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BORON is a small community of 3,250 located on the edge of the Mojave Desert in the middle of nowhere. Its unusual name refers to the chemical element boron mined from a nearby large open-pit Borax mine -- the largest source of boron in the world.

The use of boron is not commonly known, but it is part of the manufacturing process in products we use every day. For instance, the fiberglass reinforcement for boats, glass and ceramic products, computer circuit boards, flat panel TV screens, soaps, medicines, fire retardants, and (best of all) it's combined with silicon oil to make Silly Putty! 

 Borax Mine

 Borax Mine

Another fact about Boron: It's located in the middle of nowhere, but Boron is only a half-day drive from both the highest and lowest points in the continental United States (Mt. Whitney and Death Valley). And furthermore, travel south and you arrive in the metropolitan cities of Los Angeles and Las Vegas. However I doubt anyone will choose to drive from LA to end up here!

Twenty Mule Team borax wagons

Twenty Mule Team borax wagons

And for me, Boron marks the end of the desert leg of my journey as I'm about to cross the Tehachapi Mountains and drop into the Central Valley farmland region. The barren Southern California wilderness is now behind me and beautiful Northern California lies ahead...

Miles 5785, Week 65, Weather 75°F☀️

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AuthorRich Monroe