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Death Valley, California

The US is a superb and easy place to ride with so much to see and do. This was our first trip to California and we rented our bikes through Eagle Riders, who also arranged the hotels en route. I have lived in California many years ago but for myself and my brother it was a totally new experience for us to do a 7 day tour on bikes. Our bikes of choice were BMW GS's. Great for the open road and also enough wind to cool you down especially in places like Death Valley where the temperature easily gets to around 40 degrees.

On Day 1 we headed out East towards Palm Springs, via Lake Elsinore, Hemet and the St Jacinta Park. Great windy roads combined with typical of the track  Californian highways, straight and very little traffic.
Day 2 through Joshua Tree National Park, the Mojave National Preserve and a great deal of the old Route 66 onto Kingman Arizona.
Day 3 took us north towards Lake Mead and Hoover dam, final stretch through the aptly named "Valley of Fire National Park before stopping in Moapa Valley, Nevada.
Day 4 & 5 down through Vegas and north East to Parhup and on down into Death Valley. We were so impressed with Death Valley that we decided to tag an extra day on and explore. Temperatures in the morning were around 25 but quickly rose to mid 30's and well beyond by mid afternoon but the roads and landscape were incredible!

Day 6 took us West back over the mountains through the Sierra National Forrest to the lakes surrounding Kernville. We just happened across a biker camp out (annual event) which was an eyeopener to say the least.

Final day took us south west down through the centre of LA back to the Eagle Riders drop point. 

If you're interested in the routes we rode please see below. There is 1 exception and that day 5 where we had planned to ride from Death Valley to Mammoth Lakes. The route is listed but we skipped this part and stayed the extra day in Death Valley. 

Next year will be a trip to Northern Cal!

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