Traveling to California

A few weeks ago I attended a sailboat regatta on Monterey Bay, CA, called the Cruiser Challenge.  The sailing was good, though there were challenges, and I placed second in my boat class.

The drive to CA was a ‘speed run’ traveling 1400 miles in two days.

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Western Colorado along Interstate 70.

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Spring Valley Wind Farm along Hwy 50 in Nevada.

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.

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Ely KOA campground.  WAY overpriced for what you get.  There are locations near Ely that are free or lower cost that I need to explore.

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.

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Hwy 50 West heads down a steep winding switchback road with many hairpin turns into Austin, NV.

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Little Den Fire near Eastgate, NV.  Sadly this fire was human caused.

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Shoe Tree near Middlegate, NV.  ‘A shoe tree, not to be confused with the shoe-preservation device of the same name, is a tree that has been festooned with old shoes.’

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.

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Bumper to bumper slow traffic while going through Sacramento, CA.

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 –

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