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    Planning on being in Death Valley last few days of October and possibly beginning of November. Anyone else going to be there around then? I already have a campsite at Penniment Springs. Thinking about riding 2-3days in Death Valley and possibly loading the bike up on the trailer and heading down to run Mojave Road from the East to West. Then back to DV or somewhere else on the way back to the Bay Area. I've ridden almost all of the trails in DV but it's still a lot of fun to explore out there.

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    If I don't get around to it before then I might be up for the Mojave Road.



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    Quote Originally Posted by lizrdbrth View Post
    If I don't get around to it before then I might be up for the Mojave Road.



    My reptilian nature wants to do it right about now, rather than later.
    What is the temp like out there now?
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    Too hot for your Bay butt. lol.



    Western section prolly real hot, lurking around 100. The high country before the river should be nice, 80's or so, then 115 at river level.



    I just don't want to get into another fluke situation like we had last year, with the flooding and freezing later on, and not make the trip at all. The bunny squeezers are itching to close off/ reroute/steal/ misappropriate a few hundred thousand more acres out there and I don't know how many sections will become inaccessible this time around. Use it or lose it.



    I may go with ya anyway, even if I squeeze a trip in in the next few weeks. But I do hot far better than I do cold. I'm a delicate flower.



    Are you planning to truck the bike down from DV or are you gunna ride?



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    Too hot, oh come on I live in Walnut Creek it was 89 degrees when I got home at 6PM last night.LOL

    I'd be trucking the bike down from DV since my current tire combo is a little rough on pavement(ok I'm a wimp on pavement)

    Any good (read: secure) places to leave a truck and trailer at either end? I'm toying with the idea of doing it on the bike from East to West, then stashing the bike/trailer and taking 2-3 days and exploring it in the 4runner if I can find someone to caravan with.

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    I could make that trip in October 28-31. LETS RIDE!



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    Avi Indian Casino is near the eastern trailhead. Should be perfectly safe, and cheap comfortable overnighter in the hotel. Basic Vegas type rooms, clean and comfy, ginormous parking area. Normally around 50 bucks.



    The western end is pretty sketchy. The trailhead is in the boonies, but gets just enough traffic to be of concern. I wouldn't leave my truck there unless I could find some long-term campers in Afton Canyon who would be willing to keep an eye on it.



    As you're aware you'd still have the logistics issue of getting back to your vehicle, which means either 120 miles of dirt or riding Route 66 and a bit of Interstate 15 to get back.



    No guarantees I'll be able to go, but since Purple's not into doing the whole road there's a possibility that she could arrange a Girl's Weekend in Laughlin and pick us up on either end for the return.



    I've ridden the 500 mile round trip from here to Laughlin on my Bighorn 2. In fact I've probably ridden more pavement than dirt with it at this point. Other than the decreased acceleration and fuel mileage it's not an issue. Handles fine.



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    I would love to go but don't know if I can afford it. I've been riding in Death Valley out of Panamint springs twice in the past 3 years. It's good fun, of course. Unfortunately if it's on a weekend, as Ronnydog suggested, I'd have to take three days off work...and I simply cannot afford to lose $160 AND spend $70+ in one weekend So unless someone wants to give me $250...
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    Will you be camping off the TW for this or 'base camping' from the truck? I am interested if we camp from the truck...but I don't want to even try to pack up my camping gear on the TW.



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    Depends which trip you're referring to.



    Death Valley's is the kind of place where you can ride in several directions from a base camp.



    The Mojave Road is 140 miles end-to-end, meaning you have to get back to your starting point to pick up your hauling vehicle. While not the most difficult terrain to negotiate. you still risk ickygooeydeath if you have an equipment failure, as even if you're near the couple of jumping-out points can mean a 30-60 mile walk.



    To me it's not the sort of ride you just blow through in a day because there are interesting (to me) places to stop and things to see along the way. I'd want to do it in a minimum of 2 days. Quad's pace is fine with me.



    But I'm a sleeping-bag-and-bunchajunkfood kinda guy. I overload on water and tools and stay pretty minimalist on the rest.



    Time is usually an issue for Josh. I suppose you guys could blow through the trail in a day if need be. I'd even be willing to do that with you provided I get my own "snail's pace" trip in before you get here, then have Purple do the hauling.



    I'm close enough to either location to just ride there.



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