Day 12 Tuesday Death Valley to Bakersfield
Trip Start May 15, 2009
23Trip End Jun 04, 2009
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Off we went west on the 190, it was a slow haul uphill passing the 1000,2000, 3000 and 4000 foot marks till we peaked at 4956 at Town Pass. The sign at the start says to switch off your AC to stop your vehicle overheating, but we took a steady 35-40MPH over and had no problems.
We got to Panamint Springs Resort the other side of the valley about 1pm, the use of the word Resort is stretching the truth quite a lot! The RV park is a scrubland with a toilet block. The "resort" may boast selling 130 different beers but it's a one horse town, basically consisting of the hotel and a fuel station (which is even more expensive than Furnace Creek!). I had made a reservation for here but we decided that as it was still early in the day we should just push on to get closer to Sequoia Canyon, we decided to aim for Bakersfield. Panamint Springs has free Wifi via their satellite; it is very slow, but at least free. We used it look up some RV parks in Bakersfield.
We continued west, over the top of Argus range of mountains, stopping at Father Crowley point for some photos. Here, I did my good deed for the day for a tourist, Dutch I think, who could not get his car started. He had left it in Drive, so the ignition wouldn't turn over, was fine once I shifted it to Park. Again, going down the slope I had to downshift to 2nd gear for some of the way as it was quite steep.
Olancha and carried on south. We had our first view of the east side of the Sierras as we approached here, still some snow on top and rain clouds abound, even had a few splashes of rain!
We got to Isabella about 4pm, as we hadn't had any lunch we stopped at the local MacDonalds for an Angus n fries. Note that when you buy a Meal here, this does not include the drinks as it doesn't in the UK. Any sodas you buy, however, include refills.
We carried on down towards Bakersfield, while we went down by the side of the Kern River, the road here was very narrow and winding.
We arrived in Bakersfield about 6pm and used TomTom to direct us to the Bakersfield Palms RV Resort. It was $27 all in for the night which includes full hookup for water, electrics (up to 50A), sewer, even cable TV if you want. They also have free WiFi access (but you need a code from them), which was very good and fast. Fast enough to download a couple of tv programmes for us to watch tomorrow. The park also has a small pool and hot tub, laundry etc. It is, however, only a few hundred yards away from a railway line, we did hear 2 or 3 trains rumble on by horns a blaring, we will see how bad it is overnight.
Catriona caught up on the laundry while I caught up on the travel blog and uploading photos. This evenings food was frozen pizza slices which were to be done in the over, but buggered if I could get it to light. Something else to add to the snagging list for when we return the RV.
Tomorrow is onwards to Sequoia Canyon.
Where I stayed
Bakersfield Palms RV Resort