May 4, 2009

Beat the Heat....Beat the Heat.

Sorry big brother Mike, but I couldn't stop and smell all the roses.  I had the need to beat the heat.  I knew it was going to be over 100 degrees in "the valley" (us locals call Death Valley "the valley") and it was suppose to be warm all the way to Laughlin, Nevada.  Not only did I want to prevent myself from over heating, but my bike as well (it's air cooled)....So I pulled out of Panamint Springs around 7:30.

But the high lights were many.  I made it about .9 of a mile before I had to stop and take a picture.  This is the road I was on and the surrounding landscape.

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I had to bypass the Mosaic Canyon.  It was a 3 mile ride down a dirt hill and I was unsure of the quality of the road.  My first stop was the Death Valley Visitors Center ("the valley").  I walked around for a few minutes.

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From there I rode down to an 8 mile one way road called "Artists Drive"  Every corner was a photo op and I stopped many times.  It was an amazing 8 mile ride.

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Now for some golf...

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And finally

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Stop for gas and a soda

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and for a new putter and lunch in Baker

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and finished up in Laughlin Nevada at the River Palms hotel.  Laughlin on the Colorado River and sits on the Nevada/Arizona border.  The River Palms is a casino and has weekday rooms for $19.99 and I put $5.00 into a video poker machine and cashed out $20.00. 

Tomorrow is on to Flagstaff.  I'm hoping to ride most of the way on the old Route 66.....

12 comments:

paul said...

Whoo-hoo...I'm the first comment today!! Of course that means I'm the only one fool enough to be up at this hour!!
Great pics, Teamster. And it's as I thought...more WAS greater!!
Did you get to go inside the museum? Was it 85 @ 0730? What is the par on "Devil's Golf Course"? Infinity?? Glad you got to stop for Gyros (pronounced year-o's) as it is one of Chris' favorite foods from the many TDY's she took in the Middle East. We will certainly have some the next time you are in our neck of the woods. Wait...I don't play in the woods anymore...I play ON the fairway!! ;-)) And I've heard those 'Flintstone' putters have a certain feel to them. Congrats on the casino win. You can ask Michelle...not many people walk OUT of a casino with more money than they walked IN with!!

I thought it was only "Valley Girls" who called it "the valley"? Oh well, have a great safe trip today. We will see you in 3 weeks minus a day!

Mel said...

Ohhhhhh.....PRETTY!!!!

:-)

Been there--tacky naked statues and all. LOL

I will say there's nothing like the view--even with the heat.

Bobbie said...

It sounds like you are haveing a ball. It is fun seeing some of the places we have been to through your pictures. This is so much fun..we feel like we are on the back of your bike with you. I'm up early too ...couldn't sleep. Safe riding !!!!! "143 "

dawn said...

Love the pictures!! And hey, you got your room for free! Way to go!!!!


And I know from experience that T loves to stop to take pictures, laying on the street, standing there, everything. =-)

The Teamster said...

Paul...i went inside for a few minutes and it was 85 at about 8:30...add are you calling me a girl?

mel...i have a pic or two of those but my mom reads this blog...laughing

hi mom...I am having fun and taking a nice pace....weather seems to be my biggest factor on how far to go...

Dawn...yeah...a pretty good deal on the room....and imagine me and Katherine together (she stops more than I do)....

Sandee said...

How cool. We all had a great time last night. Ate way too much food, but what they hay. Glad you're having a great time.

Have a terrific day and stay safe. :)

katherine. said...

we did miss you last night....not only did we eat too much...we closed the place down...they were turning the lights out on us...and Zane almost got his truck locked in the lot...smile.

I love the pic of you and the bike...with the DDP on the road.

VERY glad to see you found a new hat to buy !!

maybe I can set you up for a round of golf with the Lynch boys?

(Dawn...it's true...it takes us forever to get anywhere because we both love to stop and take a picture...or twelve...)

continue having a great time...

vaya con dio.

Bond said...

This is really a great thing you are doing. And taking us along for the ride with you is most excellent.

Travel safe Sir.

Bond said...

Consider this my daily temptation...

Memphis Barbecue...

OK, see ya tomorrow...

LOL

Desert Songbird said...

Great photos. You should have a nice ride through Flag. Love it up there.

Linda said...

Obviously I'm reading backwards ... great pictures! No doubt I'd still be there snapping away myself as I'm just as bad as Katherine when it comes to shooting the same picture a time or two or twelve!

Congrats on the $20 win, anytime you can take away some of the casino's cash, you've done darned good!

Travis said...

Looks hot and desolate. My folks are big fans of the desert. Me, not so much.

But it sounds like you're enjoying the trip, and that's what counts.