Solo SLC to Death Valley, CA

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  1. stiernan

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    IMG_9607~photo.JPG IMG_9612~photo-full.jpg For my last trip of the year I took a week off of work to head to Death Valley, CA. I've only been there once when I was a kid and we for sure didn't stop. Even if you've been to a place twenty times, it will never look the same when you're seeing it from a motorcycle. My route went from SLC to Tonopah, NV. From there I went to Beatty, NV through Titus Canyon and into Lone Pine, CA. From Lone Pine I went back into Death Valley to Trona. Trona to Ridgecrest and on to Edwards AFB. From Edwards (West Gate) I went back to DV via Bishop, CA. Bishop to Furnace Creek and on to Longstreet, NV and Creech AFB (I attempted to enter Mercury, NV which is a no-no, Area 51). Then Las Vegas and finally home. I was solo but managed to take a few pictures I'll share.

    Definitely put Death Valley on your ride list. Fantastic place.
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  2. stiernan

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    This is the old Tonopah air field. Only few hangers left standing and only one you can actually get access to. IMG_9617~photo.JPG IMG_9622~photo.JPG IMG_9624~photo.JPG
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    After Utah, the Mojave is my next favourite place. ❤️ More please.
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    Burros are everywhere and they will chew on anything hanging off your bike. I was taking a few photos and this guy was going through my stuff. When you see cars in the middle of nowhere, they are usually the victim of a flashflood. Be very aware when it starts raining. IMG_9810~photo.JPG IMG_9817~photo-full.jpg IMG_9821~photo.JPG
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    Visited the Trona Pinnacles (Charleton Heston, Planet of the Apes location site). They were actually filming another movies there. "Captain's Call", a low budget sci-fi thriller (we'll see). Nice people. If you have to stay in Ridgecrest, CA it's a really good idea to take the bike inside. If you don't, it won't be outside in the morning. IMG_9866~photo.JPG IMG_9842~photo.JPG IMG_9858~photo.JPG
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    IMG_9838~photo-full.jpg Two of the four basic food groups
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    Stopped by Edwards AFB and Mojave Spaceport (Virgin Galactic). In the background you can see the commercial aircraft storage area. You can get super close without access to the airfield. Very cool. The B52 display is at the east gate for EAFB and you can get as close as you want. If you're adventurous, you can access the cockpit by climbing up in through the front landing gear (I didn't). IMG_9869~photo.JPG IMG_9872~photo.JPG IMG_9887~photo.JPG IMG_9888~photo.JPG
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    I camped one night outside of Stovepipe Wells. Bring a small camping chair. Never reqretted it! There is water at some of the campsites, but drinking it or using it to cook is highly discouraged, even after boiling. Evening was cool. Zero light pollution. I was lucky enough to watch an evening air show. Fighter jets all over the place. Apparently an F-18 Super Hornet crashed that same evening somewhere over the park. The pilot was able to eject. IMG_9894~photo.JPG IMG_9899~photo.JPG IMG_9906~photo.JPG IMG_9908~photo.JPG
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    Lots of critters. There are ALOT of taurantulas this year. Gas up before you get into the park. Gassing-up in Furnace Creek is ridiculous. IMG_9690~photo.JPG IMG_9919~photo.JPG IMG_9923~photo.JPG IMG_9954~photo.JPG IMG_9964~photo.JPG
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    Back to SLC via I-15. Stopped by Lake Mead (via Moapa, Valley of Fire). The last photo is from the hot springs in Meadow, UT. It's just a few miles off the interstate. Heavy mud there if it has been raining at all.
    Throughout the trip I used the Zoleo for tracking and text communication. Extremely easy system to use and the initial setup doesn't break the bank. The Sena 50 bluetooth was awesome and is hands-down better than trying to keep a pair of earbuds in place under your helmet. Total of 5 days on the road. Listened to three novels and had no idea what was going on at the office. IMG_9806~photo.JPG IMG_9956~photo.JPG IMG_9977~photo.JPG IMG_9991~photo.JPG
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    Great photos. Where are all those buses/cars sticking out of the ground?
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    Nice report. Thanks
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    The International Car Forest in Goldfield, NV
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    No kidding about Ridgecrest. We stayed at the Motel 6 and the zombies were out all night.
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    Right!! I did a loop around the town and there was no "good" place. The guy next door to me was selling dope all night and made zero effort to hide it. Two doors up was brothel. I used my sleeping pad and bag. Pretty messed up place! However, excellent desert riding.
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    “excellent desert riding.”

    Oh yeah. Amazing.
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    Sadly the easy access points of the Desert are populated by Tweakers more than the rest of Country. Compounded when the weather turns less brutal than Normal making for great riding. Great report thanks.
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