Mostly dulk anyway. Not far into Stullifornia are some ripping sand dunes:
|Peter O'Toole & camel just out of shot|
The Imperial Valley is not much different from a fair amount of the terrain crossed yesterday i.e. it is dead flat. Almost. It actually slopes down towards the Salton Sea; thus much of it is well below sea level - as far as seventy metres in some spots. The only thing worthy of note here is the aforementioned Salton Sea. While the area has frequently been filled with water for natural reasons, the current Salton Sea is the result of a cock-up in the opening overs of the twentieth century which caused the Mighty Colorado to turn sharp right and inundate the area to a depth of about 16 metres in the middle. The pelicans like it, though.
|The Salton Sea at Bombay Beach, CA|
Just this once.
Leaving the smelly old Salton Sea behind we encounter the area of urbanisation and golf courses that is the Coachella Valley. Either side of this there are, at last, mountains. I pick those to the west, the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto ranges, find CA-74 and enjoy a splendidly twisty climb to ~1400 metres and a commensurate temperature drop to around 32 Celsius. Mountain Center sounds like it should be a nice place to stop but alas is too small to support much more than a caff and a road junction.
|The bustling heart of Mountain Center|
On being Stuck: On the whole it is probably better to be in the company of a taciturn Hispanic bloke with a SHUVEL than having Tracey Emin shouting that you're "stuck! stuck! stuck!" in your ear'ole.
- OK, not much like Wild Billy Childish...