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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-17-2013, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
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Just a note to riders coming down from the Northwest or others looping down from the West to St. George and thinking about scooting through Death Valley.
Biking down 395 and then crossing over at Lone Pine through the national park and catching 95 would seem reasonable. Maybe not if you plan to sight see. While the area is one of the most beautiful places on earth it is THE HOTTEST. Hands down. Hottest place on earth. Google it. Easily 120 by noon and by late afternoon expect winds that can drive grit through the seals on a cooler and tip over a dumpster or a camper. Not kidding.
I am a Death Valley fan. Visited many times, once for a HOG rally in Beatty.
If you want to experience DV from the west, I would recommend getting to Stove Pipe Wells by 10 AM (and it will be over 100 guaranteed.) You must pack a bike cover and park in a spot that protects from a west wind. When last visited the pool is great, the rooms basic and the food OK but all $$$. Scenery breathtaking. No camping: all closed for the season and not many folks around. Stove Pipe and Scotty’s castle both have gas but only regular on my last visit. Keep this in mind: DV is bigger than Delaware.
Furnace Creek has more development and there is a beautiful inn there ($$$$$$) but I am not sure about availability this time of year. It may have high octane but I am not sure. It is more protected from wind then Stove Pipe because of date palms, buildings, and topography.
Another option is just driving through: Leaving Lone Pine a little before sunrise with a full tank and then scooting through the valley and not stopping for long along the way.
I know I am sounding melodramatic but people die regularly from the heat. Recently a fellow decided to trek out to the beautiful dunes east of Stove Pipe. He did not make it.
There are others on this forum from the area and please correct my comments or, even better, give recommendations. I am not an expert on the area; I can only share my experiences.
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Good info thanks, how about over at Ely little better elavation?

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Never been through Ely. It probably will be hot everwhere. I just want to give a heads-up about Death Valley and it's extreme conditions.
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What about hwy 168 from Beatty. Any experience with that route?


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My experience ends at Beatty. From there it was either in or out of DV for me or my family. I have ridden from Furnace Creek up to Scotty’s Castle and then scooted across to 95 and then down to Beatty. North is Tonopah and it is up there in terms of elevation (much cooler). A friend stayed at the historic hotel there earlier this year with hubby and kids and gave it thumbs up.
I am coming down from the I-5 border of California and Oregon. Freeway until Redding. I plan on coming down past Lake Tahoe and then cutting across to Tonopah from just south of Mono Lake after spending the night at a less expensive casino/motel in Carson City. Then 375 East out of Tonopah. All pretty much secondary roads. Most will be new to me.
The point of my post was to warn about Death Valley. It does not suffer lightly bikers and their air-cooled high performance motors. And the wind. It is so F-ing hot because it is so low. The air comes off the mountains in the West and compresses as it comes down.
Through California, Nevada, Utah my plan is to start early and then start looking for a motel around 2-3 PM in order to relax and arrange for a cocktail. Wind seems to pick up mid-afternoon.
I hope others will chime in with their thoughts and ideas about routes to St. G from the Pacific NW.
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All you said is true. But hey its effin hot everywhere down there that / this time of year. I've always try ridding everywhere at night dodging deer etc but have been stuck everywhere in CA, NV, UT and AZ the middle of the day and it will flat out drain you... heat, hot wind, oven baking sun and heat off you engine even without a fairing plainly makes want a cold beer and a pool!

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I crossed DV in August, 2010. I rode down 395 from Yosemite and Tioga Pass and caught 136 to 190 east from Lone Pine and made my way through Stovepipe Wells to Vegas. I think it took me about three or four hours. I expected flat terrain with tumbleweeds and cactus, but was pleasantly surprised with canyons, switchbacks, and elevation changes. The sign in Stovepipe read 130°.

I had an old camera on the bike shooting time lapse frames as I crossed. The 3.5 minute video with appropriate accompanying music is here. Apologies for the glare. I was heading east at sunrise.

It was a great ride that offered a chance to shoot a photo that few are willing to make the effort (or assume the risk) to take. It's not hard, but it's not your typical trip to the biker bar. I highly recommend it.





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This area is my back yard. Rooms at the Longstreet hotel in Amargosa are 69$ a night. I'll find out how much they want in Beatty. These locations are at the east entrances to the park but if your traveling DV in the early morning which I highly recommend, you can push through to Vegas for better atmosphere. Ely is a great place to stop for the night. But that route west to east takes you from tonapah across the state on HWY6, aka the loneliest hwy in America. If you've seen Death Valley this is a little cooler ride. From hwy6 east you can turn south and cruise hwy 375 aka the extraterrestrial hwy to Rachel nv this is the northern gate to groom lake, Area 51. Then from Rachel to hwy 93 over to caliente nv or south to Las Vegas. I'll post the routes with google maps later today. If anybody wants more details let me know


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I crossed DV in August, 2010. .....It was a great ride that offered a chance to shoot a photo that few are willing to make the effort (or assume the risk) to take. It's not hard, but it's not your typical trip to the biker bar. I highly recommend it.

Shrug - is there anyplace you haven't ridden your motorcycle? Peru, maybe? You should write a book about your experiences and recommendations for cool places to ride. A guy local to me, who rides various adventure bikes, penned several books about his rides through Appalachia and so forth. Pretty interesting dude to have a chat with. I bet you are, as well.

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here is an alternative route across nevada.. just a suggestion

http://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=To...mra=ls&t=m&z=8

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