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    • Day33

      A pitstop in Nevada

      October 10, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 4 °C

      Janet and David who me met at the chiropractor had invited us to stay at their house in Incline Village at Lake Tahoe. So we decided to go a little more slowly, spend another day in the area and at the same time cycle in a 4th state, as the East side of the lake lies in Nevada already. So we left Truckee after a nice breakfast and cycled along beautiful Truckee River towards Lake Tahoe. On the way, we stopped by Squaw Valley, where the winter Olympics took place in 1960. We then continued our way to Tahoe City, took a stroll along the farmers market and common beach. Next, we stopped at Kings Beach for a picnic and some views of the lake with its crystal clear water. As it was windy and cold, we decided to go ahead and climb the 250m to Janet's and Dave's house. We spend the evening exchanging travel and bike stories, eating dinner and relaxing in the hot tub which was perfect recovery support for my back. David also took us up to Mt Rose Summit, a pass that is open all year long, from where we could enjoy the sunset over Lake Tahoe, admire the colorful lights of Reno in the middle of the desert and watch the people in the ski resort preparing the slope with artificial snow - hard to believe that skiing will be possible here in 3 weeks already...Read more

      Traveler

      Sehr malerisch. 👩‍🎨 Das sieht aus wie ein Gemälde von Bob Ross. 😎

      10/13/19Reply
       
    • Day16

      The Biggest Little City in the World

      March 16, 2019 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 12 °C

      Nicht unsere Welt...das ist die Zusammenfassung des gestrigen Abends. Aber gut das mal gesehen zu haben. Das Eldorado (irgendwie heißt alles so) ist eines von drei Hotels, die sich zusammengeschlossen haben, um die „City in the City“ in Reno aufzubauen. Gegen 17:30 Uhr sind wir im Parkhaus des Hotels angekommen, 8 Etagen später hatten wir auch einen Parkplatz. Mit einem goldenen Aufzug ging es zurück auf Etage 3 und über eine Brücke ins Hotel. Check-In war unproblematisch und das Zimmer mit zwei Queensized Betten schön und groß. Weil wir viel im Auto gesessen hatten, wollten wir noch ein wenig in Reno spazieren gehen und haben dann gemerkt, dass es gar nicht vorgesehenen ist, diese „City“ zu verlassen 🤔 wir sind bestimmt 30 Minuten durch den ganzen Hotelkomplex gelaufen, bis wir eine Tür ins Freie gefunden haben. Dabei haben wir das ganze Spektakel im Hotel sehen können. Dutzende Restaurants, Fressbuden, Läden, Spielautomaten, Casinos (dort darf übrigens geraucht werden), ein Jahrmarkt, eine Zirkusshow und sogar einen Kohleförderturm in Originalgröße in einer Kuppel. Und überall Menschen, viele betrunken und grün verkleidet, weil wir uns ausgerechnet das Saint Patrick‘s Day Wochenende ausgesucht haben 🐸

      Als wir die Partymeile verlassen hatten, war es etwas ruhiger. Im Stadtzentrum stehen viele Kunstwerke, die vorher beim Burning Man Festival ausgestellt waren. Eins davon ist der Space Whale, ein Stahlgerüst mit Buntglasfenstern in Form einer Walkuh mit Kalb. Es soll unter anderem an den dynamischen Bund zwischen Eltern und Kind erinnern und an die Notwendigkeit, seinen Planeten zu schützen. Mehr dazu kann auf der Internetseite des Projekts gelesen werden: http://www.thespacewhale.com/project.

      Als es dunkel wurde, haben wir noch ein paar Fotos von der beleuchteten Stadt gemacht und sind dann im Hotel auf die Suche nach Essen gegangen. Phillip sprach das „Perl Oyster Bar&Grill“ an und dort hat Marlen ihre erste Auster probiert...es gibt besseres! Das Essen war insgesamt mittelmäßig und teuer. Typisch Touristenfalle. Hier waren die Menschen auch nicht so freundlich. Gesättigt und hundemüde hat uns auch das laute Zimmer nicht gestört und wir waren am nächsten Tag bereit für neue Abenteuer.
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      Traveler

      Eine extrem künstliche Atmosphäre... auch die Walskulptur. Da geht die gut gemeinte Bedeutung des Projektes nicht wirklich bildlich hervor. 🤔Naja, über Geschmack lässt sich streiten. 😁

      3/18/19Reply
      Traveler

      Soll ja angeblich sehr gesund sein .... , aber mir haben sie auch nicht geschmeckt . 🤢

      3/18/19Reply
      Traveler

      Hmm, lecker.

      3/18/19Reply
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    • Day17

      Wüstensee

      March 17, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 8 °C

      Gestern Morgen beim Checkout fragte die Dame uns in gewohnt amerikanischer Freundlichkeit, wo es denn als nächstes hingehe. Wir antworteten, dass wir weiter nach Norden zum Pyramid Lake fahren wollten. Sie guckte uns erstaunt an und sagte: „It‘s a desert lake, be prepared“. Es möchte wohl nicht jeder in die Natur 🙃

      Zugegeben, dort war wirklich nichts. Auf der Fahrt kamen wir uns wie in einem Westernfilm vor. Wilde Pferde, wilde Hunde, Steppenläuferpflanzen, karge Landschaft, Sand und trockene Luft. Pyramid Lake liegt in einem Paiute Reservat. In Nixon am südlichen Ufer sah es noch recht „normal“ aus. Dort war eine schöne Schule, eine Kirche, ein Krankenhaus und ein pyramidenförmiges Visitor-Center für den See (hatte leider an dem Tag zu). Aber bei der Fahrt entlang des westlichen Ufers waren hauptsächlich triste Häusergrüppchen zu sehen. In einem kleinen Kiosk haben wir uns etwas zu Knabbern gekauft und wurden von einer unmotiviert wirkenden jungen Verkäuferin bedient. Natürlich sind das alles Momentaufnahmen, aber viele Perspektiven hat man dort als Ureinwohner wahrscheinlich nicht.

      Der See wurde nach einer Steinformation benannt, die wie eine Pyramide aussieht. Sie liegt auf der Ostseite und ist auf den Fotos nur schwer erkennbar. Mit einem Tribal-Permit darf man im See angeln. Es waren unzählige Fischer unterwegs, das milde Wetter soll dafür am besten geeignet sein. Eine Insel liegt im See, wo zwischen März und September weiße Pelikane ihre Jungen aufziehen. Sie waren aber leider noch nicht da (oder besonders flugscheu und zu weit weg um gesehen zu werden).
      Wir sind bis zum nördlichsten Punkt gefahren, der auf asphaltierter Straße noch erreichbar ist. Dort lagen noch weitere kleine Pyramiden, die „The Needles“ genannt werden. Dann traten wir den Heimweg an.
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      Traveler

      Das sieht aus, wie aus der Auto Werbung 😃

      3/18/19Reply
      Traveler

      Wunderschön 👍

      3/18/19Reply
      Traveler

      Wir können ja mal Hyundai fragen, ob sie uns das Bild abkaufen 😁

      3/18/19Reply
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    • Day16

      Roadtrip zum Lake Tahoe

      March 16, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 0 °C

      Heute sind wir morgens in Richtung Lake Tahoe gestartet, der 90 Meilen von Newcastle entfernt ist. Der See liegt auf der Grenze zwischen Kalifornien und Nevada. Wir haben die kalifornische Seite „South Lake Tahoe“ angesteuert, da die Strecke durch den Eldorado National Forest führt und wir das dem Highway vorzogen. Eigentlich wollten wir unterwegs frühstücken, hatten aber glücklicherweise zu Hause noch etwas Toast gegessen...die erste Stunde war eine äußerst kurvige Fahrt ohne viele Frühstücksgelegenheiten. Insgesamt haben wir etwa 2,5h gebraucht, aber jede Minute war wundervoll. Wir sind nochmal an der Foresthill Bridge vorbeigekommen, haben reißende Flüsse, sattgrüne Wiesen, lustige Straßen (Bee street), interessante Orte (Cool) und imposant nadeligen Wald gesehen. Und tatsächlich kam auch recht bald der erste Schnee am Wegesrand. Es war unglaublich, wie hoch er sich getürmt hat! Nah am Lake Tahoe gute 3 Meter. Wir haben versucht den See aus der Ferne zu fotografieren, aber ausgestiegen war die Schneemauer fast zu hoch, um ein gutes Bild zu bekommen (siehe Fotos). Zum Glück waren die Straßen geräumt und es war trotz Schnee sonnig und warm.Read more

      Traveler

      Very cool !

      3/17/19Reply
      Traveler

      Sehr nadelig überall aber eine wirklich beeindruckende Landschaft... 😎👍

      3/17/19Reply
      Traveler

      Irgendwann ,vielleicht auch langweilig 🤔!?

      3/17/19Reply
      Traveler

      Ja, das kann sein, da war nicht viel los 😁

      3/17/19Reply
       
    • Day50

      Reno, Baby!

      July 11, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

      Wirklich unterhaltsame Stadt. Und schon wieder super nette Leute kennengelernt. Beim spielen steht es 1:1, würde​ ich sagen. Das, was wir verzockt haben, haben wir an gratis Drinks wieder reingeholt;-)Read more

      Stephan Arnold

      En kortærmet skjorte? That goes? 😜

      7/14/17Reply
      Traveler

      Always:-)

      7/14/17Reply
       
    • Day16

      Reise nach Reno

      March 16, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

      Zwar ist Lake Tahoe für amerikanische Verhältnisse um die Ecke von Newcastle, wir haben uns allerdings entschieden eine Nacht auswärts zu verbringen um nicht müde den Heimweg anzutreten. Wir haben ein Hotel in Reno gebucht, das kleine Las Vegas im Norden von Nevada. Der Weg war schön, die Vegetation im wüstigen Nachbarstaat aber sehr karg.Read more

      Traveler

      👍🦅

      3/18/19Reply
      Traveler

      Gut gemacht 🎥

      3/18/19Reply
       
    • Day19

      Day 19 - There's a New Sheriff in Town

      May 10, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

      We both woke up late, the excess’s of yesterday had caught up with us. Still slightly jaded, we decided to have a relatively relaxed day. After helping ourselves to free coffee from the KOA shop, arranging to stay a further night & getting ready, we tumbled out of the campground at about 10.30am.

      Our journey took us onto Geiger Grade Road & up into the mountains. 30 minutes later, we arrived at our intended destination of Virginia City, an old historic mining town, dubbed ‘The Richest Place on Earth’. The narrow High Street was busy with tourists & parked cars. We saw signposts for parking spots for $7, but decided to explore a bit further.

      We went to the end of the High Street & then on a bit, where we found Fourth Ward School Museum with an empty car park. We parked in the ‘free’ car park, then I went & got permission to leave our RV there as we would be visiting the museum later.

      We strolled down into Virginia City High Street & browsed the touristy, but fascinating historic buildings. We resisted the urge to get breakfast at Virginia City Jerky Co & Smokehouse BBQ, but my resistance was broken at the prospect of a ‘World Famous Pondo Dog’ in the Pondarosa Saloon. We both had that World Famous large hotdog.

      The Pondarosa Saloon was a functioning bar, but it was also effectively a museum stuffed with artifacts. It was same at all the other bars, namely The Washoe Club (the oldest saloon in Virginia City), The Original Bucket of Blood Saloon & Silver Queen Hotel & Wedding Chapel. We were able to wander into each & everyone of them to look at all the items of interest. Sadly, due to an unexplained explosion in March 2019, the Delta Saloon was closed. It contained The Suicide Table (3 of it’s owners committed suicide) & the $100,000 globe.

      The Silver Queen Hotel had actually had a wedding take place in their chapel at 11.00am that morning. The Silver Queen is depicted as a huge painting on the wall & her dress is actually made from silver coins. It was also a brothel frequented by the notorious prostitute, The Wild Rose.

      We also visited the excellent Storey County Courthouse, which housed 10 cells, each with a display about life in Virginia City in the 1800s. There were numerous other buildings we visited, but too many to list. Finally we stopped at Virginia City Mercantile, a great little shop full of American memorabilia. We bought a weird flavoured assortment of chewy sweets & Jackie insisted on gold Sheriffs Badge with her name on it.

      We walked back to the RV & sneakily drove off, without paying $6 each to visit the Fourth Ward School Museum. I wanted to drive through Gold Hill & Silver City, but RVs weren’t allowed down the road. I believe it was too steep & windy, so we made do with the truck route to Carson City, named after Kit Carson. We drove around, but didn’t see anything too interesting, so we went to Walmart for further provisions.

      Next we drove out to Washoe Lake State Park & pulled over by the lake shore for lunch in our camping chairs. It was baking hot & surrounded by snow capped mountains, all very nice. We headed back to Boomtown & our RV park to get some mundane chores done. Jackie had planned to get a bag of washing done, but the washing machines were out of use until the morning.

      There was nothing for it, but to sit in the sun & catch up on my blog etc. It was all very pleasant until out of the blue we heard some bloke shouting & swearing. We looked round, but couldn’t see anything. Every so often he would start up again, which was totally out of keeping with the rest of the campground.

      During a lull in rants, I decided to go & investigate, so I walked to the end of the park & looked out over the river & soaring eagles above. I waited about 5 minutes, still no sound, so started to walk back. Then suddenly all hell broke loose, a big fat bare chested 60 something year old man burst out of his caravan & screamed at me “Don’t you go f**king looking in my windows”. I asked him what he was talking about & he screamed “I saw you looking through my f**king windows”. I told him he was being stupid & that I had been looking at the river. He continued to scream & shout, so I turned my back & walked away from him, praying he wasn’t going to shoot me! Where is a Sheriff when you want one?

      On the way back to our RV, two, let’s say long term residents with an armchair outside their caravan, ladies called me over & asked what his problem was. I told them what had happened & they said they were nervous, but it should be alright because their neighbor was a cop & her partner was an ex-cop. I accidentally blurted out that so was I, damn. They then told me that they had access to guns in their caravans if they needed it. Great we were going to get caught up in a shootout!

      I believe security sent him packing not too much later. The remainder of the evening was fortunately uneventful, although it did make us realise there are some right oddballs at RV parks, probably more so in Reno. The man next door to us has spent 2 days polishing his truck & careful coiling up all of his cables & pipes in concentric circles on the ground. I know someone who would be very proud of him!!!

      FITBIT = 10,653 steps / 4.94 miles??

      Song of the Day - Sheriff Fatman by Carter The Unstoppable Machine.

      Bonus Songs of the Day :-

      Buckets of Blood by The Offenders
      The Madman by The White Buffalo
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    • Day52

      3rd trainride (Salt Lake to Reno)

      July 11, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

      Wasn't to fond of Salt Lake city itself (a lot of white trash), but had some really interesting conversations in a local bar (Trump, guns, legal weed) and enjoyed the soroundings of SLC. Took the train to Reno at night and are just discussing how much gambeling money is in the budget...Read more

      Cornelia Schleising

      Haltet lieber eure "Kröten" zusammen! Kuss Ma

      7/12/17Reply
       
    • Day81

      We’re just a mess!

      July 24 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 91 °F

      We headed back east to check out Sisters, Redmond and Bend. Sisters is a super cool little town and is very touristy. Headed to Redmond which is a lot bigger and has a nice downtown area.

      We stared to head east to check out a reservoir but decided to start heading south as we know we like that part of Oregon.

      We drove through Bend because we have already been there . It was crazy how much Bend had grown since we were there five years ago. Super great area with tons of outdoor activities to do.

      Oregon is on our short list of places we like. Unfortunately the cost of living sucks, though it is not as bad as California.

      We ended up just driving all the way down to Reno to see Susan and Christian.

      We have thought about heading south to check out northern Arizona in the mountains near Prescott. We are also thinking about heading back to Colorado to check out Durango in the south west part of the state.

      We have a house sit back here in Reno on August 18th so would need to get back here.

      We are thinking of renting a place in Reno for a while to try a figure out what comes next. We have also thought of starting our international travels after the start of 2023 and not worrying about where we will try and settle down in the US.

      Kimberly and I are sitting in Sassy now trying to see if we will hang out here until our house sit for three weeks or head south towards Arizona.

      We will keep you all posted.
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      Traveler

      Know how happy you all were to see each other after almost three months! ❤️❤️❤️

      7/25/22Reply
      Traveler

      Actually, renting a place for awhile and starting your international travels sounds like a pretty sound idea to me. Take a break from the stress of trying to figure out where to settle. No need to settle anywhere yet. Just enjoy life!

      7/25/22Reply
      Traveler

      Hahahahahahaha omg

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    • Day177

      Nevada

      November 21, 2017 in the United States ⋅ 🌫 14 °C

      Lake Tahoe is split down the middle between California and Nevada so we nipped over there quite a few times on our excursions! There are some fascinating old mining towns there which has kept almost all of their original features - shops, mines, bars, ghosts.. felt some of the people were right out of the 1850s too! Virginia City in particular is a really historic town - this feels like the closest we've got to 'Americana' since we've been here.
      It's quite striking how different Nevada is as soon as you step over the border - the scenery changes, the weather gets hotter, the casinos rise up (and you can gamble pretty much anywhere including whilst waiting at your airport gate!), gun culture is much more in your face and political affiliations are made abundantly clear!
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    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Washoe County, مقاطعة واشو, Уашо, ৱাসহো কাউন্টি, Condado de Washoe, Washoe maakond, Washoe konderria, شهرستان واشو، نوادا, Comté de Washoe, Washoe megye, Ուոշո շրջան, Contea di Washoe, ワショー郡, Tēucyōtl Washoe, Washoe Kūn, Hrabstwo Washoe, واشو کاؤنٹی, Comitatul Washoe, Уошо, Округ Вошо, Вошо, واشو کاؤنٹی، نیواڈا, Quận Washoe, Condado han Washoe, 瓦肖县

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