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Uphill Against the Wind

2016-10-23

tl;dr: I peddled out of Death Valley and into a sandblaster.

I hit the road long before sunrise, which isn't saying much because between timezone changes and daylight saving time, my internal clock is really messed up. To climb out of Death Valley going west means over 5000 feet of elevation gain in one giant push. With breaks it took me over five hours. When I finally made the pass, it was cold and raining slightly.

Dropping into the next valley was a little quicker. In fact I needed to slow myself down several times because I was worried my bearings would overheat.

I ate a very expensive hamburger at Panamint Sprints, and headed south from there. South directly into a sandblaster. The wind had picked up significantly and sand was blowing so hard it stung. Even on flat ground I was in granny gears. Several times I needed to stop and just wait for gusts to subside before I could continue.

The wind eventually lightened up enough that I didn't need to protect my eyes, but I still never made too many miles today. Oh well.

good morning Death Valley


Towne Pass


very down








There are three coyotes in this picture.


There is a roadrunner in this picture.


filling water bottles


fuel is a little expensive here


heading into the sand




blowing sand


I need these sunglasses on to protect my eyes.


The sand finally stopped blowing.




I found a place to take a break out of the wind.


camping in the desert

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