The drive to CA was a ‘speed run’ traveling 1400 miles in two days.
After a full day of driving I stopped for a short night in Ely, NV, on US 50. The temps were in the 90s during the day but a few hours after dark cooled to comfortable temps. By morning I was sleeping under a comforter.
Up early, with tempatures quickly rising once the sun came up, I continued west on HWY 50. I enjoy driving the ‘Loneliest Road in America‘ because the scenery, good road condition and lack of traffic. NOTE: be sure to keep a close eye on the fuel gauge as the gas stations are few and far between.
I joined I-80 just east of Reno, NV, and thus begun the least enjoyable portion of the drive … the I-80 and the I-5 corridors in California. The roads, in general are in poor condition, there is lots of traffic, and the drivers are rude.
I arrived in Monterey about 9pm. There are few RV parks near the Monterey Marina, so I stay in an overpriced motel … when I say overpriced I mean I pay more for a long weekend in Monterey than I pay in campground fees during a year of traveling (a LOT more $$$). The marina is also crazy about keeping people from staying overnight in campers in the parking lot EVEN if you are paying for a boat slip.
If you are interested in reading about my sailing adventures in Monterey here are links to those stories –