2012 Travels travel blog

Carpe boondocking at Baldinis Casino

Oregon route 140

Entering the "Golden Bankrupt State"

Federal route 395 in California

Entering Nevada


Sun, 07 Oct: OK, so we woke up this morning, enjoyed a pot of tea and breakfast, sat back and asked one another the question: "Shall we stay or shall we not stay?" We both agreed that it would be fine if we left, so leave we did.

We got Carpe ready to roll, connected the car, and left our campsite at 0922. We headed east on I 5 to Medford, and then north to OR 140 to Klamath Falls. OR 140 was a beautiful drive through beautifully wooded forests, many of which are beginning to show their fall colors.

In Klamath Falls we topped off our diesel tank as we were highly disinclined to purchase any fuel in California. Recent news stories convinced us that that would be a bad idea. Once we entered the "Golden State" our decision was verified as diesel prices were flirting with $5/gallon.

But first, once fueled we got on OR 39 for the trip to the border, at which point it became CA 139. This was Sandi's first time in northeast California and it is quite similar to the salt flats area of Utah. The vistas were very interesting and we had an enjoyable drive south to CA 299 east to Alturas where we transitioned to US 395 for Susanville and the Nevada border at Reno/Sparks.

At the Nevada border we continued south about fifteen miles to I 80, which we took east for two exits. At 1750, after a long day and 385 miles we pulled into the parking lot of the Baldinis Casino in Sparks where we spent the nite boondocking in their lot. It was a long drive, but uneventful and scenic. Our favorite kind of drive.


Trip Summary
Miles this leg: 385.0
Total miles since Casa Grande: 9,487.4





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