The Death Valley Tricycle Expedition


the journey …

“20 miles from wood. 20 miles from water. 40 feet from hell.”

sign at the Bailey Geological Survey camp, Badwater Basin, 1900

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On October 01, 2009, naturalist and author Steve Greene set out from the Oregon coast on a human-powered recumbent tricycle, bound for Badwater Basin in Death Valley National Park, a southern California locale over 900 miles distant. He had been invited to speak about his book, Death Valley Book Of Knowledge, at the 60th annual Death Valley 49ers encampment. This website details his journey to North America’s hottest, driest, and deepest landscape … 282 feet below sea level.


Home: this page you are now reading

the tale: details the day-to-day occurrences of the adventure in Steve’s own words

gallery: displays 259 photographs of the entire Death Valley Tricycle Expedition

route: shows the originally intended itinerary from the Oregon coast to Badwater Basin

pre-trip: provides Steve’s thoughts during the weeks leading up to his autumn departure

post-trip: offers Steve’s latest trike musings and other ideas based on the 37-day journey

bob: presents the entire correspondent content from the original Badwater Or Bust blog

dreamer: philosophy and photo of a wild trike pilot

steve’s books: informative publications by a man of the natural world

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Steve’s Death Valley Book Of Knowledge may reviewed here.


NOTE: Mileage figures appearing on day headings reflect tricycle mileage only. Hiking & walking are not included in the figure. Example:


(central Oregon coast to Bunch Bar river landing – 51 miles)


Steve on a training ride in the Coast Range, three weeks prior to departure. Photograph by Terry Butler

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“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson