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1. Starting on Highway 99, heading north from Bakersfield, we hit a large city known for its raisins and home to a Cal State University where quarterback David Carr spent his college days. What is the name of this city?
2. Continuing north on Highway 99 we reach the home of the tenth University of California campus, which opened in 2005. What is the name of this city?
3. Continuing north on Highway 99 we hit a relatively large town for the San Joaquin Valley with a population just shy of 70,000. This is where the Stanislaus County fairgrounds are located. Where are we?
4. As we continue further north on Highway 99 we hit the largest city in Stanislaus County. But, just before we enter that city, we hit a small suburb, home of Gary Condit. What small suburb is this?
5. Now we are actually in the large city of roughly 190,000 inhabitants. A famous movie director/producer is from this large town and has a monument in his name in downtown. Who is this famous filmographer?
6. What was the first major film made by the filmographer from the largest city in Stanislaus County?
7. We continue north on Highway 99 till we hit a large port city, home to the Ports, a single A minor league affiliate of the Oakland A's. What city on the delta is this?
8. We turn back south on 99 and exit onto Highway 120, heading east toward Yosemite. This is the major route for vacationers heading from the San Francisco Bay area to Yosemite National Park. What city are we in as we change roads?
9. As we continue east on Highway 120 we pass through several small towns. The second town we come to is known as "The Cowboy Capital of the World." Every second weekend in April is known by locals as "Rodeo Weekend." That's because the first rodeo of the season for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys' Association takes place in this small town. What town are we in?
10. Although it calls itself the "Cowboy Capital of the World," this small town is perhaps better known for its sweeter side. What major confectioner built a factory there in 1965?
11. As we continue east on Highway 120 we pass an historical marker and decide to pull off the highway for a short detour. We come to a small town with a population not much more than 100 people. But it is home to one of the few remaining covered bridges on the west coast. What small town are we visiting now?
12. We get back going on Highway 120 east, passing through the rolling hills, and starting to climb into the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Eventually Highway 120 splits off and we continue straight along Highway 108. The foothills were quite popular places to visit in the 1850s as the prospect for gold was alluring to many. The area became known as "The Mother Lode." The first town we stop at is home to a railroad museum as well as fabulous restaurants and shops. What small town gives us this first taste of mining life?
13. Every year there is one trek made by thousands from a motorized vehicle dealer in Modesto to another of the same company in Jamestown. You can watch for about 30 minutes to an hour as these vehicles pass you by, escorted by police. What company makes the vehicles that make the drive from Modesto to Jamestown?
14. Back to our journey, we leave Highway 108 for historic Highway 49. This highway is famous as California's golden highway, running from Oakhurst in the south, north through the "Mother Lode," past Sutter's Mill (where gold was first discovered), and east across the Sierra Nevadas. Just a few miles from Highway 108 we come to an old ghost mining town. You can walk the dusty streets, visit an old-time saloon, or even watch the blacksmith before you go horseback riding. What is the name of this boomtown-turned tourist hotspot?
15. The San Joaquin Valley is only a portion of a larger valley. This large valley is the single largest agricultural region in the United States and one of the largest in the world. It stretches from the Grapevine in the south to the Catskills in the north and from the Altamont Pass in the west to the Sierra Nevadas in the east. What is the name of this valley?
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