Monday, September 25, 2023

Journey Day 2 Sightseeing

Time to do less thinking and do more enjoying the ride.

After leaving Parker, AZ, I followed Highway 62 to Highway 95 to Searchlight and then Highway 164 to I-15 to Primm. Those of you who have driven Highway 95 know it is like being on a roller coaster. It's much easier to drive when you aren't towing.

It has been awhile since I have driven in California and I was surprised to see an agricultural check station. Not sure why I was surprised but I was.

State Route 164 is known as the Joshua Tree Highway. Joshua Trees are a member of the Agave family and are a strange looking tree found in the Mohave Desert in California and along the highway in northwestern Arizona.


As I approached Primm, NV, I saw three really bright lights down in the valley. This was in broad daylight. Google to the rescue because I had no idea what I was seeing. It is the Ivanpah Solar Electir Generating System (ISEGS), one of the largest solar thermal farms in the world. (Another picture that shows I cannot drive and take pictures at the same time.)

My kind of road for driving.

I was on a mission. Bonnie and Clyde's car is supposed to be in Primm, NV - well it's maybe supposed to be there. Nobody seemed to have any idea where the car was or where I could find out anything about it. In fact, some people didn't even know what I was talking about. I guess there are five movie cars and one real car. Not one of them was anywhere around. However, there's a pretty neat looking roller coaster. No, I didn't take the time to ride it. I know Jim would have loved to ride.

The casinos are definitely ready for the influx of electric vehicles.

Time to move on and Jean, NV was my next destination.  I just found out that I blew it. I didn't do my research. Jean is home to the world's largest Chevron gas station with 96 pumps, a 50,000 square foot store, a White Castle restaurant and an electric vehicle charging station.  And I missed it. Next year.

However, the reason I wanted to go to Jean was to see the Seven Magic Mountains. I've wanted to do that for several years, but we just never made time to visit. This is a site-specific art installation created by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone. It was originally only supposed to stand for two years, but has been such a success with tourists, that the art world is trying to keep it there indefinitely.

There is a parking area at the installation and you can then walk down to the structures. I started down the gravel path, and my ankle immediately brought me up short. Walking on uneven ground or rocks is something I'm not ready for yet. Hopefully some day. So I stayed at the parking area and took the next picture. There really are seven towers but only six of them showed up in my picture. I have no idea where the seventh was hiding. 


I also saw this vehicle in the parking lot. It's some kind of prototype probably for a 2025 or 2026 vehicle. Have no idea what brand it is. 

Next stop - Las Vegas for the night.


  1. I admire your willingness to make this drive. I've finally convinced Bev it's time to start flying to Marco, FL for her annual trip rather than make the 14 hr. drive. She doesn't like to stay overnight.

  2. That's quite an adventure you are on. I have never heard of those "art" thingies but they sure are colorful! Have fun in Vegas.

  3. Your grand adventure continues. The Bonnie & Clyde was in Primm as late as December 2022.


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