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Home / Mojave Preserve and Desert bikepacking trips / 2009, Fall: Mojave National Preserve / Day 1: Baker to east side of Devil's Playground, northwest of Old Dad Mountain, by bicycle, Mojave National Preserve /

It's a long, mostly straight, 10 miles from Baker to the hills ahead of me, where Kelbaker Road turns sharply to the right

It's a long, mostly straight, 10 miles from Baker to the hills ahead of me, where Kelbaker Road turns sharply to the right A sign on Kelbaker Road alerts me to watch for tortoisesThumbnailsI take a short break and sit in the middle of Kelbaker Road for a few minutes to assert my sovereignty over the roadA sign on Kelbaker Road alerts me to watch for tortoisesThumbnailsI take a short break and sit in the middle of Kelbaker Road for a few minutes to assert my sovereignty over the roadA sign on Kelbaker Road alerts me to watch for tortoisesThumbnailsI take a short break and sit in the middle of Kelbaker Road for a few minutes to assert my sovereignty over the roadA sign on Kelbaker Road alerts me to watch for tortoisesThumbnailsI take a short break and sit in the middle of Kelbaker Road for a few minutes to assert my sovereignty over the roadA sign on Kelbaker Road alerts me to watch for tortoisesThumbnailsI take a short break and sit in the middle of Kelbaker Road for a few minutes to assert my sovereignty over the road

The road gains 1000 feet of elevation during those 10 miles, even though it looks rather flat.