Friday, April 30, 2010
Barstow to somewhere in the Mojave Desert
Heading out of Barstow we hit the worst roads we have seen. Barstow seems to be a combination of motels and car repair shops which may explain the bad roads. Right after leaving town, we were stopped at a Marine base and had to go around via a fairly nasty dirt road. Back on Route 66 things went all right for about 20 miles before the road became kidney killer and Catherine quickly decided it would also become an electric bike killer. I talked to a Highway Patrol officer who told me the road stayed bad and that if we went on the freeway he would tell us to get off.
So with some chagrin, we loaded all the bikes in the back for the first time and drove off into the desert about 90 miles down the road.
To pay penance, we decided to wild camp and as I sit here now, we are in the middle of the Mojave National Preserve and we just took a hike up a mountainside where we got to enjoy some of the most beautiful desert bloom I have ever seen. The sky also obliged by providing stunning cloud formations and the wind is still biting at my hands as I type.
While hiking around I thought about our project and the fact that we "cheated" today and I came up with a rather elegant rationalization for our impure action today.
Sustainability is our cause. But what is the reason for wanting to create a sustainable future. It's not because we want a world where our children will be able to shop to their hearts content. It's not because our species is so marvelous that we deserve this planet to trash or cherish as we please. Seeing the beauty of the desert in bloom and the sky convulsing with cloud designs, I was reminded that this planet is such an incredible place. Whether humans are here or not, this place is truly a miracle not to be wasted by foolish human greed.
So even though we chose to drive today, the gift of the desert added its voice to our sustainability message in a way that affirms our goal to contribute to the creation of a sustainable future where desert flowers can continue to bloom.
Wind and Solar
Loading up the bikes
Rock art tagged by those pesky Green Riders
Our desert sanctuary
Goddess of Light and Pedals
We know how old Catherine is. How old is the cactus?
Some of the treats we enjoyed
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