Thursday, June 18:
I also drove for about 45 minutes, I wanted to feel comfortable that I could drive the RV pulling the Jeep behind me. It started out really well, I was able to put the RV on cruise control and it was going smoothly until I hit a very long construction zone, traffic was down to one lane, the cones were placed in the inside of our lane and the road was uneven on the other side. Steve and I both were happy when we got to the next rest stop so he could have the wheel back. But I know now if I need to drive it with the tow, I can. (P.S. She did do well, but I need to repair the hole on the passenger side where I hit the brake too hard and too often.)
We had decided we were going to try some of the “free” overnight parking to see how that worked out. (This is called Boon-docking for RV’ers. Comes from the nautical term that are often used for RV’ing.)
We kept seeing signs for Little America in Green River, WY. where they had soft serve ice cream cones for 75 cents. That sounded really good so when we finally got there, we encountered a number of other RV’ers who were sitting under the trees next to their parked RVs. We quickly found out that we could not only park there all night, we had free Wi-Fi and they had a dump and water facility that we could also use for free. WOW, it turned out we had beautiful scenery, a nice shaded grassy area to sit and the convenience of a restaurant right there. So dinner followed by an ice cream cone topped the evening. Also, the sunset was very pretty as you will see from the pictures.
Friday, June 19:
The next morning we headed out with the plans to stop in Winnemucca, NV. for the night staying “free” at a Wal-mart. The drive west of Salt Lake City (SLC) was a bear as it was windy and Steve was fighting the wheel the whole way, not to mention that up until then, I found nothing boring about I-80 but after SLC, I didn’t think we would ever get out of Utah.
We stopped in a little town in Nevada called Elko. We had planned to stay in a casino parking lot that we had read about but it appeared that they were hosting some big motor cycle rally so the lot was pretty full. I had spotted a K-Mart just as we were exiting the interstate so I called to see if they allowed overnight parking. I was on the phone with the manager as we pulled in and spotted a sign that said “No Overnight Parking”, however the manager agreed to let us stay so that is where we are tonight. It isn’t quite as nice as what we had last night but we have a decent view, and better Wi-Fi than any of the RV parks that we paid to stay at so we are not complaining. We stopped around 4 PM so we fixed a quick dinner, did some reorganizing of a few things and Steve was off to bed early. I thought I would spend tonight catching up on our status.
Tomorrow we are heading to Carson City.
Saturday, June 20:
We arrived in Carson City after what seemed like forever looking at the same scenery. (Similar to Utah, but browner.) For a Florida girl, I at first found it beautiful and amazing at the vastness, however, after about 6 hours of it, the amazement began to wear off. Neither Wal-mart nor Sam’s clubs in Carson City or Reno allow for overnight parking. The casinos in Carson City do allow for overnight, so we parked in a casino lot in Carson City. There was one catch, you are not allowed to run generators between 8 PM and 8 AM, the temperature was about 92 at 7:00 PM, so while it would cool down later in the evening, we weren’t sure if we should stay or move on. Steve definitely needed a break from driving as the entire trip across Nevada was with high winds and it took a lot of concentration and energy keeping the RV under control. We needed a walk and dinner before we would decide what to do. We decided to make our contribution in the casino, walked around the town and stopped in a Thai restaurant for dinner. We returned to the RV and decided to move on and would stop at the first location that allowed overnight parking. As soon as we crossed into California, the roads turned awful. There were deep ruts in the pavement and with the high winds, it was a little shaky. We did not find a place to stop until passing thru Donner’s Pass and finding a rest area. First of all, the temperature was already down in the 60’s so it was really cool and breezy so we were able to park and open the windows. I know that the noise from the trucks would bother some people but once Steve is asleep, he doesn’t hear anything and I am used to having our generator running so the noise was not so different. (Sure sounds like I sleep a lot, doesn’t it?)
We woke up about 6:30 AM, it was so cool outside and clear skies. We made our coffee and went out to explore. The rest stop is located in a beautiful location which you will see from the pictures. We took a nice long walk around the lake which was needed by both of us. We thought we would be getting more exercise than we are getting on this trip but so far short walks is all that we have done.
We are only about an hour from our campground but check-in is not until noon. We considered driving into Auburn and parking until noon but decided we are in a beautiful cool spot so we may as well enjoy the cool temperatures while we can. It also gives us a chance to catch up on the blog.