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Old 03-20-2011, 07:07 AM   #16
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This is a perfect ride report to enjoy with my morning coffee, it has many of the things I love - - - Motorcycles, Death Valley, flowers and beautiful photography.

Looking forward to more.
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Old 03-20-2011, 07:32 AM   #17
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Great pictures, what are you shooting with?
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Old 03-20-2011, 08:17 AM   #18
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I was gonna tell Ladybug about this RR.

I see she beat me to it. :wink

Dave, you mix images and words well.

I've got the big tub o' popcorn.

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Old 03-20-2011, 08:26 AM   #19
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Great pictures, what are you shooting with?
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there is some great light being captured. Do you have a big kick ass flash with you for those night bike shots?

Very cool report.
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Old 03-20-2011, 08:45 AM   #20
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Old 03-20-2011, 08:45 AM   #21
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Old 03-20-2011, 09:13 AM   #22
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+1

there is some great light being captured. Do you have a big kick ass flash with you for those night bike shots?

Very cool report.
Finding good light was challenging in Death Valley with most days quite hazy and with some high clouds. I'm shooting with two cameras. Many of the shots from the bike are from a Panasonic Lumix TS5. My DSLR is a Pentax K7. Both cameras reside in the tank bag along with a cheap flash and three lenses; Pentax DA* 16-50 f2.8, Pentax DA 55-300 (rarely used on this trip), & Tamron SP AF90mm F2.8 Di Macro. I experimented some with the flash for the night shots on this trip. I also use a LED flashlight for light painting on some of the shots. I carry a lightweight tripod in the Jesse's.


Thanks for all the comments this morning! I'll try to post more in a little while.
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Old 03-20-2011, 09:25 AM   #23
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In!! Great photography and a great ride.
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Old 03-20-2011, 09:34 AM   #24
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Wow great shots !! the desert is beautiful when the wild flowers are out !! if you could only share the wonderful aromas that I am sure you experienced along the way.... Thank you ....
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Old 03-20-2011, 09:46 AM   #25
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Great RR so far, I'm really enjoying your photography.
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Old 03-20-2011, 10:40 AM   #26
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Rhyolite, NV

I roll into the ghost town of Rhyolite and suddenly get an eerie feeling.




It's like I've been here before


and have seen it already.


Maybe I read too many Ride Reports?


Only in America do we flock to the crumbling ruins of a once-bustling town that's barely a century old. Even the tourists from the Old World show up, yet in Europe and many places around the World buildings many centuries older are still being used.






I'll bet it's even more impressive from the inside with the sun lighting up the bottles.


Wouldn't it be really cool if he had put ships inside each bottle?






It was here that I first met Willi or William. He rolled into town and parked next to the KTM. He was younger than me and seemed shy at first. I asked him about his trip. He is 27 years old. He is from Germany and has been on the road for two and a half years! I didn't learn all the places he's traveled, but he's been across Australia and rode up through South and Central America.


Willi said he plans to make it as far as Alaska if his bike makes it. He rides a 1994 Yamaha XT600.


We part ways and Willi rides out of town as I check out the Art Museum.




Curtains Match Drapes






It's like the KTM was drawn to this pole. I didn't even notice the top until I was about to leave.


WTF?


Let's go ride Titus Canyon!
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Old 03-20-2011, 11:04 AM   #27
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Titus Canyon

The riding



doesn't get


much better than this.








Gravity can provide a shortcut here if you are so inclined.










I ran into Willi again. I stopped to eat my small lunch while he sat in the gravel and listened to stories of Baja 1000 Racing from a couple of nice guys in a pickup truck. They were trying to talk him into seeing the Racetrack before he left DV. I told him I was headed out there today, but he was unsure if he wanted to go that direction.








Titus Canyon Narrows






The KTM hangs a left at the highway. She is thirsty and will need to be topped off before heading back north. We go 40 miles out of the way to Stovepipe Wells for fuel.


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Old 03-20-2011, 03:31 PM   #28
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Old 03-20-2011, 03:39 PM   #29
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Desert Mood Music

With names like Coffin Peak, Funeral Mountains, Dantes View, Death Valley etc. there's no better music to put you in a proper desert mood than Opeth. I passed the long highway stretches by selecting Artist: Opeth, Play All and cranking it up.









I meet a fellow rider from NE Oregon. He had just ridden in from Hunter Mountain Road and said snow melt had created a section of very deep and nearly impassable mud. I began to worry Lippencott and Saline Valley Roads were (according to the info they give out at the visitor center) closed for a reason. Maybe I shouldn't be riding out there alone?




Ubehebe Crater









After leaving the crater the road became torture. Washboardy!

At Tea Kettle Junction I saw a group of dirt bikers and was planning to stop to say hi. I recognized Willi there. They had a map out and were giving Willi directions. Not wanting to intrude on another of his meetings, I waved and continued on.





The bike took a pounding on the punishing washboards all the way out to the Racetrack. She didn't complain though.





I passed the Racetrack and found the Homestake "campground". It was a primitive campsite only about 2 miles from the Racetrack. Camping is not allowed on Racetrack Road between here and Teakettle Junction. I set up my tent and put on my hiking shoes. I rode back to the Racetrack in time for evening light.





Let's go catch up with some rocks.
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Old 03-20-2011, 04:01 PM   #30
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I make it to the Visitor Center at Hole-in-the-rock. I refill my water bottles and violate the clean restroom.
Now, that there is some funny chit, I think I wee weed myself laughing.
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