3,000km to the Redwoods

Trip Start Nov 17, 2011
Trip End Dec 14, 2011

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

After a number of delays and setbacks Maria and I finally hit the pavement and began our roadtrip on Thursday Nov-17-11. We left Calgary behind us and made for the Carway-Peigan border crossing with haste. We were greeted by one of the fellows who worked the summer shift at Goat Haunt and quickly cleared customs, before entering a white-out in St. Mary, near Glacier National Park. After a slow go, through the snow, we finally hit the I-15.

After a short stop in Butte, MT., (where there were 4 casinos in a one block stretch), we eventually decided to call it a night in Dillon, MT. We retired for the night, to an ever accumulating amount of snow(4-6")...

The next day we continued trucking down the I-15, through some easy, mellow roads, as well as a few nasty, icy and slushy sections. After breezing through Idaho and entering Utah, we set our sights on something exciting... The first stop (of many to come) in our quest to visit as many restaurants as possible, that have been featured on the food networks 'Diners Drive-ins and Dives'. Roy, UT., was where we stopped at the Burger Bar. If you enjoy a good burger, you need to put this place on your list of to-dos! We gorged ourselves on 3-patty, mouth-watering burgers, fries, and excellent juice beverages and shakes.
With uncomfortably full bellies, we began driving west to Wendover, a community halfway on each side of the Utah-Nevada border.

The next morning came early and we were again on the road, experiencing both nice, and less-than-stellar roads. After 6 straight hours we entered the state of California and the small ski-bum-esque town of Truckee, CA. A very cool town with a lot of personality, we checked off another restaurant - the Burger Me! With burgers, fries and onion rings that surpassed the previous day's feast, we again enjoyed great, flavorful burgers: the itallian stallion (a burger topped with cold cuts and peppers), and the Truckee Trainwreck (a burger drowning in chili, topped with an onion ring and fried egg). After getting advice from a very cool server, we hit the road again.

With daylight still on our side, we continued on passed Sacramento, CA, and finnally called it a night, exhausted, in Williams, CA.

This passed morning, we awoke to a steady drizzle, jumped in the truck and continued north via the I-5 to Redding, CA., where we fulled up, stocked up on groceries and then resumed our quest to hit the northern Californian coast. A 3 hour, beautiful, scenic drive along highway 299 westbound offered great view, but tested my nerves while winding through the Klamath mountains of the Coast ranges. Just before dark, we hit the coast and hopped on highway 101 north.

Unfortunately, it was too dark to find a campsite, so we decided to drive along the coast (witnessing a gorgeous orange and blood-red sunset) through redwood forests to Crescent City, where we found a nice motel...

This is where i sit and write this, while planning the coming days' adventures in the Redwoods... Listening to... Sea lions (perhaps - I'm not certain) barking close by, along the coast, through the motel's paper-thin walls.

But I'm sure I've already put you to sleep by now, so i will say ciao for now... Enjoy the snow and cold (if thats what you are experiencing now and i will write again in a few days.
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