Last week two friends and I made a trip to Death Valley. Because of the thunderstorm forecasts along Highway 395, week diverted into Nevada and stayed at Tonopah the first night. We then continued south and enterd DV via Beaty. We encountered ferocious south winds on the way down. We camped for three nights at the Texas Springs campground at Furnace Creek and spent two days seeing the sights in and around DV. With the weather improving to the west, we returned up Highway 395, staying at Walker, CA on the way back.

Preparing to leave Sacramento

Tonopah, NV, home of the Stealth

Taking a break in Beaty, NV

Entering Death Valley

Camping at Furnace Creek

Dinner and wine in camp with friend, John, who drove his Corvette over from Santa Maria to join us for one evening. Jorn was going to ride his Goldwing over, but the foul weather to the west changed his mind.

John's new Corvette

Rain storm to west of the Valley

Visiting Scotty's Castle on north end of Valley

Gate to Scotty's Castle

Scotty's Castle

Zabrinskie Point overlook of Death Valley

Amargosa Inn and Opera House at Death Valley Junction

Crowbar Grill in Shoshone. I was stranded here at the Crowbar with many other riders on the DV Double bicycle ride in 2000 due to freezing rains on Salsbury Pass. Less than 10% of riders got back over the pass back into DV that day and completed the ride.

One of the low points

At the Toiyabe Motel in Walker, CA

At the Toiyabe Motel

Helping out fellow travelers in Walker. A rider from SF found the gel battery on his 2008 RT completely dead in the morning. We gave him a jump. We also encountered the fellow on the big yellow Gold Wing the day before in Shoshone.