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post #1 of 30 Old 10-16-2016, 02:16 AM Thread Starter
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Nice ride into Death Valley

The wife and I spent the day riding from our house in the desert into Death Valley. After passing through the ever beautiful town of Trona CA we took the Wildrose road up to the Charcoal Kilns.

The best part of Trona, my bike and the USA flag



Saw a bunch of ass on the way to the kilns


Made it to the kilns. This was the first time taking my wife off pavement on a bike instead of my Jeep. I'm glad I waited until I replaced the Trail Wings with the E-07s. The new tires performed flawlessly. We hit some washboard sections and a few spots that got a bit rocky and required picking a pretty tight line but it all went well.


Mahogany flats campground at over 8000'



Glad I didn't have the side cases on.

It was blowing pretty hard in the Valley


One of the locals admiring my bike. I suspect someone has been feeding the wildlife as he had no apparent fear of humans


Looking down from the vista point. The beautiful winding road below is Hwy 190. We had ridden through the dust storm and up 190. From here we dropped into Olancha CA for a late lunch then headed home. The bike and tires did great. My wife was comfortable for the 349 miles. All in all...A GREAT DAY!!!
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Two up on dirt! brave soul. I don't trust myself cus I fall down. New tires pretty good, Great. Wonder how long they will last on the pavement.
Olancha, Love the Ranch House Cafe. Classic 395 dining. It's my ride to brekky when headed North.

Which road was closed with the barriers?
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nice to see a familiar area where I ride a couple times a year. Re road from Panamint Valley road to Wildrose Campground....I can barely remember a time when it wasn't 'closed'. When in the area I like to soak in the hot springs in Tecopa and visit the nearby China Ranch date farm.

ah yes you don't want to miss the beautiful town of Trona........ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trona,...ty,_California
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Thumbs up Panamint Valley has spectacular views and some great dirt roads.

We did that area early last June coming from the West over Sherman Pass (Awesome!) and stayed overnight in Panamint Springs. Good food and over 150 beers to try! Nearly ran them out of Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Ale while sitting in the sun and watching the F18s practicing air tactics. Very memorable 2 days in the desert! Yes, Wildrose was closed then as well, but still easy 2-up on our DL1000 K4. Definitely a "will do again" ride!
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Two up on dirt! brave soul. I don't trust myself cus I fall down. New tires pretty good, Great. Wonder how long they will last on the pavement.
Olancha, Love the Ranch House Cafe. Classic 395 dining. It's my ride to brekky when headed North.

Which road was closed with the barriers?
Wildrose rd was closed to cars due to some washouts. No problem on the bike. I've had many an enjoyable meal at Ranch House including yesterday. Tire wear remains to be seen but they made a huge difference in making the bike more controllable offroad and did a fine job on the pavement.
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close to that time of year for a ride/campout to Death Valley. I'm getting excited.

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I was just over there on the 13th. Still a little warm in the high 90's. On a week day you can actually have lunch at Furnace Creek.

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"ah yes you don't want to miss the beautiful town of Trona."

Going though Trona brings to mind the EYE of Sauron dwelling in Mordor.
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Two up on dirt! brave soul. I don't trust myself cus I fall down. New tires pretty good, Great. Wonder how long they will last on the pavement.
My E-07's have done 9590kms so far and should have a couple left in them. 90% seal but I use them for the confidence they give when on dirt roads. Mind you, the OEM Bridgestones were terrible even on seal always being deflected by seams and patches.
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"ah yes you don't want to miss the beautiful town of Trona."



Going though Trona brings to mind the EYE of Sauron dwelling in Mordor.


Haha. There are certain places, Trona being one of them, that really make me appreciate my home.


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