GTS Touring Society - Death Valley, March 2004


There was once a time when all bikes at a GTS gathering were actually GTS-1000s- This is no longer the case! In fact, this year there were a number of changes- Only ONE GTS in the whole gathering. Bikes weren't all Yamahas, they weren't all Japanese, and in fact, not all vehicles were bikes!

Greg Branche was the only GTSer actually ON a GTS. His son Matthew was on one of Greg's Yamaha Visions, Bob & Jan Johnson came on their Aprilia Futura, and I was on my KLR 650 dual sport. My buddy David Myers showed up in his truck instead of on his KLR (this turned out later to be a very good thing).

Still, all had a great time together despite missing some of our "regulars" Paula & Doug McLeod, Jay & Haruyo Koblenz, and "new regular-to-be" Doug Kirk.

This was the first year we managed to hit the 'Valley at peak flower season. The rangers at the visitor's center told me that they'd had loads of rain, and that the flowers were particularly good this year. So for those wondering what an explosion of color in Death Valley looks like, this is it. I tried to get as many photos of them as I could. I found it an interesting contrast between the harsh, rugged beauty of the rocks and the bright, colorful and fragile beauty of the flowers.

Panamint Valley
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Panamint Valley
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Panamint Valley
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Panamint Valley
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Greg & Matt Branche

Greg & Matt Branche

Death Valley
Flowers

Death Valley
Flowers

Death Valley
Flowers

The bikes at
the Burro Inn

Matt's Vision

Greg's GTS &
Bob& Jan's Aprilia
(& my shadow!)

Kelly's KLR

Scotty's Castle

Scotty's Castle

Scotty's Castle

Scotty's Castle

Scotty's Castle

Bob & Jan Johnson
@ Scotty's Castle

Furnace Creek Inn
From left:
David Myers, Matt Branche,
Kelly Cash, Greg Branche,
Jan & Bob Johnson

The crowd at
Zabriski Point

Zabriski Point

Zabriski Point

Zabriski Point

Zabriski Point

Zabriski Point

Zabriski Point

Zabriski Point

Zabriski Point

Zabriski Point

Zabriski Point

Zabriski Point

Zabriski Point

Zabriski Point

Zabriski Point

Dante's View

Dante's View

Dante's View

Dante's View

Dante's View

Dante's View

Badwater

Badwater

Badwater

Badwater

Badwater

Badwater

Badwater

Badwater

Badwater

Badwater

Badwater

Badwater

Sand dunes by
Stovepipe Wells

Flowers

Titus Canyon

Titus Canyon

Titus Canyon

Titus Canyon

Titus Canyon

Titus Canyon

Titus Canyon

Titus Canyon

Titus Canyon

Titus Canyon

Titus Canyon

Titus Canyon

Titus Canyon

Titus Canyon

Titus Canyon

Titus Canyon

Titus Canyon

Titus Canyon

Titus Canyon

Titus Canyon

Titus Canyon

Titus Canyon

Titus Canyon

Titus Canyon

Titus Canyon

Titus Canyon
(with moon!)

Titus Canyon

Titus Canyon

Titus Canyon

Titus Canyon

Titus Canyon

Titus Canyon

Titus Canyon

Titus Canyon

Titus Canyon

Titus Canyon

Titus Canyon

Titus Canyon

Titus Canyon

Titus Canyon

Titus Canyon

Leadfield
Ghost Town

Leadfield
Ghost Town

Leadfield
Ghost Town

Leadfield
Ghost Town

Leadfield
Ghost Town

Leadfield
Ghost Town

Titus canyon

Titus canyon

Titus canyon

Titus canyon

Titus canyon

Titus canyon

Titus canyon

Titus canyon

Titus canyon

Titus canyon

Titus canyon

Titus canyon

Titus canyon

Titus canyon

Titus canyon

Titus canyon

Titus canyon

Titus canyon

Titus canyon

Titus canyon

Titus canyon

Titus canyon

Titus canyon

Titus canyon

Titus canyon

Lots of
wildflowers

Lots of
wildflowers

David's & Kelly's
campsite

Artist Drive

Artist Drive

Artist Drive

Artist Drive

Artist Drive

Artist Drive

Artist Drive

Artist Drive

Artist Drive

Artist Drive

Artist Drive

Artist Drive

Artist Drive

Artist Drive

Artist Drive

Artist Drive

Artist Drive

Artist Drive

Artist Drive

Artist Drive

Furnace Creek
Inn

Setting sun on
Funeral Mts.

Setting sun on
Funeral Mts.

Setting sun on
Funeral Mts.

Setting sun on
Funeral Mts.

Clouds & moon

Setting sun on
Funeral Mts.

Dusk at Furnace
Creek Ranch

Dusk at Furnace
Creek Ranch

Setting sun over
Panamint Mts.

Setting sun over
Panamint Mts.

Setting sun over
Panamint Mts.

Orion rising

Orion rising

Campfire

Sunrise on
Panamints

Sunrise on
Panamints

Sunrise on
Panamints

Sunrise on
Panamints

Sunrise on
Panamints

Sun rising over
(ugh) RV park.

Sun rising over
Texas Spring
campground

Wildflowers

Wildflowers

Wildflowers

Wildflowers

Cactus variety

Cactus variety

Cactus variety

Wildflowers

Teakettle Junction

Teakettle Junction

Teakettle Junction
(Kelly)

Teakettle Junction
(David & Kelly)

The Racetrack

The Racetrack

The Racetrack
(and "Grandstand")

Racetrack from
Grandstand

Racetrack from
Grandstand

Racetrack from
Grandstand

Racetrack from
Grandstand

Racetrack from
Grandstand

Racetrack

Racetrack

Racetrack

Racetrack

Racetrack

Racetrack

Moving rocks

Moving rocks

Moving rocks

Moving rocks

Moving rocks

Moving rocks

Moving rocks

Moving rocks

Moving rocks

Moving rocks

Moving rocks

Moving rocks

Moving rocks

Moving rocks

Fragile plants

Do NOT break
down here!

Lost Burro Mine

Lost Burro Mine

Lost Burro Mine

Lost Burro Mine

Lost Burro Mine

Lost Burro Mine

Lost Burro Mine

Lost Burro Mine

Lost Burro Mine

Lost Burro Mine

Lost Burro Mine

Lost Burro Mine

Lost Burro Mine

Lost Burro Mine
(& David)

Lost Burro Mine

Lost Burro Mine

Lost Burro Mine

Lost Burro Mine

Lost Burro Mine

Lost Burro Mine

Lost Burro Mine

Lost Burro Mine

Lost Burro Mine

Lost Burro Mine

Lost Burro Mine

Lost Burro Mine

Lost Burro Mine

Lost Burro Mine

Lost Burro Mine
(& Kelly)

Lost Burro Mine

Keane Wonder Mill

Keane Wonder Mill

Keane Wonder Mill

Keane Wonder Mill

Keane Wonder Mill

Keane Wonder Mill

Keane Wonder Mill

Keane Wonder Mill

Keane Wonder Mill

Keane Wonder Mill

Keane Wonder Mill

Keane Wonder Mill

Keane Wonder Mill

Keane Wonder Mill

Keane Wonder Mill

Keane Wonder Mill

Keane Wonder Mill

Keane Wonder Mill

Keane Wonder Mill

Keane Wonder Mill

Keane Wonder Mill

Keane Wonder Mill

Keane Wonder Mill

Keane Wonder Mill

Keane Wonder Mill

Keane Wonder Mill

Keane Wonder Mill

Keane Wonder Mill

Keane Wonder Mill

Keane Wonder Mill

Chloride City

Chloride City

Chloride City

Chloride City

Chloride City

Chloride City

Chloride City

Chloride City

Chloride City

Chloride City

Chloride City

Chloride City

Chloride City

Chloride City

Chloride City

Chloride City

Chloride City

Chloride City

Chloride City

Chloride City

Chloride City

Chloride City

Chloride City

Chloride City

Chloride City

Chloride City

Chloride City

Chloride City

Chloride City

Chloride City

Chloride City

Chloride City

Chloride City

Chloride City

Chloride City

Chloride City

Chloride City

Chloride City

Chloride City

Chloride City

Chloride City

Chloride City

Mosaic Canyon

Mosaic Canyon

Mosaic Canyon

Mosaic Canyon

Mosaic Canyon

Mosaic Canyon

Mosaic Canyon

Mosaic Canyon

Mosaic Canyon

Mosaic Canyon

Mosaic Canyon

Mosaic Canyon

Mosaic Canyon

Mosaic Canyon

Mosaic Canyon

Mosaic Canyon
wildflower

Mosaic Canyon

Mosaic Canyon

Mosaic Canyon

Mosaic Canyon

Mosaic Canyon

Mosaic Canyon