Miles 2074.0 – 2086.2 >>> 12.2 (19.6 km)
As expected, it was absolutely freezing in the morning. I packed up and followed Trouble down the dirt road. It was a lot easier for her in the daytime apparently.
By about ten, we made it to the other side of the mountain and could see down into the valley where we could see the Mojave Air & Space Port (this is where Virgin Galactic operates out of).
Trouble saw a tarantula on her way down the hill. I was being stupid and didn’t bother to walk back up to her to have a look. I thought I’d easily see another later on on the trail. Well, guess what: I was wrong.
Anyway, Trouble contacted the coordinator of the Tehachapi trail angel group (how cool’s that!) and he replied shortly after that there would be Rachel waiting for us at the trailhead of the Cameron Canyon Road, where it crosses the Barstow-Bakersfield Highway 58.
And what do you know, the moment I came over the crest, I could see a car parked there with the trunk open and a lady waiting next to it. We waited for Trouble to arrive and then Rachel drove us into town. Thanks a million.
We were in town by half past twelve. Perfect time for lunch. So Rachel dropped us off at Henry’s Cafe on Trucker Road. What a great place. Some of the friendliest staff I’ve come across on this trip, and the food was excellent as well.
We went to the Albertsons grocery store after that and resupplied. Another trail angel approached us there and gave us his number in case we needed to be driven anywhere. How nice. We still had a few other things to do (I got myself a cheap buzz cutter from the Dollar General to give myself a haircut at the hotel).
When eventually we were walking into town proper, yet another trail angel pulled over in front of us on West Tehachapi Boulevard across from Walgreens and offered us a ride into town. Incredible. Thank you Tehachapi.
We booked into the Santa Fe Motel on W Tehachapi Blvd. It was surprisingly quiet. We’d expected Armageddon, because it’s Halloween after all. But it was all very civilized and almost sedate.
We went to the nearby Burger Spot for dinner. The view out the window was very photogenic, but the burger I got was probably the worst I’ve every had. Mind you, I still ate it all and licked my fingers afterwards.
In the end we returned back to our hotel room and pigged out on our snacks we’d got from the grocery store. Then it was bed time.