Saturday, April 23, 2016

Barstow, CA - 04/23/16

Saturday – April 23, 2016
Barstow, California

It is time to move on again. On this trip, we will travel to Las Vegas, Nevada to check out two restaurants that were featured on a recent episode of Diners, Drive In’s and Dives.

Traffic on northbound Interstate 15 and Interstate 215 was heavy, but flowing nicely at the posted speed limit of 65. We encountered a brief, congested area at the entrance to Interstate 215, which is the by-pass around Los Angeles. Once we completed the by-pass on I-215, we merged with northbound I-15. On this section of I-15, we encountered a number of 6% grades, several miles in length. Scenic vistas were limited to mountains in the far distance, surrounded by a vast desert.

We stopped in Barstow for the night. We discovered a Visitor Center within the Outlet Mall of Barstow. We inquired, at the visitor center, if overnight RV parking was permitted within the mall and we were told it was all right to do so. So that is where we spent the night with a couple of other RV’s.

We discovered the next morning there is a large gravel area on the west side of Lenwood Road, across from the mall, that is available for RV and truck parking.

Barstow is a city in San Bernardino County, California. The town is named after William Barstow Strong, former president of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. The population was 22,639 at the 2010 census.

Barstow is located 55 miles north of San Bernardino, 62 miles from Baker, California and 111 miles from Primm, Nevada. Barstow is almost exactly midway between Los Angeles, California (130 miles) and Las Vegas, Nevada (125 miles).

Barstow is a major transportation center. Several major highways including Interstate 15, Interstate 40, California State Route 58, and U.S. Route 66 converge in the city. It is the site of a large rail classification yard, belonging to the BNSF Railway. The Union Pacific Railroad also runs through town using trackage rights on BNSF's main line to Daggett 10 miles east, from where it heads to Salt Lake City and the BNSF heads to Chicago.

Barstow is home to Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow and is the closest city to the Fort Irwin National Training Center.

Barstow is a weary traveler’s paradise. Numerous hotels, truck stops, fast food restaurants, and outlet mall shopping dominate this small town, surrounded by a desert environment.

Tomorrow another adventure begins.

Travel Details:

Departed: Ramona, CA
Departure Time: 11:10 A.M.
Arrived: Barstow, CA
Arrival Time: 3:30 P.M.

Type: Barstow Outlet Mall
Camping Fee: Free

Cellular Service: Verizon - 4G, 3 Bars
Internet Service: Verizon Jetpack, 5 Bars

Total miles traveled today: 171
Route Traveled:
South on California Highway 67
West on Exit to Poway, CA
West on S-24
North on I-15
North on I-215
North on I-15 to Barstow, CA - Exit 178

Google Map View of Barstow, California

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