P.A.C.E. Trek Mojave Official Logo.
The design on the back of the P.A.C.E. Trek Mojave shirts.
The design for the P.A.C.E. Trek Mojave shirts.
The way I got all of my gear to the Grand Canyon in Arizona.
"BOB" after he is all built in the hotel room.
I stayed here while in the Grand Canyon Village.
The Beautiful Grand Canyon!
The Grand Canyon at Sunset.
My son, Brian, always gives me "Blue Bear" to take on my P.A.C.E. Treks. Here's the little bear on the edge of the Grand Canyon!
The Grand Canyon
Several of these markers were in the sidewalks at Grand Canyon.
At the start of P.A.C.E. Trek 2011 on April 14, 2011 (South Rim of Grand Canyon).
"BOB" in Grand Canyon National Park.
Paul and "BOB" (the stroller) at the entrance of Grand Canyon National Park.
Paul and Smokey The Bear
Heading south of Highway 64 away from Grand Canyon National Park on day 1 of P.A.C.E. Trek 2011.
Taking a break along Highway 64 on day 1 of P.A.C.E. Trek 2011.
They definitely make their mile markers large in Arizona!
Dry Arizona Earth!
Taking a break and watching the steady flow of traffic heading to Grand Canyon National Park.
The terrain changed drastically on day one, from pine trees in Grand Canyon National Park to barren land heading into Valle, Arizona... and it was only a 29-mile day!
Paul and Arizona red rock.
Valle, Arizona - Paul's stopping point after a 29-mile day on April 14, 2011 (day one of P.A.C.E. Trek Mojave)
The start of Day 2 (a 31-mile day from Valle to Williams, Arizona).
"BOB" and Paul casting morning shadows.
One of the few things seen along the route between Valle and Williams.
Paul found this old hubcap along the road and thought maybe he should get hubcaps for "BOB".
Solo Runner - Paul leaves Valle, Arizona for a 31-mile run to Williams.
Maintaining a good grip on "BOB" - all 80+ pounds of it!
The white Montanan is receiving his initiation into the Arizona sun population.
Making progress on day 2 of P.A.C.E. Trek 2011.
Made it to Williams, Arizona!
Paul's feet after he soaked them in ice water after finishing 60 miles in 34 hours. Notice that the second toe on the right foot is about to lose a toenail. That's just part of what happens during P.A.C.E. Treks.
Taking a break with "BOB" at mile 18.
No, "BOB" and Paul are not going to Los Angeles. Badwater Basin, Death Valley is the finish line!
A rare sight... a break in all of the heavy traffic on Interstate 40 between Williams and Ash Fork, Arizona.
Paul made it to Ash Fork, Arizona - bringing his total mileage for the first three days to 86 miles.
A church in Ash Fork, Arizona.
Ash Fork, Arizona is right on the historic Route 66.
It was 80 degrees when I arrived in Ash Fork, Arizona.
A landmark in Ash Fork, Arizona.
This is what I had to run on for the first couple of miles after leaving Ash Fork, Arizona. This is old Route 66 (or what's left of it).
After following the trail through fields, it arrived at this... a gated, barbed-wire fence that was meant to keep people out of the railroad tracks. However, I had to get BOB across to catch the trail on the other side. This required taking the stroller apart and carrying pieces of it through the fence to the other side of the tracks, and then reassembling it!
Running on an old part of Route 66 with the original surface!
More dirt roads on the way to Seligman, Arizona. This was a 25-mile day, but at least it wasn't all like this!
Paul and his support stroller, "BOB", hanging out along Route 66 in Arizona.
Enjoying Route 66.
Is this sign really necessary? I believe it's quite apparent that this is "land".
Next stop on P.A.C.E. Trek 2011... Seligman, Arizona.
Have to be careful where you step!
Funny to see this sign when it's 80 degrees.
The 'Beast of Burden' stroller ("BOB") on a portion of Route 66 leading to Seligman, Arizona.
Did the people of Arizona put this sign up just for me?! I'm glad they've agreed to let me finish P.A.C.E. Trek 2011.
A bright butterfly brightens my day!
I took this picture for... well... just for fun!
Gotta love Banana Chips!
Feeling confident that death won't draft me on this P.A.C.E. Trek... even though I'm running to DEATH Valley!
This sign is true... I've been drinking. Gatorade!
Arriving in Seligman, Arizona.
At the end of a 25-mile day from Ash Fork, AZ to Seligman, AZ.
My right hand after pushing "BOB" for 25 miles. Black from the handlebar and a blister in the palm.
My feet after removing my running shoes upon completing a 25-mile day. They're swollen, but that subsides during the evening hours.
Taken right after a 25-mile run on day 4 of P.A.C.E. Trek Mojave. I started to lose this toenail during training. Here it is after 110 miles in 4 days of P.A.C.E. Trek 2011. The nail was floating on a pocket of fluid that had built up.
Shot taken right after removing shoes following day four. This is a toenail that I'll eventually lose. This picture was taken after releasing the built up fluid.
I stayed here while in Seligman, Arizona. Great place and good price!
Seligman, Arizona is a famous town on Route 66.
Seligman, Arizona sure has a lot of unique Route 66 attractions.
This is where I had dinner in Seligman, Arizona. WONDERFUL place. Stop in if you ever go to Seligman!
Check out the old cash register to the right.
This is a hallway in the burger restaurant that I had dinner at in Seligman, Arizona. There are so many pictures, cards, etc. to look at while you wait for your order!
Must be on Route 66. Check out the motorcycles!
Rusting remnants of Route 66.
They even decorate outhouses in Seligman, Arizona!
Everywhere you turn in Seligman, Arizona there is something about Route 66.
An outhouse with a television!
The Visitor Center in Seligman, Arizona.
Can you say "FUN CAR"??
Here lies Billy Pretzel last guy who touched my Edsel. For those who don't know, an "Edsel" is a car that Ford Motor Company announced in 1956.
Many eye-catching things are in Seligman, Arizona.
"LA" just doesn't seem to fit this list of international locations.
An empty chair so that visitors to Seligman, Arizona can have a photo op. Notice that the chair is locked to the car!
I'll be running about 150 miles on Route 66.
The beginning of Day 5... a 37-mile run from Seligman, Arizona to Peach Springs, Arizona.
Paul and "BOB" on a 37-mile day between Seligman, Arizona and Peach Springs, Arizona.
Stroller "BOB" and the wide open space between Seligman, Arizona and Peach Springs, Arizona.
Nearly done with the 37-mile day to Peach Springs, Arizona!
On my way to Hackberry, Arizona.
Enjoying the Mojave Adventure Run!
Running on Route 66 - Something I've always wanted to do!
I met Flo Jay while on my run to Hackberry, Arizona. She was going to opposite direction and is cycling to raise awareness of, and funding for, breast cancer research. She is from France and we enjoyed a 1/2 hour conversation at the edge of the road. She suggested that I run across France next!
BOB in the high desert.
Right after arriving at the Hackberry General Store.
A car from days long gone by.
Population of Hackberry... two.
First night of sleeping in my tent (Hackberry, Arizona).
Tent pitched near field behind Hackberry General Store.
One-man tent... perfect for P.A.C.E. Trek 2011.
The owners of the Hackberry General Store, John and Kerry, gave me this nice meal, some water, and some ice!
Relaxing in my tent at the end of a long day on the road.
At the Hackberry General Store.
Hackberry General Store in Hackberry, Arizona.
I wonder which has more miles on it... the old car or "BOB".
A Route 66 landmark - the Hackberry General Store.
A piece of history!
Kingman, here I come!
Near Valle Vista, Arizona.
Part of the price to be paid...
Cool wall mural.
A very sad sight.
"BOB" heading out of Golden Valley.
Beautiful roadside colors.
More gorgeous colors.
Route 66 roadside colors.
More very colorful flowers.
Scene as I was pushing out of Golden Valley.
Looks pretty sharp!
This was quite hard on my knees!
Big rocks at 3,500 feet elevation.
I tend to see interesting things along the roadside during a P.A.C.E. Trek.
Made it to California!
BOB on Highway 95 in California.
Camping near Highway 95 in California.
Camping in the desert.
A beautiful sunrise in the desert.
Dawn in the desert.
All is well on the first night of camping on P.A.C.E. Trek 2011.
Beautiful and quiet.
On the run down Highway 95 in California.
Saw these on Easter morning.
I filled up my water supply in Goffs.
I've always wanted a picture with the Route 66 emblem on the actual Route 66 highway!
"BOB" on Route 66 in California.
Changing another flat tire. BOB (the stroller) got more flat tires on this P.A.C.E. Trek than any other one I've done - including the run across America!
"BOB" on historic Route 66.
Entering the 'big' town of Goffs, California.
Yep... population 23.
In Goffs, California.
Where the really tough part of P.A.C.E. Trek 2011 begins.
In the Mojave National Preserve... where the pavement ends and the sand begins!
BOB's tire tracks in the sand on Lanfair Road in the Mojave National Preserve.
Camping near Lanfair Road in the Mojave National Preserve.
Dirt/sand road in Mojave National Preserve, California.
Sun going down on another long day of running.
Beautiful colors - Mojave National Preserve.
What a sight outside of my tent!
The desert can be truly beautiful.
Leaving Lanfair Road and heading down Cedar Canyon Road in the Mojave National Preserve for 18 more miles of sand.
Enjoying an early morning of P.A.C.E. Trek 2011 in the Mojave National Preserve.
BOB definitely rolls better on pavement!
Looking down a rough road that I'd travel for many miles that day in the Mojave National Preserve.
Starting to get some tan!
Taking a drink next to a Joshua Tree.
The sign from the front of the support stroller. I thought it would be a neat picture!
Hanging out in the desert.
The high desert in the Mojave National Preserve.
Running through the Mojave National Preserve.
Feeling as strong as these big rocks!
Feeling bolder while sitting on a boulder.
On my way to Kelso Depot.
The road seems to go on forever.
Kicking up some dust on the sandy roads of the Mojave National Preserve.
BOB in the quietness of the Mojave National Preserve.
A welcomed sight! PAVEMENT!!
Amazing sunrise at Kelso, California.
The Kelso Depot Visitor Center.
The maps told me I would be on pavement, but I didn't expect this rough of pavement!
Logging miles and taking my own pictures.
This is classified as a "paved surface". It sure was tough on my already bruised and blistered feet!
Pushing "BOB" through another day of P.A.C.E. Trek 2011.
As hard as I looked, I didn't see any tortoise!
One of my maps for the trek.
On my way to Shoshone, California.
It's pretty dry out here!
Running through a 58-mile stretch of land that has absolutely no services. The temperature climbed into the 90s and the road surface was quite hot.
Hanging out on highway 127 in California.
No cars for miles... running the yellow line.
Look at the depth of this dried up water hole!
Now that's what I call DRY!
A large piece of the dried up water hole. It was very thick!
Sand Dunes as I approach Shoshone, California.
Another night in my tent - about 30 miles from the nearest population.
Beautiful place to camp.
You can feel very small in the desert.
BOB at sunset.
Salt Creek - I camped here one night.
Early morning of my final camping time.
I was able to camp near a roadside bathroom - the only building for about 30 miles in any direction!
It's so important to make sure you have enough water!
No, I didn't take "BOB" the stroller off roading in the dunes.
Great cafe I ate at in Shoshone, California.
Made it to Death Valley National Park!!
On the run to Death Valley Junction, California.
At the Amargosa Hotel at Death Valley Junction.
Taking a break roadside heading to Furnace Creek, California.
The scenery as I approach Furnace Creek.
Staying hydrated is crucial on a run like this!
This was not a flat desert to run across. There were plenty of mountains!
The mountains I had to get over before entering Furnace Creek.
Logging miles into Furnace Creek, California.
The Badlands are quite a sight!
Made it down to sea level (Furnace Creek, California)
Death Valley Gateway - Furnace Creek, California.
Running up to the entrance of the Furnace Creek Ranch.
My final accommodations before reaching the finish line!
After running a 30-mile day, a hamburger is great!
Pushing in the liquid!
Beautiful! Furnace Creek Ranch.
I just crossed land that was once crossed long ago by people using wagons like this!
Okay... this thing is a lot heavier than "BOB".
Ice cream at the end of a long running day.
Writing some messages on the eve of my finishing P.A.C.E. Trek 2011. This was at the Furnace Creek Ranch, California.
Chatting with my parents from Furnace Creek Ranch.
Getting lower, and had to break out the umbrella hat I've taken on every P.A.C.E. Trek. My son, Kyler, gave me this in 2006 to use on my USA run. For this particular run, there was no rain at all, so I used it to block some of the sun!
Sending out my final audio file before reaching the finish line - which at this point was only 17 miles away.
On my way to the finish... Badwater!
Yes, that's snow you see in the mountains towering over Death Valley. That peak is actually at 11,000 feet.
The road to Badwater Basin, Death Valley.
Only 10 miles from the finish, and feeling victory is at hand.
Striding the final 8 miles toward the finish line.
Thumbs up to an awesome adventure!
Getting closer to the finish, and feeling more excited.
Nearing the finish of P.A.C.E. Trek 2011.
No, I didn't stop to play any golf here.
Still smiling, after 500 miles!
In the final 5 miles of P.A.C.E. Trek 2011.
Popping a wheelie with "BOB".
Time to head for the finish line, just a few miles away!
Striding on with the finish in sight.
In the final 100 meters of P.A.C.E. Trek 2011.
That smile says I'm done!
Looking out over Badwater Basin, Death Valley.
Heading down the walkway to get closer to the basin.
I made it! The lowest, hottest, driest point on the North American continent.
Onlookers couldn't believe what I had just completed.
Done posing for photos.
Some German motorcyclists were very interested in "BOB".
Heading out into the Badwater Basin.
Answering questions from some German visitors who were quite interested in what this crazy American had done.
Answering questions from people who watched me finish.
This guy came along with a chair and said I deserved to sit down and have a massage!
I took a minute to sit down and relax after I was prompted to do so by these guys.
Running into the actual Badwater Basin of Death Valley.
Creating my final video post for the web site at http://www.pacetrek.com/mojave
BOB on Badwater Basin.
506 miles, 17 days of running, 3 states, 1 stroller, and 1 very happy runner!
BOB supported me every step of the way, and here he supports ALL of me!
The only time I have ever held up the number one during a P.A.C.E. Trek. Why did I do it? Because I became the first person to run solo and unsupported from the Grand Canyon, across the Mojave Desert, to Badwater, Death Valley.
I ran 18.13 miles the final day and as you can see from the GPS I got right to the lowest point on the North American continent (-282 feet below sea level).
The end of the Mojave Adventure Run.
I've dreamed of running here, and now it has become a reality.
A final picture with Badwater Basin in the background.
Death Valley is an incredible place.
It is indeed a dry heat... hardly any humidity at all!
Ice cream to close out P.A.C.E. Trek 2011.