Mojave National Preserve has numerous entrance points, but Baker, California is the only one served by public transit.
I arrive from San José on Amtrak at 20h30 and spend the evening at the el-cheapo Royal Hawaiian Motel, as I often do. I'll head out into Mojave National Preserve, just on the other side of the freeway, tomorrow.
- My pile of supplies and gear dumped in the spare bedroom the night before leaving home
- The 10-ton bike and I are ready to leave downtown San José and head to Mojave National Preserve again!
- My Amtrak bus out of San José leaves me at Stockton, where I transfer to an Amtrak train to Bakersfield
- Across the tracks from the Stockton Amtrak station is an old house that looks abandoned, but isn't
- I spend 4.5 hours on the Amtrak San Joaquin train, occasionally staring at the tray-table instructions in front of me
- The Amtrak bus leaves me at Baker, California at around 20h30, gateway to Mojave National Preserve
- After checking in at Baker's Royal Hawaiian Motel for Xmas Eve, I walk back up the road to get a meal at the Mad Greek
- The Royal Hawaiian Motel is the cheapest motel in Baker, and for good reason (at $49/night it's not exactly cheap, however)
- Even the message telling the visitor that this heater is no longer in use appears to be many years old
- Overview of my room at the Royal Hawaiian Motel
- The stained ceiling in the bathroom tells a story of a shower in the room above that leaked
- The particle-board door on the bathroom has never been painted
- Fluorescent bulbs above the beds (and almost everywhere else) create a retro 1970s fashion