Every year, sometime near the end of April we pack up and head to Laughlin, Nevada for The River Run. Our plan was to head to the motorcycle rally and then take a little tour of Arizona after, so we headed for Laughlin.
April often has bad weather that makes travel over the Sierra mountains impossible. This year the weather cooperated and we were able to take one of my favorite rides, Carson Pass (Hwy 88) to Hwy 395 which runs along the eastern side of the Sierras to Bishop, California.
Home in wine country to Bishop is about 370 miles, a good if slightly long days ride. We left around noon, which put us in the high country after dark. John Muir called the Sierras the "gentle wilderness,"but he must have meant during the day because after dark it gets cold.
I usually stop at the 100 feet below sea level sign for a photo. Death Valley Junction is not actually in Death Valley, it is east of Death Valley. It's also a good place to stop for a photo.
It's another 370 miles from Bishop to Laughlin. The weather in Death Valley was in the high 90's, hot but not crazy hot. We went through Parumph. Nevada and Las Vegas and arrived in Laughlin around sundown.