This is the continuation of a trip Jacob, a good friend of mine, and I took at the end of February. We had just spent the second day visiting Joshua Tree National Park and spending time with Jacob's dad. For day three we decided to put some miles in and ride a loop. We were going to visit Calico, an old silver mining town just outside of Barstow. Then make our way east and cross the vast Mojave desert. Finally finishing the day by checking out the old Route 66 town of Amboy.
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Day three started at the same coffee shop as the morning before. The only difference this time was being pulled into a friendly group of bikers who invited us over to chat about bikes and our travels. I'm always amazed how many people you meet once they find out you ride a motorcycle. It's an instant ice breaker. After chatting for half an hour or so, we said our goodbyes, and started heading northwest towards Barstow. It was nice to get back on the road and just open up the throttle. The mountains surrounding Big Bear were off to our left. I would liked to have gone up there and explore if there hadn't been so much snow. Once we hit Barstow we merged onto Interstate 15, uugh superslab, and went a few miles down the road before exiting onto Ghost Town Rd. We filled up at a 76 and, while stretching my legs, I couldn't help but take a picture of this Jenny Rose sign. Unfortunately the restaurant appeared to have closed down quite some time ago. I wonder if Jenny has moved onto bigger and better things.
Calico is billed as a ghost town, but I would label it more as an old west tourist town. Which isn't a bad thing. Tucson has something similar call Old Tucson Studios. It's a place you can take the family if you want to feel like you've stepped back into the 1800's. Jacob told me the last time he had been here was during a fourth grade field trip.
Mojave National Preserve. Not a flattering picture of me. I set the camera on a 10 second delay and then had to do a mad dash to get into position. I think I made it with 2 seconds to spare.
Kelso. A quick picture in front of the old post office.
Amboy and it was just how I pictured it, middle of nowhere. I'm a big fan of middle of nowhere. Couldn't have asked for a better end of a day/trip, no wind, perfect temperature, good ride.
Amboy Crater. No, it's not a meteor crater. Which is what I first thought when I heard of it, but instead an extinct volcano. It's believed to be 6000 years old and thought to have last erupted 500 years ago.