The bicycle, which gained popularity at the end of the 19th
century, allowed Jones more freedom in his expeditions, since it allowed him to
cover longer distances without the need for a driver or wagon outfit. Still,
cycling between towns through the desert heat on unpaved roads—if there were
roads at all—was no leisurely ride. Jones described such an expedition in the
November 1933 issue of Desert (see right).
Jones briefly made use of a motorcycle in 1913; though after
a serious accident in which he broke several bones and dragged the “machine”
for miles before he found help, he abandoned it and purchased a Ford Model-T
later that year. “Lizzie” made covering long distances much easier for Jones,
and he used it for most expeditions up until his death.
Building upon the foundation set by early American botanists, Jones’ work offered a more complete understanding of the flora of the western United States, including areas that have since been developed. In addition to their botanical contributions, these early botanical explorers, Jones included, also did much to document the geography of isolated regions of the West.