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Hey Death Valley vets: Accommodation rec?(13 posts)

Hey Death Valley vets: Accommodation rec?PseuZQ
Jan 16, 2003 2:01 PM
Ok, so I think I'm gonna take the plunge and try the Death Valley Double. I've checked out the Planet Ultra website and they recommend the Furnace Creek Ranch. At $133/nite, and since I'm going solo, (and bootstrapping it at work), this is a bit rich. I saw a motel in Stovepipe Wells, aptly named the "Stovepipe Wells Motel," that looks a little cheaper. Does anyone have any insight into logistics, ie is this just way too far from the start? Or do you know if this place is ultra-skanky or loud?

My other option is camping, except I don't really know how to camp and don't necessarily want to find out the hard way that I hate it the night before my first double. (I do own a tent, but I have no idea how to pitch it. This is a very long story.)

been thereDougSloan
Jan 16, 2003 2:10 PM
Stove Pipe is passable; a little "quaint". I think it's about 20 miles away, but it's a fast 20 miles (I've ridden through there 6 or 7 times).

Things will fill up fast, so you'd better do something. There just aren't many places to stay in or near Death Valley.

I can get really cold at night. I wouldn't want to start experimenting with camping in Death Valley the night before a double.

Book now.

Roger. (nm)PseuZQ
Jan 16, 2003 2:24 PM
did you see my maps and profiles?DougSloan
Jan 16, 2003 2:36 PM

and more at the 508 site:
I did indeed, thanks!PseuZQ
Jan 16, 2003 2:46 PM
Terrific resource. What do you reckon the average grade of Salsberry pass is? I don't mind hills...just curious.
~5%, maybeDougSloan
Jan 16, 2003 2:56 PM
Not very steep; just very long without a break. Never need anything more than a 25 cog on this one (for average rider).

I did indeed, thanks!PseuZQ
Jan 16, 2003 2:56 PM
Terrific resource. What do you reckon the average grade of Salsberry pass is? I don't mind hills...just curious.
Hey DougYe Olde Balde One
Jan 18, 2003 8:52 AM
Could you maybe write a description of the gearing and equipment you used for rides like this?

I'm thinking of doing the Triple Crown for the first time, and any advice on the courses and gearing would be most appreciated.

Camped at the Texas Springs campground last 2 years...Lon Norder
Jan 16, 2003 4:23 PM
It's about a half mile from the start at Furnace Creek. Last year it was so windy that it collapsed the tent. I didn't get much sleep before the ride.
I would like to add...Lon Norder
Jan 16, 2003 4:42 PM
It's an awesome ride - probably unlike anywhere you've ridden before. You won't regret trying it. I'll probably be back this year too and camp at Texas Springs.
Car campsn69
Jan 16, 2003 4:46 PM
If you have reclinable seats and a good sleeping bag, you can car camp there at Furnace Creek with little or no problem. BUT, the real delight is tent camping if only because you can hear the coyotes sniffing around your tent all night.

More importantly, dress wisely for the ride. The year I did it, it went from about 35 degrees in the morning to the low 70s by the afternoon--quite the variation.

I used to bag on 'bents, until as I rode and shivered, I saw a dude ride by on his 'bent while he ate a bowl of steaming hot soup.
Funny thing about the coyotes...Lon Norder
Jan 16, 2003 4:57 PM
I was camping there several New Year's eves ago. At midnight, when everybody started hooting and hollering, a pack of coyotes joined in too.
Thanks.... This looks wayyy cool.PseuZQ
Jan 16, 2003 9:45 PM
Great advice, all. I appreciate it. Got a rezzie at the Stovepipe Wells joint. $54 so it looks like I'll be packing the Raid.... I'm pretty stoked, actually. The car thing is a good idea, though. I hadn't thought of that.

Now, I've got to figure out the best way to get there from SF. And, ummm, train.

If anyone has any additional pearls of wisdom to bestow, about doubles in general or Death Valley specifically, feel free.

Thanks again!