Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Penultimate state

We are at the truck and RV parking lot for the Peppermill and Rainbow casinos in West Wendover, Nevada (map).  The lot is enormous and also serves some other businesses, including a Pilot truck stop and a McDonald's restaurant, whose WiFi we are using.  We strolled across the street last night to the Rainbow.  Their highly rated Steakhouse is closed Mondays, so we ate at the buffet, which was decent.

The last time we stayed in West Wendover we were on our motorcycles, passing through on US-93, and we stayed at the Peppermill.  I didn't even recognize the place from a dozen years ago, and they've eliminated the signature restaurant, copies of which could once be found across the bay area as well as several spots in Nevada.  Last night I walked all the way back to the Utah border, where I found a nicer parking lot adjacent to the Nugget, which we'll keep in mind for any future visits.

We had a very scenic and comfortable drive yesterday through the last of Wyoming and all of Utah on I-80. The grades were no problem now that we have a new radiator, and with a 75 MPH speed limit, I did not even spend that much time on the retarder on the downgrades.  In Salt Lake City we took something of a shortcut across town on Utah-201, which cuts off a few miles and took us past the enormous Kennecott copper mining operations.

Today we will continue west through the high desert and crenelated hills of Nevada, a landscape we enjoy very much.  I expect to be in Winnemucca or perhaps a bit west of there tonight.

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