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dave6253 02-28-2013 08:38 PM

Alone in the Mojave Desert Again - 2013

There are so many things to explore...

...and so many fun roads to ride... the Mojave Desert...

Four days alone...

So "Cowboy Up" and follow along.

RedRockRider 02-28-2013 08:46 PM

Yeah, Dave! Looking forward to this one. Just spent some time in the Mojave myself . . . I'm in!!! :D

dave6253 02-28-2013 08:52 PM

A Cold Day in Hell
I got a pretty late start...

and raced out of the Sonoran Desert...

It wasn't long before I found proof...

I had entered the Mojave Desert...

As the Joshua Trees only grow in the Mojave.

Before you all get jealous of our sunny weather and assume it was warm. Let me tell you, I froze my ass off!
The reason for the late start? I was laying in my warm bed dreading the cold and willing it to warm up a little.

There was fresh snow on the low elevation mountains.

It even snowed in Phoenix yesterday! Yes. In Phoenix, Arizona!
I'm pretty sure that means Hell officially froze over.

dave6253 02-28-2013 08:53 PM

Thanks RRR. I'll have to get caught up with your report.

BMW-K 02-28-2013 09:54 PM

Dave, love your work. Looking forward to this. :clap

Scubalong 02-28-2013 09:58 PM

Hola Dave
Glad to see you back :clap
Looking forward to your RR and Amazing pictures:ricky:lurk

sealsam 03-01-2013 05:33 AM

It's Dave....I ain't going nowhere.:ear

JaxObsessed 03-01-2013 05:35 AM

Oh So IN!:D

Nightstalker 03-01-2013 07:53 AM


dave6253 03-01-2013 02:45 PM

After the marathon tour up to Alaska last summer I'm looking forward to a more relaxed pace.
That, and the fact it was cold and I was on worn Heidenau tires kept me from venturing up to Death Valley.

I stopped to walk across the new bridge for the first time.

The elevated view of Hoover Dam was cool.

Layered Like and Onion

I head north along the Lakeshore Drive.

I want to see the sights of The Valley of Fire.

Ranger Ron 03-01-2013 02:55 PM

Great pictures.

BTW, Joshua trees grow in Arizona, too.

Ron :D

dave6253 03-01-2013 02:55 PM

There was almost no other traffic, but I kept seeing Park Rangers, so I had to keep the speed in check on these fun roads.

The occasional view of Lake Mead popped up. I ran down a dirt road to the edge of the water where I found a cool spot to camp.
I almost set up there alone, but I had planned to see the Valley of Fire by sunset.

It looks as though the mountains ahead are getting pounded.

dave6253 03-01-2013 03:04 PM


Originally Posted by Ranger Ron (Post 20842484)
Great pictures.

BTW, Joshua trees grow in Arizona, too.

Ron :D

Yes they do. The first few there are from Highway 93 near Wikieup, just like the article you linked to says. Parts of Arizona are Mojave Desert, not Sonoran Desert.


From Wiki
The Mojave Desert's boundaries are generally defined by the presence of Yucca brevifolia (Joshua trees); considered an indicator species for this desert.

A Map of the Mojave from

FishrCutB8 03-01-2013 05:28 PM


Originally Posted by dave6253 (Post 20842488)

Great pixxor!

dave6253 03-01-2013 07:23 PM

Out of Energy

I get to the east entrance self-pay station for the Valley of Fire State Park. After seeing I can pay at the campground I get back onto the bike to hurry over to find a campsite.
I hoped to get out onto the scenic drive for sunset photos. I had about 1 hour of daylight left. Unfortunately Mr Yuasa didn't want to cooperate.

CLICK!!! Click!! Click! Click. click...

Well this sux. There were some other tourists in the area, so I got an opportunity to meet new people as I begged for a jump start.
I met a cool motorcyclist, also from Phoenix, who was there in a sedan and in no time we had the bike running.

With new priorities, I grabbed a nice campsite and hoped I could get the bike into town tomorrow. I settled for photography from the campground.

It was a nice clear evening with a bright moon. I met a nice young couple camping nearby. Scott and Chasey(sp?) were there with Alaskan plates. I wished I had traveled more when I was their age.


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