Yeah, I'm really thinking that corridor bordered by 5 and 99 from about Stockton to Bakersfield and then E. to Barstow. I can't say I've been each and every where along there and if I have it's all a blur but man. . . that's just another world.
i've spent quite a lot of time up there and it is another world ... but not all bad by any means. the stockton delta area is really quite beautiful. i have a very soft spot in my heart (and possibly my head) for the small farm towns around Fresno, Visalia, et al. Even Bakersfield isn't all bad. but none of them are anything like the stereotypical views of California.