7/6 - 7/8
We continued through the Sierra Nevada Mountains on SR70, then headed south on SR65 and SR193 to Newcastle, California (138 miles). In Newcastle we stayed at with our friends Ray and Kathy Rhodes for three nights. While visiting with Ray and Kathy they taught us a new board game called Pegs and Jokers - the first board game that Ken has ever enjoyed.
While in Newcastle, we also visited Sacramento for a day (about a 25-mile drive). While in town we took a tour of the state capitol. The state capitol was built in 1874. The original hand-made desks for the two assemblies are still in use today. We also walked around old-town Sacramento that has a number of original buildings, wooden sidewalks and a lot of shopping and restaurants. We ate at an excellent 4-star Mexican restaurant called La Terraza (1027 2nd Street, 916-440-0874) which had very good guacamole tostados and beef tacos. Also in old town we got an interesting tour of the California State Railroad Museum. This was a good museum. On the way back from Sacramento, we stopped at Camping World where we picked up a new vent for our bathroom (which Ken installed the next day).