I am still trying to catch up on all the posts. This one goes back a few weeks cruising through Death Valley from Mammoth to Las Vegas.
I have put over 8000 miles on The Betty( II) since the end of June. Of all the places I've been to, National Parks, unnamed side roads, Death Valley was the most beautiful and unique part of the trip. I think part of it was it was just different than what the rest of the trip had been. The usual scenery of endless forests, snow capped peeks, and ski resorts had transformed to desolation and intense heat.
Before departing from Mammoth Lakes, CA I did a thorough mechanical check of the truck. Checking all the fluids, greased the chassis, checked the differentials, and picked up extra coolant and oil. I didn't want any break downs in the brutal conditions that exist here. I filled up both fuel tanks and my spare can before entering the park, knowing that gas stations were nearly non existent. Even with that much fuel I did end up getting some fuel in the park just to make sure I could make the last leg out. Clearly some simple economics of supply and demand were prevalent.
I spent the evening driving through the valley, planning to hit Badwater Basin in the morning. With a summer of crossing high alpine passes I also needed to cross the lowest elevation in North America. I missed my turn and ended up just outside of the park on the east side. It was late when I figured this out and decided to camp the night in a little "one horse" town. I thought I had hidden The Betty pretty well for the night but when I woke she was hanging out a bit. Oh well. I got an early start to beat the 115 degree high for the day and back tracked 40 miles to catch the turn to Badwater. I'll admit it, this was not the first time I've been lost or missed a turn.
282 feet below sea level and 115 degrees.
The Betty handling the heat without skipping a beat. Making the drive through the park in just under 24 hours.
Taking in the views in 20 Mule Canyon
The video below is another "Over the Hood" edit of the overland adventure through Death Valley. The off road portion was filmed in 20 Mule Canyon.
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The Story Behind the Story
After a year living in my camper named "The Betty", I've decided to take those adventures and make it a lifestyle. From the first day of the journey to the launch of my business I've kept a journal here at "Miles in the Mirror".
If you want to go back to the beginning, click the link below and it'll bring you to day one.