Death Valley: Ride 1, Badwater

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.

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8 response to "Death Valley: Ride 1, Badwater"

  1. By: Seasidejanet Posted: April 25, 2018

    Nice ride…..we did that one year in early March. It isn’t a flat ride! Beautiful though!!

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: April 25, 2018

      You’re right, Janet. A direct route up and down the valley from Furnace Creek to Badwater and back would be pretty level, but the road goes right along the foot of the hills and rolls up and down. Not that it was a killer by any means, but I calculated 1000 feet of climbing to get from FC to Badwater and back, which always seems surprising.

  2. By: Suzanne Posted: April 25, 2018

    Beautiful pictures, Bill, even if you didn’t get the views you had hoped for. I would say you must have a great camera – but I hate it when people say that. The camera doesn’t take the pictures, the photographer does. Good job! 


    • By: Bill Stone Posted: April 25, 2018

      Suzanne, in my opinion I’m responsible for all the good photos, but my camera is responsible for all the bad ones. 😉

  3. By: gregblood Posted: April 25, 2018

    Great pictures. I can’t wait to see more in the upcoming days.

    I suspect you wouldn’t get so many birds perching on your bike if you stopped sprinkling it with worms and seeds.

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: April 25, 2018

      Greg, the birds always seem to know when “I’m down to seeds and stems again.” 😉

  4. By: Scooter Posted: April 26, 2018

    Wow, Bill. DV is such a spectacular place, but what a special day you got to see it in. And to be visited by an oriole (?) in Badwater? Amazing.

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: April 26, 2018

      Hi Scott,

      Yep, it’s difficult to take a bad photo in Death Valley, and the wild weather only made my meager point-and-shoot skills seem better. Plus, how many visitors to Badwater get to boast they were rained on? Not many.

      As to our feathered friend, I’m clueless about birds, but I was also guessing oriole, just because I know the Baltimore Orioles of Major League Baseball wear orange and black. Of course, so do the San Francisco Giants. 😉

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