Day Five...

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June 25th 2015
Published: June 26th 2015
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...was another day of driving. Sunny skies and warmer temperatures. Periodically, I'll check my phone to see what the local temperature is. The hottest temp when I checked was 103°. Again, we're thankful for the air conditioned truck (and trailer when we have hookups). As I write this it's 8:30pm and 95°.

Today's big adventure was getting to and driving nearly all the way around Lake Tahoe. We seem to be taking a lot of wrong turns and having to either turn around or plan a new route. Today we chose to reroute. We accidentally headed east out of Truckee toward Reno. Oh well, this is an adventure, right? Highway 431 toward the lake was a steep, continuous climb...6,000 feet, 7,000 feet, 8,000 feet. A short time after the 8,000 foot mark there was a short-lived downhill. We finally summitted at the Mount Rose Ski Area. What goes up must come down. It was just as steep going down as it was going up; at one point a 7% grade for 6 miles! Smell those brakes!! Mike saved a little wear and tear on the truck's breaks by manually applying the trailer brakes occasionally. On our way to and around the lake we drove past 4 of the 5 ski areas we visited several years ago with Kathy and Norm (Mike's sister and brother-in-law).

What a HUGE lake! There are few areas to pull off and snap pictures and even fewer if you're crazy enough to be pulling a house. We found a wide spot on the shoulder across from one of the viewpoints and double-parked the three or four cars that were also parked there. Mike stayed in the truck while I ran across and took pictures. Not a good place to get pictures of the lake as a whole, but a nice bay kind of area with an island. If you plan a trip to Lake Tahoe before the end of the year, be aware there is road construction in several places around the lake. Also not good when you've got your house following you. We (Mike) survived. If you bring your house, park it somewhere before you take the drive. The road is two lanes most of the way with steep climbs, steep descents with a few hairpin turns thrown in for fun.

We made it around the lake and headed to Nevada. The Nevada Department of Transportation seriously needs to work on their signage. More than once we had to make a last-minute turn. Luckily we were able to do so each time without cutting anybody off.

The trailer is now finally cooled down to 74°. We're going to take a walk and call it a night. Up early tomorrow for more of the same.

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