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October 16th 2008
Published: October 16th 2008
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A little bit of heaven for ATV's & dune buggies
Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Eureka NV welcomed us last night without frost. But today we want some California warmth. So we plan a 320 mile drive west across Nevada, bypass Reno and onto Susanville, CA. Not that we know anything about what’s at Susanville.

Highway 50 stayed true to its character of: surveyor straight, little to zero traffic and gray green sage bush. The highway planners decided not to run the route through the Clan Alpine Mountains because of the significant elevation and route finding. Instead they did a end run south around the Clan Alpine and we came out between Sand Mountain and a large salt flat near Fallon, NV. Since BC does not have salt flats, a stop and several pictures satisfied our curiosity.

Then we hurried onto Reno on Interstate 80. Reno had no interest for us since we got our fill of Nevada cities in Las Vegas so we turned off on Highway 395 towards Susanville, CA. This route led us to Honey Lake and the sound of Canada geese. Honey Lake is mostly sand so the geese must know where the sand turns into water.

The big surprise for the day was the RV park in Susanville - hands down the best facility we have visited. Concrete pads, underground lighting, spiffy washrooms and generally very well laid out maintained.

Our only complaint about the RV park was no Wi Fi to watch the third McCain / Obama debate on the internet. Instead we listened on XM Satellite radio to channel 130 POTUS which is following the Presidential Campaign. We also heard the Canadian Federal election minority victory by Stephen Harper from yesterday, October 14.

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