Scheduled trip: Palo Alto, CA - Utah
Actual trip: Palo Alto, CA - Fallon, NV (310 miles)
It was time to start the return leg of our epic journey.
Although we had scheduled to stay one more day in San Francisco,
we had to be back in Carolina before June 7. We thanked
Ursine for her hospitality and headed off to I-80.
The first part of the day was rather uneventful; we passed
Sacramento, the Californian state capital, stopped at Lake
Tahoe and lingered a while in the beautiful surroundings.
In the early hours of the afternoon we crossed into Nevada.
Nevada is a strange state in many ways. Prostitution is
legalized, which is quite evident when you go through the
state. For instance, in the middle of the desert, a house
just off the road usually with a high electric fence for
privacy is almost certainly a brothel. Gambling is not just
confined to Las Vegas. Even the most backward hotels at
least have some slot machines and maybe a real casino albeit
much less glamorous than what Vegas offers. This cesspool
of sin called Nevada is made to look even worse when it's
compared to its eastern neighbor: Utah, probably the most
pious state in the Union. Only in America does such contrast
exist. It's like imagining the Vatican placed right next
to Sodom and Gomorrah.
We had expected to reach Utah that day but it soon became
clear that this was impossible. In fact we only made it
to Fallon, a small, quiet town in western Nevada. We had
two choices of entertainment: gambling or TV. We chose the
former and went over to the largest hotel in town and started
to throw some money around. The casino wasn't exactly up-to-date.
The carpets and brownish interior spelled out quite nicely
that we weren't in Vegas if anyone had forgotten it. After
spending some time and losing a few dollars each we returned
to our room and turned on the TV.
Day 01: Leaving NC
Day 02: Tupelo, MS
Day 03: Henryetta, OH
Day 04: Roswell, NM
Day 05: Flagstaff, AZ
Day 06: Las Vegas, NV
Day 07: Victorville,
Day 08: Long
Day 09: Los Angeles, CA
Day 10: Thousand
Day 11: Malibu,
Day 12: Lompoc,
Day 13: Lompoc,
Day 14: Palo
Day 15: Palo Alto, CA
Day 16: Fallon, NV
Day 17: Escalante, UT
Day 18: Grand Junction, CO
Day 19: Lafayette, CO
Day 20: Colby, KS
Day 21: St. Louis, MO
Day 22: Knoxville, TN
Day 23: Burlington, NC
Epilogue: Author's notes