May 30-31, 2012Day 35-36
Miles: 24 (over 2 days)
Total Miles: 565
I hitched for the first time on the trail into the town of Mojave. The nice guy below (forgot his name) gave me a lift and took me on a tour of the desert town.
|Thanks for the Ride!!|
|Wind Turbines are big business here in the desert|
The most memorable thing about my stay at Mojave - the Roadhouse Cafe and Primo Burgers. The mile walk to The Roadhouse Cafe was either leaning into the wind or being pushed along by the wind - I am guessing sustained 30 mph winds! I went to both places twice to load up on calories. The Motel 6 was descent and I was able to run a load of laundry and walk across the street to resupply with food to get me to Kennedy Meadows. All in all, I was happy to leave Mojave the next day and I don't plan on returning anytime soon.
|Cowboy Camping with Iceman in a wash near Hwy 58|
After getting a ride from Jayne, who works in Mojave and offered to provide a ride after she left work, Iceman and I climbed just seven miles from the Tehachapi road to Highway 58 in preparation for a grueling climb into the Tehachapi Mountains the next day. We cowboy camped in a wash (no tent) along with Garden Nome. The Tehachapi Mountains are technically the beginning of the Sierras - some call them the tail - but they are hot and dry and have little in common with the grand mountains we will be seeing in the coming weeks past KM.