I just read the hugely helpful string from last year on cross-country trip advice, and I have one specific question. We are traveling for Christmas next month from SF Bay Area to ABQ by car. Outbound, we'll stop in Tehachapi first night and Winslow (always La Posada) second night. Returning, I was thinking of Williams (Red Garter Inn?) for night 1 and I need an overnight spot for night 2. Is there anything between Tehachapi and Bakersfield, or outside of Bakersfield? We could stay there, obviously, but it takes extra time getting in and out when you're just looking for a night's lodging. Just curious. Tehach is about 5 1/2 hrs and we could do 7 hrs. that day.
Thanks, as always!