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This clearing along the south fork of Globe Mine Road is obviously an old site of something and well-used

This clearing along the south fork of Globe Mine Road is obviously an old site of something and well-used A garden of white buckwheat flowers and cholla cactus along the south fork of Globe Mine Road, Mojave National PreserveThumbnailsAfter about two miles, I reach the "shortcut" from the south fork of Globe Mine Road to the middle forkA garden of white buckwheat flowers and cholla cactus along the south fork of Globe Mine Road, Mojave National PreserveThumbnailsAfter about two miles, I reach the "shortcut" from the south fork of Globe Mine Road to the middle forkA garden of white buckwheat flowers and cholla cactus along the south fork of Globe Mine Road, Mojave National PreserveThumbnailsAfter about two miles, I reach the "shortcut" from the south fork of Globe Mine Road to the middle forkA garden of white buckwheat flowers and cholla cactus along the south fork of Globe Mine Road, Mojave National PreserveThumbnailsAfter about two miles, I reach the "shortcut" from the south fork of Globe Mine Road to the middle forkA garden of white buckwheat flowers and cholla cactus along the south fork of Globe Mine Road, Mojave National PreserveThumbnailsAfter about two miles, I reach the "shortcut" from the south fork of Globe Mine Road to the middle fork

I'm walking the 10-ton bike most of the way up this road. There's just enough surface sand to make it a bit slippery here and there, so it's just easier to walk a mile or two and enjoy the scenery, though it's tiring on the arms. I'm not in a hurry.

Without my heavy load, this slightly uphill road would probably be ridable.

Nothing is growing in this cleared area and a small can dump sits nearby. I wonder how long ago it was last used and for what (temporary housing in tents?).