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San Francisco, CA to Winnemucca, NV
Our return trip began by picking Gary up at Brian's place. We have referred to "his place" several times and Dan made sure to get a picture this morning before leaving. This is a fairly new structure with at least a dozen condo units. Brian is renting a one-bedroom unit from the unit's owner.
Our return trip was planned to follow I-80 just as we did on our way out. But in the middle of a conversation near Sacremento Dan managed to get us off I-80 onto a 4-lane divided highway that turned out to be US Highway 50 headed east. At first it seemed like we were on the correct road, but it soon became evident we had gotten off track. Since we were headed east and it was good road we continued on.
As it turned out the mistake turned into a beautiful drive along a more southerly track. We changed the map above to reflect the change, and as you can see on the picture below the drive was spectacular. During our trip out and even today, we have been unable to find a rest area that would provide a state highway map, so we weren't exactly sure just where we were headed, but we saw signs indicating that we'd end up in South Lake Tahoe, and from there we knew we could hook up with I-80 again. We came around one corner and had this wonderful view of Lake Tahoe.
We traveled to South Lake Tahoo through the Eldorado National Forest, then continued north to Carson City, and onto Reno, NV. The remainder of the trip was through the rather bleak desert terrain.
Our travel day ended in Winnemucca, NV. This town along I-80 is small by most standards, but has several casinos and the best kept secret along all of I-80. The Town House Motel is more than likely 40 to 50 years old, but it is very well kept and the rooms are large, well decorated, and very clean. This motel is a very welcome sight after three nights in a dismal motel in San Francisco. It is not the purpose of this site to tear down any business, but if asked about the Travel Lodge at 17th & Market in San Francisco we will be honest!
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