1100 Miles in 17 Hours
I left my apartment in Las Vegas at exactly three am and headed south. It took one hour to get to the Nevada/California border in Primm. I took exit one-as far as I know the only exit there is in Primm-and aimed for a gas station.
I knew what I needed: a bathroom break, a gas fill-up and something to eat. I parked next to the pump and noticed the gas price: $3.49 a gallon. One dollar more than in Las Vegas.I went inside to the men’s room and then ordered a breakfast sandwich from a 24-hour Subway, packed to-go. When it came to paying for gas... I decided to get only $15 worth of it, and keep driving farther south in hopes of finding it cheaper later (which luckily I did).
Driving at this hour was hell. My car does not have tinted windows and the light from the cars behind (and incoming ones) blinded me. Adjusting the mirrors helped, but was not enough.
Facing the long road ahead I was tempted to call it quits. But I drove past Baker, and kept going towards Barstow, another 50 miles south.
The 58 freeway that goes to Bakersfield joins the 15 south here, in the town of Barstow. I kept to the right and then took the long curve, exiting the 15 and heading West now on the 58. After only a couple miles I was in another area of the Mojave desert altogether. It looked like farm country, flat, very Californian. Dawn was approaching fast, and I needed to use the bathroom again (that’s what coffee does to you). This time I decided to stop by the side of the road, since the 58 is not a freeway proper at this point; more like a highway, with many cross roads intersecting. I turned right on a street that dead-ended only a couple hundred feet ahead and got out of car.
Ahh the fresh air was nice, a good feeling, but the coldness took me by surprise. It was a very cold morning. I did not have a jacket with me for the trip, so I hurried back inside the car.
The road for the most part is flat here, but there is a beautiful mountain range that has to be crossed before making it to Bakersfield.
The mountains are populated with those big fans that harvest the wind energy. An interesting view. I took some photos while driving.