Plan B involved driving up to a higher elevation and pedaling from Wildrose to the Charcoal Kilns. This would be steep, but not too long and mostly on pavement. It would also be cooler and, I was confident, without sand traps. Wind? Hard to say, but at least no billowing dust.
I loaded the Ogre back into the Forester. From Stovepipe Wells I headed part way up Towne Pass, turned left on Emigrant Canyon Road, drove through Emigrant Canyon, and reached Wildrose Campground. I gained about 4100 feet of elevation and lost about 20 degrees of temperature in roughly an hour. By the time I pedaled up to the kilns, I would gain another 2900 feet of elevation and lose a few more degrees of temperature. That shouldn’t take more than an hour or two, right?