May 25 2012 signed my name at the Mailbox and continued on to my next destination... the Lava Tube. Sure enough I drove right past the turn off... just decided to continue on forward. My next destination to look forward to was Soda Lake with Travelers Monument on the far west end. I am now privy to the secret of Travelers Monument and its message… my life as I know it will forever be changed.
With the winds gusting well above 40 mph it made for quit an experience driving through Soda Lake... luckily no worries over mud.
I think this is where I was supposed to turn off for the Lava tube. Got caught up with carins on the right.
Soda Lake in the far distance.
I've never encountered such a variety of different forms of sand than here in Mohave... my favorite was the ultra fine that kept you fighting to stay afloat.
Enjoy the video... sorry for the quality.
For the life of me I can't remember where I picked up this rock, but its new home is at the top of Traveler's Monument.
Up next is more sand in Mojave wash and Afton Canyon to wrap things up. stay tuned
Having just travelled the distance of Soda Lake and now knowing the secret of Travelers Monument, I was ready for the final leg of my journey on Mojave Road.
I knew the sand in the Mojave River was going to be a challenge, but this was flat out crazy. The winds were in full effect working as hard as possible to erase all signs of past travelers. At this point I wasn't concerned so much with getting lost, but staying on trail so if I did get stuck hopefully I'd be more easily spotted by a passing vehicle. There were many patches where the sand was so fine that it felt as though if I were to come to a stop I'd sink down to the frame and literaly drown. Thankfully the LC and Toyos worked in unison floating me through this sea of angry sand.
Line poles were erected to help guide the way and this final flag pole lets you know you've made it.
Heading into Afton Canyon.
The first of two water crossings. No significant depth to the Mojave River today, just enough to rinse the wheels off.
Enjoy the video
Enjoy the video... second crossing is a little longer and just a little deeper.
Seeing this graffiti tag summed up my Mojave Road adventure... It would be such a shame to lose access to this historic route. I hope to travel the Mojave Road with my boys in the near future and hope that they can pass on the same. Freedom to Live
Afton Canyon campgrounds looking down from the group sites.
As I was driving into the campgrounds I was a bit discouraged from what I was seeing. The site was completely empty except for two guys that just seemed completely out of place camped at the entrance. I wasn't sure if they were the camp hosts or what. One fellow waved as I drove by the other just mad dogged me like I stole his firewood for the night. Circled around at the end and just decided to continue on down to Camp Cady.
There was room at the top, but it was a very close call. Dang train snuck up on me.
This was the last picture taken it's looking west into the Mojave River towards Camp Cady.
I drove around 4 miles going toward Camp Cady in the Mojave River and turned around due to the never ending torment of sand. This was by far the absolute worst of sand driving and just felt I wasn't worth getting stuck at the end. Headed back to Afton Canyon to give the campgrounds one last feel... it wasn't happening. With a combination of negatives I just felt it was best to air up, gas up, and head back home that night.
This adventure was completed in one night and two days. Many pictures were taken, memories made, and most of all I now have a reason to go back... My family wants to experience the same...can't wait. I also would like to take a drink of the water at Marl Springs.
I would also like to add that I was confidently able to travel damn near the whole route made possible by... the Mojave Road Guide, by Dennis Casebier. This book literally paved my path for a clear route to follow on my first Mojave Road adventure. A big Thank you to Dennis...your words of direction and enlightenment helped bring forth an educational and successful traverse of the Mojave Road.
Last edited by Mauka2Makai; 07-04-2012 at 08:12 AM.
I subscribed to your thread a while back and AWESOME Mojave Road Trip report!
Did you happen to take any images of your cargo area while on the trip? I like your rig setup on the daily mission, so I was just wondering if you may have snapped an image with the cargo area loaded for the Mojave trip.
The eclectic life of GCRad1 '92 FJ80 3FE - Daily Driver | ICON 2.5 Shocks | TJM 4" Springs | TJM T15 BullBar | Falken High Country Tires | Wilderness Rack
Thanks again for your Mojave Road reports... I enjoyed re-living it through your lens. And yeah how nasty was the sand in the Mojave River bed? Easily the toughest part of the entire trail.
Next time I'd like to avoid the Afton campground as well, although the trains crossing the bridge there, the coyotes and the desert tortoises made for some interesting sounds in the night...
Absolutely fantastic thread. Good build info, good PM info and great trip reports. Subscribed!
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2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee: Sold due to transmission issues I couldn't resolve
1998 Jeep Cherokee: Sold when I "upgraded" to a Grand Cherokee
Looks like you had a nice trip. Saw that you made the Mtn trip list. Looking forward to saying hello.
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Just finished reading this thread from beginning to end, WOW!! That was fun and educational thanks writing it all