Last weekend my trade brought me to Death Valley for some scouting but instead of going by preferred method of transportation I was relegated to the truck. Still had a great time but the itch to get the new bike out there and ride was like a fresh case of poison ivy.
Enter today, the rare day off. I woke up early to return some paperwork to the office and it was a very calm and clear. The bike was a must as it sits for a week at a time.
Paperwork handed off and I knew I had to go back to Death Valley. Permission was granted from the wife and I was off. A quick fill up just before heading out of town and the ascent begins to get out of the Vegas dust bowl.
Don't laugh because I roll a scooter! After eating, breathing, and living every facet of motorcycling and conquering the largest, fastest, and heaviest my final frontier is the slowest and most fun. You can say I no longer have much to prove.
This little scoot, however, is quite competent. The ride today proved this and the photos to follow should give you a decent idea.
Speaking of photos, after the picture above was taken, yours truly was almost turned to mashed potatoes. Kind of fitting that on a ride to Death Valley I almost died. Climbing Mt. Potosi, some impatient cager decides to pass around a corner on a double yellow(no passing zone) in his Hyundai Veloster. He is next to 2 other cars which are too close for him to escape my lane so I swing wide and am ready to bat his mirror as he passes.
I felt a slight anger but maintained composure an did not retaliate and continued on my ride without much fanfare. Later in my ride it started to weigh on me the possibility of leaving my daughter without a dad and even though this bike is a lot of fun and recently purchased, it may be time to hang up the jacket and helmet and quit while ahead.
Back to the ride; I climbed Mt. Potosi at a steady 59 to 61 mph indicated(scooter riders can appreciate this statement) and flowed down the back side at 70 mph not wanting to use much throttle. The little Yamaha conquered the mountain that the fuddyduddy Jerry claimed would bring a CVT equipped scooter to a halt.
Posing after the hill climb.
Before getting to Pahrump I almost always bypass it and head for Tecopa Hot Springs. Better scenery and less knuckle heads usually. Once over the pass you come to Resting Springs Ranch as well as the China Ranch Date Farm. Both are an oasis fed by natural fresh water springs. This is Resting Spring Ranch.
Just a little further in is Tecopa which is now a modern day ghost town. I took this picture more for the old truck.
This pic is of a pool in Hot Spring. I love how peaceful it is here.
Muddy Hills of Hot Spring.
In Shoshone there was a well kept Airhead from Montana complete with hack and trailer. Most likely the only vehicle I had a top speed advantage on.
We make entry to the Death Valley National Park.
Finally down "in" Death Valley. A little breezy but still holding decent speed. Badwater is still another 20 miles from here.
Telescope Peak at over 12.000 ft. has its snow cap in the background.
At Badwater(there is a tiny sign in white indicating sea level) you are 282 ft. below sea level.
I am getting hungry at this time so I forego any stops until Furnace Creek. I park next to a KTM 690 and head for the bar.
The food was over priced, looked decent, but tasted mediocre.
After lunch I felt the need to get back to the family so off we go.
Tecopa drew in a few hot rods.
The final shot is Mt. Potosi after conquering it in ease.