Our trip from Newberry Springs to Bakersfield, CA covered 145 miles with most of it on CA 58 between Barstow and Bakersfield. Once we got through the first 50 miles of it, the road was actually pretty good but those 50 miles were the worse road we have encountered this trip. The trip took us across the desert to Mojave, CA at the base of the Tehachapi Mountains, across those mountains up to the Tehachapi pass and the town of Tehachapi, and then down again to the flat desert at Bakersfield. From the time we left Barstow, we were climbing until we reached the summit at 4,031 feet before coming down again. The Mothership handled the grades well and it was an enjoyable trip, after those first 50 miles.
The wind farm at Mojave, CA is the largest of its kind in the world producing over 1,500 megawatts of electricity with over 600 turbines. It's quite a sight and most of the turbines were turning today.
We are staying at the Orange Grove RV Park
which is actually in Edison, a suburb of Bakersfield. It is a very nice RV park with large, long pull-throughs, 50 amp full hookups in amongst the orange trees. All the utilities are contained at one place on the site which works well for us but may not for towables. We have great Verizon reception and the satellite easily saw over the short orange trees.
After getting set up, we ventured into Bakersfield for a town tour and to get a bite to eat. The tour was short and the Mexican food we had at the supposed #6 out of over 200 restaurants rated by TripAdvisor was much less than satisfactory - who rates these things anyway?? Our tour only consisted of seeing the outside of the Buck Owens' Crystal Palace
and also the outside of the Fox Theater
which is still in use with regular concerts and events.
Tomorrow, we take another short trip - this time to Madera, CA, about 140 miles up THE 99 as they call it here.