On the road with Ed and Judie travel blog

Moving on down I-80...

Dust Storm west of Winnemucca

Colors of this day in the Nevada Desert

beautiful landscapes

Nevada is a long way across on I-80. Of the over 400 miles we travelled 305 miles Sunday from Boomtown West of Reno to Elko. On the open desert our gas mileage improved to 10.3 mpg. Although we got up early we had some Internet work to catchup on and fueled up at the truck stop East of Reno where we could also eat breakfast. We did not leave there until 10:30am. This is where we realize that this was the start of the Burning Man Festival. Boy did we see some crazy outfits and vehicles. There were all ages dressed up from the young adults to groups our age.

We stopped for lunch in Winnemucca and drove through town before heading east on I-80 again. We have always like the town and the name and have stayed there several times both in motels and RVs. West of Winnemucca we ran into a dust storm and had a strong side wind blowing on the truck and trailer for quite a while.

The desert always has had its own beauty with the big open valleys and the mountains that appear to just come out of the valleys. The stretches of straight road that appear to go to the horizon and then the big sweeping curves that go around the mountains. The desert was a lot greener than we expected this time of the year and there are always a few desert flowers.

We ended the day in Elko at about 4:30 and found a newer RV park named Iron Horse RV Resort. It is actually owned by Hilton Garden Inn and if we wanted to walk up the hill we could have used there facilities. The RV park has very good facilities although the showers are smaller than what we have had lately. We drove through old town to see some of our favorite stores and realized it was Sunday and all the stores were closed. The Red Lion Hotel and Casino has a shuttle that comes to the RV Park so we went there for dinner and a short visit to the Casino.

Monday morning is going to be laundry time before we leave the RV Park. We then have the last 100 miles of Nevada, travel around the Great Salt Lake, through Salt Lake City and hopefully into Wyoming.

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