I drove from LA to LV on a Sunday and returned on a Monday. Light traffic in each direction, leaving late morning both times.
Had a burger at the Apollo Restaurant. It's a nice little old-school burger joint. It's nice to give money to the locals, rather than some faceless corporation.
Stopped at the Mad Greek in Baker for desert...a fresh strawberry shake in 104-degree heat. Delicious.
As always, the drive is spectacular...one of the great not-to-be-missed drives in America. The vistas in the Cronese Valley are unforgettable. As you drop into Baker, the Mojave National Preserve in on your right...WOW!
Oddly, there are people who don't enjoy the natural beauty our state's deserts have to offer and suggest that people skip this drive. Hopefully, no one will take such narrow-minded advice. Plenty of people don't take their advice, and come back to rave about how much they enjoyed the drive...just as I'm doing.
I drove it each way on consecutive days and loved it. It's a privileged to see such breath-taking natural beauty that some people take for granted.