Trip Start Oct 16, 2009
163Trip End Feb 25, 2010
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After leaving the airport I found myself back-tracking the route that I had taken to get to SFO and I was expecting to sit on the freeway all the way to my destination. Fortunately as I approached Sacramento was directed onto US50 and as I merged left onto that road I saw a sign indicating that Ocean City, Maryland was 3073 miles east. A few years back I was travelling with Ted down the DelMarVa peninsular and we turned onto the eastern end of US50 and the exact opposite sign sits at that end indicating the 3000+ miles to Sacramento. Yes, I am a road spotter but I have travelled a few long chunks of US50 and it does take you to some interesting places of no real consequence.
After a while US50 went from a five lane highway to a single lane winding through the mountains but have to say it was failing to live up to its moniker of the loneliest road as the traffic coming the other direction was terrible. Not for me though and I felt rejuvenated by the return to the essence of the US leg – i.e. roadtrip on an old US route through interesting places.
Towards the top of the mountains, in the Eldorado National Forest, I passed a 'town’ called Kyburz – and I have to think that this was a bastardisation of Khyber’s – and on one of its three buildings it said ‘welcome to Kyburz and Now leaving Kyburz’! Only in America!
Soon I was heading down the other side in the gloaming light looking out over the finery of Lake Tahoe. Lovely.
Finally in Carson City and at my hotel I got lucky with a huge room that is almost a junior suite and has no adjoining doors. Here’s to a few days of sweet fanny adams!
What I listened to. In the spirit of the current feeling that I am staring in a Tom Briers sitcom (specifically ever decreasing circles) I went back to day 1 of the trip and trotted out the Jean-Michel Jarre which worked well with route 50!