10/23/12, Red Mountain, CA (Coord. N 35 deg, 20.238 min; W. 117 deg, 37.152 min)
Tonight, Iím two miles south of Red Mountain, CA. Doc and Bill had a tough day, pulling through 2000 feet of contour lines. I passed through two old mining towns and Iím now within a long day of making the turn east towards the City of Barstow.
Fortunately, my rotation of horses left me with my strongest team today, Doc and Bill. After breaking camp, the lads climbed from 2800 to 3500 feet, then descending to below 3000 feet, before once again climbing to 3500 feet. The grade was generally fairly shallow, but there were portions that were as steep as 8 to 10%.