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I reach a brief detour down and around a washed-out section of this road and it occurs to me that this is an old railway grade

I reach a brief detour down and around a washed-out section of this road and it occurs to me that this is an old railway grade Phew, my road rises out of the gravel onto a smooth surface and passes a "Entering Mojave National Preserve" signThumbnailsA close-up of the wash-out reveals buried posts that supported the old Barnwell and Searchlight Railway gradePhew, my road rises out of the gravel onto a smooth surface and passes a "Entering Mojave National Preserve" signThumbnailsA close-up of the wash-out reveals buried posts that supported the old Barnwell and Searchlight Railway gradePhew, my road rises out of the gravel onto a smooth surface and passes a "Entering Mojave National Preserve" signThumbnailsA close-up of the wash-out reveals buried posts that supported the old Barnwell and Searchlight Railway gradePhew, my road rises out of the gravel onto a smooth surface and passes a "Entering Mojave National Preserve" signThumbnailsA close-up of the wash-out reveals buried posts that supported the old Barnwell and Searchlight Railway gradePhew, my road rises out of the gravel onto a smooth surface and passes a "Entering Mojave National Preserve" signThumbnailsA close-up of the wash-out reveals buried posts that supported the old Barnwell and Searchlight Railway grade

Click. That's why the road is so straight, level and narrow. I'll learn later that this is the old Barnwell and Searchlight Railway that operated from 1906 to 1911. I'm really enjoying the joshua-tree forest here.