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Home / Mojave bicycle-camping trips / 2008: Mojave National Preserve Mountain-Bike Camping and Hike / Day 14: Cima Dome to Baker via Kelso Depot and Kelbaker Road, Mojave National Preserve /

The pavement is wearing out on parts of Kelbaker Road, but that adds to the character of the area (we don't need a freeway here)

The pavement is wearing out on parts of Kelbaker Road, but that adds to the character of the area (we don't need a freeway here) The climb is going really well, probably because it's the end of the trip and I'm stronger now after two weeks of thisThumbnailsI'm up out of Kelso Valley nowThe climb is going really well, probably because it's the end of the trip and I'm stronger now after two weeks of thisThumbnailsI'm up out of Kelso Valley nowThe climb is going really well, probably because it's the end of the trip and I'm stronger now after two weeks of thisThumbnailsI'm up out of Kelso Valley nowThe climb is going really well, probably because it's the end of the trip and I'm stronger now after two weeks of thisThumbnailsI'm up out of Kelso Valley nowThe climb is going really well, probably because it's the end of the trip and I'm stronger now after two weeks of thisThumbnailsI'm up out of Kelso Valley now

I suddenly feel water splashing on my thigh, which feels good in this heat, but I shouldn't be feeling it. The drinking nib has dropped off my Camelbak's drinking hose and water is running out in a small, steady stream.

No big deal; I don't end up losing much water, and I just close the valve once I figure out what's happening. One more thing to fix after I get back home, as if living in a fixer-upper weren't already enough!