This trip is done. Here is the final trip reportThis is a four day/three night road trip. It may become a five day/four night adventure, but that remains to be seen.
Destination is the Artichoke Festival in Castroville, California.
Leave Tempe, AZ, early Friday AM heading west on I-10 150 miles to Blythe, CA. Continue west on I-10 another 50 miles to Desert Center.
Head north on CA Hwy-177 for 30 miles and then head west on CA Hwy-62 for 30 miles. Take un-marked road north 40 miles to Amboy. Go west on Route 66 30 miles to Ludlow and catch I-40 west. Barstow is 50 miles.
Leave Barstow west on CA Hwy-85. Bakersfield is 140 miles.520 Miles
Leave Bakersfield, CA north on CA Hwy-99 for 20 miles. Go west on CA Hwy-46. Cross I-5. Drive through spot where James Dean crashed his porsche. Hit Paso Robles in about 90 miles. Continue west 35 miles on Hwy-46 Hwy-1. Head north up along the coast 80 miles to Big Sur. Continue Hwy-1 30 miles to HWY-68 and go east 20 miles to Salinas, CA.270 Miles
Drive 20 miles from Salinas to the Artichoke Festival.
Drive 30 miles from Salinas to Gilroy. Gilroy to Holister via Hwy-152 and Hwy-56 is 20 miles. Gilroy is home of the Onion Festival and was recently hit by an earthquake.70 Miles
Leave Holister on Hwy-25 south and take it 90 miles to I-5. About 30 miles is Pinnacles National Monument. It is a hiking area; therefore, this stop is made to see if a return visit is warranted. Further south, Hwy-25 goes along the western and southern edges of an Abestos Hazard area.
Head south on I-5 80 miles to Gorman, CA. Go east on Hwy-138 40 miles and then take Hwy-138 south for 15 miles to Palmdale. Continue Hwy-138 east 20 miles and then switch to Hwy-18 east for 25 miles to I-15. Go north on I-15 for 5 miles and return to Hwy-18 east. Hwy-18 turns into Hwy-247. After about 55 miles is Hwy-62. Go west two miles and visit the town of Yucca Valley. [I have to go to Yucca Valley, CA because the next road trip is to Yucca Mountain, NV.] Go east on Hwy-62 25 miles to Twentynine Palms. Continue east 80 miles on Hwy-62 and to Rice. 40 more miles and you are in Parker AZ. Parker to Tempe is around 180 miles.567 miles
Potential modification: Spend the night in Twentynine Palms and add a day to the road trip. Drive 267 miles on Day 4 and 300 miles on Day 5.
Total Miles: 1425
Created: 16 May 2002