We left Visalia Monday morning about 9:30 a.m. After a quick stop to get vaccine booster shots for Japanese encephalitis and hepatitis A & B (in preparation for a trip I have planned for January and February 2016). Our first stop was only 45 minutes later when we arrived at the Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park just outside of Earlimart. Allen Allensworth was born a slave in 1842 and escaped slavery during the Civil War, joining the Union Navy. In 1886, he joined the 24th Infantry regiment and became its chaplain. Allensworth retired in 1906 as a Lt. Colonel, the highest ranking African-American officer in the U.S. army.
Moving to California in 1908, Colonel Allensworth, along with 4 others, formed an association to purchase land and promote home ownership. They purchased land in the San Joaquin Valley just south of Tulare Lake, and on August 3, 1908 the town of Allensworth was founded. It was the only town in California founded, built, governed, and populated entirely by African-Americans.
After a quick stop at CampingWorld in Bakersfield to inquire why my refrigerator wasn’t getting cold (because I hadn’t turned on the main power switch — just like blogging, RV operations are a learning process!), we continued on towards Tehachapi and Mojave with a brief visit at the Cesar Chavez National Monument in Keene. The CCNM has beautiful rose gardens, a fountain, and plaques — one in Spanish and one in English — with Chavez’s words, “It is my deepest belief that only by giving our lives do we find life.”
Fuel stop in Kramer Junction. Linda’s turn to drive. I told her, “Go straight before you start turning left, because the RV is bigger than you think.” Ten seconds later, she was scraping the side of the RV along the post next to the gas pump. It could have been worse than a few scrapes, paint markings, and a small dent given that the propane tank of the RV is on that side ….
Finished the day in Kingman, Arizona after an uneventful afternoon of driving. Total miles 432. Total time (including stops) 8 1/2 hours.
Photos to follow.