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    Alabama Hills and Death Valley Ride

    I hauled my tw. down 395 to Alabama Hills outside Lone Pine, CA for a 50 mile ride there, then moved to Eureka Dunes for a 115 mile ride through Hidden Valley, Steel Pass to Warm Springs, Saline Valley, Marble Canyon, and back via Death Valley Road. Next Upper Eureka Valley, Fish Lake and on to Bristlecones. I will post some pics now and video if I can.

    Since my fotune cookie said "Remember to stop in the pursuit of happiness to have some happiness" so I stopped @ Travertine Hot Springs for a soak on the drive down.P1010281.JPGP1010294.JPG Naked nubiles abounded at lower pools since this is California after all.
    Next off to spend the night @ Alabama Hills and wander the Hoo-Doos under bright moon.Next day I spent a few hours wandereing and 50 miles riding this area.P1010338.JPGP1010454.JPGP1010346.JPGThere are several square miles of bizarre granite shapes great to ride , hike, scramble,climb, etc. I took better photos but camera decided to suddenly take 5mb and larger file size so cannot post.
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    After refueling in Lone Pine I needed 1.0 gallon after only 50.6 miles of riding due to ATV tire and low gearing. If I remember my higher math this works out to exactly piss poor milage since next adventure is a planned 105 to 115 mile loop from Eureka Dunes through Steel Pass, Hidden Valley, Saline Valley Warm Springs, Saline Valley and Marble Canyon and I have only a stock tank. So I left a gallon jug of gas catched in joshoa tree forest where I could find it some 75 miles into my ride. I hiked the dunes at night and there was nobody else camped that night, silence was astounding, moonlight sublime.P1010458.JPGP1010469.JPGP1010463.JPGP1010483.JPGP1010485.JPG

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    After a hot meal, campfire, dune walk and good nights sleep in the Mother Ship ( white van) I got up in the mid-30's put on armour, fleece and down and headed out to Saline Valley where things just got hot. First hint I was getting close to warm springs was a naked lady just walking down the arroyo wearing only her sandals. "Good Morning" says I to first person I have seen in many a mile. Actual springs were beautiful, clean and inhabited by the nicest bunch of nudists imaginable. After a good soak and visit with the locals I packed fleece, jacket and down vest away and hit the trail which became very smooth and mostly 5th gear for next 30 miles to Marble canyon. A little snow in the hi country had me diggin for coat again.P1010492.JPGP1010494.JPGP1010495.JPGP1010498.JPGP1010508.JPG

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    Lots of interesting old mining artifacts, this headframe, ore hoist and tromel caught my eye due to warm weathered woodand curious shapesP1010512.JPGP1010515.JPGP1010536.JPGP1010527.JPGP1010506.JPG
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    After finding my fuel depot and giving my TWMistress a much needed drink of 87 octane we were off to explore more mines and Upper Eureka Valley. Returning to the Dunes I loaded up the Mother Ship and headed north to Marble Canyon ( lots of them around), Opal canyon ,Willow Canyon, Fish Lake ( no fish, no lake) and eventually to White Mtns and Bristlecone Monument.P1010568.JPGP1010595.JPGP1010604.JPGP1010612.JPGP1010610.JPG
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    Road to Bristlecones was closed 8 miles up for the winter so I zoomed up practicing my rarely used road bike skills, what a gas.Just me, some deer and a few Harley riders untill I got to Grandview campground a truely well named place.P1010625.JPGP1010631.JPGP1010634.JPGP1010636.JPGP1010667.JPGOnce out of high country I saw a sign for "Carma" so off I went to find this radio telescope array appearantly under contruction. Bizzare. Nobody around, good finish for my "Desert Solitaire" adventure.

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    Wow what a trip, Looks like a super time! Good Post! Good Photos You did 100% good job!! Would like to see more ! Dave in Lakewood, CA.
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    Great ride report...thanks for sharing!
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    Damn Fred, slow down! I think you hit about every one of my favorite hot spots in one trip. The Saline Valley hot springs is on my to do list. Inyo and Mono counties are my favorite places to explore.
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    The mainP1010487.JPGP1010489.JPGP1010471.JPGP1010500.JPGP1010488.JPG road in saline Valley is in very good condition this year, well graded unlike last year when flood damage made it mighty rough. You should go. Actually there were thirty or so people there in a great variety of rigs, all with sun shades of some sort.After the effort and emptiness to get there the springs felt crowded. I felt exposed to sun with only the bike, but I am more used to forests.These are more pics from Upper Warm Springs and the ride down through Steel Pass, trailside art and the main warm springs. Very nice day on the TW once I was confident I wouldn"t run out of gas. Cold morning with slow technical deep loose sand, rocks,off cambers then hot with smoooooth hard high speed sand, graded gravel then climbing through pinon forests, snow, mud; then back down again. Then up another pass, down again...typical basin and range but in Death Valley area the changes in elevation seem more extreme.
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