I'm finally in California! After a long, slow run across the United States, I'm finally in my final states. No more borders to cross! During this week, I passed from New Mexico across the California border. Now all I have to do is make it to Los Angles (LAX airport, really) by May 15.
Needles is a town of less than 5,000 people, but it has had its share of notoriety in the movies. Route 66 (obviously) was partially filmed here as was Two-lane Blacktop (starring my favorite singer, James Taylor), and the Grapes of Wrath in 1940.
For me, Needles means nothing more than the beginning of the end of a very long journey. It's a border town and it's the last border that I had to cross in order to get to LAX. At this point, I just need to continue west on Rt 40 and then go south when I hit Barstow. I can practically see LAX from here--only 272 miles to go!