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Old 03-17-2015, 03:12 PM   #1
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Guess I'll got to Death Valley...

March 8, 2015
Seems like the place to be.
Sorry for being sporadic with the photos. Sometimes you just need miles under your tires.
I opted to trailer the bike to Sedona, AZ from Durango, CO. This is about 6 hours. I have ridden and driven it numerous times and, though the weather was good when I left it is hard to tell what the following weekend would bring.
Made for a good, early start, too. I was in Sedona before noon and on the road shortly after that. 89A heads south through Jerome, AZ.
Neat little mining/artsy community on the hill.

Another Sunday, as the license plate says. Busy and hard to find a place to stop, so onward.
I wasn't sure what to do once in Prescott and was early enough I decided to plug on to Kingman, AZ for the night.
I stopped for gas just north of Prescott and as I was coming back out to the bike two riders pulled up to the pump next to me. The man was on a Victory and the woman on a Harley. I noticed her first. Nice looking woman, mid 40's, packing a pistol. That's ok. I'm in Arizona. I looked over to the gentleman and he politely waved to me. I responded with a wave and 'nice day for a ride'. He turned around to take off his helmet and I noticed the Hell's Angels Arizona patch. From the back this guy looks familiar. As he turns around without the helmet I noticed the trach tube. Sonny Barger live in person. I ogled a bit to long and noticed the woman with the pistol giving me the 'get lost' look. Glad I was on my loaded ADV bike. Gotta get some cred.
Onward.



I maded it to Kingman and got a cheap room for the night........

Been a long day with 6 hours in the truck and another 4 on the bike.
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Old 03-17-2015, 03:16 PM   #2
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Old 03-17-2015, 03:32 PM   #3
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Had a nice breakfast and on the road by 8 am. North up 93 to Las Vegas. Not much traffic on a Monday morning on the south side of the city.
Nice ride up over the mountains and into Parump for gas and lunch.
After that I backtracked to the Tecopah road and the Old Spanish Trail Highway for a scenic route into the south end of the park.
Tecopah looks like an interesting place to stay, if you have an RV or something.
Through Shoshone and onto Jubilee Pass Road. What a beautiful stretch of pavement.
At the bottom of the pass Badwater road to the south is dirt. I needed a few miles of dirt, so south I went. Not too far. Just a nice place for some pictures.






Next stop, Badwater.
A bit busy....


Somehow I thought I would be able to find a camp site at Furnace Creek. The last time I was here it was February and the sites weren't all reserved.
I rode around the campground and spotted a group of motorcyclists. A brief chat and I was offered a place to pitch my tent.
The group was from Nevada and California and most had ties to the BMW MOA. Sharon, Gary, Dave, Mike, Jon, Jay, Phil, Joe, Toby. Great group.
As I was heating water for my freeze dried meal, they graciously allowed me to dig into the left overs.
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Old 03-17-2015, 03:33 PM   #4
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Fine, fine. 1500 miles last week.....
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Old 03-17-2015, 03:44 PM   #5
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Old 03-17-2015, 03:46 PM   #6
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Good company for the ride today. Sharon was the leader as she has the most experince with the roads down here.
First stop - Dante's View.






Then it was south on Furnace Creek Road which is dirt for about 30 miles and back to the Jubilee Pass Road, Shoshone and down to the China Ranch Date Farm.


Interesting little oasis.

Desert Flowers...








We had a nice break in the shade and some of the riders had a date shake. Sounded good, but I don't think my tummy would settle for a shake right now.

Back towards camp on the highway. Kind of a backtrack of yesterday for me.





We stopped near Ashford Mill for the flowers.


Probably don't see that much yellow down here often.


Sharon, Gary and I decided to go up the road toward the Ashford Mine.
A bit rough, but nothing the unloaded KTM couln't tackle.


I took a short hike up toward the mine, but in 90 degree heat with moto boots I didn't get too far.




Back to the camp for another night around the much un-needed camp fire.
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Old 03-17-2015, 04:17 PM   #7
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Solo day. I was only going to be here for another day and Titus Canyon was on my bucket list since the last time. The rest of the crew was riding some more difficult terrain and waiting for Dave's helmet to arrive ($175 overnight) so they were going to ride Titus the following day.


A bit overcast today.


Brief stop along the highway about half way to Rhyolite.


Been here before. Always makes for some good pictures.


I started up top and worked back toward the museum.





Talked to the owner of this rig for a minute. He felt like he was getting off his trike and stepping directly into the Twilight Zone, complete with astronaut (me).


Glass Bottle House




No shadows here today..
Gost Rider


Ball.








Minor Techical difficulties at the beginning of Titus. I was thinking carb issues as I didn't do anything to them. I stopped and gave it some throttle while at a stand still and there was nothing wrong. Loose battery cable. Not a big problem. Easy fix and back on the road, passing all the vehicles that didn't stop to see if I was ok.

Good view of the valley before the canyon.


Leadfield.




And down through the canyon.





And back out to the big valley.


I was thinking of Scotty's Castle, but needed some rest before heading out tomorrow.

Had a few rain drops on the way back to camp.

Nice sunset tonight.



Shower, another gracious meal and, amazingly I am the last one up.

Couple shots of Patron will fix that........
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Like I said at the beginning, sorry about the occasional lack of pictures. Sometimes you just gotta keep rollin'.
I was out of camp around 9 and heading south. Kind of a backtrack up to Shoshone with a quick stop at the Ashford Mill.



Here's a shot of the road up to the mine.


I rolled into Baker and got fuel and food. I was on a zig zag back accross the desert with the intent of being in Sedona on Friday.
I-15 for a few miles and then south on Cima Road. South of Cima, Cedar Canyon road heads east. I wasn't sure about the conditions, but by the time I was to a point of questioning it I wouln't have had enough fuel to backtrack.
Not sure why I didn't stop for pictures. Joshua Trees all over the place.
This is about as remote as it gets.
Cedar Canyon eventually drops me out on Lanfair road, then south into Goffs along Route 66.
95 North to 163 and into Bullhead City and 68 back to Kingman for another night at the Arizona Inn.
The Arizona Inn is on Beale Street in the old section of town. There are a few nice restaraunts and a brewery up the street from the Inn. I partake in the beverages.
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Keep up the great work! Looking forward to being out there next week!
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The only picture of the day, sorry.


Who's rig is that?


Anyway, I took 93 south to 97 north. That might be my favorite stretch of road yet. Big cactus. Windy road for miles and miles.

Prescott by noonish and back to the truck in Sedona by 2ish.

I had a fun night with an old high school friend who now lives in Sedona. Good meal and drinks at the Old Sedona Bar and Grill.

Just under 1500 miles.

Back to Durango on Saturday the 14th.
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The only picture of the day, sorry.


Who's rig is that?
I don't know, but I saw him on Saline-Wacoba Road last month. By his tracks he'd stopped about 20 times, could have been losing parts off the camper or was just worried about the bike?

Thanks for the report!!
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Old 03-18-2015, 11:44 AM   #12
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I don't know, but I saw him on Saline-Wacoba Road last month. By his tracks he'd stopped about 20 times, could have been losing parts off the camper or was just worried about the bike?

Thanks for the report!!

Thanks for looking, larryboy. Nothing compared to yours and Dave's RR, but had to at least try.
The rig with the F800 was in Sedona. I didn't see anyone around it, but figured it worthy of a picture.
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