen Slug Spineless Adventurer

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  8. pierce

    pierce Ex Tourer

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    I also highly recommend the Tom Harrison map.

    I scanned mine...
    http://hogranch.com/files/Bitmaps/DV-MediumB.jpg (2.3MB)

    as someone said, you gotta stay on the roads, and your vehicle must be street legal, i.e. dualsport only. distances are long, and there's no fuel anywhere except Stovepipe Wells (part time) and Furnace Creek (full time), and thats expensive. you can also get gas in Trona to the west of the park (expensive), Panamint Resort (REALLY expensive), and Beatty, NV (east of the park, cheapest gas within range).
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  9. Oly

    Oly Deadlines whooshing by

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    You can also get gas at Scottie's Castle but it closes at 5pm I believe.
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  10. Popey

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    Good advice so far. In terms of must sees, other than the stuff you run into on the slab, I would rate Cerro Gordo and the Racetrack as pretty close to the top, along with Titus Canyon. My 0.02c.
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  11. CrashAdams

    CrashAdams Been here awhile

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    Thanks again - nice job pierce - now if I can figure out how to print that bad boy.... ;)
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  12. pierce

    pierce Ex Tourer

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    buy the map, dangit. its printed on nice plasticized paper, high quality priting, etc etc. WELL wrotth the coupla $$
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  13. Oly

    Oly Deadlines whooshing by

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    Head up to Keane Wonder mine then hop up to Chloride Cliff, stop into Rhyolite then Beatty and ride back to camp via Titus Canyon.....there is one day for you. If you miss the hot springs in Saline Valley you will have missed something truly wonderful.

    Chloride Cliff DVDAZE '05
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  14. hava98

    hava98 behind the Orange Curtain

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    Nice!! Where is that in DV???:ear
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