It’s been quite a few years since the last time I’ve done the Mojave Road. Not only had it been too long, but I’ve never experienced the trail proper. Always felt a rush to complete it, often driving by the points of interest and going by what I’ve heard from others. Didn’t help that the vehicle used was built more around going fast then cruising. So with summer not far off and wanting to get another trip in, I got to planning and gathered any history I could find. In my quest for understanding what the Mojave Road truly was, I ended up purchasing The Mojave Road Guide by Dennis Casebier, not so much for the directions, but for the work he put into researching the past. The facts, stories and pictures were amazing and gave some great insight to further my research. In the end I took what info I wanted to share and printing customized copies so everyone in our group could see the pictures and learn as we drove through the historical trail.
We ended up meeting at Chris & Alissa’s house. Gave us a chance to talk over the trip, thoughts, ideas and excitement for what lie ahead.
Friday nights destination was a few hours away, but with the heat getting ready to turn up in the desert and the boat covers ready to come off, what better place to start out adventure then camping on Lake Mohave. Knowing we have a boating trip set for next month on the lake made it that much more exciting, getting a peak at out summer fun. Our cut through Twenty Nine Palms didn’t pay off, as we hit a road block on the 66 that sent us back tracking in order to get on the 40.
Desert was in full bloom.
Slight detour to Palm Gardens for much needed gas, then hit a power-line trail that would drop us off on the Mojave Road.
As mentioned in the beginning of the adventure report, everyone got their their own “history guide”. When the power-line trail intercepted the Mojave Road, we stopped to read the story of how the road became what it is today. Starting back when the Indians used it all the way through to when it was opened as a recreational trail. It made the entire experience that much more interesting, knowing when and why this was all created.