If you are on a time budget hauling an RV, never take Hwy. 247 through California’s eastern desert area! This narrower, hilly and sinuous highway, running through several smaller desert towns, can really cause one to lose time and such was the case for us heading for our new project in Bakersfield. Looking at the map and noting much BLM land, I had the mistaken impression that boondocking off this highway would be an easy thing. All the small dirt roads leaving the pavement looked unsuitably sandy and rough and thus we ended up tired and frustrated by the time we reached Barstow.