I love the mountains and the desert, so with a week of vacation I headed up to Bishop CA. Smack dab between the Sierra Nevada Mountain and the Death Valley Desert, the Bishop/Mammoth area is heaven for mountain sports. I went up there solo but I have a few good friends that live there. This wasn't just a motorcycle trip, the plan was to ski a couple of days, do a bit of rock climbing and go on a solo ride through Death Valley and along the foothills of the Sierras. A day of sking at Mammoth Mountain to get my ski legs back. The next day I hooked up with my buddy Chris and we hiked up the Shelite couloir which you can see from Bishop. Six hours of hiking rewarded us with a big steep ski descent. Definitly an adrenaline rush! Day three the moto came out. A early morning ride through the Tungston hills, I met up with some climbing freindsand went rock climbing in the Owens river Gorge. That night I got packed for an overnight ride to Death Valley. This was the real reason I was here. Finally packed and ready I headed down the road. Taking dirt roads paralleling 395 down to Big Pine, with a couple of detours. Gased up with 5 gallons on the bike and an extra gallon on my back I headed over the White mountains to the Eureka Valley via Death Valley Road. Through the Eureka Valley past the dunes and up over Steel Pass. The road over Steel Pass into the Saline Valley. I'd been looking forward to spending a bit of time in the Saline Hot Springs, as long as naked people don't bother you it's a great place. I spent an hour in the hot springs and then carried on. Heading down the road I turned south on Saline Valley Road. A few miles later I headed up the lippincott Mine road. I met a couple of guys on big Beemer GSs who had just come down, they looked pretty tattered. picking up a 600+ pound motorcycle will do that to you. Any way I headed on up the road. It's a bit rocky but fun. Topping out passing the Race Track, a dry lake bed with interesting rocks that have left tracks in the mud from being blown across the mud. Turning right at Tea Kettle Junction I headed over Hunter mountain then down to Panament Springs for a geat dinner and gas. A short ride up into the Cosos and a desert campsite. More tomorrow.