We're planning another of our crazy, fast cross country trips from Albuquerque to Monterey during Christmas week. We always drove from Barstow to Bakersfield on 58, on to 5, and then on to Paso Robles and up. Would it make a lot more sense to take 233 aka Nat'l Purple Heart Trail aka Bear Mountain Blvd aka Arvin to 5?
Also, on past summertime trips (these are one-day dashes) we've found a spray park for the kids to get refreshed on our way. On this trip, any recommendations for quick bite (and even quick refueling?). Thanks.