29 PALMS TO ROYS, MOJAVE & TECOPA HOT SPRINGS

I stayed 2 nights in a hotel in 29 Palms.  I’ve camped for 4 months and have only stayed in a hotel 3 nights and 10 nights in hostels.  It’s Thanksgiving and the traffic is horrible.  99% of California drivers are super polite, but it only takes one to make me feel unsafe.

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CARRYING ENOUGH WATER IS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF TOURING OUT HERE.

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TOURIST LOVE ROYS

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CAMP KITCHEN BEHIND ROY’S

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The road is wearing me down.  How do some people spend 2,3 or 4 years biking around the world?  I guess go for it, if you got it in you.  I drink a Roy’s route 66 Root Beer for breakfast.  I had to buy 10 little bottles of water so I had some.  I was on the road by 7:30 but within a few hours the Thanksgiving traffic was back.  It’s another uphill day, holy shit.
I hitchhiked into Mojave, had lunch, then rode towards Baker and Tecopa Hot Springs.  It’s 10-12 degrees above normal, 85 degrees to be exact.  Riding up hill for 4 miles in a full body sweat.  I decide enough is enough and hitchhike.  It’s Thanksgiving and I’m giving thanks, he took me 75 miles to the Tecopa Hot Springs turnoff-only 5 miles to Tecopa.  Hitchhiking was the best solution for the way I was feeling.  I get into Tecopa and a women drives up on a golf cart and tells me there’s a free Thanksgiving Dinner tonight.  There is a god.
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THANKSGIVING FEST!

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I WAS SGARVING-I FILLED MY PLATE

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THANKSGIVING HOST AND BISTRO OWNER

Tecopa doesn’t really know what they have.  This is one of the coolest places I’ve visited.  There are several hot springs both indoor and out.  They claim to have the best mix of minerals without any of the sulfur smell.  More than 1/2 of the visitors were Asian.  One came in, I said hello and he bowed his head.  So of course I bowed back, we laughed then he starting making fun of how American’s wave their hands to say hello, it was a good laugh for both of us.
The China Ranch Date Farm is a must visit.  Date: ice cream, shakes, cookies, bread and of course many varieties dates, all grown and homemade at the ranch.  There’s a water spring in the middle of nowhere that feeds the date trees and life for that matter.
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SIGN AT DATE MUSEUM

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No visit is complete without a local Brewery.  The owner didn’t know I was from Portland and began to tell me Tecopa had more breweries per-capita than Portland.  Tecopa has 2 breweries, Portland 58, he’s right on the per-capita. Death Valley Brewery was so cool I bought the T-shirt.
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USED FOR T-SHIRT DESIGN

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There was live music both Friday and Saturday night.  I saw Shawn Williams, she was great.  I joked with her at the hot springs and asked if she was going to the show?  She said yes, when I got there she was on stage, funny.

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SHAWN WILLIAMS

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FOOD FROM THE BISTRO

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U-WE WASH BUILDING LEFT FROM THE GOLD MINING DAYS

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TECOPA AT SUNRISE

If you want a truly desert experience with lots to do, put Tecopa Hot Springs on your list.  I’m going back next week I loved it so much.
Thanks for reading
Jeff
Next: Death Valley and Las Vegas
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