I-80 heads west through the mountains so nearly every rise we headed up and over opened out to an amazing valley below, and we were just pushing to make it out as the drive itself was fun and incredible. Plus we wanted to get this done so that we can meet up with folks in Roseville and Jet can get some kid time. Jet was the one that said, "I guess we'll have two boring days and then we can get out and look around a little."
We got started at about 8:30 am, which is a little early for me, but I actually slept well in the hotel and had dreams for the first time in weeks. I'd slept part of the drive yesterday and got another hour and a half in today. Problem is that I wanted to write two stories but I don't think I'll kick myself too hard about it.
We'd see these utterly spectacular views, and in the midst of them would be refineries or power plants, or other chemical plants that looked like these steampunk castles out in the middle of untouched wilderness. Of course there was this one place where it looked like nearly a whole mountain had been dug out from the inside out and all there was was a mountain of tailings in its place. It was a huge old copper mine that had pretty much taken down a whole mountain on its own just outside a city. That was pretty amazing to see as well.
We stopped for lunch at a McDonald's as Jet went YAY! and John and I were just hungry and it's sort of comfort food when away from home. But they had these compacting trash cans that when you opened the door to toss trash into them, they'd say, "Thank you." and make you peer around for who had said that. Jet was a little frightened of them, but they worked just fine. I also really love their iced tea. *laughs* And the tea and some Fritos tided me well through the afternoon's driving.
I love driving on freeways. The longer and flatter the stretch the happier I am. I can do mountain driving, but I prefer just going and going forever, especially along freeways with passing lanes, so that I don't get stuck behind other cars much.
The winds across some of these plains is just insane, though, and for a good hundred miles I was just white-knuckled on the wheel as the wind kept trying to blow the car off line. When the wind finally went away as we went behind a mountain range, it made the driving so much easier I just kept going until 4ish, and this is with the hour we picked up along the way on the Nevada Utah border.
The GPS has functions that we had no idea it had, either. Not just the map and get you there, it keeps track of over all times stopped and times driving, average and greatest speeds, and overall distances. It will allow layering of six different destinations, allowing us all the side trips we want while on the way to Roseville. *laughs* It's fun to do.
Ended up driving for 11 hours today, so no wonder I'm tired, still. *laughs*
Sadly, the outdoor pool is still closed as well, they had a snow storm just two days ago, and I don't blame them really. But the place is fun, and the inhouse pastry shop is just horribly tempting, but I think I'll save my calories for Butter, Flour, Sugar.
I was, however, sorely tempted by half a Peking Duck. *laughs* I ended up with a green corn tamale filled with poblano and jack cheese, which was very nice, much smaller, and far easier to eat. Jet asked for and got General Tso's tofu instead of chicken, and John got a turkey club sandwich that looked very nice. The waitress was very bemused by Jet's request, but she rendered it faithfully.
We're safe here, the pictures are uploaded, and I'm content finally to get this done.