OK, guys, so next month I need to be in San Diego for what can best be described as the "Dilbert Approved Pointy Haired Boss Management Conformance Training."
I'll be spending all week saying things like "We need to take a step back, and up-level our discussion to consider how the proposal can best truly delight the customer." I'm an adaptable guy, and I long ago made my peace with the need to conform in order to succeed.
But the training ends on Friday at 2PM, and I swear I'm going to drive back to San Jose without talking to a single fucking human being.
So I want the loneliest route possible from there to here. Here are the minimum basic criteria:
Leave San Diego at 2:30 PM on a Friday.
Arrive in San Jose not later than 10PM on Sunday.
Camp in lonely spots with no other person for *at least* half a mile where campfires are permitted. 4x4 roads are great insofar as they carry me away from other people. I've got a fairly capable lifted locked and armored rig, but I'm not particularly seeking technically demanding 4x4 trails for their own sake. Rather, it's all about the quiet and the isolation.
My first thought is something like this:
http://goo.gl/maps/cfzcP (4x4 roads not shown - only the nearest paved routes)
Which goes thru
Joshua Tree National Park - taking to Old Dale and Gold Crown road into the Pinto Mountains where I'd camp on Friday night.
Then thru Mojave National Preserve on paved route 127
into Death Valley National Park from the South on Harry Wade Road, then out via Big Pine Road and Tule Canyon Road to the North. (Would cucomungo canyon be better??)
Somewhere just north of Death Valley on those 4x4 roads is probably the place to start looking for a 2nd night's camp spot.
From there, then, pretty much minor and major paved roads back to civilization:
264, 6, 120, 395, 108, and etc...
Assume for the sake of argument that I'm reasonably self sufficient, with a good supply of tools and recovery gear, camping and emergency gear, and 15 gallons each of water and gas.