6427 Miles: A Tour of America
By Gerard Forgnone
Saturday, September 7, 2013
Winnemucca, NV to Ogden, Utah
Ahhh...my first morning after camping in the back of
the Mounty! It was interesting! Hard to
get up when it's cold and there's not a lot of
room. I slept well, though. Here are
some images of my first morning camping.
Hey, what a view!!!! On arrival at this
campground in Winnemucca, it was dark. This
was my view that first morning.
One of many mornings right in the back of the
Not awfully exciting camping...it sure wasn't
Ahhh!!! Breakfast! Since I had arrived
late, I had to wait for the campground office to
open to pay for the night's stay. They had hot
coffee, and I had Pop Tarts, so that was breakfast,
and it was YUMMY!
Ok, everything is back where it belongs, and I'm
ready to hit the road again. If you see any
more photos of the back of the Mounty as the trip
goes on, note that the box of food on the right
doesn't get much smaller! I never really ate
much besides something for breakfast, and snacks
while driving. Since I'd arrive late at
campgrounds, I'd never cook. All the cans of
soup in the bottom of that box stayed right there
the whole time.
Winnemucca Nevada is the home of one of the few
branches of the Forgnone family. They've been
there long enough to name their own road! I
was there on a Saturday, so their repair shop was
closed, and I didn't want to bug them, so I just
took a photo. I think next year, I'll make
some more time to visit.
Nevada is DESOLATE!
A buddy at work and I joke about cool names all the
time. I thought this was a pretty cool name.
After rolling down the Sierra from Truckee and
crossing the desert, I made it to Wells, Nevada on
just one tank of gas. 20 gallons, 400 miles,
20 miles per gallon, it was the best mileage I'd
ever gotten with the Mounty, mostly due to the 50
miles or so from Truckee downhill into Reno.
Anyway, I had to take a photo of this hotel, because
Sharon hates her name so much she changed it.
She didn't want to be a verb. You know,
The photo below is significant because of what
happened here during WWII. United States Army
Air Corps Colonel Paul Tibbets chose this place,
Wendover, Nevada, to train his crews to drop atomic
bombs. It was, and still is, very remote, the
perfect place to train aviators and maintainers for
a secret mission. The old airbase is still
being used for its runways, visible near the center
of the photo. Their secret missions ended
World War II. Paul Tibbets was the man who
ended the worst war our planet has ever seen, saving
millions of lives on both sides.
Ahh, Speed Central!
Just east of Wendover are the Bonneville Salt Flats,
where almost every land speed record has ever been
set. I just HAD to go here, even though the
Transcontinental Railroad didn't come this way.
Ok, can someone tell me who this "Frontage" guy is,
and why he gets roads named after him every place
It's SUPPOSED to be dry and flat here!
Apparently, a big rainstorm had just dumped a bunch
of water all around, and since the salt flats are,
by definition, the low spot of the valley, here's
where the water ends up.
A little bit further west from the racing area, it
was higher and drier. Here I am ready to set a
new Land Speed record for stock Mercury
Mountaineers! Let's go!
From Bonneville to Salt Lake, it's one of the
longest, straightest roads on the planet. They
have billboards telling people to stop and rest if
they get sleepy.
Off in the distance is Salt Lake City, and my next
stop, Ogden, Utah.
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