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Whiskey for my Men… and Beer for my horses….

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Had a fellow and his wife come by in a wagon pulled by a team of draft horses on their way across the Mojave desert by way of Hwy 62 out through Vidal Junction and Earp and cross the Colorado to Arizona….

A page out of their journal:

11/4/12, Twentynine Palms, CA (Coord. N. 34 deg, 08.191 min; W. 116 deg, 02.587 min)

After a day off, I hitched B.O.B. and Doc and drove 22 miles to the eastern edge of the City of Twentynine Palms.

It was a tough pull over some sandy roads to get back to the main road.  After a day off, both horses started off a little slow, but quickened their pace as the day wore on.

In order to get in the optimum position for my desert crossing, I needed to camp near the last reliable source of water on the east side of Twentynine Palms.  This meant a long day of pulling for the team.  The wagon and trailer were over my normal load-out, as I gathered all my supplies on the day off and didn’t count on the feed store being open on Sunday.  I picked up one more water container, so my total water load is now 120 gallons. This is sufficient to handle the 50 to 55 miles between sources of water during the Mojave crossing.  I also left Joshua Tree with 1200 pounds of hay and 500 pounds of grain. This is enough feed for the crossing with a 2 day reserve.

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Trekking through the City of Twentynine Palms.
As always, I met a lot of good people on my travels today.

Tonight, I’m camped on a piece of desert, across from a small subdivision of houses. Some gracious home owners provided me with water, so the horses will be tanked up and the wagon will be full of water when I depart in the morning.  The trek to the Colorado River Aqueduct is 55 miles, and should take three days. If for some reason it’s empty, I have a couple of people that will act as a safety net to ensure I have enough water for the crossing. This is a lot easier than it was in the old days when people had to make the crossing on a whim and a prayer, without a safety net.

So says the guy I met this morning as he passed the house.

I snapped a few pictures myself.

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Here is the folks website… pretty interesting story…… Click Here

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Dan OBrien


Cactus Thorns has been online in one form or the other since 2001. What started as a personal blog documenting the corruption and lack of Due Process of the 29 Palms Community Development Department has turned into over these many years into a hugely popular Independent Alternative News Media Outlet. We have partnered with other media including The Desert Star Weekly, Joshua Tree Star, other blogs, indie media and an incredible staff of volunteer Reporters, Commentators and Opinion Makers to create one of the most read, honest and dependable alternative to the Local traditional Media services in the country. Thanks to you the reader we are in the 5% of most read sites in the World.

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