Arvin to Tehachapi, California

32 marathons down, 103 to go

I wake up this morning before sunrise to a dry morning. I relax while I wait for the sun to come up. This is the view from my sleeping bag as it begins to get lighter.

Mountains between Arvin and Tehachapi, California
Mountains between Arvin and Tehachapi, CA

I eat and drink a bit, pack up the sleeping bag and tarps, and continue to Tehachapi. It isn’t long before I see a gate up ahead with a sign on it. I can see the gate and a chain, but I’m too far away to read the sign. I have a sinking feeling.

As I get closer to the gate, I give a sigh of relief because the sign simply requests that the gate be closed behind me, and the chain keeps the gate closed but is not locked.

While I could do without the ten miles of uphill trek on deep sand, this is beautiful country that I’m sharing with cattle, deer, lizards, and snakes.

Range land between Arvin and Tehachapi, CA
Range land between Arvin and Tehachapi, California
Range land between Arvin and Tehachapi, CA
Range land between Arvin and Tehachapi, California
Range land between Arvin and Tehachapi, California
Range land between Arvin and Tehachapi, CA

Four or five gates later, none of which are locked, I make it to pavement!

Paved road and steep hills
Pavement and steeper hills

Now that I’m on pavement, things get much steeper. I’ve still got a good distance to go.

After going up and up and up, I come to the crest of the road, and I drop down into a high mountain meadow. This is gorgeous, and I’m on straight and flat crossing the meadow. Unfortunately, I have to go back up out of the meadow and climb further before I’ll drop down into Tehachapi.

High mountain meadow outside of Tehachapi, CA
Looking back at where I’ve come

As I climb out of the meadow, I look back at the mountains I’ve crossed, the meadow I’ve just crossed, and this road that brings me back up. Tehachapi shouldn’t be far off.

When I arrive in Tehachapi, I grab a bite to eat and stall a bit because there is a possibility I have a host for tonight. I stall for as long as I can, but nothing pans out. I head out by the airport to camp for the night. The elevation gain on deep sand was rough. The elevation gain on pavement was no picnic. But, overall, it has been a gorgeous day. I’m disappointed the hosting situation didn’t work out, but I have a nice place to camp, and I’m really tired.