Moving Mountains

Date: April 10th, 2017

From/To: Baker, CA/Barstow, CA

Daily Mileage: 70 miles

Total Mileage: 2450 miles

Conditions: Sunshine and mild winds in all directions.

I don’t have much to say about today. I’m certainly flying through my rides now now that I’m feeling better. I woke up around 6:30AM and had breakfast at the Mad Greek Cafe, my favorite restaurant in Baker (of three to choose from). I left after breakfast, riding along flat roads with a few inclines here and there, stopping only a few times. The scenes were amazing and I really enjoyed the moderate temperature and cool breeze.

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Todays trek from Baker, CA to Barstow, CA.

I arrived in Barstow around 1:45PM, stopping on the northeastern side of town for several hours, catching up on my blogs at Starbucks. I met a traveler there who noticed my bags and started talking to me. He was planning a trip to Dallas soon and asked me about the ride from Dallas to Barstow. I couldn’t help him much because I didn’t ride directly between here and there, but I helped out as much as I could. He’s traveled all over California and told me what to expect riding to LA, and then making my way up north to San Francisco. He kept calling these parts the high desert, I’d never heard that term used in California before but apparently that’s where we are in Barstow. After about 30 minutes I told him I had to get back to my blog and we parted ways. I lost track of time and started looking for a place to stay in Barstow. There was only about an hour left before the sunset so I had to be sensitive about time. I’ve gotten a little lazy after having mom around, hotels have been the go to option lately because I haven’t had to pay for the last week. I found a hub of hotels about 7 miles down the interstate closer to San Bernardino. I decided it would be nice to shave off these miles tonight rather than worrying about them tomorrow so I quickly assembled my bike back together and raced off towards Ayres Hotel. It was an intense uphill ride until the last mile, when I reached a summit that would then descend towards the hotel. I couldn’t believe the scenery from that viewpoint. It was the most peaceful moment I had today, as the sun was setting over the mountains to my right, I couldn’t help but stand there and take it all in.

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The sunset from the peak I had just climbed.
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Layered mountains off in the distance.
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The lone rider.

I had nice ride to the hotel and checked in. I later went out to get some first time In-N-Out, settling on a cheeseburger, fries, and a milkshake. It was delicious, but I must admit I like Tom Wahl’s a little better. I made my way back to the hotel after dinner and relaxed for the rest of the night. Tomorrow I ride to San Bernardino, the last stop before I see ocean in Santa Monica. I can hardly believe I’m almost there.

Enjoy The Ride,

-Matt

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