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Old 01-19-2014, 12:30 AM   #978
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Death Valley, Day Four

Time to complete the Death Valley trip. Day Four. Beatty, NV to Las Vegas, via Furnace Creek.

Motel 6 in Beatty. Exactly what you'd expect. Nothing more, nothing less. Convenient location.




Packing up to go. Hey, it's not all glamour on a 4-5 day moto trip.




Old church transformed into VFW building in downtown Beatty.




Another long, lonely highway . . . leaving Beatty, heading back towards Death Valley.




The famous ghost town.




Parked by the side of the old caboose to shelter the bike from the wind. Strong gusts. Some risk of tipping the bike.




Here's the medley of pics from Rhyolite:




























That's most of the older buildings. Moved the bike down the hill a bit to a few of the "newer" buildings.




The famous bottle house.










The rundown part of the neighborhood.







In its day, this place had all the comforts of home.







Old car. Really cool poking around the old ghost town. Rhyolite is one of the best!




Probably lots of former Impala drivers out there in ADV land. First car I drove was a Chevrolet Impala.




Adjacent to Rhyolite is the Goldwell Open Air Museum. Here are the pics:







The last supper.




Nearby is the naked lady.







Cinder blocks, but looks like giant legos.




Break time of the outdoor couch.




Miner and penguin. Apparently, the artist felt out of place in the desert. So, he depicted himself as a penguin.




Last pic of Goldwell.




Back in Death Valley.




It's all about the rocks. And erosion.




Great roads. Descending Mud Canyon.




Looking down towards the Sand Dunes.




On the valley floor. Salt Creek. Great little area with nice boardwalk trail.










Went back up high on the Beatty Cut-off Road, looking for the Keane Wonder Mine Road (closed). Some great riding. Corkscrew Peak in background.




Back down on the valley floor. Short cross-country walk from the road to the salt flats. Just north of Furnace Creek. Easy walk. Most scenic part of entire trip. Much preferable to Badwater. Highly recommended, especially in winter and spring when water is present.













Continue south to quick turn-off to Mustard Canyon and the Harmony Borax Works. Love the contrast of the green Kawi.







Harmony Borax Works.




Perfect late afternoon light.







Beautiful Death Valley scenes. Note the high haze (dust) from strong wind earlier in the day.










All the old technology which tells the story of men seeking fortunes in the vastness of Death Valley. Very interesting.







Brief stop at "Old Dinah" at Furnace Creek. Also topped up the V on gas, just to be sure . . . it's Death Valley. Distances are long, and I wasn't always easy on the throttle.







Wheel shot of "Old Dinah."




Zabriske Point in fading light.




Out to the Old Amargosa Opera House. Famous inmate photo op.







On to Pahrump and Las Vagas. Reunited with wife and son at MGM Grand. Day 5 (coming soon) is from Las Vegas back to St. George along the shoreline of Lake Mead.

As always . . . thanks for checking in. Appreciate all the positive comments and PMs. Ride often, ride safely out there.
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