2015: Mojave Traverse
On October 14, 2015, veteran desert adventurer Steve Greene set out to pedal across California’s Mojave Desert on a unique human-powered recumbent tricycle. The unsupported solo expedition was planned to cover 410 miles, from Big Pine, California, to the Mojave River at the San Bernardino Mountains. This route spanned most of the north/south length of the Mojave Desert, including the north/south lengths of Death Valley, Death Valley National Park, and the Mojave National Preserve. Of the total distance, 48% of the route was unpaved, following old dirt roads and pioneer trails. Already besieged by significant flash flooding in prior weeks, portions of this remote desert route had suffered extensive damage from rains, yet Steve felt confident he could successfully navigate the washed-out dirt roads on his extreme terrain vehicle. Mother Nature had different plans for Steve at the expedition’s starting point in Big Pine however! What was hoped to be a record setting traverse radically changed in short order. There are certain things humans cannot control …
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