Bleak and hot

Trip Start May 27, 2009
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Trip End Jun 08, 2009


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Friday, June 5, 2009

With Artist Drive out of the way we moved on towards Badwater but I made a swift detour as I saw the turning for West Side Rd and said "I wonder where this goes". Another bone shaking washboard gravel road to contend with. We got about 3 miles off Highway 178 and pulled up, I got out to have a look around and was confronted with possibly the bleakest landscape I've seen since I left Hull. Nothing but salt flats and stone for a good few miles in any direction. This was the first time I felt truly removed from the rest of the people in the valley, we couldn't see another living soul for miles, I would not want to get stuck out here without an escape plan.

We checked the map and worked out that West Side Road was over 50 miles long!
Passenger tyres, small spare and no radio/satellite phone meant sadly we weren't going any deeper into this wilderness. We turned round and got back on the road to Badwater.
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