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Old 10-25-13, 10:37 AM   #1
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Beautiful Roads

One of my favorites is a run from 29 Palms to Las Vegas. 129 Miles of uninterrupted driving.

It's way out in the desert, so much of the traffic ignores any posted speed limits. From 29 Palms to Amboy is pretty much straight line driving with few turns. In Wonder Valley you pass a lot of small houses.


At Amboy you can enjoy the sights on Route 66. There is a volcanic crater and a gas station. Next, you enter the Mojave National Preserve.



Turning onto Kelbaker Rd. You can enjoy long traffic-free stretches, punctuated with sharp corners.



At Kelso there is an oddly elaborate train station.


On up Kelso Cima Road you have to watch out for the cows. There is nothing keeping them from walking onto the roadway, and they do. You have to keep a wary eye open for them as you speed along.


Once you get to Nipton Rd. It's time to start winding down and get ready for freeway traffic on the I-15 heading towards Las Vegas. Ahead is a dry lake and on the other side, the New York mountains in Nevada.

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Old 10-25-13, 11:08 AM   #2
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Pacific Coast Hiway, California:

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About halfway down Argentina.
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A little closer to home. Highway 74, from Palm Desert to Anza, CA. 22.5 miles, 4729 foot climb. The Pines to Palms Highway from desert floor to alpine meadows.
https://maps.google.com/maps?ll=33.6...z=11&t=h&hl=en

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I trip to Texas last year, this is the road that leads to Carlsbad Caverns.



It's a really winding road. The kind of road that make one want to drive a supercar or super sport bike up it.
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Glacier National Park. For the sake of warm weather I will always prefer the desert, but for dramatic big mountain scenery, it's pretty unbeatable. I will be returning next year if I can.

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Old Route 66 between Kingman, Az and Needles, Ca.

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On up Kelso Cima Road you have to watch out for the cows. There is nothing keeping them from walking onto the roadway, and they do. You have to keep a wary eye open for them as you speed along.
Al Dvorin, the man who created the phrase "Elvis has left the building", died on this highway one night, near Ivanpah. The car he was in swerved off of the road at a corner.
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One of my favorites is a run from 29 Palms to Las Vegas. 129 Miles of uninterrupted driving.


At Amboy you can enjoy the sights on Route 66. There is a volcanic crater and a gas station. Next, you enter the Mojave National Preserve.

Thanks for posting this. I've seen this gas station in a lot of ads over the years, but never knew where it was located. Now I do.
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Thanks for posting this. I've seen this gas station in a lot of ads over the years, but never knew where it was located. Now I do.
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A little closer to home. Highway 74, from Palm Desert to Anza, CA. 22.5 miles, 4729 foot climb. The Pines to Palms Highway from desert floor to alpine meadows.
https://maps.google.com/maps?ll=33.6...z=11&t=h&hl=en

nice picture of the palms to pines highway! one of the few roads in so cal i won't ascend by myself any time or day of the year (unless with a big group or it's closed to cars).
i've done the descent when it was repaved a while ago and there were some sweet corners to negotiate and carve from vista point (overlooking the valley) north to the bottom.

didn't realize you were in so cal.

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nice picture of the palms to pines highway! one of the few roads in so cal i won't ascend by myself any time or day of the year (unless with a big group or it's closed to cars).
i've done the descent when it was repaved a while ago and there were some sweet corners to negotiate and carve from vista point (overlooking the valley) north to the bottom.

didn't realize you were in so cal.
I've only known one person brave enough to pedal up 74. And he used to be a bike messenger in Boston. I used to live in the Coachella valley, but have since moved to Arkansas.
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