6427 Miles: A Tour of America
By Gerard Forgnone
Friday, September 6, 2013
Truckee, CA to Winnemucca, NV
morning started at Bill's condo at Northstar Resort,
near Lake Tahoe. I drove in to Truckee for
some local grub, and it wasn't cheap! I spent
about $15 for French Toast and a cup of
coffee. Yikes! At least I got some good
parking, but it wasn't free either!
It is a pretty place, though. I'm sure the
prices are set for the Winter, when the place is
Anyhow, the craziness started at the gas station
right down the street from this. I pulled in,
and before I could start filling up, a woman
approached me with her cell phone and a charging
cable. She asked me to charge her phone for
her while we filled up. Ok, no problem.
I wasn't in a hurry, as I was waiting for Bill to
come by in his motorhome, so I could give him back
the keys to his condo. I took my time, checked
the tires, washed the windows, and such, so that the
lady's phone could pick up a little juice.
After about 10 minutes, I pulled the phone and
walked it over to her. She thanked me
profusely, and asked me if I wanted some dried
apricots. I declined, having just finished my
overpriced breakfast. She said, "They're
GREAT!!!" and proceeded to stuff about FIVE of them
into her mouth! Then, she shouted through the
mush in her mouth, "These are GREAT!!!" OH MY
GOD! The characters ya meet on the road!
So, Bill called, saying he was almost there, and
that we could rendezvous on the freeway as he went
past. He said his motorhome was a Dolphin, and
when I saw a Dolphin motorhome go by, I got on the
freeway, catching him in about 10 minutes. He
was taking the motorhome to a friend at the Reno
Airshow, so I followed him there, and chatted with
him and some nice folks for about an hour.
The Transcontinental Railroad follows I-80, so away
I went! Once you get past Sparks, there isn't
much to see!
Flat, dry, and HOT!
So, about 10 miles past all this alkali desert,
there's a nice rest stop. Time for dinner!
It was getting to be dusk, and the next town was
Winnemucca, Nevada. I pulled in to town,
expecting it to be a barren place with cheap
hotels. Not so! There was a Holiday Inn
Express, and I thought it would be cheap. Not
so! $129 for a night! Yikes! Ok,
off to the McD's for some wireless. Someone
special told me how to do the wireless at McD's and
look for a hotel on Priceline. I thought the
local hotels would be cheap. Not so!
Nothing for less than $70. Yikes. I
finally found an RV park that would take
overnighters, so off I went. At night, you
can't tell much, so I pulled in and set up for
evening. The cost was $40. Here's my
first night's setup.
First night camping! G'night!
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