Death Valley Prospectors Nov 30, 2017

For over a hundred years, Death Valley has had its minerals extracted by machine and mule. Not just for gold and silver, either. Prospectors scoured the mountains for antimony, copper, lead, zinc, and tungsten, packing out their load by mule. We are modern day Prospectors, however, we are not seeking riches, yet experiences, of which will be beaten into our soul by miles of washboarded and rocky roads. Our mules are our bicycles and we’ll take only photos, leaving no trace, taking nothing from this land. It’s given enough over the decades and its scars are still visible on the surface.

There’s no death in this valley, but life, at a micro scale, so nuanced that without the pace of the bicycle, might be passed over, unnoticed. These next ten days, I’ll be embarking on a series of rides in Death Valley National Park, with a varying cast of characters, with one thing on the agenda: sharing this natural beauty with you and documenting these routes for the next prospectors to mine memories.

Last night, the trip began with caching water and wood for our first expedition… Stay tuned.

  • Doug Mansfield

    Yes. As an Appalachian I love seeing trips like this, it is so much different than anything I could get to. And your photos are just so good. Enjoy.

    • auton0my

      Do yourself a favor and hop on a plane. I’m on the east coast (New England) and while we have “quaint”, we don’t have “grandiose”. One of the most memorable trips was getting out of the city in Vegas. Red Rocks, Valley Of Fire, and the views around Hoover Dam… just out of this world. Don’t even have to bring a bike to enjoy (although there is a bike trail by the Dam and Red Rocks has some lovely roads that I’d love to return to with a bike). Now, California and Utah, those are just amazing, though I’m yet to explore the latter. Too much to see everywhere, too little time/resources.

  • PNT

    Dry places this is what I need!