Text: Praveer Kochhar (The Driver)
HOT IS NOT AS HOT
Its called the Death Valley. And it was next on the list of crazy things to do. We left Vegas a little early so as to reach the Furnace Creek in time before noon as it was expected to touch 48 degrees that afternoon. It was one of the most stark transitions on this trip so far. From the bling of Vegas to the Dead desert of Death Valley. Now what makes this place this was is that it’s a valley which in most parts is below sea level and traps the heat and is as a result one of the hottest places on earth. We rode into the Valley bought our gate pass from an automated teller machine and reached an oasis called the Furnace Creek Resort. It was like an oasis in the middle of nowhere. It had great rooms, a 18 hole golf course, swimming pool, restaurants, gift shops and a grocery store.
By the time we reached the mercury was already touching 44 degrees C and the idea was to let the sun do its bit while we relaxed in the AC room. Till about 4:30 we wanted to venture out and get some pictures and to our surprise it was still as hot and I geared up for the challenge to hop on the diavel and the ride through hell. And hell it was, when you gulp down 2 litres of water in the first 1 hour you know this aint gonna be a smooth ride. The temperature meter on the diavel was showing 237 deg. F. But none the less we got some great shots and I don’t think the pictures make it look that hot.
We reached Bad water a small salt lake which is the lowest point of elevation in the USA. Its 236 ft. below sea level and an extremely hot environ. The damage of the day was done as my head was throbbing inside the helmet and I couldn’t wait to take it off. So ended an evening in one of the hottest places in the world and an experience of riding in the toughterrain.