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Planning a trip in the middle of july from Iowa to 29 palms California. My son is getting deployed sometime in August to afgahnastan and i want to spend a few days with him. my buddy says im nuts for wanting to ride out there because the temps can reach up to 140 and im gonna die riding through the desert on it. any thoughts? ive never been passed Nebraska on a bike and really want to ride through colorado!
 

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If you are riding alone, and haven't had any long distance hot weather riding experience, I would suggest taking your ride thru Colorado (spectacular), continue into Utah, store the bike for a few days and fly to see your son. Back to pick up the bike, and take the trip back thru Wyoming, South Dakota, etc. Desert riding can be dangerous during that time of year. A simple breakdown could be a disaster if you're in the wrong place. Just my .02.
 

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my buddy says im nuts for wanting to ride out there because the temps can reach up to 140 and im gonna die riding through the desert on it.
Pardon my frankness, but your buddy is a pu$$y. Go to Cali, ride your bike there, and see your boy before he deploys. The heat you'll face is nothing compared to that which he will (figuratively and literally).

I rode Hester two-up across Death Valley in August. The temps in Stovepipe Wells reached 130 that day. I crossed in the early morning and it didn't pass 110. You can do it. Your bike can do it. Wear a light colored long sleeve shirt across the desert. Take extra water and a Reda gas can. You might not need it, but you might ride up on someone who does and karma goes a long way in scooter world.

When you ride across Colorado, I suggest taking 70 westbound to Salina, UT or down to the Grand Canyon and the opposite on your return.

Time your trip so that you can spend the night in Vegas before you cross the Valley. Leave early and you'll be across in a couple of hours before the extreme heat builds. Stop at the Death Valley sign and take a pic few will have the opportunity and/or guts to take themselves. When you get home, show it to your friend and offer him a tampon. :rolleyes:

My Death Valley Video
(pre Drift Innovation video; low quality) Sound on!

 

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Pardon my frankness, but your buddy is a pu$$y. Go to Cali, ride your bike there, and see your boy before he deploys. The heat you'll face is nothing compared to that which he will (figuratively and literally).

I rode Hester two-up across Death Valley in August. The temps in Stovepipe Wells reached 130 that day. I crossed in the early morning and it didn't pass 110. You can do it. Your bike can do it. Wear a light colored long sleeve shirt across the desert. Take extra water and a Reda gas can. You might not need it, but you might ride up on someone who does and karma goes a long way in scooter world.

When you ride across Colorado, I suggest taking 70 westbound to Salina, UT or down to the Grand Canyon and the opposite on your return.

Time your trip so that you can spend the night in Vegas before you cross the Valley. Leave early and you'll be across in a couple of hours before the extreme heat builds. Stop at the Death Valley sign and take a pic few will have the opportunity and/or guts to take themselves. When you get home, show it to your friend and offer him a tampon. :rolleyes:

My Death Valley Video
(pre Drift Innovation video; low quality) Sound on!

You have a way with words Shrug! That was great :D
 
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When I was in the service in So Cal I would travel the desert early in the morning to beat the heat. Keep an eye out for the occasional critter.
 

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Wear a light colored long sleeve shirt across the desert. Take extra water and a Reda gas can.
You might not need it, but you might ride up on someone who does and karma goes a long way in scooter world.
Now everyone is talking about going through Colorado. Go down I-35 to I-44 in Missouri and find the Old Route 66.
I ride across the California/Tennessee route every year around the first of August. I love taking I-40 and going off on old
Route 66 when possible. It is good to see the Old "Mother Road". And there are still a lot of Motels along the route that
don't charge an "Arm & Leg" to stay the night. Just be sure to ask to see the room before you pay. This way you can find
out if they are keeping the rooms up and are clean. I Love the Route 66. It is a great ride.

Just be sure to do as suggested. Light colored long sleeves and carry water. It can get hot but it is a great ride. I carry a
Reda gas can because I want to pick the gas station to stop. Not to have to stop at just any station. And I have pushed it and
ran out of gas once or twice across New Mexico.
 

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While riding through CO and its twisties and beautiful scenery, just remember to stop and gawk!! If you don't you could be in trouble before you know it.
 

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HDMark, Here's to your son's safety while deployed.

As far as Death Valley, It is something to see. I went in February so I was bundled up.



I will be over that way here in a few more weeks.

 

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Get yourself an Evaporative Cooling Vest and a Cool Tie like this;
https://www.denniskirk.com/3570014M.sku?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cse
And this;
http://www.cooltiesareus.com/
I put mine in a one-gallon freezer bag with ice in the morning and then put it in a small cooler on the bike that I fit on the passenger’s seat. I also have two cycle water bottles that I fill with ice water and one NUUN active hydration tab in each bottle, see it here;
http://www.nuun.com/

In the desert you will want to start very early say 4:00-4:30 in the morning and stop early as well. Stay hydrated.
I should add I wear a moisture wicking T-shirt then the Cooling Vest under my leather jacket when it starts to get hot this way the cooling will last all day. Seven hours plus!

As far as a route goes, how much time do you have to travel?

Ciao,
Timothy


Planning a trip in the middle of july from Iowa to 29 palms California. My son is getting deployed sometime in August to afgahnastan and i want to spend a few days with him. my buddy says im nuts for wanting to ride out there because the temps can reach up to 140 and im gonna die riding through the desert on it. any thoughts? ive never been passed Nebraska on a bike and really want to ride through colorado!
 

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You have keys to the bike, you have money for your expenses, and you have a mission, Get on the bike and RIDE, you can get all the advice you can but the only one that will know if you had a good time is you. There is nothing like getting on the bike and going on a adventure, some adventures are better then others but if your on the bike they are all good. No matter what route you travel you will be a happy rider.
 

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I agree with Shrug on I-70. I-80 is another choice but I think the scenery is better on 70 through Colorado. Especially crossing the divide and heading through Vail and following the Colorado river. Get into Utah and stay on 70 to Sevier then take Highway 89 south and side trip to Bryce Canyon. Hook back up with 89 and it goes through Zions Canyon on the way to St. George, Utah then head south on I-15 to Las Vegas. Boogie down 15 from Vegas to the split to 29 Palms. On your way back you could pick up Route 66 and see how much of the old highway is left on your way back home. I'd be willing to bet you could get a few of us out west to meet up and shadow you on a few segments of your ride.

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