Sunday – May 29, 2016
Outlets of Barstow
We stopped in Barstow for the night. On a previous visit to Barstow, we inquired at the Visitor Center, located in the Outlet Mall, if overnight RV parking was permitted within the mall and we were told it was all right to do so. So we will spent the night here once again.
There is a large gravel area on the west side of Lenwood Road, east of the outlet mall, that is available for RV and truck parking. On this visit there were a few campers there, riding their dirt bikes and ATV’s throughout the area. The noise and dust kicked up by these off-road vehicles made for an easy decision to choose the quiet confines of the Outlet Mall parking lot.
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.
Departed: Flagstaff, Arizona
Departure Time: 8:35 A.M.
Arrived: Barstow, California
Arrival Time: 3:35 P.M.
Camping Site: Outlets of Barstow Parking Lot
Cellular Service: Verizon – 4G-2 Bars
Internet Service: Verizon Jetpack – 5 Bars
Dish TV Satellite Service: Excellent Service
Total miles traveled today: 379
West on Interstate 40
South on Interstate 15 to Exit 179 – Lenwood Road
South on Lenwood Road to Outlets of Barstow