A few years ago we saw a reference to the Old Plank Road that was built to across the sand dunes to to shorten the route from San Diego to Phoenix,
We knew roughly where there were preserved remains of the road and on Sunday we set out to find them. Grays Well rest area is in California roughly 16 miles east of Yuma on highway 8, at this time of year there are lots of atvs, dune buggies etc on the sand dunes surrounding the rest area.
The Imperial Sand Dunes are quite high and we saw these brave souls on the top of one across from the rest area.
|They look like little ants|
|Until I zoomed in|
We drove down the dunes access road from the rest area and at the end of the road we found the
fenced off area that contains about 1500 feet of the plank road.
|This is what a section of road looked like in 1916|
|A hundred years later|
|Not much left of some sections|
used until about 1926.
We also saw George and Suzie this week, they are staying at Pilot Knob RV Parks just a few miles down the road from us. We had a good visit sitting in the sun catching up on all the news. We will see them again in January after the big show in Quartzsite.
|Suzie and George|