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    Default Death Valley DS21 Road Trip

    I thought I'd share a little of last weekend's adventure into Death Valley with my kids (11 and 13) in our beloved DS21 (Le Dauphin.)

    Every year we take 2 or 3 road trips in "Le Dauphin" and this spring our destination was Death Valley to see the spectacular "Super Bloom" which happens once every decade or so.

    We covered about 800 miles over the 4 day trip with plenty of off-pavement excursions into salt flats and sand dunes. We even got Le Dauphin up on tip toes (high suspension setting) to traverse some fairly aggressive unmaintained trails. daffyduck provided a confidence boosting last-minute steering rack replacement (my third rack in 2 years so as you can imagine I've given up on the previous steering rack vendor. This new rack is a Western Hemispheres rack and given my conversation with Wally and Miles on the quality control provided by WH I'm confident we have a winner)

    The trip was without mechanical incident as they almost always are with my Citroen DS and previous SM adventures....much to the amazement of my Porsche and Alfa loving enthusiast friends who have a higher incident ratio than i've ever encountered.

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    As is usually the case with road trips it could not be complete without at least a touch of drama so as we were coming into the home stretch about 20 miles outside Los Angeles a 4'x4' chunk of plywood flew off a truck a couple cars ahead of us while traveling at 80MPH on the freeway. We all watched helplessly as the plywood flipped off the pavement and hit us squarely on the nose shattering into a spray of wood chunks across our windscreen and hood. I was certain the damage was going to be substantial but as we pulled up to the house and I got out to inspect was very pleased to discover just a few minor scratches. I was able to remove most of the paint damage with some 2000 grit wet sanding and polishing compound and the rest a very carefully applied touch up.

    Le Dauphin is almost good as new but with another great memory in the family adventure album it was a small price to pay. After all what's the point of having the most amazing car on the road if the road never sees it!

    I post a couple shots a week on my instagram feed (pynhead) if you are interested in following along on our adventures with Le Dauphin. I'll be posting a bunch more from this trip!

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    Great shots, again!

    Can empathise with the plywood incident, lost a windscreen recently (large stone star) when taking an old Renault out to stretch its legs.
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    Amazing car amazing photos
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    Great photos. Dawn with the flowers especially. Early morning would be the best time for Death Valley I reckon - we struck it at midday and late summer a few years back.

    Nice trip from LA too.

    Thanks again!
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    Glorious on all accounts.
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    Great story/ tradition, beautiful pictures.
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    Am sure you took a lot more pictures, and we DEMAND TO SEE THEM ALL !
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    You're an artist Pyn. The kids will always remember these journeys, and the car just enhances their experience.
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    Alright @Harrison_citroen your wish is my command (you know i wanted to share some more!) Thanks for the warm feedback everyone!

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    Some awesome colour in those photos. I would be proud to could claim them as mine, if they were my images.
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    The perfect car for the perfect scenery. Great shots.
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    I like the way that car changes color with the lighting. Further proof that a Toyota Camry has no soul.
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    Icon2 Wakes some memories of driving America!

    Love the stark awesome landscape, we loved that scenery as we drove it years back, something akin to touring in Australia, has similar but differences as you drive the outback, perhaps a tour in the future Pynhead?

    Much appreciated.

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    Alright @Harrison_citroen your wish is my command (you know i wanted to share some more!) Thanks for the warm feedback everyone!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenfuego View Post
    Love the stark awesome landscape, we loved that scenery as we drove it years back, something akin to touring in Australia, has similar but differences as you drive the outback, perhaps a tour in the future Pynhead? Much appreciated. Ken
    We just loved it too - we've twice driven to LA from Denver and Phoenix, different routes and stopping points. What really blows me away about for example, Hoover Dam to Death Valley, avoiding Las Vegas if possible, is the amazing scale of the vertical in the landscape - that topographic relief from one valley over into the next is something we just don't see. Being a geologist.....Wow!
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