The final day begins with a headache. Woke up with a headache. I think maybe the fragrance in the area triggered it. We have until noon to checkout but we don’t to spend all morning in Reno. I had planned that we’d take I-80 to Sacramento then highway 99 down California through Fresno, Bakersfield and then highway 58 to connect up with highway 395. But, that would add a least an hour to our drive making it 9 hrs. Both Adrian and I didn’t want to add more time. So, we planned for the boring, but quicker route straight down highway 395 half of which is our typical drive to go to Grandview.
First, we wanted to see what was open for breakfast and play some games at the carnival area. Well, nothing but the pizza shop was open for breakfast, disappointing. The Midway carnival area did not open until 1pm. Still some of the games were available and we spent the $10 of found money. Adrian hit it big on a couple of games but, we could not turn in our tickets because everything was closed. Disappointed again. We left with a pile of unclaimed tickets.
Headed out of Circus Circus looking for a McDonald’s for breakfast. After negotiating the one-way streets, found the downtown McDs but it looked sketchy. Looked up other McDs and found a better one outside downtown. We ate and used McDonald’s WiFi to finish downloading a movie for Adrian to watch. The McD’s wifi was faster than Circus Circus’s. After fueling the truck for the journey, we got back on I-80 east, backtracking, to connect to highway 395. Google Maps routed us a weird way through Carson City a little bit in what I guess it thought was quicker than staying on the highways that ends. At least we drove through Carson City our second state capital.
I’d been on highway 395 to Reno before but it’s been a while. I forgot how mountainous it is going through the Sierras near Tahoe and Mammoth. We drove though a few intense downpours while in the mountains. Near Lake Topaz and the California border, we got stuck once again by road paving. The road was sectioned off into one lane and we had to wait again for the opposing traffic to pass through. It seemed to take a long time to pass through the mountains but it was pretty. We stopped at gas station in Lee Vining after passing by Mono Lake; Adrian’s second visit by Mono Lake earlier in the summer with the Scouts.
Onward we pushed on through the mountains with until finally, near Bishop, the mountains stop and the desert begins again. Having enough gas, we push on from Bishop, Big Pine, Independence and finally stop in Lone Pine for a gas and lunch.
The rest of the drive is the typical drive through the desert that we take when going to Grandview for astronomy. We stopped at Kramer junction for a bathroom break. By the time we go to Adelanto, it was sunset and getting dark. The Cajon Pass was typical traffic and we came down without any issues. The last bits on the 215 and 210 until home. The dogs were very happy to see us.