January 21 – January 24, 2017.
Two Army guys with M-16s strapped to their backs pull up on four-wheelers. ‘Oh’, one says. ‘From a distance it looked like you were parked past that fence. Never mind. You’re fine here.’ They drive off.
A ranger came by earlier. He said to watch out for ‘illegals’ and drug traffickers. I’m surprised to have three visitors in one morning considering we are in the middle of Nowhere.
Now that the RTR is behind us we can settle into our routine. We look for interesting places with tolerable weather. Then we look for free camping spots nearby.
Today we are on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land in the Sonoran Desert. We took an exit off Interstate 8, and like many exits out here, it quickly turned into an unpaved road. Just ride down the road and pick a spot to stay.
Out here in the west there is a lot of BLM land. There are apps and maps to help you find free camping. But most of the roads are unpaved. It’s a good idea to have a backup site in case your route is impassable.
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