I posted another more general thread about my trip already, but I have more specific question that hasn't really been covered on the forum as far as I know (I did a search), so for future reference I'm creating a new thread. Feel free to merge it with my other thread if this is against forum policy or anything.
We (my girlfriend and I) are driving from LA to Lone Pine, CA where we'll be spending the night on our way to Death Valley. The next day we will be sleeping at Furnace Creek Ranch. This will be in August. Our plan is to leave Lone Pine really early in the morning and get to Racetrack Playa from the north and after walking around and enjoying the scenery heading to Furnace Creek Ranch. I realize that driving to Racetrack Playa from the South would be faster, but from what I understand the roads leading there from the south are a lot rougher. And this is basically what my question is about. We are renting a car for the whole period of our stay in the US (1 month) and since we have a limited budget we have opted for regular midsize car (a Pontiac G6 or similar) with 2wd. Is is possible to get to Racetrack Playa from the north with a 2wd car? Of course we'd take all necessary precautions such as taking an abundance of water, spare tire, flat tire kit, food, etc. And I know we should always check road conditions before we leave, but assuming all things to be as good as possible, do you think we could do it? By the way, I'm an experienced driver, having driven on numerous dirt roads while I spent some months in Australia. A search on the internet has only given my conflicting views, so I don't really know what to think.