Southern California Solo Desert Tour: Just the Photos
Hot, dry, desolate, vibrant, bad, good, creepy, calming, inspiring, crazy, and everything in between; this was definitely one of the strangest trips I’ve taken in a while.
From camping in the Yuha Desert near a state prison to tackling the majestic Montezuma Grade in Anza-Borrego State Park, there was a little bit of everything.
Highs and lows.
Hot showers gifted by strangers.
Gut conquering carne asada tortas.
Gourmet “gas station” dinners.
Desperate sunset shelter seeking.
But mostly? Quiet.
I turned the dial down and left it there. I rode in silence and squinted into the sun. I went to sleep at 7:30 or 8:00pm and then woke up before the sun, waiting for her.
My camera died for a couple of days, but there’s still a worthy little gang of photos from the whole ordeal.
The General Tour Overview
Day One: Borrego Springs to Yaqui Pass + Dirt Road exploration
Day Two: Yaqui Flats to Camp Dunaway
Day Three: Camp Dunaway to Bombay Beach
Day Four: Bombay Beach to Arroyo Salado Camp in Anza-Borrego State Park
Day Five: Rest Day, Arroyo Salado to Borrego Springs to stay with Helen and Daniel
15 miles into the most miserable headwind ever.
Day Six: Borrego Springs to Oak Grove Campground just off of SR 79. This day included the awesome climb up the Montezuma Grade to Ranchita.
Day Seven: Oak Grove to Anza