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My Amtrak bus out of San José leaves me at Stockton, where I transfer to an Amtrak train to Bakersfield

My Amtrak bus out of San José leaves me at Stockton, where I transfer to an Amtrak train to Bakersfield The 10-ton bike and I are ready to leave downtown San José and head to Mojave National Preserve again!ThumbnailsAcross the tracks from the Stockton Amtrak station is an old house that looks abandoned, but isn'tThe 10-ton bike and I are ready to leave downtown San José and head to Mojave National Preserve again!ThumbnailsAcross the tracks from the Stockton Amtrak station is an old house that looks abandoned, but isn'tThe 10-ton bike and I are ready to leave downtown San José and head to Mojave National Preserve again!ThumbnailsAcross the tracks from the Stockton Amtrak station is an old house that looks abandoned, but isn'tThe 10-ton bike and I are ready to leave downtown San José and head to Mojave National Preserve again!ThumbnailsAcross the tracks from the Stockton Amtrak station is an old house that looks abandoned, but isn'tThe 10-ton bike and I are ready to leave downtown San José and head to Mojave National Preserve again!ThumbnailsAcross the tracks from the Stockton Amtrak station is an old house that looks abandoned, but isn't

After the 4.5-hour train ride to Bakersfield, I'll transfer to an Amtrak bus to Baker that will take four more hours.

The Stockton train station is located in a decayed industrial area that gets very little pedestrian traffic.

Heavy metal bars on the train station's windows and doors suggest that it's a high-crime area.