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Death Valley - Mojave Desert
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PRICE
$ 425 per person
CAPACITY
1 - 10 people
DURATION
3 Days
LOCATION
Tulare County, CA, USA
RIDING CATEGORY
Pavement-only
DIFFICULTY LEVEL
Average
SUMMARY
The first tour of the season is the best! It's the opener. The pacesetter. The first time we finally shake off the cobwebs from the corners of our brains and head out for a weekend of riding. Join Pashnit Tours as we head for this National Park tucked away in the far corner of California.

Death Valley is a different kind of tour. Distances are vast, roads are wide open & straight with gentle curves in desert regions. We'll be heading here in March, when temps are mild and with any luck, winter rain can produce vast fields of wildflowers permeating the scene in full bloom. Despite the region's famous temperatures, Death Valley is an intensely scenic and awe inspiring nook.

Many of our riders say they have lived in California for years, if not decades and they've never been to Death Valley.

Destination Mojave Desert: Lowest. Driest. Hottest. Highest. Let's go there!
ITINERARY
Southern Sierra Nevada Foothills
Our tour begins from Tulare in Central California & at the edge of the Sierra Nevada Foothills. South of Porterville, we'll enter this treeless grassy ranch land that thrusts & heaves about. The roads here are fantastic! Deserted with the elevation constantly climbing toward the Sierra Nevada range that looms ever closer with each passing mile!

On through the small ranch town of Glennville puts the tour group onto Hwy 155. Then we'll ride up and over the range through Alta Sierra and into the Kern River basin.

Here the Sierra Nevada range splits into two fingers, carved in half by the Kern River.
Ridgecrest Northward to Death Valley
Then we'll ride down and over the range through the Alta Sierras and Kern River Basin down passed the city of Glenville.

Here the Sierra Nevada range splits into two fingers, carved in half by the Kern River.
Ridgecrest Northward to Death Valley
First we visit Scotty's Castle, then southward on Hwy 190 to Dante's View at 5475 feet. The tour will continue south to Death Valley Junction.
Death Valley and Badwater Basin
Skirting the edge of Lake Isabella, the group will ride through Ridgecrest and enter Death Valley from the southern entrance of Hwy 178.

Death Valley is the largest national park in the contiguous 48 states. The valley itself is 130 miles long, between 6 and 13 miles wide and is surrounded by steep mountain ranges: the Panamint mountains to the west, and the Black, Funeral, and Grapevine mountains to the east. Its three million acres of wilderness and rich cultural history make it a lifetime's work to explore all that the valley has to offer.

Death Valley National Park is the lowest point in North America and one of the hottest places in the world. the highest peak in the Park and in the Panamint Mountains, rises 11,049 feet above sea level and lies only 15 miles from the lowest point in the United States in the Badwater Basin salt pan, 282 feet below sea level.

Air temperatures over 120 °F (49 °C) are common during the summer months of June, July, August and September. The record high in the park was recorded in 1913 at a blazing 134 °F (57 °C). Since it is often up to four degrees hotter near Badwater than it is near Furnace Creek where the official record was recorded, it is entirely likely that Death Valley should hold the title as the hottest place on Earth. Fortunately, temperatures from November through March are mild with highs averaging in the 60s and 70s, with winter nighttime lows usually in the 40s.
Through The Alta Sierras
From Death Valley, we then head back north on Hwy 178 along Badwater Rd past Furnance Creek Resort.

On through the small ranch town of Glennville puts the tour group onto Hwy 155. Then we'll ride up and over the range through Alta Sierra and into the Kern River basin.
Back to Tulare
After an amazingly scenic, hot, low, dry and high adventure, we take our bikes back into Tulare and recap the accomplishment.
FAQ
I always organize my own rides, why would I want to do a guided tour?
Pashnit Motorcycle Tours has a unique origin in that your tour is based off the research of tens of thousands of miles of riding in the local area by your tour guides. The Tim's combine nearly 65 years of riding experience. PMT has spent well over a decade seeking out the ultimate motorcycle roads within California. Along the way, we’ve discovered some exceptional places of lodging and dining. By taking the details off your shoulders of where to ride, stay or where to find the best food - you’re free to just enjoy your vacation. Your only job is to sit back, kick it into gear, and listen to the sound of your motorcycle as you float on down the road without a care in the world! During your tour, you’ll get to share this experience with other like-minded motorcyclists who enjoy riding as much as you do.
There's a Leader & Sweeper?
You bet ! This is a Guided Tour. All you need to do is show up on Friday morning. Leave your watch at home. The Tim's have taken care of all the planning, lodging, routing, you name it. All you need to do is enjoy the ride, marvel at the scenery, and be in awe of our California Roads!
What is a typical tour day like?
After a breakfast together- we'll mount up and head off for our ride. The route is pre-planned so you can just lean back and enjoy the ride. Yes, you're free to ride on ahead if you know the way. If you are the relaxed daisy-picker type- no worries the sweeper will be with you to guide you regardless of your speed.

We like to stop at pre-planned intervals to take a break, enjoy the scenery and get to know each other better. Mid-day we'll stop for a relaxed lunch and then set off for the afternoon ride. Later in the evening, a hearty meal and the hot tub will be waiting.
Is it Ducks-in-a-Row touring?
No. This refers to a formation of bikes where everyone rides the same speed in formation all day long. While there will always be a leader & a sweeper, the riders in the middle often are spread out as everyone rides their own pace. The faster riders will pull on ahead, while the slower riders will enjoy a relaxed pace with the sweeper knowing the rest of the group will be stopped up ahead waiting for them. You ride your own ride. I have a tendency to call it the 'Mosey Pace' as we often just 'mosey' on down the road.
Group riding makes me kind of nervous.
Actually this is a very common thought- so you're not alone. Pashnit Guided Tours are set up with a strict set of tried-and-true group riding rules to ensure everyone's safety. It's not uncommon for this to be a tour participants very first group ride whether they are a new rider or have 40 plus years of riding experience.
I'm a sportbike/cruiser/Harley/Goldwing/standard/motard rider. Will I fit in?
It's an unusual question, but we learned surprisingly common! Pashnit is unique! Pashnit is ALL bikes, ALL riders. In the Wonderful World of Pashnit, all riders are equals. You will be welcomed with open arms regardless of what you ride.
Does the tour go fast? Does the tour go slow? Will I be able to keep up?
This is also a surprisingly common question and a big concern of newer riders. Rest assured, no one is left behind- the sweeper will ride with you no matter how slow you go. Nor are you expected to attempt to keep up with the more experienced faster riders in our group. The tour in general moves along at a steady relaxed pace with pre-determined stops to constantly re-group the tour. So no matter how fast or slow you go, you'll always be a part of the group and still able to ride your own pace.
How much riding experience should I have?
We’d prefer if you’d have at least a year’s worth of motorcycling experience. With a rider that has less than one year's experience, you should have logged at least a few thousand miles on your motorcycle in order to get used to the bike, the basics of riding, cornering ability, and handling the motocycle in varied conditions.

If renting: You must be at least 21 to rent a motorcycle. However, it’s essential that you have sufficient skill and experience to handle a large motorcycle in a variety of weather conditions and temperatures. And of course, you’ll need a valid motorcycle endorsement on your driver’s license. Overall, a motorcycle tour is not the place to learn to ride. We’d encourage a Motorcycle Safety Foundation course if you feel your skills might need some sharpening. Regardless, after you spend some hours in the saddle, you’ll quickly get used to the feel of your Harley. You must be 25 with 2 riding years experience to rent a BMW. In the Bay Area, you can also rent Goldwings, 600cc Sportbikes, and even Triumphs.
I notice that most of the riders are on their own bikes. I'm from out of town, can you help with the bike rental?
Of course! Pashnit Motorcycle Tours has already established long-running working relationships with local rental facilities and can refer you to your bike of choice.

Our tours are all based from beautiful San Francisco so there are several marques available ranging from Honda Goldwing, Harley-Davidson, BMW, Yamaha FJR, sportbike, or even a Triumph standard. Note that rental facilities will often stow extra gear you may have while traveling. Just ask.
What weather conditions should we expect?
California is known for its great weather and year round riding, and we often experience over six months straight of blue skies. But as we’ll be riding through a great deal of terrain and elevation change, come prepared to ride in a wide range of temperatures, especially when riding over mountain passes that reach upwards of nearly 10,000 feet. Rain is very rare, but is possible during Spring months.
How many people on a tour?
We normally ride with 8-10 motorcycles to keep our tours small and intimate. You’ll get to know each member of your touring party as our time together progresses and you’ll enjoy the camaraderie of motorcyclists who share the same passion for riding as you.
How far do we ride each day?
Our tours average about 2-300 miles a day depending on the tour, sometimes less. Overall, it’s a very relaxed riding schedule each day. There’s a lot to see along the way, and the photo opportunities occur one after the other. You can stop as often as you like. On the other hand, if you’ve come all this way to rack up the miles and see as much as you can, your tour guides have already explored the area’s roads so they’ll be able to help you with exciting routes that’ll extend your riding experience.
What kind of places do we stay?
Our nights are spent in Best Western - Comfort Inn type hotels. Costs average about $85-165 a night for single occupancy depending on the region of California we're in and the time of year. On our 3-Day Weekend Rides, we often spend two nights in the same place so you can travel light on Saturday. 4-Day Rides we'll be in a different place of lodging each night.
What type of riding gear should I bring?
Gloves, jacket, chaps, or riding pants are normal riding apparel of the motorcyclist on tour. PMT strongly recommends you wear appropriate motorcycle specific protective gear for the duration of the tour just as you would when riding your own motorcycle. Our rental partners can offer a helmet with the cost of the rental bike, however we would recommend you bring your own helmet for its familiarity and comfort. Some rental facilities may also rent leather jackets (ask) and offer leather gloves for sale. But again, it's highly reccomended you bring your own gear if you rent a bike.
I always organize my own rides, why would I want to do a guided tour?
Pashnit Motorcycle Tours has a unique origin in that your tour is based off the research of tens of thousands of miles of riding in the local area by your tour guides. The Tim's combine nearly 65 years of riding experience. PMT has spent well over a decade seeking out the ultimate motorcycle roads within California. Along the way, we’ve discovered some exceptional places of lodging and dining. By taking the details off your shoulders of where to ride, stay or where to find the best food - you’re free to just enjoy your vacation. Your only job is to sit back, kick it into gear, and listen to the sound of your motorcycle as you float on down the road without a care in the world! During your tour, you’ll get to share this experience with other like-minded motorcyclists who enjoy riding as much as you do.
I always organize my own rides, why would I want to do a guided tour?
Pashnit Motorcycle Tours has a unique origin in that your tour is based off the research of tens of thousands of miles of riding in the local area by your tour guides. The Tim's combine nearly 65 years of riding experience. PMT has spent well over a decade seeking out the ultimate motorcycle roads within California. Along the way, we’ve discovered some exceptional places of lodging and dining. By taking the details off your shoulders of where to ride, stay or where to find the best food - you’re free to just enjoy your vacation. Your only job is to sit back, kick it into gear, and listen to the sound of your motorcycle as you float on down the road without a care in the world! During your tour, you’ll get to share this experience with other like-minded motorcyclists who enjoy riding as much as you do.
ABOUT THE HOST
Pashnit Tours provides guided motorcycle tours of Central California, Northern California & the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Our guides have ridden over 200,000 miles in CA to find the ultimate combination of roads, the best balance of daily mileage & the most unique places to stay. Let us show you the best roads in California!...

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