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Death Valley Ride - March 7th-9th, 2008


* Where: Death Valley National Park - Furnace Creek Camp Ground
* When: March 7th-9th, 2008
* Experience Level: Novice on up



March 7th-9th 2008
Death Valley Camping/Wildflower Trip - Hopefully the timing will be right
for stuff to be in bloom.
1,043 miles (approx)

Initial meetup Location: Denny's 2717 W Bell Rd Phoenix, Arizona

First night in Ridgecrest California (450 miles from start) not sure of location or campsite fee yet, then camping in Furnace Creek campground in Death Valley NP. 136 sites open year-round. Tables, water, flush toilets, fireplaces and sanitary station. Just north of Visitor Center on Route 190; elevation 196 feet below sea level. Fee $16.

Right now it looks like we leave at 6am and arrive in Ridgecrest about 1-2hrs before dark, probably sooner but it depends on the number of stops made. Short ride the next day into Death Valley, camp and leave for home on Sun unless everyone decides to make it a 4 day weekend.

This ride is open to anyone who wants to join in, we can pick people up along the route or meet in either Ridgecrest or Death Valley NP. It will be a pretty easy ride so anyone who hasn't been on a group ride or is just starting out is more than welcome to come along. Smile Any and all suggestions are welcome.

Route Map
from:2717 W. Bell Rd, Phoenix, AZ to:parker az to:twentynine palms ca to:apple valley ca to:35.599252,-117.680054 to:Trona Wildrose Rd @35.824850, -117.339950 to:pahrump ca to:US-95/N US-95/Veterans Mem Hwy @35.470940, -114.924030 to:Mohave Valley Hw
 

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Should be a really fun ride, yours is the first response in this forum :D I've got
7 people and 6 bikes lined up for the run so far. There'll be plenty of room in Death Valley, I reserved the group site. If you think you might try to make it out just let me know.
 

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Update in case anyone is interested

Ok, reservations made and paid for both Death Valley NP and the
Barstow KOA campgrounds. I'll pay for the Furnace Creek Group Site
K. For those going to the KOA in Barstow California , we have one more spot available, anymore than that and I will need to make additional reservations.
The available spot will cost $10, additional spots are $20 something I believe.

Those coming from Phoenix and those from California who aren't staying in the
KOA can meet up in Ridgecrest on Sat. March 8th at 10:00am or later that afternoon in the Death Valley Furnace Creek campgrounds, just pm me for any additional info you might need.

Updated list of whose currently on board:
Spots (10 Needed- For the Death Valley portion, but we can have up to
40 onsite)

1. Ddennis669
2. Sensehumor
3. Izpep
4. Ernest & Wife
5. packermann
6. Open
7. Open
8. Open
9. Open

Route map so far
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&hl=en&geocode=2966777002680677147,34.107040,-114.277860%3B11336092691840710617,34.124680,-116.410120%3B9522246584183104151,34.940355,-116.876787%3B923818364927042101,36.307830,-117.979430%3B16867273308937885972,36.461354,-116.866673%3B6436866394008491545,35.147710,-114.568390%3B4516308442463846453,34.503000,-114.349430%3B5535724556534359062,33.987420,-112.741460&time=&date=&ttype=&saddr=2717+W+Bell+Rd,+Phoenix,+AZ+85053&daddr=AZ-95+%4034.107040,+-114.277860+to:CA-62%2FTwentynine+Palms+Hwy+%4034.124680,+-116.410120+to:Ghost+Town+Rd+%4034.940355,+-116.876787+to:507+S.+China+Lake+Blvd.+,+Ridgecrest,+CA,+US,+93555+to:CA-190+%4036.307830,+-117.979430+to:Death+Valley+Museum+Rd+%4036.461354,+-116.866673+to:Main+St%2FTopock-Davis+Dam+Rd+%4035.147710,+-114.568390+to:AZ-95+%4034.503000,+-114.349430+to:33.788279,-113.615112+to:US-93+%4033.987420,+-112.741460+to:2717+W+Bell+Rd,+Phoenix,+AZ+85053,+USA&mra=dpe&mrcr=3&mrsp=9&sz=8&via=1,2,5,7,8,9,10&sll=35.128894,-114.400635&sspn=3.912595,8.657227&ie=UTF8&z=8&om=0
 

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Sorely tempted. It would make a good early season ride. Lived in Trona '55-'61 when I was just a wee lad. Would dept. Abq at about noon on Friday and should be able to make Ridgecrest by 10:00 am on Sat.
 

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Be happy to have you along Jake :smile: , let me know and we'll work out the timing details. If 10:00am on the 8th isn't possible you could just meet us at the Furnace Creek campground later in the day, different route for you but another option to look at.
 

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Got wife approval yesterday. Everything else is just details.
 

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Will you be meeting us in DV or in Ridgecrest? In Ridgecrest we'll be meeting in the parking lot of the Comfort Inn 507 S. China Lake Blvd. , Ridgecrest, CA, US, 93555 Phone: (760) 375-9732 on Saturday March 8th at 10:00am.

Happy to have you aboard Jake :biggrin:

New Rider List

1. Ddennis669
2. Sensehumor
3. Izpep
4. Jake '53
5. Ernest & Wife
6. Packermann
7. DarrenO
8. Open
9. Open
10. Open
 

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I'll be trying for Ridgecrest. Leave Abq @11:00 Friday, Stop somewhere between Kingman and Needles. Should be able to make Ridgecrest before 10:00 Saturday.
 

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Rider Update

1. Ddennis669
2. Sensehumor
3. Izpep
4. Jake '53 (Riding in from Albuquerque, NM to meet us in Ridgecrest)
5. Ernest & Wife (1 bike, 1 car)
6. Packermann
7. DarrenO
8. gadinaz (Joining up with the group from Phoenix)
9. Open

Plenty of spots in DV Available :D

If you don't recognize some of the user names it's because their from other
forums like Ninja250.org or the Southern Arizona Kawasaki Enthusiasts group.
 

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Mini update

Looks to be the final Route Map
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&hl=en&geocode=2966777002680677147,34.107040,-114.277860%3B11336092691840710617,34.124680,-116.410120%3B9522246584183104151,34.940355,-116.876787%3B11118568519782947755,36.379420,-117.879440%3B16867273308937885972,36.461354,-116.866673%3B14426677336066321417,36.015970,-114.737007&saddr=2717+W+Bell+Rd,+Phoenix,+AZ+85053&daddr=33.811102,-113.516235+to:AZ-95+%4034.107040,+-114.277860+to:CA-62%2FTwentynine+Palms+Hwy+%4034.124680,+-116.410120+to:Ghost+Town+Rd+%4034.940355,+-116.876787+to:507+S.+China+Lake+Blvd.+,+Ridgecrest,+CA,+US,+93555+to:CA-190+%4036.379420,+-117.879440+to:Death+Valley+Museum+Rd+%4036.461354,+-116.866673+to:US-93+%4036.015970,+-114.737007+to:2717+W+Bell+Rd,+Phoenix,+AZ+85053,+USA&mra=dpe&mrcr=0&mrsp=1&sz=8&via=1,2,3,6&sll=35.012002,-113.966675&sspn=3.918199,8.657227&ie=UTF8&z=8

Current Rider List
1. Ddennis669 (Will meet us in Ridgecrest)
2. Sensehumor (Traveling from Phoenix)
3. Izpep (Traveling from Phoenix)
4. Jake '53 (Riding in from Albuquerque NM to meet us in
Ridgecrest)
5. Ernest & Wife (Traveling from Phoenix)
6. Packermann (Will meet us in Ridgecrest)
7. DarrenO (Will meet us in Ridgecrest)
8. gadinaz (Traveling from Phoenix)
9. Vicki (Traveling from Phoenix)

If we get into DV early enough there are some cool side routes through the park that we can take.

C'mon people how much time do you really need to spend with the family? Still room for more :)
 

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Just rode through DV last weekend. Don't miss Artists drive if you have the time. Very scenic and fun twisties. One way road and narrow. Only 25 mph speed but of course we fudged that a bit.
 

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Just rode through DV last weekend. Don't miss Artists drive if you have the time. Very scenic and fun twisties. One way road and narrow. Only 25 mph speed but of course we fudged that a bit.
Just checked the map, looks like we'll have plenty of time to try that route. Supposed to be only 10miles South of Furnace Creek Campground and only 9miles long. Should be an easy route to hit before it gets dark. Thanks for the info :-D
 

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Updated Info

Spots (12 Currently)
1. Ddennis669 (Will meet us in Ridgecrest)
2. Packermann (Will meet us in Ridgecrest)
3. DarrenO (Will meet us in Ridgecrest)
4. Emily (Will meet us in Barstow)
5. Jake '53 (Will meet us in Ridgecrest
6. Sensehumor (Traveling from Phoenix)
7. Ernest & Wife (Traveling from Phoenix)
8. gadinaz (Traveling from Phoenix)
9. Vicki (Traveling from Phoenix)
10. Ellisberg (Traveling from Phoenix)
11. Izpep (Traveling from Phoenix)

Final Route Map
from:2717 W Bell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85053 to:33.811102,-113.516235 to:AZ-95 @34.107040, -114.277860 to:CA-62/Twentynine Palms Hwy @34.124680, -116.410120 to:Ghost Town Rd @34.940355, -116.876787 to:507 S. China Lake Blvd. , Ridgecrest, CA, US, 93555 to:
 

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Weather looks good for the ride across I-40 through the week end. Working on getting rid of a cold that hit me Saturday night and is hanging on longer than usual. See you in Ridgecrest.
 
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