On the road toward Colorado!

Trip Start Jun 02, 2011
Trip End Jun 04, 2012

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Where I stayed
State Park near Rye Patch Dam Nevada
What I did
Got the creepy crawlies!

Flag of United States  , Nevada
Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Got up early on Tuesday June 25th, said goodbye to the family in Sacramento and picked up a rider outside Placerville California.
Let me take a moment here to give props to Craigslist Rideshare - this has been such an amazing blessing for me. So far, I've had riders on each leg of my trip and they've all been really great people and it's helped me save a lot of money on gas, I'm so grateful.
Picked up Adelaide in the mountains of California at a Best Western. My first impression of her was that she was tall - 5 feet 11 inches. She warned me by phone that her uncle was going to be there to meet me, ask questions and give me his thoughts on what route I should take and that I shouldn't be offended, he was just being protective. Fine with me, I told her, I have no problem with nodding and smiling and letting him say what he has to say as well as sharing whatever information about myself that would make him more comfortable.
Terry (the uncle) took down my license plate, name and phone number and gave me a bunch of options on roads leaving California toward Reno Nevada. I have my GPS, but when I told him that, I could tell he wasn't at all impressed with that gadget.
Adelaide and Terry said their goodbyes and we hit the road again. It was pretty hilly leaving California but the drive was beautiful, and although Addie is only 21, she was very good company and a good conversationalist. I learned a lot about her over the course of our four days traveling together.
She just returned from being overseas for the last year or so, spending some time in France and also in Senegal - she is studying West African languages at Lewis and Clark in Portland, but since she's on her summer break she decided to do some more traveling statestide. She had just completed a week at a clown college - she does hula hooping and stilt walking. This girl is a true Renaissance woman and we really hit it off. Maybe when I come back toward Portland I can bring her to a moon gathering and she can give us all a tutorial on hooping!
Nothing of any import happened on our way out of California, but we did take a brief stop in Reno hoping to win some road money, didn't work out. It was Addies first time gambling and although she enjoyed it because she likes to play games, she wasn't a big fan of losing money. Can't blame her there - I told her it was probably best that she lost on her first time out, that way she doesn't have the unrealistic idea that every time you gamble you walk away flush.
We parked Annie on the street in Reno and walked to Circus Circus - once Adelaide lost her budget, she wanted to head back to the RV and take Helo on a walk around town, which I was totally cool with. Unbeknownst to me, she got lost when leaving and walked around lost for two hours not being able to find the truck. lol
I left the casino about an hour after her and walked back to the truck - it was locked up tight and Addie was nowhere to be found, so I walked back to the casino to look for her, but she wasn't there either. Since Helo didn't bark when I knocked on the door, I assumed (since Adelaide had my keys) that she had come back to the truck and was still walking around. Since I was STARVING, I walked around until I found a little burger joint and then was planning on heading back to eat by the truck. I though my phone was locked in the truck, so I didn't think I could call her, not knowing her number by heart and I was wondering how long I would have to wait for her to return, when suddenly my bag started ringing. That's when I found out that Addie never found the truck and had been wandering aimlessly. It turned out she was less than two blocks from where we parked and we met up and headed back out on the road again.
Driving through Nevada was absolutely beautiful, it reminded me of those old western movies and shows with tumbleweeds blowing across the road and sagebrush everywhere. It's so completely different in every way from Portland because it feels like you can see the whole entire sky since there are no trees in your way. The weather was wonderful, it had cooled off considerably and I think it was around 75 degrees most of the day, which couldn't be more perfect to me.
Around 6 pm we decided to start looking for a place to spend the night, and since we needed gas anyway, we stopped at this little town called Lovelock Nevada and asked the clerk if there was camping nearby. She told us we were less than a half mile from an RV park, so we headed over there.
The place looked closed, but they said to leave the fee of $25 in an envelope, but there were no envelopes. I looked at the place and thought $25 was highway robbery - it had a dusty, unkempt and abandoned feel to it in addition to the "FOR SALE" sign on the door. There were other RV's there, but no real signs of life and I just got a weird feeling from the place and did'nt want to stay there. Outside the RV there was a big gravel parking lot and we noticed another car pull in with lots of bags and luggage tied to it - and they had a cool looking dog. Helo hadn't been out in awhile so we let him out to pee and say hi to the dog and have a chat with the people. There were two young women and one young guy - the guy stayed in the car talking on the phone and we talked to the girls for awhile.
They said they were from the East Coast but had just bought 130 acres in Battle Mountain Nevada and had been camping on the land, but were chased off by coyotes the night before, so they were looking for a town nearby in which to live while they built a place. I thought it was kind of strange to buy so much acreage in the middle of nowhere, but who am I to judge? I started to get a kind of weird feeling about them when I asked how they knew each other, they said they were sisters and then looked at each other funny - I could tell I was just lied to. I don't know why they lied, but it immediately makes me wonder about someone who lies in the first few minutes of a conversation about something ridiculous - it puts me on edge. Then I started to get the feeling that they might be on something.... they all seemed to be tracking the conversation in an odd way and their responses just didn't seem to fit.
One of the girls seemed really proud of the fact that she knew why Lovelock was called Lovelock and she went on to explain that behind a church in town there is a chain and supposedly lovers and honeymooners travel to this crappy, broken-down, dusty little town from all over the world to attach a padlock to the chain which is supposed to symbolize their unbreakable love and devotion. I couldn't think of anything less romantic than that, but now at least I understood the signs I had seen in town that said "Lock Your Love". By this point I was completely bored with the conversation and ready to find someplace more suitable for the night... I asked Addie if she wanted to go into town with me and get beer, she said sure, so off we went. When we arrived at the little market we decided we were going to stay on the road for awhile and see if we could find a better camping option.
We followed the directions on the GPS to a campground, that turned out to be private, but there was a bar across the street, so I went in to ask if they knew of anyplace we could spend the night - we were in luck! Rye Patch Dam was less than a mile away and they said we could camp there no problem. This place was beautiful and our camping spot was right next to the river and was only $14 per night - it was also almost completely empty. We couldn't have been more thrilled... jumped out of the truck to start setting up and were immediately set upon, by what I thought at the time were mosquitos, but turned out to be something tinier and bitier. We sprayed ourselves liberally with Off! and went about the process of cooking dinner (spaghetti with chicken sausage) in the RV kitchen. Meanwhile, I didn't realize that these bitey little bugs were small enough to fit through my window screens, all the windows in the RV were open and when it got dark, we turned on the inside lights and shock of all shocks, the inside of the RV was teeming with these bugs. I tried to get a pic, but it just doesn't do it justice. There were thousands if not millions of these things. Addie and I spent about 30 minutes smashing them with books, but just couldn't kill them all. We went to sleep feeling them crawling all over us - not at all restful, but good lesson learned...when pulling into a campground, close the windows.

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Amy on

I am getting caught up on your blog. Again, so jealous. I love following you on your journey. This one cracked me up. Those weird people and the tiny bugs! No wonder why tha campground was practically empty. Love ya! Be safe!

Dawn on

You made a wise decision - always go with your gut feeling!

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