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Home / Mojave bicycle-camping trips / 2000: Mojave National Preserve Bicycle Camping Trip #2 / Day 8: Hole-in-the-Wall Campground, Mojave National Preserve, to Goffs via Essex Road and historic Route 66 /

Essex Road has been rather desolate so far, so it's amusing to ride over the tube of civilization that is Interstate 40

Essex Road has been rather desolate so far, so it's amusing to ride over the tube of civilization that is Interstate 40 Looking northwest up Essex Road from the bottom of Black Canyon Road toward Mitchell Caverns and Providence MountainsThumbnailsOn Essex Road, it's 6.3 miles past Interstate 40 to the nearly dead town of Essex, California at the base of the distant hillsLooking northwest up Essex Road from the bottom of Black Canyon Road toward Mitchell Caverns and Providence MountainsThumbnailsOn Essex Road, it's 6.3 miles past Interstate 40 to the nearly dead town of Essex, California at the base of the distant hillsLooking northwest up Essex Road from the bottom of Black Canyon Road toward Mitchell Caverns and Providence MountainsThumbnailsOn Essex Road, it's 6.3 miles past Interstate 40 to the nearly dead town of Essex, California at the base of the distant hillsLooking northwest up Essex Road from the bottom of Black Canyon Road toward Mitchell Caverns and Providence MountainsThumbnailsOn Essex Road, it's 6.3 miles past Interstate 40 to the nearly dead town of Essex, California at the base of the distant hills

I started at around 4500 feet elevation this morning and now I'm at 2100 feet. It doesn't seem like I've descended that much; none of this downhill has been steep, but it has been relaxing and enjoyable.