Date Of Stay: March 14, 2016
On I-5, smack dab in the middle of farm country in central California, is the Harris Ranch Inn and Restaurant. There is a huge, partially paved parking lot across the road from the restaurant, where truckers spend the night. An occasional RV mixes in with the big rigs. There are no hook ups, but it’s free. And out in Coalinga, there’s not much else to choose from for spending a night in an RV.
Harris Ranch is known for its beef, and the steaks at the restaurant do not disappoint. The restaurant is nicely decorated in a traditional American steakhouse style. The drinks at the bar were quite good. I sipped on a Manhattan while listening to the bartender talk with patrons about water shortages, rodeos, and selling horses, while country music played through the speakers. This ain’t Southern California.
Come morning the wind shifted, and the air was thick with the smell of cow dung and death. I was lucky that the well-known aroma had not crept in the night before.
If I find myself on that stretch of I-5 in California farm country again, I’ll definitely boondock at Harris Ranch.