I drove up to Parker this morning partly to buy a few groceries and partly to revisit an area I had been to before called the Parker sand dunes.
The Parker sand dunes are a BLM boondocking area and off-road vehicle riding area about 10 miles from Parker, which I had visited about two years ago but didn't stay, I just made a video and left.
But this morning I got to thinking about the place and thought maybe I should go boondock there for a few days and have some fun on the little Beta motorcycle. Since I hadn't seen it for a while I figured I would drive the truck their first and see if it had changed much in the two years since I had been there.
The first thing I noticed was part of the paved road that goes out there was in really bad shape. After I started driving on it it rattled my memory enough to recall that it wasn't in very good shape the first time I drove on it and now it was substantially worse.
I have always adhered to the philosophy that whenever I'm going to a place that has "sand" in the name, or a name that even implies "sand" it should be checked out very carefully and not while pulling a trailer. And that was the main reason for not taking the Arctic Fox with me this morning.
There's a couple of big parking or boondocking areas that are stable and easily drivable once you get there, but there's some other areas that look more solid than they really are, and in one instance I had to put the truck in four-wheel-drive to get back on solid ground.
Now I'm quite sure I wouldn't have had to use four-wheel-drive if I had a normal on and off road tire on the truck, but my Michelin ribbed highway tires with 80 PSI in them is the exact opposite of what you need for driving on soft ground so I have to be very careful when leaving the pavement.
All of that means that I'm going to have to give the Parker sand dunes trip some careful consideration to determine if it's worth it to subject the truck and the Arctic Fox to the bad road and a minimal chance of getting stuck in the sand just for some motorcycle riding.... But then again I could use a change of scenery.