Follow Mad Dog Mike Marrion as he rides his Harley on a motorcycle adventure to California.

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Day 17 - June 18, 2012
Lone Pine, CA to Bullhead City, AZ
372.2 miles

As I start this documentary at 1715 on Monday, it was a great riding day. Had I written it four hours ago it would have been different. I tossed and turned all night, like I usually do with a mission ahead. I got up at 0240 and packed the bike. By 0345 I had the tank filled and proceeded toward Death Valley.

I stopped at a gas station, Lee’s Frontier, for some coffee and something to eat. I got to talking to Lee, the owner, and I’m pretty sure we solved all the worlds problems within half an hour.

I normally don’t ride in the dark, but there was nobody else on the road and by 0510 I had arrived at the sign letting me know I was entering Death Valley. What an amazing, although warm place, I couldn’t comprehend the magnitude of the vastness of it. Pictures don’t do it justice, like many of the places I have seen. I ended up for chow at the Whistle-stop Café, in Nipton, CA.

I originally missed the exit to avoid Las Vegas due to the unbelievable wind that was blowing me all over the road. Once I entered NV, I knew I had gone to far and had to backtrack another ten miles through horrendous wind and blowing sand. I finally made my way to Laughlin, NV and rode the main drag, just to say I had been there. I stopped at a convenience store for some cold water and the clerk said I could get a room at Harrah’s, Casino for $29. I went there, but it was so congested and busy, I wouldn’t have stayed there for free. I ended up at a nice place with the bike outside my door in Bullhead City, AZ. 372.2 miles for the day, hard ones, and 4349 for the adventure thus far.