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Tooele County

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  • Day19

    Day 18 - I Shot a Man in Reno!

    May 10 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 8 °C

    Woke up at 5.45am, just 15 minutes before my alarm. Got up & made cups of tea. I allowed Jackie a shower, but not time to put her make-up on, whilst I unhooked & 6.40am we rumbled out of the RV Park.

    We turned on the directions on our phone & the SatNav voice instructed to continue on the same road for the next 520 miles. Not something you hear everyday. (We looked it up, the A1 is the longest road in the UK at 410 miles). We were heading to Reno on Interstate 80 which was a total of 526 miles.

    Around 7.00pm we started to circumnavigate the Salt Lake. It looked quite beautiful shimmering in the early morning sun. Sadly I missed the Rest Stop to get a proper photo. For close on 50 miles the Salt Lake was permanently in our sight on our right hand side. I set the RV to cruise control at 80 mph & sat back to enjoy the views.

    About 75 miles out of Salt Lake City we passed The Tree of Utah aka Metaphor. It is an 87 foot high tree sculpture on the Bonneville Salt Flats. Managed to spot it & photo it as we sped past at 80mph.

    Several miles along we stopped at the Rest Area at Bonneville Salt Flats where there was a plaque commemorating the place where numerous land speed records had been broken, including by Sir Malcolm Campbell. The current record was set here by Gary Gabelich in his ‘Blue Flame’ at 622mph on 23rd October 1970.

    We then drove along a narrow causeway to Bonneville Salt Flats International Speedway. Sadly, the Salt Flats were still a lake so I was unable to try & beat the land speed record in the RV!! It was very surreal as we were now surrounded by shimmering silver water. A few photos & panos to mark the occasion, then we were off.

    Next stop, Wendover, which was just over the state line in Nevada. Apparently you are allowed to gamble & drink spirits in Nevada, you wouldn’t know it, by just the one or two (thousand) billboards advertising the fact. First we filled up with $100 of fuel at a petrol station that also doubles as a casino.

    Then we went to see & photo Wendover Will, ‘The World’s Largest Cowboy’ at 90foot tall. We caused chaos on the road as we tried to find his best side from the comfort of the RV. That done, we made do with a Big Breakfast from McDonalds. A strange mix of sausage patty, scrambled egg, hash brown, 3 fluffy pancakes with syrup & butter & a side of Hot Cakes.

    Pretty full we headed back to I-80 & let the RV take the strain in cruise control. We went up & over several mountain passes, passed through the towns of Wells, Elko, Battle Mountain, Winnemucca & Lovelock. We saw signposts for Shafter, Deeth Starr Valley, Devils Gate, Emigrant & Pumpernickel Valley. On 4 or 5 occasions we came across the ominous road signs ‘Prison Area. Hitchhiking Prohibited’. We looked it up & yes they related to the presence of local prisons, the most significant being Lovelock Correctional Center, made famous when O. J. Simpson was sent there in 2008 & released in 2017.

    Jackie was obviously bored, because she discovered the ‘Joy of Siri’. After a bit of experimentation, I was bombarded with WhatsApp messages & poor old Siri attempted to answer every stupid question Jackie could think of. Also somewhere halfway across Nevada we crossed into Pacific Daylight Time Zone, now 8 hours behind the UK.

    We took a ‘comfort’ break at Trinity, where there was some interesting information ‘Travelling Through Hell’ about the California Trail in this location. Trinity marked the start of the barren Forty-Mile Desert which travellers dreaded the most, starvation & dehydration took many a man & animal. A survey in 1850 showed the appalling statistics for this stretch of the trail. They found 1061 dead mules, almost 5000 dead horses, 3,750 dead cattle & 953 graves. Let’s hope we don’t break down!

    Next stop was Terrible’s Casino at Fernley for another $100 of fuel. And then finally we cruised into Reno along Virginia Street & under Reno’s Famous Arch, which proudly proclaims ‘Reno - The Biggest Little City In The World’. Reno looked lively so we decided to return later that evening.

    We then drove the 9 miles to Boomtown to our KOA campground arriving around 4.00pm & relaxed with a couple of beers. At 7.00pm we took an Uber into downtown Reno. The driver Glenn recommended some places to visit & dropped us off back under the Reno Arch. It was not yet dark, so we checked out the Riverwalk- they make too much of these!

    Our first stop was into the Club Cal Neva casino & what smacked us in the face was smell of cigarette smoke & the assortment of lowlifes were all smoking. We circled the floor, then moved on to the Casino at Hurrah. Again everyone was smoking (in fact everywhere in Reno was a smoking zone) & we circulated the several floors enjoying the crazies at play. It felt like a lot of the gamblers had lost their short there & were unable to leave.

    We moved on to Eldorado Resort Casino which was slightly a bit more upmarket & found Roxy’ Lounge Bar, a speciality martini bar, which had been recommended by our Uber driver. We had 102 martinis 🍸 to choose from. I had a Chocolate Duchess & Jackie had a Blue Eyes Martini. They were very nice & we sipped them very slowly (we weren’t having another at $10 a drink), whilst listening to the house band & getting our moneys worth of the free pretzels.

    By now it was dark, so we wandered outside for fresh air & to take photos of the Reno lights. We strolled up & down the Main Street until Jackie had had enough. I tried to shoot the odd photo of some of the ‘colourful sights’ frequenting the casinos, but Jackie curbed this, fearing we would get shot.To be fair she was patient.

    We popped into a couple of dive casinos, The Nugget & Siri’s Casino. Selfie attempts were made at the Reno Arch, then it was back into Eldorado for a beer at Brew Brothers bar, where we had to show our ID, then have our hand stamped. I was slightly indignant, but the doorman handed Jackie a free drink ticket, which meant our 2 beers cost just $5.

    Jackie had built up the ‘Dutch’ courage for some gambling. She wasted a couple of dollars in $1 slot machines, so I went on the hunt & found some 25c slot machines. I changed up $20 notes into $5 notes (last of the big spenders) & gave Jackie $5 to have some fun with. Within minutes her money was gone.

    We went for a wander through Circus Circus & Silver Legacy Resort but gravitated back to Eldorado. I relented & gave Jackie more dollars to spend & at one point she had a Jackpot of $16, we whooped for joy. A woman nearby won a jackpot of over $2000, which made us look a bit silly. I think we ended up about $10 down.

    We did also get a free beer each while playing from one of the rather elderly waitresses who were dressed inappropriately for their age! To celebrate a really enjoyable evening, we went to Lucky Joy’s Noodle Bar & shared a massive plate of Pad Thai.

    We ordered an Uber & got home about midnight, dog tired. Reno is a low budget version of Las Vegas, but it was a great experience.

    FITBIT = 12,231 steps / 5.68 miles. We discovered that my tapping my foot the music in the RV racks up the steps. I walked 2 miles whilst driving!!

    Song of the Day - I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) by The Proclaimers.

    Bonus Songs of the Day :-

    All The Way To Reno (You’re Gonna Be A Star) by R.E.M.
    Reno by Bruce Springsteen
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  • Day12

    New Mexico to Arizona

    April 7 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 61 °F

    Most of these photos are from, or leading up to and away from, Salt River Canyon in AZ. The photos don't do the nerve wracking height of the cliff faces justice.

    This canyon separates two Apache Reservations from each other. One the White Mountain tribe and the other the San Carlos.

    Unfortunately, the amount of semi truck parking at looky loo things is limited. We were unable to visit the fry bread stand, which made is both sad. But, the rest stop was open air, perched atop a cliff. Complete with hiking trails through the canyon and down to the muddy river.

    Today we are headed west from SLC toward Lathrop, CA. I will get to see Donner pass! Nom nom. nom. Hahahaha
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  • Day4

    Great Salt Lake

    June 13 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 73 °F

    Gonna hang out for the night. Gonna bring Chico and Baylor down to the beach later. Paula and I are gonna grill some steaks and have a few 3.4 beers. Lol

    Edited to add: we were on the beach for about 2 minutes. Sand fleas like I've never seen and no-see-ums in the air. Me and the dogs are huddled under the bug tent, waiting for dusk so they go away. 😳😫Read more

  • Day12

    Salz an den Füssen

    May 27, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    So viel weiß ❄️ und die Geschichte von diesem Platz beeindrucken sehr.

    Das Salz trägt ist aber noch sehr weich und feucht. Natürlich haben sich ein paar Touris mit den Leihwagen auf den See getraut und festgefahren 😏

    Und Brüllmücken hat es hier!

  • Day4

    Rainstorm!

    June 13 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 73 °F

    We've been watch a storm building over the mountains to the west of us. The lightening was something scary to watch.

    We had to pick up all of our chairs, tent, dog beds, stove, tables, and misc knick knacks like phones, sunglasses, laptops, etc and hunker down in the camper while the storm passed.

    Thank God this is a campsite with power so we can run the fan!
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  • Day18

    The Great Salt Lake

    May 8, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 75 °F

    I love driving along the Great Salt Lake, especially at sunset. The salt around it resembles sand, and the mountains in the distance make a scenic backdrop.

    Unfortunately while moving through western Utah we hit a patch (20+ miles?) of bug swarms and the windshield got so splattered Eric couldn’t see to drive. You haven’t lived until you’ve spent 30 minutes trying to clean a windshield several feet over your head!Read more

  • Day11

    Bonneville Salt Flats, UT

    May 25, 2016 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 55 °F

    Thick salt covering the ground for as far as the eye can see! This wasn't even meant to be an interesting stop, just a break in our drive from Moab to Yellowstone; but it ended up being one of the coolest parts of the trip so far!

  • Day17

    Bonneville Salt Flats

    August 16, 2015 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    Bonneville Salt Flats ligger vest for Salt Lake City. Om vinteren ligger her vand, men det fordamper i løbet af sommeren og der dannes en plan saltoverflade. Her køres motorløb og et antal hastighedsrekorder et sat på denne saltslette. Saltet stammer fra tidligere søer der er fordampet i den kraftige varme.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Tooele County, مقاطعة تويلي, Туилъ, টোয়েলে কাউন্টি, Condado de Tooele, Tooele maakond, Tooele konderria, شهرستان تویلی، یوتا, Comté de Tooele, Tooele megye, Տուելե շրջան, Contea di Tooele, トゥーイル郡, Tooele Comitatus, Tooele Kūn, Hrabstwo Tooele, ٹوئیلے کاؤنٹی, Comitatul Tooele, Туэле, Округ Туеле, Туела, ٹوئل کاؤنٹی، یوٹاہ, Quận Tooele, Condado han Tooele, 圖埃勒縣

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