Hope self reads note!
He didn't - as with many travelers the night before an adventure starts, the sleep is fitful with the brain working on overload. Are we forgetting anything, is there enough fuel, enough water, should we be traveling this road with only one vehicle? Questions like these, and many more, often keep the explorer from getting the right amount of sleep before a trip begins. Starting tired is one strike against a trip along the Mojave Road.
Starting at nearly two in the afternoon is the second strike.
Luckily there wasn't a third or this trip would have been a strike out.
John and Paul just wanted to get started down the dirt road leading from the Colorado River - so in the heat of the day and with tired minds they drove out of the Avi Resort looking for the beginning of the Mojave Road.
|It may get a bit hot in the Mojave Desert - maybe!|
Perhaps that's why it took nearly an hour to find the beginning.
For most of the trip, the GPS was right on. The rock markers called cairns (stones set up in a pyramid fashion) were easily found, and the map in Dennis Casebier's book, Mojave Road Guide, pointed us in the right direction. But for some reason it took some maneuvering and back tracking to locate the beginning of the road.
|A 'cairn' - guideposts for the Mojave Road. Don't miss them!!!|
Of course, to be fair we may have missed a turn here or there but one thing was certain - the sand was extremely soft, the temperature HOT and we wanted to get a move on westward.
|Deep - very deep sand - 4 x 4's only please|
|No fort, just riverfront property.|
It may have been a trick to force us to lay by the cool blue river and gamble. But the ploy didn't work and in about an hour we finally found the beginning of the Mojave Road.
|By trial and error we eventually found the road|
Across the same road that the likes of Jedediah Smith, Kit Carson, John Fremont, and Peter Skene Ogden had used while making their way across the Mojave Desert, we were traveling with the ghosts of some of the most famous early American adventurers there were.
Nothing could stop us now - almost nothing . . .
|This something did stop our westward movement the first day.|
Stay with us -- the adventure continues with next week's blog entry.