hi, i'm taking a road trip in a couple weeks (mid-may) -- one driving segment is from bakersfield to furnace creek. my route questions are:
1.) should i drive from bakersfield to indian wells/ridgecrest area via 178 (via "lake isabella") -OR- down 58 to mojave area, then north up 14?
2.) should i drive from indian wells/ridgecrest area via 178/Trona-Wildrose up to where it meets 190 -OR- should i take 395 up to where it meets 190?
i would be interested if any particular route is best, or if it doesnt matter. if the factors of a.) speed, b.) safety, c.) "scenic-ness" are different enough to make a person choose one route over another... i have never been to this part of the country, so i'm just making judgments by google maps & reading online forums.