Death Valley: Day 1 - Victory Forums - Victory Motorcycle Forum
 3Likes
  • 3 Post By Foto Joe
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-30-2016, 05:05 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Foto Joe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Cody, WY
Posts: 415
Default Death Valley: Day 1

Arrrgghhh, the last year has been one of those that I pray never to repeat. After the loss of my wife from cancer two months ago Iíve been getting in as much traveling as I can. Putting my butt in the seat and my knees in the breeze has always been therapeutic for me and this major change to my reality has been no different.

Prior to My Darliní going into the hospital for the last time on January 30th Iíd made plans for a Death Valley run on the weekend of February 26th with friends from Arizona and California. When Teri passed away on February 5th all that changed, I had absolutely no desire to be with anybody so the Death Valley run didnít happen.

So now we fast forward a couple of months and Iím getting my feet under me so to speak, not over the loss of my best friend and never failing to shed a tear at least once a day from missing her but adjusting to my ďnew realityĒ as itís been put to me. In the last month Iíve bailed from our winter hide out in Lake Havasu City and gone out into the desert with the 5th wheel and bike and just vegged for five days, traveled to Phoenix by bike and 5th wheel several times to stay with an old friend and currently I find myself at the Furnace Creek Sunset campground in Death Valley. Although I hauled the bike up here from Arizona I have no regrets in doing so, itís much nicer to be sleeping in my own bed than sleeping on the dirt (rocks) here at the lowest point in North America.

Death Valley: Day 1
My departure from Lake Havasu City AZ on Easter Sunday had me killing bugs by the crack of ten in the morning, not exactly an early start but a friends birthday party apparently kept me up too late the previous evening. I didnít arrive in the Death Valley area until late afternoon and Iíd put Stove Pipe Wells in as my destination since it was about the furthest point north with a campground that could handle a 40í 5th wheel behind a Freightliner. As it became immediately obvious, that might not have been my best choice given what I found that had the name ďCampgroundĒ on it. When I arrived what I encountered was comparable to a dirt Wal-Mart parking lot only without the amenities. I considered turning around and going back to Furnace Creek but not knowing if what Iíd find was any better I decided to bite the bullet and stay the nite. As it turned out the decision to return to Furnace Creek in the morning was an easy one. It appears that there is either a Sulphur or H2S vent somewhere in the vicinity of Stove Pipe Wells. When the wind calms down at nite the stench reminded me of forgetting to hook up the stinky slinky properly when dumping my black tank on the RV years ago.

Although the bike didnít even get untied the first day in Death Valley I had high hopes for the next few days and good or bad I wasnít to be disappointed.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg DeathValleyEntrance-03 (400x225).jpg (14.8 KB, 26 views)
File Type: jpg 62-StovePipeCampground (400x225).jpg (14.5 KB, 23 views)
Ace22, RICZ and Dos_Equis like this.

@"[email protected]_ _ _

Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy.
2017 Cross Country
Stage 1 & Tri-Ovals
Foto Joe is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-31-2016, 12:41 PM
Lifetime Premium
 
Borrec's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Fort Rucker, AL
Posts: 94
Default

FJ, sorry for your loss. I recommend you read "Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road" by Neil Peart. Great book and yes Neil Peart is the drummer for Rush.

2014 XCT
Atom Bomb Mufflers
PC-V
Lloydz Air Filter
Lloydz ATS

Going to war without France is like going hunting without an accordion. You leave alot of noisy useless baggage behind.

I'd rather go down the river with seven studs than with a hundred ****heads" Colonel Charlie Beckwith.
Borrec is offline  
post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-31-2016, 08:07 PM
Senior Member
 
Donzo's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: NorCal
Posts: 436
Default

I was in DV week before last - had a blast! Make sure to stop in Furnace Creek for a cold beverage and lunch at the saloon (across from the fuel station) Good beer selection and great food. Bad water is a must see - great place to people watch. Same with the racetrack - all the tour buses go here and folks from all over the world are there. We stayed in Beatty at the Stagecoach Inn for 3 nights and explored during the day
Have fun

2010 Crossroads
Midnight Cherry

No Rice
No Pork
Just Beef

Enjoy the miles....we only get so many!
Donzo is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-31-2016, 08:10 PM
Lifetime Premium
 
picklefarmer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: MN
Posts: 22
Default

Sorry the loss of your best friend FJ. Hope your trip goes well and that you find some joy out on the road!

2007 Victory Kingpin.
MN, West central.
picklefarmer is offline  
post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-01-2016, 08:25 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: MN
Posts: 105
Default

Sorry for your loss. It wasn't h2s. You would be dead.

1981 Honda cx 500
1999 yamaha fzr600
1980 Honda cb750
1978 Xs750
2003 yamaha vstar
2005 HD softail
2001 Victory 92c
2012 HD Road King
2013 ZNESS XC RPW's victory stage 1 air cleaner stage 1 download, Cobra FI2000 power pro, timing wheel +4
jrp267 is offline  
post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-01-2016, 08:49 PM
Lifetime Premium
 
Travis P's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 4,498
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jrp267 View Post
Sorry for your loss. It wasn't h2s. You would be dead.

That's not true... It takes at least 4hrs of 300ppm of H2S to kill you. You stop smelling H2S when it gets above 5ppm. H2S is hydrogen sulphide that is found in many minerals & anywhere organic matter is in a certain stage of decomposition. It was likely H2S he smelt.
Travis P is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Victory Forums - Victory Motorcycle Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools Search this Thread
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome