sorry to hear you can't make it Michael - 2-up is probably not a good idea eh?
john, thanks for the report and photos; I've altered our route for speed and refueling already:
After Parkfield I put us on the speed route to the valley that will run us through McKittrick, but we may have to duck to Taft for fuel, then back to Hurricane Rd and across the plain (on map) or just thru Maricopa and up the hill (33) for the south entrance to the Plain. Can we cross the middle of the valley or too wet?
scottmac, we may be in late on Friday; can't leave SJ before noon I fear. Should be there before 9pm... PM me if you want contact info.
some talk of local fuel and food here: