The hottest I ever experienced in the area was 124 degrees (51 Celsius) in 1994, and I was on a motorcycle. The engine heat on my legs made it especially difficult. I got to Palm Desert and up Hwy. 74 into the mountains as quickly as I could.
The highest temperature in the state is often at a place just north of the Salton Sea called, appropriately, Thermal.
51 degrees , oh my god , unbeliviable , you are lucky that your motorcycle did not fail. I have Ansel Adams Death Valley book and he suggest not to leave the car if something goes wrong and stay 3 days with the car , if you need to walk , walk at nights and rest at day light and before attemping to cross the desert , always contact with park officer and inform him about your route and days you will spend at desert. He says always contact with the park officer when you return. And he says enter the valley with two cars , small gears and carry enough water for you and your car.
A GPS and a hand held VHF radio looks essential for desert run
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