My plan for today involved an easy warm-up cruise on pavement to Badwater and back for just under 40 miles. Having pedaled it once previously, I knew that despite the flatness of the valley between Badwater and Furnace Creek, the road ran right at the edge of the eastern hills, making interesting rollers and curves. It should be a speedy ride in cool, clear conditions with light, polite traffic and awesome views of Badwater basin, salt flats, raw desert, and flanking mountains wearing colorful Death Valley hues.
If, as anticipated, I had enough gas left in the tank, I had another ride in mind for later in the afternoon.
Well, some parts of some plans work out as expected, but some parts of some plans collapse right away.