2017 Death Valley Rally
By Jeff Tuttobene
Courtesy of Dual Sport West and Judy Whitson/Trailblazers News
RIDGECREST, CA, FEB. 14, 2016
Mark your calendars and make your reservations! A dual-sport ride is scheduled for February 18-20 and will start and finish in Ridgecrest, California.
The 2017 Death Valley Rally – a.k.a. the Cat House Crawl – is a three-day Dual Sport or Adventure Bike Tour, offered by Countdown.
The basic route uses only city, county and state roads, using as much dirt as possible. The optional “Hard Ways” use classic Dual Sport trails.
On Saturday, participants will ride through Panamint Valley, up Gohler past Manson’s Cabin, over Mengel Pass to Butte Valley to three more cabins, then past Tecopa Hot Springs and on a side trip to China Ranch Date Farm for dessert. Then it’s on to Pahrump, Nevada, after a quick stop at the Chicken Ranch Brothel’s gift shop.
On Sunday, it’s back to Shoshone for gas and then a ride through Death Valley to Death Valley Junction and on to Lathrop Junction to get gas at the Cherry Patch Brothel and the Bordello Museum. Then it’s on to Beatty and Angel’s Ladys.
On Monday, the riders will take the fast way back to Ridgecrest through Titus or Chloride City, then over Emigrant Pass, down Wildrose Canyon, through Ballarat and Trona and finally back to Ridgecrest.
There is no rider limit. Walk-up entries will be accepted.
Each rider who participates will receive an event T-shirt.
Motorcycles must be quiet, street-legal, and have green stickers.
A download of Garmin GPS tracks is available at sign-in.
There will be standard dual-sport-type roll charts.
Overnight bags will be transported to each overnight stop.
For the basic route, Saturday’s trip will be 195 miles, Sunday’s trip will be 175 miles and Monday’s trip will be 160 miles.
For those taking the Hard Ways, Saturday’s trip will be 235 miles, Sunday’s trip will be 165 miles and Monday’s trip will total 155 miles.
Max on gas is 110 miles for the basic route, 115 miles for the Hard Way.
“Rain or Snow, It’s a Go!”
Friday’s sign-in will be from 9 to 10 p.m. at Motel 6. Saturday’s sign-in will be from 7 to 7:30 a.m., also at Motel 6.
There are many ways to get from Ridgecrest to Pahrump, from Pahrump to Beatty, and from Beatty back to Ridgecrest. Although the basic route uses lots of county dirt roads suitable for big Adventure bikes, under the free-speech provisions of the first amendment, you will be told of other Hard Way options that are open and legal for you to use if you so desire.
For more information, call 775/884-0399 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to www.dualsportwest.com to find registration information and an entry form.