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PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2016 12:06 am 
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This is the actual top of Mengel Pass, it was clogged with jeeps so I kept moving. The ascent and descent are rock gardens that are pretty challenging. I cased the bike a few times and had some moments of panic that were easily resolved with judicious and prudent amounts of throttle, clutch and brake. NOT!

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Within a mile or two came Butte Valley named after this beautiful Striped Butte.

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The 20-mile road up this valley and then back down to Death Valley proper took over an hour and was even rockier than I thought possible. Here's an abandoned talc mine.

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This pano shot was the end of that road as it joins the valley floor, it was about 3pm.

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This road looks pretty boring right?

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Well it wasn't! This is the West Valley road. It parallels the tourist route on the other side of death valley. It's perfectly graded, has long sweeping turns and no traffic. It's 42 miles long, speed average was 60mph. Check out the altitude on my GPS! Extremely fun!
At the end of it is the Devil's Golfcourse, funky mud/alkali formations.

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Once onto the West side road I realized how great a day I had just experienced, alone! The tourist traffic was horrendous just getting to Furnace Creek. I got out to Beatty as fast as I could.

Tomorrow back to Tonopah through Titus Canyon, Ubehebe Crater and Piper Wilderness, Cheers!


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2016 4:30 am 
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That

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2016 9:33 pm 
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What an amazing ride!


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2016 12:52 am 
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I love it,keep 'em coming.Still snowing here.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2016 1:46 am 
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Thanks for the support guys, this has been an Epic ride.

Here's the third day:

I left Beatty at 8:00 and it was already 34 degrees, good sign. 10 miles out I turned off into Titus Canyon. I've been here before but had to do it again. It's absolutely beautiful. The snappies you see here really don't do it justice, try to imagine yourself being there on a crisp cold morning by yourself on a motorcycle with nothing but your own thoughts to steer you.

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Still heading west but now in shadows and lower elevation.

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More water!

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Looking back

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Very young Bighorn jumped in front of me and climbed up here to check me out. His parents were behind me. Uh....awkward!

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2016 2:18 am 
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The opening of Titus Canyon. From here I went north to Ubehebe Crater.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2016 2:43 am 
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A Steam Volcano. Magma boiled the surface water and created this huge crater. Only 2,000 years ago! It's half a mile across and 500 ft.deep. If you zoom in you can see people in the bottom.

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From there I went north to Crankshaft Junction at the northern boundary of DV.

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From here I wound my way through a bunch of unused back roads and found some old mines.

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An old corral made of discarded mining pipe.

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My last stop was Gold Point, another early mining town. But this one still has residents! I came into town and everyone seemed to scatter, kinda weird! I looked around and found myself pretty interested so I stuck around and took some snappies. The "general store" was where I parked and I think there were people inside, not sure. Definitely Twilight Zone! Cool place though, with lot's of old mining equipment and, for some reason, fire engines, lots of 'em.

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Is this for me?

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I zoomed back to Tonopah from there, then drove like hell for five hours to get here, a hotel in Susanville. Big winter storm coming.

Hexagenia's pretty good.

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Here's the GPS story. Every time I stopped to take pix or shed layers or anything else, I kept the bike/gps running. I still don't have a lot of faith in E-start only bikes even though I have a jumper. The best part about this trip was the time I spent off-road/pavement. I would say 80% mileage, but 95% time. Yay!

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I'll do a wrap up when I get home, Cheers!


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2016 10:00 am 
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Thanks for posting, I really enjoy fallowing the trip!


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