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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-06-2001, 11:59 PM Thread Starter
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If you ever get the opportunity, ride to Death Valley, California. The group I ride with goes every October.(It's too hot during the summer) Very few Police/Ranger types, not too much cage traffic. You have to be careful at higher elevations, there was quite a bit of snow and ice on the road above 7000 ft or so.

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I've ridden the Interstate across that desert four times in August coming out of L.A.! I did it once in the daylight, 125 deg. F, and absolutely cooked myself. The next three I ran at night and it was still hot as hell! One other time I was out there, that wasn't bad was in October. I don't remember the roads exactly but was coming from Yosemite heading east and then went south along the eastern side of the mountains and then on some decent two lanes that took me by a place called Scotty's Castle, a Park with an extinct volcano (?I think), a mining ghost town, the old Borax operations, I think a dry lake bed, and eventually into Las Vegas. That was a pretty nice ride as I recall. Pretty desolate terrain!
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We leave the Los Angeles area and head north to Bakersfield, CA. and meet up with some riders from Reno,NV. just north of Bakersfield. The next day we ride over the mountains (took 11 hours last time, lots of snow and ice) to the 395 and stop at a place near the enterance of Death Valley there are a couple of long straights and a real twisty section going down into the valley.

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We leave the Los Angeles area and head north to Bakersfield, CA. and meet up with some riders from Reno,NV. just north of Bakersfield. The next day we ride over the mountains (took 11 hours last time, lots of snow and ice) to the 395 and stop at a place near the enterance of Death Valley
Do you take 178 over to the valley? Just curious cause if you do you go thru my local of Ridgecrest.

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No, we came over the mountain on the 190 just NW of Ridgecrest, we were real close though. I'm going to double check my maps to make sure.

We take the 65 north from Bakersfield and cross the mountains on the 190 and down the other side on the 341 just North of your location.

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