After an Amtrak train-and-bus trip from San José to Barstow, I bicycle the stretch of historic Route 66 from Barstow to Ludlow in California's Mojave Desert, then camp and hike around Broadwell Dry Lake and the Kelso Dunes Wilderness Area (which is west of the Kelso Dunes and doesn't include the dunes inside the nearby Mojave National Preserve).
These areas just west of Mojave National Preserve are new for me and make for an enjoyable trip. Kelso Dunes Wilderness is a gem. Sunny daytime skies and freezing temperatures on several nights; winter has arrived a bit early this year.
Day 1: Route 66: Barstow to Ludlow47 photos
Day 2: Ludlow to Bristol Mountains foothills by bicycle38 photos
Day 3: Day hike into Kelso Dunes Wilderness to the south end of Broadwell Mesa81 photos
Day 4: South Bristol Mountains foothills campsite to Broadwell Dry Lake by bicycle, with a detour to Ludlow for water32 photos
Day 5: Day hike across Broadwell Dry Lake and to Broadwell Natural Arch, Bristol Mountains, Kelso Dunes Wilderness Area79 photos
Day 6: Broadwell Dry Lake to Ludlow by bicycle27 photos
Day 7: Ludlow to Newberry Mountains by bicycle on Route 6648 photos
Day 8: Newberry Mountains to Barstow by bicycle on Route 6652 photos