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Posted: 7/20/2008 1:44:52 AM EDT
I have driven it in the day but not at night. I know the rest-stops are far in between. I'm planning to drive there in march in a rental with my family. With the dumb ass Kali laws so far I'll be carrying a flashlight, multi-tool, water and a couple of knives. What say you?
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 1:49:29 AM EDT
Yeah you got to watch them wild indians, They'll scalp ya .......


Exactly what kind of danger are you refering too?
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 1:53:03 AM EDT
Watch out for drunk teenagers in pickup trucks.


Link Posted: 7/20/2008 1:58:11 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/20/2008 1:59:04 AM EDT by Tim_the_enchanter]
You're so money baby and you don't even know it.

Edit;

Sorry, the thought of driving from LA to Vegas makes me think of Swingers.
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 2:08:31 AM EDT
I do it all the time. I hate driving to Vegas in the daytime. I always top the gas off in Barstow. I never stop in Baker.
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 2:20:02 AM EDT
Your question almost begs revocation of your man card.

Keep it between the ditches and the dirty side down -- and keep your ass in right lane unless you're passing -- and you'll be just fine.

It's an I-N-T-E-R-S-T-A-T-E for cripesakes.
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 2:23:53 AM EDT
Ask Sam Kinison.
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 2:28:09 AM EDT
You got headlights on your car right??
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 2:31:32 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Atencio:
I do it all the time. I hate driving to Vegas in the daytime. I always top the gas off in Barstow. I never stop in Baker.


I zip down a little bit more to the Fort Erwin exit. Usually the only folks around there is .mil or their Dependants.
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 3:52:21 AM EDT
Hunter S Thompson would be ashamed of you for asking such a question.
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 3:56:03 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/20/2008 3:56:51 AM EDT by goodoleboy]
Just make sure the car is in good shape and have a cell phone, so the CHP can give you official notice that your brokedown car will be towed with 48 hours, and their statement about not giving rides. .Ask me how I know.
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 3:56:48 AM EDT
I'm guessing there are a lot of drunk, broke motherfuckers heading back to Calif on that road. Drive defensively and take out any approaching vehicles like the Blackwater guys do in Iraq.
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 4:00:05 AM EDT
I had someone fall asleep right after passing me, and their car tumbled by when they over corrected. Saw the underside of their car through my passenger window.

I think a real danger is tired people driving back from Las Vegas to Los Angeles. Also once there's one accdient on that road, it tends to back up for a long time.

Link Posted: 7/20/2008 4:02:34 AM EDT

Originally Posted By sprayandpray:
Yeah you got to watch them wild indians, They'll scalp ya .......


Exactly what kind of danger are you refering too?


Maybe the boredom from the what, TWO radio stations the entire length of the desert?

BTW, say hi to Whiskey Pete for me!
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 4:19:12 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By Tim_the_enchanter:
You're so money baby and you don't even know it.

Edit;

Sorry, the thought of driving from LA to Vegas makes me think of Swingers.


lol I must be out of the loop on that one because as soon as I read that line I thought "Knocked Up".
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 4:48:53 AM EDT

Originally Posted By sprayandpray:
Yeah you got to watch them wild indians, They'll scalp ya .......


Exactly what kind of danger are you refering too?


Take your CCW - drive at night - much cooler through the otherwise boiling heat which has torched man a vehicle. Signs say turn off AC during the day - right at 108 degress you willdo without AC. Night, no brainer.
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 5:08:41 AM EDT

Originally Posted By osprey21:
Ask Sam Kinison.


The OP will be on I-15 from L.A. to Vegas.

Sam Kinison was killed on U.S. Route 95 four miles north of Interstate 40 and several miles west of Needles, California (which is on the Cali-Arizona border).

Link Posted: 7/20/2008 5:20:05 AM EDT

Originally Posted By osprey21:
Ask Sam Kinison.


Why


He did not die on I-15.

Link Posted: 7/20/2008 7:38:32 AM EDT
When I was stationed in Vegas I would make that round-trip drive at least twice a month to go visit my parents. I have made it several times since leaving Vegas (MIL lives in Vegas and we fly in there because its usually cheaper then Cali airports) and have always tried to make a night time trip. Drive at night, it's much cooler, and unless you like looking at desert scenery, there is not much to see. If you do it at night, the later the better, but if you make the trip on a fight night it really doesn't matter, traffic will suck anyway. And last time I drove it, I had cellphone reception the whole way, so you can always make a call if you run into trouble but that doesn't mean help will arrive anytime soon.

Take some water and snacks, that should get you through to Vegas.
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 7:42:58 AM EDT
Watch for the evil sand creatures that rise up in the night.
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 10:28:26 AM EDT

Originally Posted By M4tty:

Originally Posted By Tim_the_enchanter:
You're so money baby and you don't even know it.

Edit;

Sorry, the thought of driving from LA to Vegas makes me think of Swingers.


lol I must be out of the loop on that one because as soon as I read that line I thought "Knocked Up".


I was thinking him and Paul Rudd where going to take shrooms and watch cirque de sole
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 10:30:19 AM EDT
You will be in bat country. Take necessary precautions.
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 10:32:18 AM EDT
Kalifornia laws must suck. There is no fucking way I would EVER cross through the desert unarmed-idiot law or no.
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 10:33:56 AM EDT

Originally Posted By osprey21:
Ask Sam Kinison.



Stupid bastard was not wearing a seat belt
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 10:34:39 AM EDT
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 10:36:55 AM EDT
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 10:40:22 AM EDT

Originally Posted By AKD:
You will be in bat country. Take necessary precautions.


Holy Jesus! What are these goddamn animals!?!?
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 11:11:58 AM EDT
not so bad. if you use a rental car from hertz with neverlost, it'll get you LOST
AS F*** around bakers field and tell you to drive around in a field for a while cuase someone moved the road, but eventually you'll find the right way.


I went from San Jose through LA and to Vegas once a couple years ago. LOONG drive but made it fine.



Link Posted: 7/20/2008 11:20:33 AM EDT
Seriously, 270 miles...it's not like your driving cross country.
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 11:26:48 AM EDT


you gonna get abducted
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 11:37:25 AM EDT
Watch your wife around this guy!


Link Posted: 7/20/2008 11:39:55 AM EDT

Originally Posted By 418cwc:
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"...two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half-full of cocaine and a whole galaxy of multicolored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers.....also a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of Budweiser, a pint of raw ether, and two dozen amyls...but the only thing that worried me was the ether. There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible than a man in the dephts of an ether binge..."
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 11:44:20 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/20/2008 11:44:42 AM EDT by 444]
Thousands of people have died on that road (I-15 between SoCal and Las Vegas).

I have seen hundreds of them. As many as 12 at once. I have done dozens of extrications on that road.

Keep it under 100 mph, and don't go to sleep.
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 11:46:06 AM EDT
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 11:53:06 AM EDT
You guys are forgetting the chupacabra threat.
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 11:56:50 AM EDT
Only a few hundred miles

Whats the problem ?

Fill up with gas in LA, you may not even need to stop.

Also bring a gun, can't you legally have one in the trunk in a case ?

Yes somewhat useless, but if you break down in the desert you will be glad you had it

Bring flashlights, water, blankets, cell phone. Nothing to worry about.
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 12:00:12 PM EDT
my friends and i drove it at night. i think its alot cooler that way. you wont see as much, but its better then cooking in the car.

Link Posted: 7/20/2008 12:09:24 PM EDT
Don't stop in the rest areas, they're real weird at night. Buy gas in Barstow if you need it. Carrying a handgun in your car is only illegal if you get caught. In 30 years, I never have been. YMMV.
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 12:24:35 PM EDT
If you drive it at night, how will you ever see the World's Largest Thermometer?
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 12:48:47 PM EDT
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 12:57:02 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Silver_Surfer:
I have driven it in the day but not at night. I know the rest-stops are far in between. I'm planning to drive there in march in a rental with my family. With the dumb ass Kali laws so far I'll be carrying a flashlight, multi-tool, water and a couple of knives. What say you?

Let me get this straight...

You're going to drive through the desert at night with your family...unarmed?

I'm honestly confused by many of the replies posted here. From what I have seen in various threads most Arfcommers pack heat when they run to the grocery store to buy a gallon of milk, yet some are giving the OP a ration of shit for being concerned about a nearly 300 mile journey through the desert at night. Wonders never cease.

If you break down at night 75 miles from no where in the desert you're going to wish you'd had some iron in your vehicle, if not on your person.

There are laws and then there are laws.

Godspeed and good journey...
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 12:59:42 PM EDT

Originally Posted By 0699TeufelHnd:

Originally Posted By osprey21:
Ask Sam Kinison.


The OP will be on I-15 from L.A. to Vegas.

Sam Kinison was killed on U.S. Route 95 four miles north of Interstate 40 and several miles west of Needles, California (which is on the Cali-Arizona border).



I did not know that. I drove that road all the time going from Havasu to Vegas when I lived out there.
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 1:02:39 PM EDT
Once you hit the America border at Primm, you can load your pistol and put it in your glovebox.
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 1:23:14 PM EDT
dude you know you can have a long gun in the car right? bring a shotgun of some sort. keep it unloaded (empty tube as well) in the car


watch out for shitbricks with SRH stickers on their windows. they are probably stoned and or drunk kids


Link Posted: 7/20/2008 1:29:00 PM EDT
That drive can be dangerous, beware of the speeders( and speed traps) between Victorville and Baker.
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 1:53:06 PM EDT
Graboids await you at the state line.
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 2:00:50 PM EDT

Originally Posted By prk:
Graboids await you at the state line.


Hopefully, they will stay out of my gall-darn rec room!
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 2:05:29 PM EDT
Do not stop for gas in Baker, very expensive. Also, I think you said you were going in March, but if I read that wrong and you are going pretty soon they are doing construction on the top of mountain pass (the hill that drops you down into Nev) at night and it can get very backed up. Take some food and water if there is an accident it can literally stop traffic for hours, seen it many times.
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 2:11:28 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Barrelburner:
Once you hit the America border at Primm, you can load your pistol and put it in your glovebox.



So fucken true!

Gambling Girls and Guns
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 2:14:48 PM EDT
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 2:39:46 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Big_Bear:
You can't miss it.




104 degrees at night?!?!! And I thought south Texas was hot!
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