On Wednesday, January 24th, Herb Gaudreau, Denny Huffman (avonfloater) and I, Dan Kienle (reelman), headed south to the warmth of Death Valley National Park. This was the first Death Valley Daze for all three of us and the weather of the previous weeks had us a little concerned. In fact, snow in the coastal range had stopped me from picking up my trailer on the Oregon coast. Luckily, Oskar Rupp was willing to lend me his trailer. So down the road we went and to our delight, all roads were dry and clear sailing.
After a nights stay at the Nugget Casino in Carson City, Nevada, we arrived at the Furnace Creek Campground on Thursday. We quickly unloaded the trailer and admired the beauty of our cargo. No, Iím not talking about the bikes. Iím referring to the one liter bottles (16 in all) of Herbís Irish Red Ale. Not only did Herb turn out this delicious brew, he also provided us with outstanding meals. This would not be a trip of depravity. This was first class food, drink and riding (although not in that order).
For the next three days we rode through the acres of stone wilderness with our GPS showing negative numbers and with temperatures in the upper 70ís.
There was the surreal landscape of the Badwater Basin, the unbelievable colors of Artistís Drive, the enormous Ubehebe Crater, the elaborate Scottyís Castle, the remarkable Titus Canyon, etc., etcÖ
We took pictures and have a story to tell you for all these areas so let me start with our first run-in with the coyotes.
You know, this is going to take an enormous post and think of all the pictures I will have to upload. If there was only a wayÖ.wait a minute, what about a RDC night? Yea, thatís the ticket, a dinner and slideshow in beautiful Washougal, WA. on Saturday, February 24th.
Gotta go, Iíve have some phone calls to make. Watch for the RDC invitation to be posted soon.