On Thursday we set off from boulder creek RV resort – after having spent a lovely week there! Thank you so much to Jacque and her amazing team for having us – the hot tub at the end of the whitney climb was a particular highlight!! As well as free muffins and coffee every morning!
We were waved off by the LA co. fire department ‘old boys’ camping group who had invited us earlier in the week to their ‘pot luck’ dinner. Thank you for being so kind and generous to us whilst we have been at the RV park! Hope to see you all soon when we pass LA early next year.
We then headed down highway 136 towards death valley. 25km in to our trip we hit the 1000km mark on our cycle from San Francisco. It was quite a moment – thank you to our stromer bikes for getting us this far so safe and sound!
We were then struggling against a strong head wind on the climb up to the ‘Welcome to Death Valley National Park’ sign (which was a very welcome sight!). We gobbled some left over halloween treats as a well done to us for making it there and then continued up the steep and windy road towards the valley… with the promise that at some point…. given that we are making our way to the lowest point on the continent, it simply had to start going downhill!
We were not disappointed either, shortly after one of the most stunning vistas we have been blessed with so far, we were then treated to 15km of smooth downhill riding in the setting sun.
We are we then able to camp for the night at Panamint springs before setting off further into Death Valley early this morning.
This mornings ride wasn’t a particularly easy start to the day, with a 3765ft climb over the Towne Pass. Luckily the mountain sheltered the head wind which made the climb a little more friendly!
We then headed downhill for what will be the final time en route to Badwater Basin, heading 70km down into the hub of death valley – Furnace Creek; which is where we are now camped, sitting at 190ft below sea level!
Over the weekend we are planning our approach to Badwater as well as preparing to do a presentation at the very tiny school here at furnace ceek on Monday morning!