Being based out of Mojave, it's only a 20 minute drive to Tehachapi and the accommodation is a lot cheaper. Apart from that, you can hear the trains rumbling past in the middle of the night and the sunrises are spectacular.
Today was full on and very busy - I took over 250 photos and filmed 15 trains from Caliente, Bealville, Tunnel 2 and Tehachapi Loop. There were a lot more than 15 trains though, and it was a case of being in the right place at the right time.
The weather was fine and warm and I got my third layer of sunburn.
Not much more to say other than we are burning through a lot of fuel with all this hill climbing. Can't wait to get back onto flat land.