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California Desert: San Diego to El Centro, California, US - 24th September 2005

With nearly a whole weekend to play around with, and armed with a V-6 Chrysler Sebring convertible, Nosher takes a trip out to the desert east of San Diego. The drive goes from San Diego along Interstate 8, then off on Route 98 to Calexico, a few miles from the Mexico border towards Yuma. The road then turns inland towards Heber and El Centro. The centre of the desert is ragingly hot - in the region of 37°C (~ 100°F) and it doesn't take long before the lid has to be closed on the convertible as any longer in the sun would probably have led to 3rd-degree burns

next album: California Desert 2: The Salton Sea and Anza-Borrego to Julian, California, US - 24th September 2005
previous album: San Diego Trip Number Four, California, US - 22nd September 2005

2005 A first desert view

A first desert view

2005 Scrub off I-8

Scrub off I-8

2005 A solitary actually-green tree

A solitary actually-green tree

2005 A truck stops for a break

A truck stops for a break

2005 A gravel road

A gravel road

2005 Telegraph pole and cloud, near Jacumba, on dirt road off I-8

Telegraph pole and cloud, near Jacumba, on dirt road off I-8

2005 More desert scrub

More desert scrub

2005 A self-portrait of Nosher and the Sebring convertible

A self-portrait of Nosher and the Sebring convertible

2005 Wisteria Candy Cottage hoarding

Wisteria Candy Cottage hoarding

2005 Desert scrub and a petrol station

Desert scrub and a petrol station

2005 Spiky cactus and the Wisteria sign

Spiky cactus and the Wisteria sign

2005 Restrictions in the desert

Restrictions in the desert

2005 Vanishing-point road

Vanishing-point road

2005 Desert Ocotillo plant, Route 98

Desert Ocotillo plant, Route 98

2005 A Budget rent-a-van trundles by

A Budget rent-a-van trundles by

2005 A ribbon highway

A ribbon highway

2005 Emergency water points, every few hundred yards along the road

Emergency water points, every few hundred yards along the road

2005 The Sebring convertible

The Sebring convertible

2005 Classic vanishing-point view of Route 98

Classic vanishing-point view of Route 98

2005 Electricity pylons, Route 98

Electricity pylons, Route 98

2005 The pylons strid off into the desert

The pylons strid off into the desert

2005 Abandoned dairy near Calexico, California/Mexico border

Abandoned dairy near Calexico, California/Mexico border

2005 The abandoned dairy

The abandoned dairy

2005 The dairy's front-door, all shot-up

The dairy's front-door, all shot-up

2005 Smashed 1930s-style windows

Smashed 1930s-style windows

2005 Inside the dairy

Inside the dairy

2005 A curious house-letterbox on a stick

A curious house-letterbox on a stick

2005 A beat-up train at El Centro

A beat-up train at El Centro

2005 Train and hut at El Centro

Train and hut at El Centro

2005 Warehouse and Watertower, El Centro

Warehouse and Watertower, El Centro

2005 Heavy locomotives

Heavy locomotives

2005 A line of spare wheel-sets rusts slowly away

A line of spare wheel-sets rusts slowly away

2005 Rusty wheels and the loco 'Cotton Belt'

Rusty wheels and the loco 'Cotton Belt'

2005 More rusty wheels

More rusty wheels

2005 A deserted warehouse

A deserted warehouse

2005 Railroad crossing

Railroad crossing

2005 The railway yard

The railway yard

2005 A Union Pacific train

A Union Pacific train

2005 Looking back into El Centro

Looking back into El Centro

2005 A homeless dude has a sleep

A homeless dude has a sleep

2005 Pizza Hut sign, quaintly spaced

Pizza Hut sign, quaintly spaced

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A first desert view