Snow, Rain, Wind and Rainbows
Trip Start Sep 20, 2010
39Trip End Oct 26, 2010
We had made it as far as Bridgeport last night and were now pressed by the weather to get to Susanville where we could cross over to I-5, away from the mountains. Leaving Bridgeport fairly early, it wasn't long before we began to be buffeted by the winds that became stronger as we moved north. Passing the Mammoth Lakes area groves of aspen formed rivers of color down the mountainsides.
Intermittent rain produced numerous rainbows along our route, one of them over Reno, perhaps a pot of gold, we did not stop to investigate?
North of Reno highway warning signs flashed prohibiting trucks, trailers and campers on the road across Washoe Valley because of high winds. There was very little traffic on the road but we proceeded.
At one point Nancy noticed that the winds were actually moving the pop-top and feared the latch would give way, lifting the pop-top and ripping it off the van. It was a nerve-wracking day until the winds subsided for a short period of time. It wasn’t long before the gusts picked up again; they were strong enough that George had to really hold onto the wheel to keep the van from being blown into another lane.
It was only a 4-hour drive from Bridgeport to Susanville but it felt like an eternity. When a rest area finally appeared we pulled off just to get off the highway for a few minutes.
Arriving in Susanville George checked us into a motel and as he was recounting the horrible driving conditions to the desk clerk, the manager took pity and upgraded our room to a suite. It was quite wonderful. We spent the afternoon relaxing, counting our blessings that we made it without incident.