Back on The Road (Apr 12 2014)

On the road again! Alright, at present, it is only the bit between our ranch in San Luis Obispo county and our condo in West Los Angeles, but Sprockets is happy to be going somewhere, anywhere. We’ve wrapped up what we could at the ranch, tidied things up a bit and packed up for another adventure to…Baja California? At least that’s the plan.

Down 101 to Highway 166, that goes east from Santa Maria to Maricopa and beyond in order to get to the Antelope Valley where Big Dog’s 96 year old father lives. The Great Grand Dog! I’ve always loved this laid back road but this time is even better. Everything is still green and things looks just a little bit different from our hi-angle Sprockets view. It’s nice being able to see things we don’t normally see.

Sprockets is so packed with flowers from the ranch, it feels like a florist van. And smells pretty nice, too.

Our first stop is the Jolly Kone in Maricopa – a tiny burger stand in the smallest of small towns. It used to be owned by a Korean family – I still remember the surreal conversation Big Dog had way back when. He asked for the bathroom key through the tiny window and when they didn’t respond right away, he asked for “el baño.” That’s when the lady behind the window said, “I’m Korean,” at which point, Big Dog says “Kamsa habnida” or “thank you.”

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAToday, it’s owned by some Mexicans. They must have bought out the Koreans. Good for both of them. The food is still the same – even the Mexican food which has not gotten any more “Mexican” despite the change in owners – but el baño has taken a turn for the worse, unfortunately.

From Maricopa, it’s over to the 5, up The Grapevine, passing by the double lane of giant semi trucks, and then to the 135 which takes you into the Antelope Valley, through the area with the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve. It’s poppy time now but, being windy today, the flowers are shut closed. Still, there are huge blankets of orange spreading out over the dry landscape.



Author: ontheroadwithsprockets

I've been traveling since I was born -- the first big trip was before I was two, across the Pacific, from my native Japan to Los Angeles on a cargo ship. There have been many journeys since then, through many continents and cultures.

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