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Trip Start Mar 14, 2007
Trip End Jun 12, 2007

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Sunday, May 6, 2007

05/05/07 - Carson City to Petaluma (376 miles) - I had the heating on all night and the morning wasn't much warmer. Drove through Carson City on my way to Reno. Both cities weren't anything to shout about. I guess you all know that Reno is the Vegas of North Nevada? Well, just like the latter there ain't much to do or see in Reno during the day (but at least Vegas was warm!)
So on to Lake Tahoe. Quite honestly I was disappointed, I expected to see lots of people busy doing water activities and several bustling resorts dotted around the lake. But all I saw were 2 Scuba divers and a lot of signs that read, "Closed for the season". When I turned into "Squaw Creek Resort" and I saw that the pins weren't on the greens; there was no need for any signs!
I think the beginning of May is "limbo time" for Lake Tahoe - too warm for Skiing and too cold for golf and water activities (except for those two silly buggers!).
So, I headed for San Francisco and in the process by-passed Sacramento (State capital of California) which is only 100 miles from Lake Tahoe but at 25ft above sea level a good deal warmer (80 degrees).
The road from Sacramento to San Francisco (I-80) must be the worst Interstate in the US - I mean everything that could rattle in the RV, did rattle! I got so pissed-off, that I had to take a turning toward Napa Valley just to give my bones a rest and look for golf courses.
Now, this region of California is famous for its wine, so why did I think there would be golf courses on land sacred only to the grape? (Hindsight is a blessed virtue) But I kid you not, I found a golf course called "Chardonnay GC" where the rough was grapevines! I decided not to cultivate my two passions and instead look for a campsite.
Guess what, after a 2 hour detour around the wine valley I was back on the I-80 -"shake, rattle and roll"!
By chance I found a Comfort Inn (my 3rd home after Wal-Mart) and proceeded to search the web. (Unsecured wireless connection and free!) And that's my friends how I ended up in Petaluma, KOA, some 40 miles north of San Francisco.
06/05/07 - Sunday morning. What is really great about this trip is waking up every morning and looking forward to what the day might bring. Everyday something different happens. It might not sound like it to you but you have to be here to "feel" it.
So I'm sat here, hands behind my head thinking, "when did I last feel like this?" I'm actually starting to contemplate work, (which may sound like a strange thing to do), but for a long time now, work has been so far from my mind, and this feeling has a sense of "normality" to it. It's difficult to explain but it's as though my mind is finally in the same place as my body. Maybe the chemicals in my head have reached equilibrium and my self-imposed therapy is having the desired effect.

The Links at Bodega Harbour
- The lady in the KAO gave me a map of golf courses and I chose to play this because it overlooked the Pacific and it was a "links" course. Well, the former was true but to be a real "Links" course it has to be built on earth that has been reclaimed from the sea; this hadn't. I think "links" and "courses by the sea" confuse the Yanks. I played with a guy called Rick - took an instant dislike to him - dismissive I know, but you can't like everyone. Anyway he did give me a golf guide - he was the publisher. He also told me that Bodega Harbour was the place they filmed Hitchcock's - "The Birds". Now what other sport provides that kind of name-dropping? Well I suppose, that if you play tennis, you could say that Wimbledon was the place they filmed, "The Wombles"!

In the Afternoon/evening I drove down "Route 1" over Golden Gate bridge and into Downtown San Francisco along "Fisherman's Wharf" and up and down the "Streets of San Francisco" looking for Karl Malden and Michael Douglas but I think they had long gone!
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