|Somewhere over there is Edwards Air Force Base, but even a Junior Pocket Microscope (model 3a) will probably not find it. Try installing Hollywood-OS™...|
Natch I ran into this at the top of the Cajon Pass, so it promptly became bloody freezing and there's nowhere to stop because it's five lanes of loons intent on reaching San Bernardino without touching the brakes. And the wipers were required. After some mucking about I found myself climbing Mt Baldy, hard by Rancho Cucamonga (this is about as close to Los Angeles proper as I want to get), only to find that I have been cruelly mizzled, nay, hornswoggled! The mountain itself may reach ten thousand of the BRITONS' feet but the road doesn't even reach 2000m before dead-ending in a spot full of these:
|Nearly as common as cigarette butts. Welcome to California!|
|Mountain, California, Wednesday|
|Somewhere behind that lot is Los Angeles,as well as The Arco Station From Heck (see below)|
I-15 consists mainly of a long uphill drag to Primm, where there is a This:
which, I have just learned, is the Ivanpah Solar Power Facility, which appears to be rather cool, unless you're a Desert Tortoise. Primm itself I initially mistook for a cement works but eventually discerned that, lying as it does approximately six inches across the state line in Nevada, it is actually a miniature version of Las Vegas for Californians too anxious to lose their shirts to drive the extra distance. But it has a rollercoaster that goes right round one of the hotel/casino/whatevers, which is probably a bit cool, if your name is Gil Grissom.
There is no mistaking Las Vegas for a cement works and, for the first time in at least four approaches, the sky was the colour of sky and not a brown cloud under which the city noisily coughs itself utterly to DETH. Fortunately getting to Henderson does not require going right down to the bottom of the valley. This may be accounted a Good Thing since it was 35 degrees and with a wind gusting 60/70 km/h and trying to steal my hat. It seems that tomorrow I could visit a brand-new attraction which I seem unaccountably to have missed every time I've been in this neighbourhood:
Or I could go somewhere else...