We are on our way out to the desert but there is something I wanted to see. Here stands the largest box of raisins in the world. Sun-Maid Raisins in Kingsburg CA is a huge building with a small gift store. Unfortunately there's not much to look at inside.
All we did was snag a couple of postcards and move on down the road. Eastward bound to the inland empire. This section of California is mostly desert. Our target for the day is Barstow. Apparently there is an OHV (off highway vehicle) park that allows free camping for 14 days.
The temperature is on it's way up and Roo is starting to sweat. We pull over as a precaution and relieve her of pulling a 4,000 lb jeep anchor. Katie pulls in behind me as we hit the hills. We've got to go from 600' to 4,034 up a constant 7% grade. It's 87 out and there's a 25mph headwind. The little cummins that could will be earning it's keep today.
Roo pulls most of the grade between third and fourth gear to keep from overheating. We get to the other side of the mountain and drop back down to 3,000 ft. The temperature has declined 15 degrees once we are on the other side. Shirley gets re-hitched and we get on our way.
Darkness sets in quickly across the arid land. By 1900 it's almost black out. We still haven't made it to our final stop and now we have to do it in the dark. Nothing like driving the rig into an OHV park we've never seen. Hope we don't get stuck.
We find a spot close to the entrance with little drama. This will do for the night. Tomorrow we will seek out a better home.