Soon I will be heading out of the Bay Area toward the Southwest. I will be aiming for Quartzsite to see how the festival atmosphere has changed in the six weeks since the RV show. I will also look for Roy and will report on any next chapters from that encounter. I will head for the very spot where the Trek Rally took place since I sense that Trekkers treat it as a squatters’ caravansera.
In recent months I’ve traveled I-5 enough to last a lifetime. There are great stretches where the road surface is terrible. At anything above 50 mph, the Jolly Swag’s truck chassis rattles its complaint. The noise is as loud and fear-visiting as pounding to windward into square seas in a thin-skinned plastic sailboat.
I plan to do my southing on rte 99 to Bakersfield. I plan to slip back into throttle-down mode and average 150 miles per day or so. And here is where I need some help
A look at the map shows precious few indications of parks, historic or scenic spots, and no hints of out-of-the-way places to overnight or even stop to do a little hike or bike ride. All suggestions welcome.
From Bakersfield to Barstow populations will thin out and serendipity will be my guide. About 10 miles ENE of Barstow I see something called Calico Ghost Town Regional Park, a restored mining town that officially died in 1907.
I’d welcome any idea for the 150 miles between Barstow and Needles.
I plan on taking I-40 out of Barstow for the 50 miles to Ludlow and then drop down onto the old rte 66, now known as the National Trails Highway. In this 100-mile stretch, I expect to find a number of small towns, home-made muffins, strong coffee, and a Desert Rat with a story. There are some ghost towns along the way and I expect to sleep in the shadow of one of them.
So, fellow travelers, let’s work on the Lonely Planet supplement for this leg of my route.