At the turnoff from Death Valley Road, you can see the dunes in the distance, barely ten miles away. Curb your enthusiasm. You're not there yet. In fact, you're still an hour away from digging your toes into the soft sand of Eureka Dunes. That's right. Ten miles, one hour. You can do it faster if you like, but the faster you drive, the greater the risk of damage to your vehicle, and in particular, your tires. The road surface isn't gravel, it's mostly rock. Sharp, jagged, nasty rock, and it'll kill your tires. Do you have spare? Have you practiced changing it? You should, because help is far, far away. And if and when it arrives, it'll be very expensive. In fact, most regular travelers in these parts carry two spares. But don't worry. Even if you're driving a city vehicle, if you drive responsibly, slowly, carefully, you'll arrive intact. And when you do, you'll be glad.