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Old 01-18-2014, 11:30 PM   #976
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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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Old 01-19-2014, 10:36 PM   #977
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Love the riding pictures, how about some skiing ones too.

I put in for a transfer at work for SLC or Phoenix. Wish St George was an option. Might know by late summer or fall.
Night tubing at Brian Head, a couple of hours ago.




Tee2: Good luck with the work transfer.

And thanks inmates for the recent five-star ratings. Appreciate it very much.
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Old 01-20-2014, 07:03 AM   #978
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Great pics of Death Valley!!! I wanna go there!
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Old 01-20-2014, 07:11 AM   #979
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Death Valley sure has alot of history. Matter of fact, got some 20 Mule Team borax in the shop right now. Thanks for sharing your rides. Great way for me to see places without actually spending much money.
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Old 01-20-2014, 03:10 PM   #980
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Nice Thread. I went to college in Cedar City. Here is my Buell at Kolob Reservoir on my first full day of ownership back in 2007. Hindsight being 20/20 I should have bought a dual sport for that area but I still had fun on that Buell in those parts. Beaver Canyon was a favorite of mine to hit the twisty road to a closed ski resort.


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Old 01-20-2014, 05:09 PM   #981
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Great pics of Death Valley. I haven't been there yet, but it's on my list.
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Old 01-21-2014, 10:10 PM   #982
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Death Valley, Day Five

Thanks to:
bomose - keep Death Valley on your list, just not in summer.
TurbStLCards - Kolob Reservoir. Great place for a bike pic.
TheAdmiral - Arm-chair tourism. Yeah, it's fun. But the TW won't cost much in gas. Death Valley has some nice dirt routes.
ringokelly - Yeah, Death Valley is definitely a worthy moto destination.


Yesterday was in Bryce with the family. Fun hiking down amongst the hoodoos. Some snow, not much ice. Lots of mud.




Now to complete the Las Vegas trip. This is the final day, from Las Vegas back to St. George. Rendezvoused with wife at son at MGM Grand. Fun night and a slow morning. They had the car so made fast time on I-15 back to St. George. I opted for the scenic route.

Found the Pawnshop guys driving north on Las Vegas Blvd. Not such a nice part of town.




Some art on the back of their building.






Huge lines at the Pawnshop store, so I quickly moved on. Across the parking lot was this little gem.




Left Las Vegas via Rt. 147, Lake Mead Blvd.







Quick arrival at the entrance station. Bring your National Park Pass for this road.




Heading north.




Stopping in for a little exploring at Government Wash Boat Launch.




At the shoreline of Lake Mead.




A little further up . . . stop at Callville Bay Marina.




Obviously . . . the sign means that someone drove a motorbike onto the pier. Must have been an inmate.




Versys at the shoreline.




Looking down on the marina.




The Old Spanish Trail came through this way. Lots of familiar territory on the Spanish Trail.







Remnants of the abandoned town of Callville on the bottom of Lake Mead.




Typical desert scenery. Not quite Death Valley, but still very nice. And close to home.




Great road and very few cars.




Mountains and erosion patterns.




Saw this traffic stop from afar. Looked like a ticket.




The "Bowl of Fire" -- all visible from the main road.




Silhouette of desert plant.




Final glamour shot of the Versys. Great bike for a five day road ride through Death Valley.




Late afternoon light.




Home to St. George. Five days of excellent riding to Death Valley. Thanks for following along.
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Old 01-23-2014, 05:29 AM   #983
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Great rr RRR!

Every rider should be so lucky to experience our deserts, solo on a m/c. You captured this beautifully.

It looks like the bike and weather cooperated, hopefully the slots in Vegas did also.

Thanks for sharing the wonderful DV area and our deserts in general.
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Old 01-23-2014, 10:36 AM   #984
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Thanks, Sam. Solo rides are good for the soul. And the open roads and beauty of the west are unparalleled.

Of course, inmate and/or family and friends rides are fun as well. Both have their place. Looks like you have a good thing going with a few scooter guys in SoCal. The dude in his 80s is to be admired.

Keep me posted as you formulate Moab plans. If you are coming/going through St. George we can certainly figure out a ride and a dinner, hopefully both. Weather in St. George is turning nice again . . . starting to notice the longer days.

Alright . . . take it easy out there . . . rubber side down.
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Old 01-26-2014, 09:57 AM   #985
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Afternoon Ride on New Highway

Warm weather is finally returning to St. George. A few pics from an afternoon ride out on the new highway by Warner Valley.


On the shoulder of the new road (Highway 7) looking down on the Virgin River.




Artwork on a nearby abandoned bridge crossing the Virgin River.




Virgin River.




Beautiful neighborhood street, Sycamore Lane, in Hurricane. Looks much more like the east coast.




List of rides updated in post on page one. Thanks for checking in. Ride safely out there.
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You'll have to go back

and take a picture of this in the fall when the leaves are turning. Neat street view.

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Old 01-30-2014, 07:56 PM   #987
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Death Valley..

Ahhh, DV. Thinking about taking a few days in late March or early April to drive out there and spend a few days riding and exploring. Anyone interested in joining??
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Ahhh, DV. Thinking about taking a few days in late March or early April to drive out there and spend a few days riding and exploring. Anyone interested in joining??
Hey MTNclimber0331 -- Thanks for checking out the DV pics. You're local. You gotta hook up with us sometime for ride. There are definitely a couple of local inmates that like to get out and about. Also a few canyoneers in the mix.

No plans for late March or April . . . day trips (weekday or weekend) always much easier to organize. Don't be a stranger. Ride safely out there. --- RRR.
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Old 01-31-2014, 02:55 PM   #989
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Hey MTNclimber0331 -- Thanks for checking out the DV pics. You're local. You gotta hook up with us sometime for ride. There are definitely a couple of local inmates that like to get out and about. Also a few canyoneers in the mix.

No plans for late March or April . . . day trips (weekday or weekend) always much easier to organize. Don't be a stranger. Ride safely out there. --- RRR.
Hey RRR, yeah I've tried to hook up with you guys a couple of times, but it seems that most of the rides I've seen are done midweek. I can really only do weekends or week nights, but I definitely want to hook up with everyone at some point. Seems I'm always riding alone . Boo hoo, right?? Anyway, keep me in the loop. I'll try and keep everyone posted on when I plan to do DV, in case anyone wants to partake! Great posts, by the way!!
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Old 01-31-2014, 03:05 PM   #990
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New Rider In Washington, UT

Just discovered this site today. Moved to Washington, UT less than a year ago, found my dream bike on Cycle Trader Online in August (2010 BMW R1200GS Adventure), flew to Tucson to buy it and rode it back. Pretty warm ride but loved every minute of it. I've seen dirt roads all over the place but with former street bikes I've owned I could never go down them. For safety reasons I want someone else to ride with when I explore these roads. My experience is all on street bikes, which I've ridden most of my life. Many of the rides I'm seeing on this site look to be exactly what I'm looking for so if anyone else out there is looking for someone to tag along, I'm your man...particularly if you know your way around this beautiful country.

So many dirt roads and so little time.
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