Sunday, February 8, 2015
After a couple cups of coffee this morning, Yuma and I finished packing and headed down to the Hole in the Wall campground to dump and take on water. This was at 8:30 and by 9:15, we were on the road. Not sure where, but someplace that has a Walmart and a Verizon store.
Time to say goodbye to this beautiful country.
One last goodbye to Al, Kelly and Pheebs as we roll by. They are already out on another wonderful adventure this morning. We said our goodbyes last night.
I turned onto Essex Road from Black Canyon Road and hooked onto the I-40 going west. My plans are to see what is in Twentynine Palms, California. Back to I-40 and civilization again.
Old Route 66 to the ghost town of Amboy, California was at the Kelbaker Road exit, 20 miles west the Essex Road exit. I had heard this was a scenic drive down to Amboy where I would then turn left onto Amboy Road to Twentynine Palms. The other direction would take me back into the preserve.
As I head down Kelbaker Road towards Route 66, I can see this is going to be a beautiful ride into the Mojave Desert and up into mountains.
As I drive down old Route 66, I can’t help think that Dad, Mom, me and my older brother Bobbie traveled this road back in 1945. I was born in San Bernadino in 1945 and we moved back east soon after I was born. Route 66 was the only road cross country at the time.
Here I am eating a brunch along Route 66.
Photos of the ghost town, Amboy, California.
From there I continued through the Mojave Desert, I could see the Bristol Mountain range to my east. Looked like a lot of mining south of Amboy in the desert.
When I entered Twentynine Palms I could immediately tell there was a large military presence. The Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center makes its home here.
Loaded the motorhome and jeep with gas at $2.40 a gallon which I didn’t think was bad. No Walmart or Verizon here though. Asked a young Marine where the nearest Walmart was and he said to follow highway 62 for 20 miles to Yucca Valley. And that is where I am tonight. Hopefully, I have a new phone by noon tomorrow.
San Gorgonio Mountain with an elevation of 11,499 feet is due west of the Yucca Valley off in the distance. Has snow on top. It is in the San Bernadino Mountain Range.
See you later.