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Old 03-16-2006, 12:40 PM   #1
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Death Valley and Mojave National Preserve trip report

My riding buddy Jim and I just returned last night from a successful trip to the Mojave National Preserve and Death Valley.

We started Monday morning from Sacramento, where we caught Hwy 104 to Jackson, where we headed south on Hwy 49 as far as it would let us before we hit snow (Mariposa). Then Hwy 99 to Bakersfield, and Hwy 58 to Barstow. Stayed the night here, before tackling Mojave National Preserve first thing in the morning









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Kelso Depot (above), in the middle of the preserve, has just been restored and reopened as a museum/visitor's center. It was briefly used as a Union Pacific depot in the 1920s. Met up with Jim's friend Mike in Kelso, where he said hi to his old bike and joined us for the ride to Shoshone. Unfortunately, he had to return home to pick up his daughter. Thanks, Mike, for the ride~

We stopped for lunch in Shoshone, right before heading into Death Valley:



Welcome, Death Valley:







The wildflowers were blooming in full force:

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Old 03-16-2006, 12:42 PM   #3
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Here we are at Badwater:







We stayed at Stovepipe Wells for the night. The next day was going to be long, heading from Death Valley back to Sacramento. We quickly climbed out of Death Valley:



Rode through some incredible roads on our way out of the national park:



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Goodbye, Death Valley:



The Sierras are pretty snow-covered... What did the first settlers think when they saw that wall of mountains?



We headed south on US 395/Hwy 14 to Hwy 178, which took us over the southern Sierras via Lake Isabella. The roads were incredible, highly recommended. We were too busy having fun on the twisties to stop for much picture taking, but took some of these on Hwy 178 west of Lake Isabella. Hwy 155 was blocked for us due to snow.





Hit Bakersfield and Hwy 99, and slabbed it home.

In all a great experience! Thanks to Jim for tagging along! It made a good trip great! I'm sure he'll chime in here in the next few days with more pictures.

Now, where to go next.. I'm bitten by the bug.
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nice pics! so, how long do you think it'll take before your body recovers from riding that rc around for a few days?
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Nice pics!

Did you end up using the extra gas on the RC? If so, from where to where?
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Old 03-16-2006, 03:27 PM   #7
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Looks like fun


I think I need to take a trip out that way next month. Perhaps stop over in vegas for a couple nights
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Old 03-16-2006, 08:08 PM   #9
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@maxboxa: hehe, I'm back in business today. That RC isn't nearly the torture rack people make it out to be (shhh... its a well kept secret)

@NoGall: Nope, didn't need the extra gas, but gotta prepare with a range of 120 miles.

@rumpofsteelskin: hehe, if you don't look closely it appears to say 855 meters. You can see the (dot) on the larger version of the pic.
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Thanks for the post! Excellent photos.

I did this trip last year during the incredible spring bloom. My avitar is from that trip. It's highly recommended.

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Old 03-22-2006, 07:29 PM   #12
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Lovely pics of Death Valley! I would love to go there with a dual sport or adventure tourer so get to some of the cool spots not easily attainable with a regular bike. Last time I was IN D.V. I was passing through at about 1 am. It was a chilly 100 degrees F.

Did you take the tour/s of Scotty's Castle?

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Someone doesn't know their feet from a meter....ooops.


been through there in 97 on a bike, different world.
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Sick ride....& cool picks.....I'm so jealous of you guys right now.

Did you incounter any bad weather on your trip. Also, I noticed
the spare gas tank, did you need to use it.
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Kato: No bad weather, unless you call clouds and 40F bad... And no I didn't need the gas. But you know, with the RC you never know when you're out in BFE...
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