Having never visited the Mojave National Preserve, and being down in the area already to do some work on the Tacoma, the Mojave Road seemed like the perfect place to test out the recent modifications (to the suspension) while seeing some new terrain at the same time.
It was quickly apparent that the suspension modifications weren't going to work out, but the new terrain was just the opposite - not only did it work out, but it opened up a whole new world that I knew I'd need to return to explore in more depth.
Our trip along the Mojave Road took two full days, though we spent three nights on the trail. Starting at the east end, we visited Fort Piute, Rock Spring (and the Rock House), Government Holes, and something a bit off the road - Hole in the Rock - on our first day. Our second day, even more packed that the first included the exploration of the Death Valley Mine, before continuing west to the Marl Mountains and the Mojave Mailbox. By mid-day, we found ourselves at the Dry Soda Lake and town of Zzyzx, before heading up Afton Canyon where we found one of our most amazing camp sites ever. As if that wasn't enough, we got to experience the 35" deep - nail-biting moments - of the Afton Canyon water crossing.
This was a trip that got me hooked. It might just do the same to you!
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