Traveling the Mojave Road

Mojave Road Plaque

Since Claudia and I returned to the States from Baja, I’ve been a bit obsessed with finding “interesting” off-pavement routes for us to travel. We spent some time in California’s Mojave National Preserve last winter and I saw the Mojave Road outlined on the map, but I didn’t realize how interesting and important the route was until I came across the website Mojaveroad.com this past summer.

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Winter Recap – Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument

Slot View

For most of the month of March, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument is where I spent my time; 1.7 million acres of canyons, mesas and mountains. For a cyclist, carrying enough water is the biggest challenge and bicycles are restricted to the same roads as autos. Admittedly, I was in a high clearance 4WD so ten days of self sufficiency was never a problem and regardless, the lack of people and ease of camping makes this a must see place for anyone. Rather than go into detail on great places to go,

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One photo a day, I’ll give it a go

Photo a Day 6/22/2013

I know many have done this before, one photo a day for a year, but I’ve never really been driven to try this until now. Photography, for me, is something I really enjoy when I travel, but when I’m surrounded by the familiar, the drive is lost. I have a camera on me much of the time, in the form of my iPhone, so I just need to make the time. I’m not going to post most of the photos here, but I’ve started a Photo a Day set on my Flickr page and that is where they will be.

I rode the Goshen Road to Middle Road, back on River Road, back home on Goshen Road loop today (on page 33 of Delorme’s Vermont Atlas and Gazetteer) and that is where this photo was taken. About 36 miles and 4,000 feet of elevation gain, and with the exception of 3 miles or so, all on dirt. Rural Vermont riding at it’s best.