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Roads need maintenance, so it was no surprise to see a Caltrans crew stopping traffic just north of Inyokern on Highway 395. Instead of a road repair crew, we were surprised to encounter a survey crew. Our friendly survey-taker approached the window and asked where we were headed, how long we planned to stay there, why we were traveling (business or pleasure), and whether we usually purchase items beyond gasoline in the small towns along the way. Adventure tourism is the lifeblood of many towns on Highway 395 and I’m sure the collected surveys will bear this out.