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Posted by nedjinski on April 02, 2003 at 21:24:44:

Wind anyone? moron that later . . .
Sunday I rode (solo M/C) up to the Pinnacles never having been there - what a cool place - tufas like I've never seen before, and nobody around, just the Trona vapors. Then Monday on to Ballarat. First I gassed up at the Texaco and had one of their fine hand made burritos and some conversation with a local who was complaining about being trapped in Trona with no husband and two young kids and no way out . . . eegads!) After a short visit at Ballarat it's down Wingate to Goler. Wingate road was in very fast condition 'cept for a few soft sand spots. Turning on to Goler the road changes to chunks and rocks. Met four various 4x4 types coming out all within a few minutes of each other then no one else for a while. Goler is in great condition save for one craggy waterfall spot near the beginning of the road, otherwise it's smooth sailing. Not knowing what was where I guess I blew past the road for Barker/Myers 'cause the next thing I knew I was hurling the bike up the boulders of Mengel. On a bike it's "don't stop or slow down for any reason" - otherwise it's very difficult to get re-started if you stall or fall, and loaded with 150 odd pounds of gear you definitely don't want to fall! Met two more brand new 4x4 vehicles who were out on the road for the first time and trying out their new wheels, looking very pleased at making it through Mengel. Riding on I came across Mengel's(?) cabin (#5) which was gated up and upon inspection looked like few people had been staying there. Someone had told me there were Hanta Virus warnings for the place. Then riding on I saw the beautiful geologist's cabin sitting up above the Anvil spring. What a fantastic spot and perfect cabin. The caretakers have done their work well here as the cabin is stocked with everything one would need to hole up for a few days if the weather got real bad. Since it was now 4PM and no one else was around I decided to stay there overnight. At about 5PM I got a visit from a park ranger who said he was out of Stovepipe and was just making his rounds to see if all was well. He said I had the best spot in the entire valley and went on his way. So I pulled up a chair outside and read some short stories and watched to sun go down over the valley. What a blissful place! So about that wind. What wind you say? Hah! Sometime in the middle of the night, wham!! the door slams open and the wind began to howl. It came straight over the hill and blasted the cabin. Boards were flying around and anything that wasn't glued down on my bike was on the ground getting blown somewhere. Yikes! I batoned down the hatches and slept through the rest of the night with the door and windows sounding like they wanted to burst open at any moment. In the early AM I thought the wind was dying down so I had some beakfast and packed up and rode out of the valley past the mines and towards West Side. Once I cleared the canyon, wham! again as the wind was howling straight up the valley. I turned up West Side and since I had a tail wind I was unaware of how hard it was blowing until I got closer to Furnace Creek and could see huge dust clouds over the north end of the valley. Heading west towards Stovepipe I almost got blown into the Cornfield, and it was a very wild ride all the way home. Just another day in the valley . . . .


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