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Roadside view of the Royal Hawaiian Motel, my home last night while waiting to begin the bikepacking trip

Roadside view of the Royal Hawaiian Motel, my home last night while waiting to begin the bikepacking trip Baker's "world's tallest thermometer," next to the Big Boy restaurant, registers a balmy 71 degrees this morningThumbnailsFrom my balcony at the Royal Hawaiian, I can see Kelbaker Road heading into the cherished emptiness of Mojave National PreserveBaker's "world's tallest thermometer," next to the Big Boy restaurant, registers a balmy 71 degrees this morningThumbnailsFrom my balcony at the Royal Hawaiian, I can see Kelbaker Road heading into the cherished emptiness of Mojave National PreserveBaker's "world's tallest thermometer," next to the Big Boy restaurant, registers a balmy 71 degrees this morningThumbnailsFrom my balcony at the Royal Hawaiian, I can see Kelbaker Road heading into the cherished emptiness of Mojave National PreserveBaker's "world's tallest thermometer," next to the Big Boy restaurant, registers a balmy 71 degrees this morningThumbnailsFrom my balcony at the Royal Hawaiian, I can see Kelbaker Road heading into the cherished emptiness of Mojave National PreserveBaker's "world's tallest thermometer," next to the Big Boy restaurant, registers a balmy 71 degrees this morningThumbnailsFrom my balcony at the Royal Hawaiian, I can see Kelbaker Road heading into the cherished emptiness of Mojave National Preserve

I often stay here while passing through Baker because it's the cheapest motel in town at $49 if you pay cash. It's a bit seedy and the oldest part of the motel is abandoned, but its well-worn 80s decor lends a special character to the place.

I've taken more photos of this place during my earlier trips here.