We struggle with gas/diesel prices on a daily, weekly basis.
We live and work right in the heart of the Mojave National Preserve going on 10 years now (one of only a handful of people, less than 8 of us, who reside out here in the desert boonies)
We are literally 100 miles from anywhere..in any direction. The closest gas station is some 40 miles away.
Needles, CA is some 90 miles east from us. Henderson, NV is 86 miles north of us. Barstow is 105 miles south west..Twentynine Palms is 90 miles away.
On the very 'rare' occasion that we get super low on fuel (we make a point of filling up/topping off before coming home) we find ourselves at the mercy of places like Cima, CA, Baker, CA, and/or Ludlow, CA all of which are some 40-50 miles away from us, as our only options and let me tell ya...if you think Needles, CA is expensive, you should check out the one and only gas station at Cima, CA. They run about $3 a gallon MORE
than the gas stations in Baker, CA which run about $1-2 MORE
than anywhere else.
The thing about Needles, CA being that the gas it outrageous is....well being that it's in California for one is a reason in itself.
CA gas prices generally run higher right from the get-go....taxes and whatnot.
TIP: if you find yourself in Needles again and need gas, simply drive over the bridge there in Needles, CA as this will put you in AZ...there is a gas station located right there on the other side and is approx. $1-2 cheaper per gallon than Needles, CA
A lot of folk don't realize that there are other gas stations right across the bridge in AZ, less than a mile away.
These days, we fill up our truck at the truck stop in Primm, NV (50 miles away) as we do all of our shopping (groceries, etc) in Henderson, or Las Vegas, NV
Their diesel prices actually only run about 10-25 cents more than Henderson/Las Vegas diesel so it's not too bad...
Not that long ago when the 'average' CA gas prices were hovering around $4.00 per gallon, the Cima Gas station was selling it at close to $9.00 a gallon.
I still don't understand how they get away with doing that...I can understand, to a point, a small
increase in pricing to offset this and that, ...but that's just gouging, plain and simple.