The On-Going Adventures of
Death Valley Adventure
A pretty large group of inmates from the Adventure Rider forum were planning to meet in Death Valley for a few days of riding, so I made plans to ride down, hitting Vegas on the way, and join in the fun and adventure - and it did turn into one hell of an adventure!
I hadn't actually met any of them in person before joining them in Death Valley, but as is usually the case with motorcyclists, they were just a great bunch of guys, and I left Death Valley with many new friends.
Here's a little taste of what we're planning to ride
March 9-10 - Camas to Vegas
Most of the riders were from California or Nevada, so most
were showing up on Thursday, March 12 or Friday, March 13 for the weekend. I
left a little earlier than most, leaving on Monday, March 9 for an intermediate
stop in Vegas on the way to DV.
Getting everything strapped to the bike in the garage
Firing up the bike
Saddled and ready to leave my garage in Camas, WA for Las Vegas
The wife opens the garage door, and I head out on the driveway to this
My original hope was to ride through the Cascades in Oregon,
into Nevada from the north and perhaps find some dirt roads on the way south
to LV. Well Mother Nature screwed up that plan!
March 13 - Las Vegas to Death Valley
Thursday I'm packing my bike again for the ride to DV, this time in my Mom's garage.
Note the new knobby tires on the bike!
The plan was to meet Paul and his buddy
(Jeff I think, but I may have the name screwed up) at Las Vegas BMW, so get over
there at about 9am, and shortly afterwards a cab shows up with Paul and Jeff.
While Las Vegas BMW gets their paperwork together for their rentals, they start
packing up and Paul gets the GPS that he brought along with him working on his
We take a short break just past Tecopa, and Paul and Jeff admire my pretty red GS.
Here's some pics from along the way.
Dante's View provides a great look at
If you ever visit Death Valley, try not to miss this!
From Dante's View, we headed north
towards Furnace Creek, on the floor of Death Valley, where we ate lunch. Then
Paul and Jeff checked into their lodgings, and I continued on to Panamint Springs
on the western edge of Death Valley.
Here's my bike parked in front of my room at Panamint Springs.