Holiday Inn Express Barstow
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... At least he did ask first. (Scott, in Morrison, please take note!). And no kicks from the burros, just one pick pocketing.
It was the middle of the day, perhaps not the best time to mount up and leave the ice cream bar in Oatman for the Mojave desert. Miles and miles of sand and low scrub. Surprising then, that each dip in the road came with a dry gully and a sign warning of flash flooding. Later, we were to see the effect of these floods ...
... in messing with each other. One jumps on another and they proceed to snort at and bite each other. Every once in a while a seal will feel the need to bellow. The sound is indescribable. Imagine a growl mixed with a belch and a couple of clanging beer bottles. After a while the wind shifted and the smell of the molting bodies and hair on the beach just caused me to want to vomit. It was a wondrous sight, but it was time to move on. In the tourist town of Cambria ...
... and are used in a wide variety of products including fiberglass, glass for TV's and laptop screens, fertilizers and cleaners. There was a lot of technical stuff on processing, mining, etc. that was too complicated for me, but the story on the Twenty Mule Teams is very interesting.
To get the product to the train depot 162 miles away from the mine, mule teams were used to haul the two wagons full ...
... which we hoped not to meet on the road.
We rode into Oatman. It felt like you had just ridden into a cowboy town and there was going to be a gunfight at any time. The were signs up asking you not to feed the Burro's on the verandah of the town. We took a number of photos and headed onto Needles. We then rode onto more "Easy Rider" movie locations as we climbed the Sacred mountains.
Riding through the Mojave was enjoyable ...
... we saw the Aztec Hotel and on Shamrock Avenue we saw a very old gas station. We then travelled through Duarte, Glendora, San Dimas, Laverne, Azusa, Upland, Fontana and San Bernardino. In Fontana we saw Bono's Historic Orange! In Rialto we saw the Wigwam Motel which we would have liked to stay in.
After that we went to Oro Grande. There we saw the amazing Bottle Tree Ranch set up ...