[pct-l] LAX to Walker Pass

Rick Ostheimer rick.ostheimer at sbcglobal.net
Fri Apr 17 13:06:23 CDT 2009

Here from my journal is what I did to get from LAX to Lake Isabella 
during my thruhike on May 28, 08.  The next morning I caught the Kern 
Regional Transit (Google them for schedules) bus from Lake Isabella to 
Onyx.  I hitched the 12 or so additional miles from Onyx to Walker Pass.

 From my journal:    

"I caught the "Flyaway" shuttle from LAX to Union Station downtown. Then 
a taxi delivered me to the Greyhound station. I figured the 2:10pm bus 
to Bakersfield would be gone, as we reached the station about 2:15pm, so 
I got a ticket for the 3:10pm bus. Fortunately, the 2:10pm bus left late 
and they honored my ticket for the later bus. A good thing too, as the 
later bus did not make the next connection.

At Bakersfield I had about 20 minutes before the Kern Area Transit bus 
arrived. When it did RockSitter stepped off. As I greeted him, he told 
me he was getting off the trail.

The ride up the Kern River canyon was spectacular, with mountains rising 
steeply on both sides. Beside and below the road, the Kern River crashed 
through boulders. Per signs, the river has claimed over 250 lives, 
presumably among rafters and kayakers. As we climbed, I looked for 
potential fords and saw none.

At the end of the trip, the driver told me to stay on the bus and 
dropped me right at my very humble, somewhat overpriced abode, the Kern 
Motel---shades of the fifties! I arrived at about 6pm, ending about 15 
hours of travel."


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