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My camera is apparently going south. Most of my pics are washed out and with luck Greenalder's are intact.



The Daggett Garage on Rt. 66 on the 140 paved miles from Barstow to the trailhead. An historic site, used among other things to house troops in transit during the war:







Washed out pics of our bikes in the parking lot at Avi Casino:











Mile Zero, on the bank of the Colorado River. Across the river on the Arizona side are the ruins of FT. Mojave, last outpost of the U.S. Army, when Arizona was still a territory.. You will see both "Mojave" and "Mohave" used variously to describe the area, but "Mojave" with a "J" was the spelling used by the Spanish explorers. It's accepted that "Mojave" with a "J" is to be used only for place names, while "Mohave" with a "V" is to be reserved in deference to the indigenous peoples of our desert, as that is their preferred spelling (i.e. Mojave Desert, MOHAVE Indians):







Border of the Mojave Preserve. Most of the Mojave Road falls within the preserve, road-legal vehicles only. We encountered one motorcycle, two wannabe Baja prerunner trucks and one other pickup in our 140 miles over 2 days on the trail:







The ruins of Ft. Paiute. Below that is an early pic of the fort in its original, bulletproof state. Walls were originally approx. 3 ft. thick:











This is the view westward from the Joshua Tree Forest toward Cima Dome. It's the same view pictured on the cover of Dennis Casebier's guide to the Mojave Road, 'cept his camera didn't blow. Awesome country:







Mojave mailbox. There's a book where travelers can leave messages and sign themselves in as having run The Road. It's also a geocache site. Inside are some pretty cool items, and not just pointless trinkets. Items left behind for others include some fairly good quality tools, food and emergency items





 

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Traveler's Monument on Soda Lake. You're supposed to bring a rock from the east Mojave and deposit it here. You can see the calcium carbonate which leaches to the surface on the lake. When it's wet it renders the lake impassable. It's like riding on pure snot, fills the wheelwells of four wheelers, clogs knobbies worse than any mud you ever saw. Only a short section of the trail, but between the lake and the clutch-burning, axle deep miles of sugar sand washes preceding and following the lake, this section must be bypassed a considerable distance to the north after a rain. We got lucky and had fairly good traction:











Entering Afton Canyon, one of my favorite parts of the road. The narrow gauge rails and powerlines serve some of the mining interests to the north. The colors here are unreal. Unfortunately my camera was having a bad hair day:







 

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LMAO @ your turn signals..hahahaha your bike looks so funny...


Which Smurf are you again?




My signals will never get busted up. So, neener.
 

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Yep. We only needed 125 for this trip though. I'm unable to post pics right now but plan to in the next day or so. Awesome ride report Russ thanks. -S
 

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Thanks for the ride along so far (waiting for GH's additions). I like it with all the tidbits of information you throw in with your picture's. Sure make's for a very interesting ride report, and as mentioned above, history lesson. I love history!



Thanks for sharing your ride.



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Thanks for the trip report Russ. Wish I could have been there. BTW-did you see my name in the book at the mailbox from Sept 18th?
 

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Thanks for the trip report Russ. Wish I could have been there. BTW-did you see my name in the book at the mailbox from Sept 18th?


Nah, Josh. I'd intended to but was too busy running my mouth.
 

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More pics of the Mojave road trip.



Day 1 - Starting out from Bobbalouey’s place in Barstow. He let me park my Jeep in his driveway after hauling the TW from Los Angeles. Lizrdbrth met me there and we headed out on Route 66.









Czechoslovakian motorcycle tour group at Roy’s place on Route 66.







Goff's school house, home of the MOJAVE DESERT HERITAGE & CULTURAL ASSOCIATION.







The weather was perfect all weekend. The rain was just clearing when we were getting close to the Nevada Border.







Cruising speed of 60 mph. Life is good.



 

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Day 2 - Mile 0.0 of the Mojave Road at the Colorado River and Arizona border. Fueled up and aired down.







Farmer’s break room made from old farm equipment on the Colorado River.







National Park Service Boundary - Notice the sign stating “Street legal vehicles only”








Glassing the desert to the south at around the 35 mile mark.



 

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Sunrise on day 3 around the 70 mile mark. Weird camera effect - ½ flash.











View west from camp.







View east - faint line in the center is the road. The tall mountains are in Arizona.







10 more miles to Marl Springs







Marl Springs was dry. By now I had shifted empty fuel and water containers to the back of the rack.







Lizrdbrth at the eastern edge of Soda Lake. Miles of deep sand to come.







Happy to have made it to the Afton Canyon campground. Ready to hit the pavement a few more miles down the road.







Airing up before getting on Interstate 15 just before sunset. 35 more miles back to Bobbalouey’s place.



 

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Quite an interesting history to the Mojave Road, and a unique part of the world. I love the desert just as much as the mountains. I've wanted to do the Mojave Road for a couple of years now, but since I haven't been able to make it happen yet your ride reports are the next best thing. Thanks lzrdbrth and Greenalder for sharing. The pictures and narrative are great.
 

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The grass is always greener.



We want to get up your way. Start at Silver Reef then work our way to Moab via....everywhere. Wouldn't know where to begin.
 

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Looks like you guys had a great ride! I'm hoping to do the Mojave Rd someday, looks like a really neat area!



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