THE TEHACHAPI MOUNTAINS stand between California's San Joaquin Valley and the Mohave Desert, a natural barrier separating the state into north and south -- a border within borders. The mountains mark a significant change in California's landscape and its contrasts: between city and country, crowded freeways and quiet backroads, active urban sprawl and unspoiled natural beauty.
The Tehachapi high country is breezy, relatively barren, and known primarily for its unique railroad "loop" (a popular rail fan site), its wind farms of churning mechanical blades, and its infamous maximum security prison, the Tehachapi State Correctional Facility. So you can understand that while this is a nice place to visit, who would want to stay here?
For me, cossing Tehachapi pass invokes a "welcoming" feeling (for this northern Californian native) but this isn't the place to spend time to enjoy that feeling. There's just enough time for a quick cafe meal before continuing on. There still remains a few hundred miles to complete my journey.
But I must admit it's great that my cross-country walking trek is nearly over. The remaining miles are more familiar now and my eyes are clearly set on the horizon...
Miles 5815, Week 65, Weather 56°F🌤