NOTES FROM THE ROAD



Back on Route 66 …


A moment on the Mother Road…


18 January 2018: Headed from Laughlin NV to Sedona AZ and decided to take an older Route 66 alignment for part of the way. Was a great journey on the “slow road” with a few nostalgia stops en route before darkness hit. At Hackberry it seemed like the donkeys came out to pose in the scene, though they were probably just curious …



Desert Oddities …


The Laughlin Labyrinths…


17 January 2018: One of the odd attractions in a patch of desert not far from the casinos is a series of stone labyrinths set up in the middle of nowhere. It is unclear who built them or why, and there is no official website or explanation, but they are there and their presence encourages visitors to walk along the geometric patterns in a bizarre performance of hidden choreography …



Waypoint: Laughlin Nevada …


A pause on the Nevada-Arizona border…


16 January 2018: Taking a brief pause in the town of Laughlin NV, on the edge of the state line between Nevada and Arizona. The border is defined by the Colorado river, which also shaped the town’s character and history. Mining and gambling have left their legacy here, and the riverfront casinos promote that tradition…



Waypoint: Spirit Mountain Wilderness …


A walk on sacred ground…


15 January 2018: Moved south into the Spirit Mountain wilderness today. The mountains here hold many areas of importance to local native american communities in addition to Spirit Mountain itself. Took the time out for a short hike to see some petroglyphs at Grapevine Canyon and ponder their messages from the past …



Waypoint: Pinto Valley Wilderness …


A Redstone morning…


14 January 2018: Working on navigation today in the Redstone area of the Pinto Valley Wilderness where some beautiful red rock formations make for some great play time. Lots of fun climbing and scrambling around the rocks while taking the time to improve the accuracy of triangulation skills …



Back in the Desert…


Exploring around Nevada…


13 January 2018: Checking out an unfamiliar area around the Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Nevada for the first day of what should be a very interesting roadtrip across the southwestern deserts …



Got the Maps…


Preparing for departure..


12 January 2018: Headng west, and back to the desert for a few weeks of exploration and training. The journey will cover quite a lot of ground and requires 18 different 1 to 100k maps. The plan is to venture into a few new locations while also spending time in some favorite spots …


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Headed back to the deserts of the southwest for some more fun in the sun and sand…

Advanced sand dune training with Barlow Adventures at the Imperial Sand Dunes in southern California. This three day driving and navigation program focuses on moving safely and effectively through large dunefields. Skills-building exercises are intended to improve pace, line choice and vehicle control, as well as developing precision map and compass navigation technique…


COMING UP SOON:

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Heading out with the Offroad Consulting group to check out some brand new trails in an area of Pennsylvania’s coal country that will soon be opened up for recreational wheeling opportunities, expanding that area’s off-road offerings…


Headed back to Paris to connect with friends and favorite places and lay some groundwork for upcoming projects…

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Focusing on the logistics and routes for the next Sahara segment…


PINTO VALLEY WILDERNESS


The Pinto Valley Wilderness consists of the upper canyons of three major washes which drain from the edge of a plateau east toward Lake Mead. The canyons are rugged. Elevations range from 2,700 feet along the southeast side to a 4,700 foot ridge on the northern end. Low mountain brush species vegetate the land. Scenic views of Iceberg Canyon and the lower reaches of the Grand Canyon are visible from here. The wilderness measures 3.5 miles long and 1.5 miles wide. Known water sources are Cottonwood Spring and Sandstone Spring. In the south the volcanic Black Mountains border Lake Mead and the north is defined by titled carbonate ridges with sandstone outcrops. Between them are gypsum mud hills which provide evidence of ancient lakes. The area known as “Redstone” is known for the remains of ancient petrified sand dunes which have eroded into a series of strangely shaped formations. This island of giant red rocks is a great place to explore and there is a short well marked hiking trail as well as a more difficult-to-navigate “discovery loop“…


ABOUT LAKE MEAD NRA

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Lake Meade National Recreation Area encompasses 1.5 million acres of mountains, canyons, valleys and two vast lakes, straddling the Nevada-Arizona border. It also includes nine separate wilderness areas. Nine developed areas are spread along the shores of the lakes and there are plenty of opportunities to explore the backcountry, including 800 miles of dirt roads and Jeep trails presenting drivers with a variety of access and challenges. More than 6 million people visit the recreation area each year, making it the sixth most-visited unit of the National Park System. Created by Act of Congress in 1964 as the nation’s first national recreation area, Lake Mead NRA stretches along nearly 140 miles of the old Colorado River channel between Nevada and Arizona. It includes both Lake Mead, created by Hoover Dam, and Lake Mohave, created by Davis Dam. Three of America’s four desert ecosystems—the Mojave, the Great Basin and the Sonoran Deserts—meet in Lake Mead NRA. As a result, this seemingly barren area contains a surprising variety of plants and animals, some of which may be found nowhere else in the world. Lake Mead is home to desert bighorn sheep, mule deer, mountains lions, coyotes, kit fox, bobcat, ringtail cat, desert tortoise, numerous lizards and snakes, and a wealth of bird species. Archeological and historical sites and remnants are evidence of 12,000 to 13,000 years of human occupation. The park’s namesake, Lake Mead, is the largest reservoir in the United States in terms of water capacity, providing water to nearly 20 million people in the states of Arizona, California, and Nevada. However, the lake has not reached full capacity since 1983 due to a combination of drought and increased water demand …



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