My friend Kista and I headed out to the desert early the day before the Calico 50K so that we’d have a bit of time to roam around, see the sights, maybe even take a few pictures before picking up our race packets and then settling in for the night at the Super 8 Motel in Barstow.
Most of these shots are from Yermo, a once thriving litle town that was “the Gateway to the Calico Mountains” and did a brisk business catering to tourists on their way to and from Vegas along Route 66. But in 1968 the new 15 freeway just missed the town by maybe a mile, and suddenly all those roadside attractions were on the side of a road no one was driving on. 90% of the businesses closed.
We found some great old signage, declined to eat at the Burger Den (which occupies what was once the original Del Taco), had our burgers instead at Peggy Sue’s 50s diner, hung out for a bit in the “dine-o-saur” park in back, checked in to the motel and then picked up our race packets and headed in for the pretty sparsely attended pre-race pasta dinner in the Calico Ghost Town restaurant.