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Death Valley Ride - Panamint Springs, Owens Valley, Olancha, and Home!

Posted on March 03 2021

Death Valley Ride - Panamint Springs, Owens Valley, Olancha, and Home!

Epic Highway 190 Riding! 

2LaneLife
Two moto-vloggers passionate about traveling and the open road.

As we made our way out of the National Park, we had a few hundred miles ahead to get home and were unsure whether we would be riding all of the way back or finding a cool place to stay on the way. That's the beauty of the open road though, being able to take it as it goes and have a good time wherever the road takes us it what it's all about.

Heading out of Stovepipe Wells on highway 190, we got to catch a great view of the valley behind us and head on up into the hills towards the Panamint Valley. The 190 is an amazing stretch of road starting at the Death Valley Junction near the Nevada State Line, and stretches 187.6 miles by way of winding mountain roads all of the way to the beginning of the eastern portion in Olancha off of the US 395. 


The weather was perfect, the roads were open, our tanks were full, and we were ready for the ride ahead! Nearing the end of the trip, we were glad to have been able to explore so much of the area in the days prior, and for the great experiences that brought us! Our next stop would be Panamint Springs, which consists of a motel, cabins, RV and tent campsites, restaurant, and gas station. Unfortunately most of that it currently shut down, but when it's open, it is a great place to check out and spend some time! 

We had come to realize that almost exactly one year ago from this point, we were in the same place filming our very first video! To think of how far we have come in the past 12 months to make it to the point where we are now with the videos being made, and the unique trips we've been on, is a humbling and inspiring experience to say the least!

Since the beginning, our main goal has always been to inspire others to get out and explore the open road, wherever that may be. For us, this lifestyle has brought so many good times and enabled us to meet all kinds of great people across the map. 

We soaked it all in and hung out for a while, checking out the camping area and the clear view of the Panamint Valley before getting back on the road up to the Owens Valley. Leaving Panamint, we started to see more changes in elevation, and as we made it to the next mountain range, we were hit with views of snowcapped mountains, vibrant blue skies, and a whole new valley. 

It was interesting to see the subtle changes in color from the previous areas. As we got into the Owens Valley, the just above the golden rolling hillsides were glowing cloudy skies  and an amazing view of the Sierras far off in the distance. We had a great time cruising through the mountains having conversations on the headsets and just enjoying the time spent in the saddle. 


As we descended into the Olancha Valley, we caught our first glimpse of the Olancha Dunes which run between the 395 and the 190. Last time we rode through there, we hit some crazy sand storms, so it was nice to be able to see it on a calm day and experience a phenomenal view of the area just as the sun began to creep down behind the mountains. We've seen some pretty great views in our day, and one thing we've learned is that it all comes down to timing. Riding on the tail end of the 190 through the valley just after golden hour and getting to see the warm reflection of the sunlight combined with the deep blue shadows of the mountains was something that is hard to imagine without seeing it for yourself. It's always a great reminder of the good times ahead as well as the good times had in the past.


Not long after, we reached the 395 and pulled off to fill up the bikes before our last stretch of road back to Los Angeles. As night fell, we hit temperatures as low as 30 degrees, but luckily we were suited up and ready to go the last 200 miles of the day. For most of the trip, we were riding on open roads in the middle of nowhere rarely seeing other cars, but once we were on the 395 there were definitely some more cars out there. Regardless, it was still an enjoyable ride home, and we were happy to have seen all that we did. While for some, Death Valley in particular might be a ways away, no matter where you're at there are a lot of places that can be seen during a full weekend of riding. Just getting out on the road to spend some time on two wheels and make memories with friends is what it's all about!

Now these are some roads you won't want to miss! Whether you're on two wheels or four, this is an amazing journey, and we had a lot of fun on the road. Always be wear of changing conditions, and travel safely! 

(This is the map from our whole Death Valley Loop


*2LaneLife is not responsible for peril**


We had an awesome time capturing this series, and we hope everyone had just as good of a time following along wit us! We've gotten so many positive comments on this trip especially, and it inspires us to keep riding and trying new things. We've got some more great stuff headed your way, so stay tuned and we'll...


See ya down the road!



Stay safe...stay inspired 

-2LaneLife

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