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Death Valley Double (very short report)(10 posts)

Death Valley Double (very short report)PseuZQ
Mar 3, 2003 10:52 AM
I'll post a full report later. Too tired to post last night and too busy to post lots this morning.

Here's a synopsis:

I didn't cry.
I didn't puke.
I finished.
Can't wait to do it again!
Minor addendum:PseuZQ
Mar 3, 2003 10:54 AM
Tell us all about it...MrDan
Mar 3, 2003 11:17 AM
I hope to do the 4-5 day tour spring '04...
I will, promise....PseuZQ
Mar 3, 2003 11:31 AM
But I know what'll happen if I start -- I'll keeping checking back here and there goes the rest of the morning.

First double, so can't compare routes...will say that it was gorgeous and I had a lot of fun. Never once thought of quitting.
More later...
How was the new route? (nm)outofthesaddle
Mar 3, 2003 11:20 AM
More climbing and more miles up high...Lon Norder
Mar 3, 2003 12:52 PM
The route went from Furnace Creek to Stovepipe Wells to Scotty's Castle, east 30 miles to highway 95, back to Scotty's Castle to Ubehebe Crater, and back to Furnace Creak with a detour up and down the road to Beatty.

10,000 ft or so of climbing. About 50 miles of the part east of Scotty's Castle was above 4,000 ft. Very windy and cold. They threw in a 2,300 ft climb (the Beatty cutoff part) at the very end for good measure.
was it harder than the Shoshone route? nmDougSloan
Mar 3, 2003 4:56 PM
I thought it was...Lon Norder
Mar 3, 2003 5:24 PM
Seemed like more climbing and more time spent up high in the cold.

Oh, I thought of your 65 mph descent from Townes Pass as I was driving through there. I've never ridden it but I imagine it's pretty scary. I'm surprised you weren't launched into orbit by one of the many whoop-dee-doos. I think I caught some air in my civic when I hit the first big one at 75 mpg.
Excellent! Congrats, that was a TOUGH ride.Lon Norder
Mar 3, 2003 12:38 PM
That was one of the toughest, and most spectacular doubles I've ever done. Lots of climbing, very rough road surface, and your typical Death Valley Double freeze-fest: strong wind, rain, snow. 50 miles of the course were above 4,000 ft. I got hit by two snow squalls - very intense "edge of your seat" riding. I learned my lesson two years ago and was prepared for the cold.
Death Valley is a very unique place, and an awesome place for a double. Again, congrats and welcome to the club.
my buddy says there was hail, rain, wind, basically everything ?PeterRider
Mar 3, 2003 4:24 PM
... too bad I didn't go, too much work this week-end.