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Home / Mojave Preserve and Desert bikepacking trips / 2009, Fall: Mojave National Preserve / Day 8: Kelso Dunes area to Baker, CA by bicycle /

As I pack the tent's contents into my saddlebags, I remove the big rocks I placed inside the tent to keep it from blowing away

As I pack the tent's contents into my saddlebags, I remove the big rocks I placed inside the tent to keep it from blowing away I make my last two cups of strong coffee of the trip and enjoy the views while I procrastinate the task of breaking campThumbnailsIt's that everything-out-of-the-tent moment again; time to leave the Kelso Dunes area!I make my last two cups of strong coffee of the trip and enjoy the views while I procrastinate the task of breaking campThumbnailsIt's that everything-out-of-the-tent moment again; time to leave the Kelso Dunes area!I make my last two cups of strong coffee of the trip and enjoy the views while I procrastinate the task of breaking campThumbnailsIt's that everything-out-of-the-tent moment again; time to leave the Kelso Dunes area!I make my last two cups of strong coffee of the trip and enjoy the views while I procrastinate the task of breaking campThumbnailsIt's that everything-out-of-the-tent moment again; time to leave the Kelso Dunes area!I make my last two cups of strong coffee of the trip and enjoy the views while I procrastinate the task of breaking campThumbnailsIt's that everything-out-of-the-tent moment again; time to leave the Kelso Dunes area!

I do bring tent stakes with me, but rarely use them. Desert terrain tends to be too crumbly or sandy for stakes to help much with holding a tent down.