This post is a few weeks late now, from an overnighter with Dave & Mary.
We started in Yucca Valley, near Joshua Tree National Park, and climbed up to Big Bear on dirt. Elevation change was something like 7000 ft from bottom to top, passing through several distinct climate zones.
Check out Mary’s pics from the trip.
After a stop at the Jelly Donut we were off… and had our first rattlesnake sighting within 10 minutes. We arrived in Pioneertown within an hour or so- our last chance for water & mock shoot-outs for a while.
Then we hit dirt. And climbed… and climbed.
Into Joshua Tree groves, with some welcome shade
Climbing higher, the dirt turns red, we start seeing Junipers soon…
Then the real climbing began. Note the lack of photos.
Big Bear restock. Pines, cool temps, and ice cream.
Riding out on the highway.
Getting close to camp on horse trails
Then, a night a relaxing…
After some miracle coffee from Dave’s Esbit stove, we finally managed to point our bikes down hill.
Options. We discovered an OHV area that we’ll need to explore sometime.
See that road going up in the distance? Thankfully, we didn’t have to go up it.
Random sightings of Aluminum Americana in the desert…
And some Steel Americana
Finally, we arrived at Pappy & Harriets back in Pioneertown… featuring “warm beer & crappy service,” so the sign said anyway.
Guess which door we used?
COLD beer. And water too.
Yucca Valley welcomed us back with 112 degrees.