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|Le Grand Tour of the USA|
|Author: jean (Show all albums)|
my wife and me have decided to take a big break and discover this big country with our sidecar .
The rig is : 2011 HD Road King with a 1971 Watsonian Palma sidecar .
our trip started on June 10 , 2012 and we plan to end it by August 20th , 2012 .
It was barely late morning when we checked up at the Best Western of Pahrump - so nicely air conditioned - and then had a very interesting visit to the local Museum . Indeed ... we are not a casino type of people !!
We did not stay long in Furnace Creek and headed East on Route 190 to Pahrump , NV , and what a surprise to see an Opera House at the Death Valley Junction !
we arrived at Furnace Creek at 7.25 AM and had a great breakfast at the Ranch , ready to visit the newly built Visitor Center at 8.00AM . It is already very hot out there , close to 95 F .
A typical view of the Death Valley on our way to Furnace Creek .
What a smooth and solitary ride to Stovepipe village in the middle of the Death Valley : we arrived there to fill up gas at around 6.40 AM .
July 11th around 4.35 : the 2 cylinders are fired up . Right on 178 East , heading to the Death Valley National park . Our goal is to be at the Furnace Creek Visitor Center before the 8.00 am opening time .
we passed by the Owens Lake ( dry) and circle around the China Lake Naval Weapons Center , back to Ridgecrest .
Here we are ! it is about 8.00 AM on the Panamint road . In fact , a little too late in our opinion for a Death Valley crossing on a bike by this (really hot ) time of the year .We will keep it in mind for tomorrow .
we made a stop next to the ghost city of Ballarat and read the signs telling the poignant story of the place .
July 10th : that day was THE test day ! we surveyed the route to the Death Valley National Park and figured out the best timing to do it the next day . Here we are in the Panamint Valley , headed north on Route 178 .
It was only mid day when we arrived in Ridgecrest but the heat was so high ( close to 105 F ) that we were pleased to leave our luggage at the Best Western and go for a visit at the local Museum . As always ... a so interesting museum about local life and the importance of the surrounding army bases and research/training facilities .
Right after passing Lake Isabella ...Well ... a desert like landscape ! And it was the first time that we saw a Joshua tree !