The Goffs General Store has just closed for the day (I wasn't expecting it to be open anyway)
I don't see a single person in town. The storekeeper is leaving after closing up for the day, so I ask him where a common camping spot might be in the the general area. He says that it's fine for me to pitch my tent on the property, so I do. Thank you!
Actually, I was expecting to ride a few miles up Ivanpah Road back into Mojave National Preserve and camp somewhere there.
But with the end of day approaching very quickly, and I've already ridden 40 miles today, I take advantage of the storekeeper's offer and camp in the carport out of the chilly evening wind. I think this is the first time I've pitched my tent on a concrete slab, and it feels bizarre.
I heat up a pouch of lamb curry for supper under the carport (which doesn't feel very camper-like!)
Continue to day 9: Goffs, California, Mojave National Preserve, to Providence Mountains State Recreation Area (Mitchell Caverns).