My original plans for this day were to finish seeing what 'needed-to-be-seen', then out to either Pahrump or Vegas, hotel it for the night, then home the NEXT day.
Didn't get quite the rest I'd planned - heavy winds started during the night waking me early.
Back to sleep, then I woke to the tent touching my face....
Immediately got up to re-tie the tie-downs, but they were all tight - the winds just forcing the tent over so far that the wall had touched me. Took advantage of being out to empty my bladder, then back inside for a BIT more rest.
6AM, and it was 'camp-breaking' time. I had a bagel in my pack, so breakfast was covered, the bike was loaded, me on its back headed into the sunrise. Again past the Dunes and Cornfield and S on 190 planning morning shadow pics at Zabriskie Point, but several miles S on 190 and highway construction with a half hour wait.
Finally got rolling, but the light was mostly gone at Zabriskie Point. Took a few pics then back to Furnace Creek Junction, and S on Badwater Road to see the "lowest point"....
Along the way I turned into "Artists Drive", passing "Artists Palette" expecting colors like we get here in AZ, or up in UT. Not to be - NICE one-way road, but nothing spectacular, then S again passing the "Devils Golf Course" enroute to "Badwater". I've had my GPS on 'compass' for the last few days to get height ASL (or below...), and found that it said -213' (I'd actually seen -250' a few miles north...
) while I photoed the sign up the rock wall saying "SEA LEVEL" at Badwater. COOL nonetheless, tho' I wonder WHERE it IS -285'!
S again and around the corner, and too soon I was heading E towards Shoshone. It was still early, so I set Vegas into the GPS destination, surprised to see an ETA around 1PM. Then I told it to "take me home", and it ETA'd 5:45PM - sunset.
That became my new plan, and the bike began climbing Salsberry Pass (3315' ASL), the temp dropping. Glad to have my Tourmaster Synergy jacket liner on all morning, I now turned it ON, eventually notching it up to HI as the temps dropped.
In Pahrump I had my first coffee of the day, along w/ a '$1 Menu' burger at McDees, then back on the 160 to Vegas. I was in sight of the I-215 loop there when everything ground to a halt for road-paving. A REALLY FUN half hour
was spent there, 50 yards from the exit, while huge machines rolled out the asphalt. Still needed the heat ON, and soon I was going E, past the Dam, my ETA home now working towards 7PM.
The cool temps lasted till an hour S of Kingman, AZ when I could finally turn the liner OFF. I neared Loop 303 on AZ 60 (my plan...) only to see a sign indicating it was closed at...some...point, 60 to 101S being the alternate. I filled up along 60 (later worked out my mileage for the WHOLE trip at 51.6 mpg, which is GREAT after factoring in that I got 32 mpg between Vegas and Pahrump on day ONE!), but kept watching my ETA home go later, and later, as I stopped every few hundred yards for ANOTHER traffic light
Finally got onto Loop 101, then I-10, then MY exit... and home at 7:30, a 12 and a half hour day....
This day's ride was 558 miles, while my GPS said I'd done 1,501 miles since leaving on Tuesday the 23rd. Here are some more pics - HOPE you like them, and my little ride-report.