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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Loneliest Highway

I've been waiting for years to check this road off on my Bucket List.  Route 50 across Nevada.  The Loneliest Highway.  Today was the day, we were up early to "pull chocks" and head out to this road.

On the way out of the KOA, we noticed a different type of RV, certainly eye catching.

After a few miles on I-80, we turned on to Route 50.  It did look a bit lonely.

I envisioned it being a long, flat road.  I was wrong.  It had all different kinds of scenery,

as well as mountain roads.  Once we got up into the mountains around the little town of Austin, we hit some of the steepest and twistiest roads we've ever been on.  I took it slow and easy, using the exhaust brake extensively as we crept carefully down the road.  Didn't want to take a trip over the edge of these roads.  No pictures, too busy being careful.  The roads are definitely imprinted in my memory.

What we didn't know was Route 50 is built on the pathway of the Pony Express and Overland Coach road.  There were many signs pointing out stagecoach stops along the way.  People that traveled in a stage coach along what must have been a very bumpy road had to have strong constitutions...and cast iron bladders!

We stopped at one area where a stagecoach/Pony Express station stood.  The foundation of the building still stands, protected by a fence.

It was a nice stop, both scenery and history to take in as we stretched our legs.

Tonight we're blacktop boondocking at a truckstop in Ely, Nevada.  331 miles down.  Tomorrow the plan is to head down to Southern Utah and take in Zion National Park.

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Back To California

Yep.  We went back to California.  But it's not what you'd think, no problems or emergencies with our granddaughters.  Nope.

Instead we went for a nice drive in our car around beautiful Lake Tahoe,

A perfect day to sightsee around this amazing lake, there were boats all over the crystal clear waters.  Can't say I'd blame anyone for sailing around the lake.  In fact, years ago I tried to get stationed here. There is a U.S. Coast Guard station on the lake because it is in two states, California and Nevada.  That job is the most desireable station in the whole Coast Guard.  And probably half of the Coasties put in for that billet.  I wasn't lucky enough to get that position.  Darn!

The mountains surrounding the lake still have lots of snow remaining, the lake is almost over full now, with the summer snow melt, it will get quite full.  Very different from the drought the previous several years where lake levels were at all time lows.

A few areas had signs of damage from a forest fire.

An island at the South end of the lake was very picturesque.  We remembered it from a previous visit more than 10 years ago when we flew here and rented a convertible to tour the area.

A nice day well spent, made us feel like we were on vacation.  Now today we're heading out for more adventures.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

You Meet The Nicest People In A Hot Tub

It was a hard goodbye to our California granddaughters this morning.  We had a great three weeks with them, their mom and our son Ryan.  It was so handy to have the Journey parked right in their driveway, too.  Easy access to the kids and easy access to our own bed at night.  Sadly, it will be a bit of time before we can visit in person with them again so we'll have to see them via Facetime and Skype.

The flat California scenery soon turned to beautiful mountains as we headed east on I-80.

We were surprised to see snow up on the mountains, and this is late June.  I bet the ski slopes had a great season.

We crossed over into Nevada and headed towards Reno.  Not to gamble, but to stay at a KOA for two nights!  Wow, we really are slowing down.

Even the mountains around the campground are beautiful, too.

We took our tired bums to the hot tub (they have two!) to relax and let the hot water sooth our bones.  Once again, we met nice folks in the hot tub, this time two ladies from Australia, touring the US with their husbands in a couple of rental RVs.  Lots of information shared and more importantly, lots of laughs.  Just one more reason we love hot tubs.

We're staying two nights here at the Boomtown KOA, to relax a bit, do some laundry with our onboard washer and plan our route for our trip home.  We're looking at Zion NP, Arches NP and then head up to South Dakota, maybe even stick our noses up into North Dakota (we've never been there) and over to Minnesota and Wisconsin before dropping down towards the home base in South Carolina.  We'll be in SC for most of July before we hit the road again for a family reunion in upstate New York (my side) then down to PA for another family reunion (Marti's side) and then for a few more weeks in New Jersey with our other granddaughters  Nice to have a house on wheels.

Can't believe we're actually planning that far ahead.  Better hit that hot tub again and "chill out".  :c)

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