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Old 10-04-2014, 08:29 PM   #1
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Yosemite to Death Valley Epic Adventure Loop (Now with tracks!)


Hey everyone its my 9th day on the road and man has it been adventure after adventure. I really post pix right now but my facebook and instagram has tons of pix on em. You can find me under Merlin Valencia on facebook or HadesOmega on Instagram. You'll need an instagram account to view the movies. Here's a brief ride report for each day:

Day 1 - Travel to Yosemite. I took a route that took me past Carnegie and Modesto. On the way there was a high school parade or something and I saw Sheriffs on KLR650s directing traffic. I headed to Buck Meadows to register and they weren't setup when I got there so I tried to look for the free campground that I researched. After a while I found it ,it was at the bottom of a valley 5 miles of dirt road. Nice campground by a river but it was in a flash flood area I'll get back to that later. So my intention was to go back to buck meadows but I didn't feel like riding that 5 miles so I setup camp and explored the area. There's another campground near the bridge out there was a fun ride getting there but when I got back it started raining so I tried to cover my luggage as best i could to keep them from getting soaked. Then I just slept in the tent. Turns out it only rained for an hour.

Sheriffs Riding KLR650s!


Lake Don Pedro Reservoir errr theres suppose to be H2O here according to my GPS



Just about to head into Stanislaus Forest



View from Lumsden Road heading to Lumsden Campground


Lumsden Bridge


River next to Lumsden Campground. Very remote campground
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Old 10-04-2014, 09:03 PM   #2
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Day 2 - Registration and Family Offroad Adventures ride.

Got there super early and not many people were there. I rode up the road and it wasn't too wet or muddy just cold. Found out there was a shooting range at the entrance of the dirt road. Oh yeah the Campground was called Lumsden.
This is where I was camping. It was actually right behind Buck Meadows and it was hit hard during the Rim Fire last year. Lots of burned trees but the campground were still open and FREE.

So we have the meeting and time to hit the tracks. I rode at a pretty slow pace it was fun riding with many other people. The trails were really fun there was silt in a couple places which was interesting to keep the bike up. Oh yeah I left my camping gear at the camp so the DR was light. It was a great ride but pretty dusty. We had lunch in Mariposa. It was great and we pretty much headed back the same way. I intended to go to Hetch Hetchy Reservoir so I wanted to haulback. Hit the roads fast this time going 40 on the straights but I slow down on the turns becuz its 2 way traffic. I make it back to Buck Meadows ,I had a little trouble with the silt but it was great.


I road to Hetch Hetchy and got in for free because it was a free day. Rode down to O Shaunessy dam and took a bunch of pix and it started raining and raining HARD.

I made in time for the BBQ but itbwas pouring everyone was huddled in the tents. The food was great hard to to enjoy iy with the rain. Despite the rain they still had the raffle and I won a Husqvarna Cap and lanyard. I dont even know how becuz I dont remember putting the ticket for it, i mustve put it in the wrong cup. So after it was late, wet, and cold. It did stop raining but very wet everywhere. I wasn't feelin the commute back to the camp but I rode on. The DR now soaked I headed back and it wasnt too bad. I had offroad lights was an adventure riding there in the dark. I saw what I think was a fox on the road at some point.. I made it back but it was a miserable cold and wet night. I rained hard and keeping me awake and remember I was in a flash flood area. The river was like 10 feet down but it was dark and I was scarred that it would flood and Id have to haul outta there. Thankfully it was ok and no problem I found out the next day. The bike totally soaked again I didnt realize it but I coulda parked it under the roof where the bathrooms where. Oops. Just want to add this was a great nice clean campground. It had a table, fire ring, nice bear locker, and vault toilets.

Lunch Time at Mariposa
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Rider Break
http://instagram.com/p/tdWgbRwOmO/

View from Forest Road 1N10, the Lumsden Campground commuting road.
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Just rode down this hill and crossed the Merced River
http://instagram.com/p/tdXBx5wOnG/

Lunch


Itsa bike partay a DIRTY one!


It was clean this morning...

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Old 10-04-2014, 10:07 PM   #3
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Day 3- Awesome Yosemite Forest Roads, Yosemite Valley, and Tamrack Flats

So it was a horrible night. The sound of rain drops and rushing river kept me awake for much of the night for fear of drowning in my sleep. When I woke up the DR all soaked but no flooding. Packed my gear up and climbed out of the canyon one last time. The road was much different than before. There was mud and rock slides. There were large rocks that weren't there before. I arrive late but stow my gear at the lodge thankfully they had a place for it. The days ride was excellent. Not much dust and awesome traction you could really romp on it. Very nice views. There was one section that had a rock crossing. They were huge rocks and I could not believe I rode over them without too much problem. First time doing that. Lunch was at Coulterville park. Then we rode back and complete a loop was a lot of fun.


I broke one of my offroad light mounts. Procycle sells these mounting brackets that are very flimsy and can't hold up to the vibration the DR650 makes. This is the second bracket I've broken, the other side I fabricated a beefier version and it's working no problem, saving my bacon on these night rides.

I made it back to Buck Meadows and it suddenly starts raining, like really raining. So I wait it out and take a shower there. Then head out to Yosemite valley in full sniffle gear. First I head to the campground. It was really high altitude like 6000ft. It was wet and cold. The campground was on Tioga pass called Tamarack Flats. Nice ride for a bit then the road gets really goatie and there were two giant mud puddles. Well I ride through it too fast and my feet get soaked. I find the campground and wasn't looking forward to sleeping there because I know it'll be freezing. My plan was to make it to Glacier Point but it was really cloudy so I didn't go. On the way there I bump into Anders and Petra the first time when I was taking a photo. I wound up taking a buncha pic in the valley instead of Glacier point. My phone lens has gotten all scratched up from the water and dust so the pictures turn out foggy looking. I have dinner at curry village and then to dry my feet using one of the heaters in the bathroom. I make it back to the campground and tried not to cross the mud puddles too fast this time. The campground is hard to navigate at night but i find one and its really cold that night couldn't wait to head to the desert. Tamarack flats is a strange campground, it not very level and there are a lot of lumps, no easy to ride or drive on.


Riders riding Yosemite Dual Sport event
http://instagram.com/p/tfwyheQOuI/

Out in the Stanislaus Forest doin some rally riding


We're definately not in the bay area anymore


Hittin the trails


DR650 @ O' Shaunessy Dam


Hetch Hetchy Reservoir


Backside of Hetch Hetchy Reservoir
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Hetch Hetchy Reservoir
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A waterfall and El Capitan
http://instagram.com/p/tgnDh7wOpg/

El Capitan people climb this!


Pix from Sentinel Meadows


I thought this was Half Dome but its another rock


Dinner at Curry Village


The first time I ran into Anders and Petra was on Big Oak Flat Road on the way down to Yosemite Valley. I was chatting with them and they've been to places like Mongolia, India, China, Himalayas, and more. I may see them in Death Valley, they say they are going to Baja and ferry to Mexico then head to Argentina.

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Whew well I made it back tonight, somewhat disappointed in the amount of opened fire roads but I'm happy with the trip. Anyway I have cleaned up the ride report since I am at a proper computer. The instagram pictures I have posted but the movies you will need an instagram account to play them.
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Day 4 - Tioga Pass, Aurora Canyon, Bodie Ghost Town, Big Pine


The last night I setup the camp in the freezing darkness. In the morning its still freezing there is ice on top of my bike. It is a little hard to start but thankfully it starts, the battery is kind of weak on the DR and running all these accessories makes it worse. The campground had lots of very large trees and some hard rock rolling terrain, it makes finding the campsites at night interesting.

I climb out of the campground and make sure I cross the puddles as slow as possible. At the entrance there is road work going on so I have to wait like 5 minutes and I wait for a "pilot" truck to come escort me to the other side. I was in front you know what that means, I can ride it at the pace I want. I've only ever ridden to White Wolf campground on Tioga pass. The road glitters on Tioga pass and you climb non-stop but its a fun twisty climb.


When I get to a good picture spot I bump into Anders and Petra a second time and have a good chat with them. They're quite amazing they're Swedish but lived in England and sold all their stuff and hit the road on two F800GSs. They said they had been all over the place like: China, Mongolia, Alaska, India, Himalayas, and more. Haha I asked if they got to ride on the Great Wall of China, because for some reason that's one of my dreams to ride a motorcycle on the Great Wall of China. Haha they said that they didn't get to ride on it but they walked on it and touched it, good enough for me. I took some pictures of them and they took a picture of me and we parted ways. We were both headed through Death Valley so I thought we would bump into each other again but I never did and DV is a huge place.



The rest of Tioga pass was epic, I can't believe I was missing out on so much by not completing it. There was Olmsted Point, I was bummed by missing Glacier Point but Olmsted point was great, another great view of Yosemite. There is Tenaya Lake, the lake was so clear you can see through the water, but it looked really cold. So many beautiful views.



Then there is Tuolumne Meadows, a beautiful meadow area. Now this is where I screwed myself. I left my bike on with the headlights on and the heated grips on. It couldn't have been for more than 5 or 10 minutes but it was enough to get it to not start. Good thing I was in a place with a lot of people unfortunately it was a meadow and it was pretty flat area. I put the bike on the shoulder and try to start it. Over and over no dice I can't get enough speed and I'm running out of shoulder, so I try to turn the bike around and I dump it! I'm like oh shiet now I have to push start it and it flooded and I can't pick the bike up because it's got so much crap on it. Luckily a dude with a trailer comes and helps me pick it up and he gave me one push and still no dice. Then he just takes off, aww c'mon dude its not that tough with 2 people. I push it up to a dude with a mini cooper and ask if he can help me get started and after he takes my picture (yeah I'm famous now haha) we turn the bike around and we get it started without too much problem. whew dem heated grips eat up a lotta power but it was freezing. Something wrong with the grip relay also it stay on when the bike is off, something was grounded somewhere.




Anyway the rest of Tioga Pass was awesome as well, I hit elevations up to about 10,000 ft and there was snow on the sides of the road. Thankfully not on the road. It was great, it was like I was riding through christmas! Eventually I get to Inyo Forest and that 10k ft elevation and then a huge drop, it like just goes down and down and down and I make it to Lee Vining and the little gas station at the Tioga Pass Junction. There is a scenic point near there so I stop and take some pictures and gas up and get some food at the station. There is a deli called "Whoa Nealie Deli", must be famous because it has a smashed penny machine so I smash one. (yes I'm a souvenir coin collector, when I was at Yosemite Valley I smashed a bunch of them). I had a sandwich there, it was alright. Then I run in to a couple that I rode with during the Yosemite dual sport event, they were riding a XR650 and a XR250. We chat for a while, I'm also airing out my feet because they still feel wet and this is the first sunshine I have seen in the last couple days.

Movie before the big descent in Inyo Forest
http://instagram.com/p/tieSqvwOss/




I head out and take some picture of Mono Lake. That is a HUGE lake, bigger than Crater Lake, not as pretty though.

Movie of Mono Lake
http://instagram.com/p/tiez4WQOti/

I was almost going to skip it, because I'm running a little behind schedule but I head to Bodie Ghost Town. I hit 395 North for about half hour and head to Aurora Canyon Road. Bwahaha man this road is a hoot. I had programmed it into my GPS because the Butler Maps said this a good dual sport road and followed the tracks but if I didn't have the tracks I would have that "where the hell am I" look on my face, but I still kinda did have one. Basically its a loop that goes to Bodie Ghost Town, then you can take the Bodie Ghost Town Road back to the 395. So this is the LONG DIRTY way there. You can even take a road that goes to Nevada also. The dirt road is great, some big rocks and mud puddles here and there. It goes up for a while too because I run in to snow on the sides of the road again. I'm riding and riding and I'm like what the hell where am I haha? I'm also getting that lonely feeling. The one where your riding all by yourself in the middle of nowhere and if something happens your ass is grass. I'm lookin at maps and I'm getting worried I'm still sorta far and its taking forever. I'm getting worried because of the rain left some mud puddle and the snow. I don't want to have to turn around because of a huge mud puddle. But after much climbing through the hills up to 9k ft, WHEW what a sigh of relief I turn the corner and there it is Bodie Ghost Town! I snap a picture and roll on down.

View looking up at Aurora Canyon Road from Bodie Ghost Town


Bodie Ghost Town is THE BEST ghost town I have seen in this WHOLE trip. I highly recommend it. If you don't wanna do a whole lotta off roading just take the easy route. But I was amazed at how good a shape the town was. It literally looks like people just picked up and took off. They have toilets, drinking water, and a gift shop. Great place to visit. Coincedentally I bumped into the couple with the XRs again as well, I was telling them about it and they had been wanting to go before but the 650 broke a chain and they had to fix it. There was some other adventure class bikes and another XR650 there, they didn't take the ADVENTURE route like me.

360 movie of Bodie Ghost Town
http://instagram.com/p/tjGm2CQOnV/

So bye bye Bodie Ghost Town, I finish the loop. The first mile or so is dirt easy dirt. Nice views though. Then its some nice highspeed twisties till it spits you out on 395. Alright its time to head to Death Valley. I stop at Lee Vining to get gas and he down the 395. Lots of desert and some forest and bike rock views along the way. Eventually I make it to Bishop and its pretty late, the sun has come down I'm definitely not going to make it to DV. I go to the KMart because one of micro SD cards is acting up and I wanna get another one. Well don't EVER buy PNY SD cards specifically a 32gb Class 4 PNY micro SD card, this one has given me nothing but trouble and I paid 30 bux for it, what a rip off. I buy one of the Little Ceasars hot n ready pizzas thinking I can finish it since I'm pretty hungry. Turns out I couldn't finish it so I wind up getting smaller box and take it with me on the road. Figure I will eat it for lunch when the sun warms it up at DV


I head to Big Pine to look for a campground. I was worried I wouldn't be able to find one. I wanted something as close to DV as possible so I can hit the ground runnin and catch up to my timeline. Well what do you know there is a private campground right at the intersection where you turn to go to Death Valley Road. Oh man Death Valley road that will be the next post. Anyway the campground was nice I setup camp. Unfortunately the campground is right next to the freeway so you hear cars zooming sometimes. Lucky me I'm a heavy sleeper. Looks like everything is drying up well. Next morning DEATH VALLEY here I come!


Owens Valley Movie
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Day 5- Death Valley Road, Ubehebe Crater, Racetrack, Scotty's Castle, Stovepipe Wells


I wake up and pack up and head to the gas station. This was going to be the toughest leg fuel wise. I calculated it and I should make it without running out to Stovepipe wells. I have a about a 200 mile range until I hit reserve. Then I have the reserve and my 1 liter Primus bottle, it was gonna be close. I topped off the tank and head for Death Valley Road.


Death Valley Road was paved for quite some time. Then it becomes an unpaved road, then it turns into a long stretch of desert road. The beginning part is very scenic the last part was long, boring, and terrifying for me. I don't have any desert riding experience and I would freak out when the front start wandering and then try to tank slap me. I tried my best to stay in the tire tracks I saw. Then I started to realize that the faster I go the more it will float over that loose stuff and just plow through it. Anyway that will come in handy later. I did air down also which helped a lot. I almost lost it once or twice, pretty scary when your going at speeds of 25-35 MPH especially with all the camping gear strapped to the bike. You have to keep on doing it also, it goes on and on for like 25+ miles. I saw 2 Jeeps and a RV camping the whole time so it's lonely too. I got a good pace going on and eventually I made it to slab junction. I air back up and I decide to hit up Ubehebe Crater and Racetrack first to save some gas then do Scotty's Castle.



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http://instagram.com/p/tnc7L2QOpH/

My plan was to go to Scotty's Castle to take a break if I was tired but I decided not to and head for the Racetrack. I stopped by Ubehebe Crater, this is the last time I saw anybody going to the Racetrack.

Boy was I in for a surprise. Of all the roads I did this trip this was by far the most difficult for me, once again because I'm an inexperienced desert rider. The first part was the MOST difficult. It was rutty, rocky, and had loose dirt and gravel. Just about everything! I air down and was fighting it for a while but I eventually got the hang of it, the first part gave me the most trouble and was making the front wheel go all over the place. After awhile it eases up. Racetrack has just about every terrain you can imagine. It got twisties, gravel, sand, rutts, large rocks, mud, puddles, etc... It was tough for me and I had to do it for 60 miles too. After awhile I got good at it and was able to get it up to 40 MPH on the straights. Its terrifying, it reminds me of splitting lanes but for 60 miles. You constantly alert and scanning for hazards, no time to relax. You can relax if you know what your doing.


Anyway I arrive at the Racetrack eventually and I'm looking everywhere for the these damn moving rocks. I even go hiking out on the racetrack, sucked because there is no shade. I decide to go out to the Grandstand and have lunch (the pizza and some gatorade) there because there is shade while looking for these stupid rocks. I see a Hyundai SUV roll past my bike on my way back to the bike. Then feeling sad I didn't find any moving rocks I bump into the Hyundai about 6 miles out and I pass them but I ask them about where the rocks are? Well it turns out they were 2 miles from where I was on the other side of the racetrack. Haha man it was so tempting for me to just go ride on the racetrack and look for them it would have been much easier. But anyway I ask if I can take a picture of the picture he took of the rock so I could say I sorta got it picture haha. Then I ride up a little and thinking man I burned 6 miles of gas that means if I got back thats gonna be another 6 then another 6 to get back to that spot. Well the main reason I came was to see these stupid rocks I go back and ride 2 miles exactly from where I was, the dude was right on the money. I found the sign and I found the rocks HURRAY!

YES success! I finally found the moving rocks!
http://instagram.com/p/tno8uaQOsV/

Racetrack 360
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I take a buncha pictures and head back. I'm haulin on the racetrack road. I know pretty much whats going to come up and I know the last part will be the worst. I made it back to the slab after quite some time, some jeeps pass by, one of them almost collide with me because we're both going around a corner, luckily we slow down in time. I'm getting speeds of up to 45 MPH on the straights. Man I'll tell you the DR650 impressed me that day. I didn't know a motorcycle could ride like that, just float over all that gnarly stuff and it didn't seem to care it just ate it up and with camping gear to boot! The T63 on the front was doing a great job and the Shinko 700s were doing a great job too. For a dual sport tire the 700s impressed me, it took everything I've thrown at it.


I make it back to the slab and head towards Scotty's Castle. Its a nice twisting road leading up to the castle but its kind of late already about 1630 and what happens the place closes. No big deal I take a break and I take a buncha photos while I'm there. There's even a nice stream I washed myself off a little how refreshing. I think Scotty's pool is pretty dope. So my original plan was to camp at Mesquite Spring campground but I wanted to play catch up head to Stovepipe Wells and camp there. Let me add that the weather the whole day where I've been has been fantastic like in the 80s at the highest.

Scotty's Castle 360
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Well I head to Stovepipe Wells and I find out why it's called Stovepipe Wells. Its hot and they have a well haha. Pouring on those miles and you pass by fantastic landscapes and mounts. Deserts, plants, mountains, and canyons. There are those mud mountains I like to call those Choco mountains. I've never seen a choco mountain before. There are mountains where it chocolate and vanilla mixing together, I call that Rocky Road haha. Anyway I take a few picture on the way and I stop by Stove Pipe Wells along the way the actual Stovepipe Wells not the little town. It literally is a stovepipe coming out of a well and its right next to some little dunes so I try not to get stuck.


I head down to Stovepipe Wells and it warm right now and its about to get warmer. I arrived in Stovepipe wells well after dark and it must be like 85 degrees out. But you know what I'm glad at last I will not be wet and freezing over night. The camping was fantastic, the campground was basically a parking lot but the weather was nice and warm, it got cooler after like midnight but nothing bad. The sky is the most impressive thing at night in Death Valley. I shit you not you can see the Milky Way faintly in the sky. So many stars every where, if you can bring a telescope to look at the stars do so because that's a best place for it. I wish I could have gotten a shot of the sky but my camera isn't that good. Anyway I didn't admire the night sky for too long because I just crashed out.



Oh yeah I did bring a buncha canned food and I wanted to get rid of it but apparently my can of clam chowder destroyed it on the BBQ rack grill I'm guessing when I was on the Racetrack. It got clam chowder over some of my clothes so I had to take em to the bathroom and clean em and dry them on the bike. Before the beetles could eat it I cracked open the clam chowder and ate it, it was delicious and I didn't even need to warm it up. I opened up a can of Raviolis and it was great too. I think I also did some chain maintenance that night also.

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Thanks for reading, yeah that rain was horrible. It was almost so horrible that I almost turned around and head back home because they might have closed Tioga Pass, but they didn't. I'm glad I brought rain gear, I used every bit of sniffle gear I brought. The extra layers these adventure jackets have is so nice. My Wolfman Duffel bag is water proof but my mechanic saddle bags and tank panniers are canvas/nylon so they got soaked. They are somewhat water resistant. So investing in waterproof luggage pays off in these situations.

Thanks for enjoying the GPS tracks. Its a like a hobby of mine to collect GPS tracks. I can pull them up and I'll be like oh yeah that section this and that section that, good times. You'll need a GPS or maybe some smartphone app to record the tracks. My phone eats up a lot of power using the GPS so I don't use the phone. I have a Garmin eTrex 20 that I use for viewing and recording tracks and its great and rugged, helped me a lot on the dual sport event and off road. I usually save tracks everyday of riding or when I swap batteries, yep the etrex20 is AA powered but it lasts for a little more than a day if you don't play with it much. I've run into problems where it stops recording so I just save it everyday. Basically save the track and it saves it as a GPX file. Transfer it to your computer and open it up with Google Earth and watch the memories of where you've been unfold haha. You can save the picture in 3 ways: go to Save Image, do a print screen and paste it into a program, or that lazy way take a picture of the screen (I do that when I'm lazy and want to post it with my phone).

Oh yeah I want to add if you are in the military even reservists you can get a free military pass to national parks like Yosemite, Death Valley (they don't even have fee booths), Crater Lake, etc... You just need to show your ID you can have a family member with you also.

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Hi HO,

I've resisted getting a GPS, but I do want to make some of your
Google Earth trac pics, seems like the killer application for a GPS ...

This one is particularly cool:

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but a paper map won't make a neat pic of where I've been ...

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haha sometimes reading maps makes me crazy especially when I'm hiking or mountain biking I look at the map go hmm this section doesn't seem very long but in real life it sure seems like it. The park map was really handy at Death Valley, very good map. Also the Map.me app on the smartphone was really handy too it lets you download maps so you can see where your at without needing signal. Also the Butler maps was great help planning this trip, I found out some really nice roads to ride thanks to it, I would have just passed them up.

That picture is of the Lumsden campground. Great road, it goatier than anything we rode during the Yosemite Dual Sport event but it was a good warm up haha.
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Day 6- Skidoo, Agueberry Point, Mesuite Flat Dunes, Devils Cornfield, Mustard Canyon, 20 Mule Team Canyon, Dante's View, and... TITUS CANYON AT NIGHT!

I wake up and pack up camp. I run in to the campground host and I start telling him where I've been and stuff about the Racetrack. Now I'm about 50/50 on going to Titus Canyon because I'm running behind schedule I was going to cut it out. I'm worried its going to be a tough ride. Well I'm talking the campground host and he says he's only hiked up it but he see's cars go through it. So I'm thinking aww it can't be too bad so I try to knock out as much as I can today.

Before gearing up I take a selfie of me in my new clam chowdered Husky Cap. Its around 800 and its getting warm already and the wind is kickin up. The campground host tells me they get a lotta wind sometimes and I see what I thought was fog earlier was actually sand... SANDSTORMS!


I eat a can of Vienna Sausages fuel up at Stovepipe Wells and hit the road. First stop Skidoo. Now I will tell you this now Skidoo was not my favorite place to visit. Skidoo is a ghost town but you can't even get to most of it with a car so whats the point. Well luckily I'm on a dual sport! First I run into this little abandoned home on the way there on the side of the road. So I take a little excursion off road and take some pix. It looks like someone lived there at some point then just took off.


Then a little further down the road I make it to the entrance to Skidoo. Its an unpaved road nothing too tough, I skim my way across it for a while around 40MPH. Then I get to a twisty section, it was pretty fun. Then it straightens out again and you go straight for a while and it somewhat loose. I get to Downtown Skidoo and there's like nothing there just some scrap metal, there's some roads that go all over the place but I really don't have time to explore. I did bump into a mustang going up and I easily passed them since they were going up at a snails pace. Then I get to the mine section. This place is not marked very well at all I go hang a left and am wondering if I'm on the right path. Well think I'm going the wrong way so I go back and go right this time and there is no way a passenger car will make it up this section. It almost single track in some sections, then there are large rocks and stair stepping. It is super goatie! I do see on the other side a mill and take pictures and go a little further and decide to turn around nothing too interesting besides the spectacular views and very rough terrain. Not wanting to get into trouble on my loaded bike I turn around. Sorry not a lotta pix here I think i did take some but I must have not of posted them on Instagram.




So I go back to the left fork so I can take a look at that mill. There's a locked gate going to it. Supposedly your not suppose to go to that area because it dangerous oh well I go hike around the gate and go up to the mill and snap a few pictures. On the way out there is a mine entrace I took a picture of that and headed out. The ride back was pretty quick. Next stop Aguereberry Point.

Aguereberry Point was one of my favorite places to go in Death Valley. I highly recommend forget about Skidoo and go straight to Aguereberry point you won't be disappointed. I ride down the tarmac a couple miles and you come to Agueberry Point entrance. It all dirt and it fun dirt. The first part is your usual desert road and some slight bends. Gotta slow down on the bends you don't know what comin the other side. First stop is Aguereberry Camp. This place is where all the miners lived and the actual mine is not far down the road around the corner. Its pretty cool and in good shape. You can see a lotta old appliances and stuff. Picture time and pee break. Then I head for Eureka Mine not far down the road. It easy to get to I parked my bike right next to it and take some pictures. I take pictures of the mine and the little railway. I walk around the corner and take pix of the mill. So you see Eureka Mine is easier to get to and has more stuff. That's why I say ditch Skidoo.




The next section up to Aguereberry Point is SPECTACULAR. Its some more desert road then it goes into very nice dirty twisties. I had a blast on this road and you get a reward when you get to the top a spectacular view of Death Valley!



360 at Aguereberry Point
http://instagram.com/p/tn4elfQOl0/

After a while of admiring the views and using my phone because I could actually get signal up here I head back down that spectacular road. I had a blast on that road. I found out later had I kept on going down Wildrose Road or Aguereberry Road whatever they called it I would have gotten pretty close to Telescope Peak, which was around 10k ft. No big deal to me because on Tioga Pass I almost rode that high. I head back down to Stovepipe Wells and decide to no get gas because I can just get gas at Furnace Creek.

I head out there's a few things to see on the way to Furnace Creek. First is The Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. Its right off the road and and there's a parking lot and bathrooms. You can walk right up to the Dunes. Then there is the Devil's Cornfield. Its a section of the road you see these patches of plants that seem to go forever.

Surrounded by mountains in Death Valley thats why its so hot here.
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360 of Mesquite Flat Dunes
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