Was flying from KNUC to KPSP last night. All was going well, ATC at KNUC was great and nobody was flying recklessly.
Things changed once I gave LA Center a call for flight following to KPSP. Although I was intending on being realistic will my call and staying at 17,500, CTR cleared me up to FL 230 which I accepted. Then one minute later CTR told me to descend and maintain 5000(?). Is there any reason why CTR would have me: 1) descend out of his airspace 2) tell me to descend to 5000 when I’m over 100NM out from KPSP 3) If I descended to 5000 and he kept me there I’d eventually crash into a mountain with my filed route. I simply ignored that instruction.
After not hearing from him in a couple minutes I called in to see if his instruction might have been a mistake. He then tells me to maintain 200KTS or greater. At this point, I thought this controller might’ve been joking. I was already cruising at FL 230 and holding a steady 320 KTS IAS. Why would he give me this unnecessary speed restriction when there’s nobody within 35NM of me and nobody near as high of me? Look at the map below, there’s literally a huge empty chunk of airspace around me. Closest aircraft to me would be miles off my right at 17,000 feet below me! I said unable to hopefully put common sense into this controller, then he asked me for my intentions. I thought I told him three times already that I wanted flight following to KPSP, I guess he didn’t understand me. Then he told me to follow instructions. And that was the last time I ever talked to this guy staffing CTR.
If someone could answer my questions about the speed restrictions and descent instructions rhat would be great.