We celebrated my Dads' 100th. Birthday in Montana and upon returning to AZ, planned on leaving immediately. I acquired a "cold" in MT. and was feeling very poorly when we returned to AZ. Decided to delay the Death Valley ride for an extra two days so I could "heal" a bit. Unfortunately the "cold" I acquired was not cooperative and here I am, still sickly after 10 days and our return home on Monday. Oh well.
Our friend / neighbor Dan decided to accompany us in the first legs of our ride to Death Valley. We enjoyed his company for the first 3 days.
We stopped at Tecopa Hot Springs and camped there for the night. The campsite was a field of "Alkalai" flats with some trees. Great hot springs though. I didn't get any photos of the campsite.
The following AM we rode to Shoshone CA. for breakfast at the only cafe in town. I "pushed" the sidecar quite hard in 4th. gear from Shoshone to Death Valley Junction as we were on a grade with a stiff head wind. When we stopped at the junction for a break, a terrible noise was emanating from the transmission when in neutral, with the clutch released. The sound was so bad I thought we were done for the trip right there. The transmission was also quite hot. I let the bike sit for 1/2 an hour or so, then we decided to continue to Death Valley, still 33 miles distant. I had real concerns that the transmission would fail in the 33 miles since the noise was so loud. The remaining miles were about 10 miles of a slight grade, then downhill for the final 23 miles. Amazingly, when we arrived at the Furnace Creek Rally site the noise was gone.