Here we are, Lynn and Gail ready to set out on our road trip to North Dakota. Or as Gail says, our Toad Trip. She was texting her neighbor and that's what came up. Darn spellcheck!
The car is full of quilts, tutorials, patterns, books, and suitcases. We are going to be gone for 14 days and you need a lot of changes of clothes.
First stop was the sun rising over Lake Alpine. Note to self: before you get out of the car, put it in park. Insert a grimacing face here. Our trip could have ended very quickly if I'd launched the car from the boat dock.
Then comes the hair pin turns down the backside of Ebbetts Pass where you meet yourself coming and going.
We got down the pass and soon entered Nevada. The sign is much more colorful than the state.
Of course, we had to stop at The Quilt House in Gardnerville, NV.
Then you see a whole lot of nothing except for the wild mustang crossing signs and three very emaciated wild mustangs. I guess I see where the name Mustang Ranch came from. We were in the red-light district along highway 50 until we cut up to Interstate 80.
This is the whole lot of nothing for miles, and miles, and miles, and miles. There was one round about that Gail enjoyed driving around.....twice. We finally got on the correct road to Winnemucca. We went from towering mountains and trees to no trees, nada, zip, zilch. I couldn't stop thinking about the early settlers crossing this unforgiving landscape. Such courage.
My son told me not to pick up any hitchhikers along the way. I sent this sign to him. This was in Lovelock, NV. So, I guess a lot of people are locked up in Lovelock.
We got to Elko around 4:30pm. I sent Mr. Joe a text and told him we were in Elmo. That darn spellcheck again! He got a chuckle out of it, and so did we.
After being in the car for 420 miles, we decided to walk to dinner and get the blood flowing. We found a restaurant called Toki Ona. We both felt like Sushi, but to our surprise it was a Basque/American restaurant. We ended up ordering a salad and appetizers of shrimp stuffed with crab and mushrooms stuffed with crab. That and a glass of wine.....life is good.
Our goal is Idaho Falls today. We should be able to find a couple of quilt shops along the way.
Much to my delight, Gail only snoozed for about an hour when she wasn't driving. She never hurled once going over the windy mountain roads!