Odometer: 6,800 Time: 07:00 Today we head straight into the “chaos” of Los Angeles. HWY 101 leads us to Thousand Oaks where we spontaneously decide to call an old friend who lives there. He is up and on his way to church. But, we meet him a bit later (after
Odometer 6,450 Time: 08:15 We/I struggle with the new navigation system, so we take some detours today! But, eventually we find everything we actually want to see: First we head out to the west of Bakersfield to the Carrizo Plain National Monument. We see huge fields of oil pumps on
Odometer: approx. 60,800 Time: 08:00 We drive almost directly (without too many stops) to Bakersfield. HWY 395 leads us slowly down in elevation to a lower level over the first 120 miles. With each mile the landscape is getting more desert like, the green trees and bushes are getting fewer
Odometer: 60,670 Time: 08:00 Time to leave this expensive town (even the gas is 60 Cents more expensive than in other cities here! We take HWY 395 south and then turn east towards Bodie. In 1859 William (a.k.a. Waterman) S. Bodey discovered gold near what is now called Bodie Bluff.
Odometer: 60,455 Time: 08:00 It will be a long day, therefore we have to leave Fresno early. We take HWY 41 north to Oakhurst where we fill up with a nice Starbucks (probably the last one for the next few days) and gasoline. From Oakhurst we drive up to the