10/25 & 10/26/12
10/25/12, Hinkley, CA - This day was a long 21 mile drive down Highway 58, from Kramer Junction to the town of Hinkley. Traffic on the highway is extremely heavy as most of the car and truck traffic from the north side of L.A., that wants to go north on I-15 or west on I-40, uses this route. Fortunately, the highway has a wide shoulder and I was able to keep the team out of the traffic lane. None the less, with an endless parade of vehicles, moving very fast and fairly close, it was a tiring day and I was glad to get off the road in the town of Hinkley. After pulling on to a frontage road, I was very happy to stop at the first business (Rileyís Bar) and camp out back. Drafts were only $1.75, the people were fantastic and the horses and I had a comfortable camp out back. Unfortunately, I had to pay a lot of attention to the team and didnít take any photographs this day.
While I was there, I got an invitation to stop by Jamesís place, a mile down the road. James is a fellow teamster and drives his Belgian Show Horses in several different hitch classes, including a unicorn and a four-up.
10/26/12, Hinkley, CA (Coord. N. 34 deg, 55.181 min; W. 117 deg, 11.739 min.)
This morning, I hitched up and drove a mile east to Jamesís place. I was happy to accept an invitation to stay the day and give the team a rest. While the team munched a little hay and took it easy in a round pen, I went with James as we hitched up his lead team of Sorrel Belgians and took them out for a spin.