Sunday, August 12, 2007
What a day on the road. Here's a quick recap:
Last night we arrived in San Francisco around midnight, rented a car, and headed east toward Sacramento. The plan was to drive for about an hour and then find a hotel. Just outside of Richmond we hit a major traffic jam and only made it to Vallejo. You have to love California.
This morning we left Vallejo and made our way through Folsom. Funny, but every prison town seems to have an outlet mall, too. Just outside of Placerville we found our first stranded motorist, Johnny. Johnny was stuck on a blind curve with a flat and didn't have a jack. He did have a wicked angry clown tattoo on his shoulder, though. After taking some photos we continued to Lake Tahoe.
Lake Tahoe is simply gorgeous, but we had a lot of ground to cover so it was down the mountain to Carson City and Reno. A few miles out of Carson City we found our second stranded motorists, Billy and Janelle. Billy had just bought his car and it was already dead. It was really sad. They had a cute little dog named, Butch. We tried to help, but his car was shot.
Reno is a photo book waiting to happen. It's a ghetto Vegas with so many strange characters there must be a factory pumping them out just outside of town. I am definitely coming back.
The road from Reno to Winnemucca is several hundred miles of the most desolate and beautiful terrain you can imagine. We didn't run into any stranded folks during this leg and that was probably a good thing.
So, here we are in Winnemucca at the Scott Shady Court Motor Lodge after a quick meal at Winner's Casino. Tomorrow we are off to Elko, NV and Twin Falls, ID.