I figured this would be just like any of the other traveling have done so far, a simple jaunt through Death Valley, with enough time to make it to the destination and relax a little before getting back to work.
I was sadly mistaken. This is my original route, notice how it's fairly straight and it looks very simple. This route was only scheduled to take me approximately 3 1/2 hours. Travel in the RV is always a little slower than that so estimated about four hours. Had a big surprise ahead..
|"Good" piece of road|
The road did deteriorate even more to where it was basically a one lane road of hard packed sand interspersed with rocks and gravel in places, with dips and windblown soft sand. At no point did I feel the need to turn around, or unhook scooter to scout ahead. There were a couple instances where could feel the RV, instead of coasting along fine, it actually had to work a little. This is in areas where there was soft sand on top of the "road".
The road closure sign said it was closed due to flooding, but alas, everything was parched and lifeless it seemed.
|Going up up and away|
These pictures don't do the layers of dust justice, it was really think in some places and very fine.
|Surprisingly not everywhere.....|
Sunset pictures on day of Travel
One strange occurrence happened, not really strange but was odd. When got to the first paved road stopped the RV to clean off the rear view camera. Prior to this didn't see anyone behind me and had a little doubt whether more roads were blocked off.
Turns out there was this elderly couple, in a pickup truck, with a dirt bike on the back. Said they were going riding off someplace. Thing is, which is always possible, didn't really see dust and dirt on their pickup (with a dirt bike in back). I need some of that dust repellant they used.
Got a feeling that I knew them from someplace, almost like they were my grandparents on my dad's side, which never knew. Probably the desert heat made me feel like that.
Saw same truck/dirt bike next day leaving Pahrump being pulled by an RV.