Sunday, October 13, 2019


Day 11
Tehachapi, CA to San Jose, CA
The last leg of our trip.

First order of business: See the Tehachapi Train loop.

Tehachapi is derived from the Kawaiisu language from a Native American tribe meaning 'hard climb'. And with that you can understand why railfans are intrigued with the train loop to help trains up and down the steep grade. Trains run through Tehachapi every 30 minutes.

Climbing the steep grade to see the train loop.



The famous Tehachapi Train Loop.

Stretching our legs and watching the train.

True railfans watch trains when ever possible.

Catching up with the train after we got back on the freeway.

Named after Thomas Baker who moved to the banks of the Kern River in 1863 at what became Baker's Field which became a popular stopover for travelers. Between 1970 and 2010, Bakersfield grew 400% making it one of the fastest growing cities in California.
It is also known for the birthplace of country music genre, the Bakersfield sound made famous by Buck Owens and Dwight Yoakam.

Bakersfield, Kern County is the fourth-most productive agricultural county (by value) in the United States. Bakersfield is known for natural gas, and other energy extraction, mining, petroleum refining, distribution, food processing and corporate regional offices.

James Dean is bigger than life at Blackwell's Corner in Lost Hills, CA.

Just being cool in Blackwell Corners.

After lunch we pulled out of Coalinga. I swear Bob must have robbed a bank. We followed this truck for a while and enjoyed the view while listening to Bob sing his song on the CB radio.

Following behind a Harris Ranch truck. That's called money.

Everyone has a bad case of 'Iwanttogethome-itis'.

💙 Thank you Patti & Bob Meneely, SCVC members, who made this tour so much fun. They provided itineraries, and stops that were fun and informative. 💙

Bob and Patti followed while we led the group and got the pleasure of dodging our backfires. Patti was at the wrong place, at the wrong time.  😂

Seriously, no one was hurt in this picture or on this tour!
And the car was fixed in Kanab when Mark changed the distributor.


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Saturday, October 12, 2019


Day 10
Back on the road again. Today's plan is Las Vegas, NV to Tehachapi, CA

Another mirror electricity generator. This time there are three towers.

 Zzyzx (ZY-ziks), formerly Soda Springs is an unincorporated community in San Bernardino County, California within the boundaries of the Mojave Desert. Curtis Howe Springer made up the name in 1944, claiming it to be the last word in the English language.

Driving into Baker, CA. So glad we had mild weather passing through the Mojave desert.

Can't imagine you need a display with the temperture in the Mojave desert. Who doesn't know when it's hot? And when you know just how hot it is, does it make you feel cooler? Maybe?

Read one time when learning about mining ghost towns, people in the late 1800's thought power lines needed to be in a straight line so the electricity wouldn't fall off the wires and hurt people.
These were some power lines that were strung straight! It's good to know we are all safe.

Next stop, the Borax Visitor Center. Up close and first hand, we see where the famous 20 Mule Team Borax products are produced.


The Model A's are showcased in front of the mule team display.


That's a big chunk of boron.

The famous 20 Mule Team display.

If you would like this tire for a swing in your front yard, you'll need $28,450.

Next stop is the Mojave Air & Space Port.


Bone yard of airplanes, from the street and up in the air

Just across the street, a wrecking yard with automobiles.

It's a natural occurrence, no need to be alarmed when we do roundabouts in the
intersection or at a cul-de-sac.

After arriving in Tehachapi, we visited the Apple Festival and found pie. Then we went to dinner. Twenty-eight SCVC members helped Village Grill make some decent numbers. And I found Prime Rib with a baked potato! Our friends Bill and Liz Cilker get credit for this great picture with most of seated to eat.