On the road again

After a much needed relaxing visit with Barb, it was time to hit the road. Well, after my breakfast of left-over pork ribs, havarti cheese and Boudin sourdough bread (apparently it’s only available in the Bay Area so Barb picks it up whenever she’s there and I eat it every day when I’m at her house) I hit the road.

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Barb is so sweet, she was offering me all kinds of goodies for the road but since I was stuffed, I turned her down. What was I thinking? I did leave with a baggie full of fruit which made me happy. I never turn down fresh fruit. I also got gas on my way out of town and since I was full, I didn’t load up on snacks, did I not learn my lesson? Almost as soon as I took off I was regretting that decision. Some Munchos or Funyons would have been wonderful and I hadn’t even had beef jerky on this road trip yet!

Because I hadn’t taken any pics I factored in time to stop for pics on my route. Unfortunately, there really wasn’t much to take photos of. The pic at the top of the page was a pretty good representation of my trip. Don’t worry, I didn’t look while taking this photo. I just snapped a bunch and hoped one turned out.

There was one great photo op about 75 miles outside of Reno. A gorgeous natural lake called Walker Lake. It’s 18 miles long and 7 miles wide. I stopped at the beginning of it. I almost stopped at the end because it was so glassy and still but I had just gotten back on the road, I wasn’t pulling off a few minutes later.

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There were campgrounds all along the way but not too busy. Would be a wonderful place to commune with nature. The beach was called 20-mile beach. Talk about over exaggeration, it’s only 18 miles long.

It was a gorgeous day to be on the road, not for all of the bugs littering my windshield but for the rest of us, it was. Still a lot of one lane highway going towards Vegas from Reno which you know I don’t like. Sometimes it would take me 30 minutes to pass a truck, I have to absolutely be a hundred percent sure a car isn’t coming in the other direction and sometimes I can’t tell if it’s a road reflection I’m seeing or a car. Better safe than sorry.

I forgot to mention while driving thru Oregon I swerved at least 3 times to avoid chipmunks, those suckers are so small that I don’t know if it’s a leave or an animal. There were also birds just hanging out on the road and a couple that were diving in front of me. These animals really don’t know how close they were to losing their lives. Luckily, this drive was less eventful.

I didn’t really get too tired this trip, thanks to my book. I eventually called Sharon and Dao to keep me company but the reception was terrible all day. I tried to post pics and text people when I stopped to go to the bathroom but couldn’t get decent reception. Thank goodness for audiobooks because I couldn’t even listen to my music because freaking iTunes loves to put everything on the cloud, even tho I bought the songs. Now listening to HEAVEN, TX by Susan E Phillips, I’m thoroughly enjoying this trip down memory lane. Old books are like old friends, comforting and loved.

Not a lot of places to stop for bathroom breaks. If I end up needing to wear diapers in a few years, you can trace it back to this trip. I wait way too long to pee because I always want to multi-task stops. I did stop at one place, I can’t remember the name of it but it was like a mega gas station with aisles of candies and nuts as well as their own beef jerky. I didn’t get any jerky, I prefer the long flat slabs that are sold in gas stations. I did get an ice cream cone. Since I got that I didn’t get any chips. While paying for my soda I decided to ditch the cone, it wasn’t very good so why waste the calories but I didn’t want to get out of line to get a snack. I’m destined not to eat on this trip, LOL.

I told Dao I would make it to town between 5:30pm and 6pm. I got here at 5:20pm. There was nowhere to stop for food! I was hoping I could at least go thru the Strip so I could stop in the Paris casino and get my favorite apricot pastry before I got there but turns out I got to Dao’s house before then. No pastry for me, my laziness is really the only reason I’m not obese, LOL.

Dao and I worked together at a TV station back in 1995. She was the gorgeous on-air talent, I was not. The first day we met she asked me if I wanted to go for a run with her. I laughed in her face. A beautiful friendship was born.

IMG_8847This was us 5 minutes after I got to the house. We also lived in Atlanta at the same time, she was the reason I went to Atlanta for a visit which is where I got offered my job. Our lives have been connected for a long time and while we don’t see each other anywhere near enough, she’s one of my dearest friends. I’m having so much fun connecting with people on this trip, the hardest part is not getting to spend enough time with anyone or getting to see everyone.

Leiha

I like to eat, sleep and experience the world, one meal at a time.

16 thoughts on “On the road again

  • May 31, 2016 at 1:57 am
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    I need to go to Barb’s for breakfast! That’s sounds so yummy right now.

    I can’t believe you didn’t get more trip food! Next time think about travel food before you eat LOL

    My nephew has a couple of chipmunks called Vanilla and Chocolate. They are so tiny and fast.

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    • May 31, 2016 at 9:40 am
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      LMAO of course you would love that meal. It’s meat, cheese and bread!

      Today I’m stocking up before I hit the road tomorrow and I’m not even driving that far. I’ve learned my lesson. I think. 🙂

      Chipmunks are adorable which is why I was swerving all over the road to try and avoid them.

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  • May 31, 2016 at 6:22 am
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    If I stopped at the Paris Hotel and Casino I would be eating a filet at MonAmiga B. Stay safe! Can’t wait to hear where your next stop brings us!!

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    • May 31, 2016 at 9:42 am
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      LMAO, I’ve never eaten there or I would be stopping there too. Their french pastries are amazing and they also have the creperie and in the back between Paris and Bally’s they had this burger joint with amazing ranch fries. I’m not sure if any of it is still there, it’s been so long but my belly remembers.

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  • May 31, 2016 at 6:35 am
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    It’s been so long since I’ve gotten to see Dao! I miss her but I’m glad she’s happy in Vegas.
    Enjoy your visit and please tell her I said hello!

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    • May 31, 2016 at 9:42 am
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      Brenda, we were just talking about you last night! I will most definitely pass along your hello. She’s very happy here. 🙂

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  • May 31, 2016 at 7:43 am
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    Lol those poor bugs ! And ditto on an old book comfort , it’s like running into an old friend, catching up is wonderful. Loving this trip, and yay to laziness, if I cooked more, I’d be in trouble (well, more trouble) too !

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    • May 31, 2016 at 9:44 am
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      My poor windshield, lol. I tried using a wiper on them and it’s just smeared bugs, LOL. I need to remember to clean my windshield next time I get gas. Wait until I have to drive at night! I’ll have to take a pic then!

      Lazy people unite!

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  • May 31, 2016 at 12:22 pm
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    I like to plan trips around food. I’ll ride my motorcycle all day and night … as long as food is involved along the way. Have fun – looks like it’s going to be a great trip! 🙂

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    • June 1, 2016 at 12:07 am
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      Dianna, while everyone else is busy planning what sites they want to see, I’m usually on yelp trying to research where I want to eat, LOL.

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    • June 1, 2016 at 12:08 am
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      She sort of likes you too.

      She’s going to kill me, LOL.

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  • May 31, 2016 at 4:55 pm
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    So glad Dao got the pleasure of your presence. You should start a program to ship your favorite food from each stop out to us. If we were not also cheap, you could charge a premium. Travel safe.

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    • June 1, 2016 at 12:08 am
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      LMAO, the problem would be getting it shipped before I ate it!

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  • June 1, 2016 at 6:16 am
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    Walker Lake is beautiful. Why is nobody out there enjoying that gorgeous spot?

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    • June 2, 2016 at 8:51 am
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      There was one camper there and another one pulling in when I left but I couldn’t believe how empty it was.

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