|We left Vegas this morning to beautiful weather and great skies!! Yippee, my favorite, lots of clouds...
We listened to one of our audio books for most of the way, the 'Camel Club' by David Baldacci. Not quite done, but very good so far. It was hard for me to concentrate though as the scenery (well skies!) were amazing. We did hit a brief shower but for the most part it was sunny skies. I took over 100 pics along our 5 hour trip! Can you believe it. I just couldn't seem to stop. Poor Larry, every time I roll down the window his hair blows all over. About the time I roll it back up and he smooth's it down, boom, down goes the window again! If looks could kill, well????
Funny though, when these same pics go scrolling by on our screensaver he seems to love them! Usually the traffic on our drive to Ely is very light. But today there were sports cars aplenty! Mostly Corvette's. We made a brief stop at the Shell station in Ash Springs and there were plenty of folks there. All heading to Ely for the opening ceremony/car show prior to the big race on Hwy 318.
Yes, it's really true! You can go as fast as you want on a public highway! That is if you are taking part in the Nevada Open Road Challenge journey, traversing 90 miles on the two lane highway which has recently been re-paved (well most of it) and is in good condition. With long straights, twisty sections, and dips, the faster participants may even have an airborne experience. Entrants receive a set of Course Notes and a video tape to help them prepare for the event. The cars are run in classes at five mile per hour increments, from 95 mph to 180 mph, with the class determined by the vehicle's safety equipment, the driver's experience level and the driver/navigator comfort level. There is also an Unlimited Division for very experienced drivers with full race-equipped cars. Vehicles are started at one minute intervals and 30 second intervals, beginning with the 150 mph class and working back to the 95 mph class. Once the last 95 mph class vehicle clears the course, the Unlimited Division and the higher speed brackets over 150 are run as the final group. Of course this section of Hwy 318 is closed to normal traffic on race day so it requires driving a longer route to the Ely area. Sure glad we came today!
Sister Joyce arrives tomorrow to join in Dad's 80th birthday celebration on Saturday. It's just a small gathering, with dinner and cake & ice cream. But Dad's happy his 'girls' are here. Wish sister Elaine were going to be here as well, we'll miss her. But if you are reading this, and you are family, don't worry, I'll take plenty of pics!!
Okay, gotta go. We're taking Mom out to dinner to celebrate a belated Mother's Day. And we're all starving!!!