Saturday, 10 December 2016

The Road Trip North - Day 9. Salt Lake City UT to Sparks NV via the Bonneville Salt Flats, 7 hours in the car and some snow and sleet.

Toast and Danish at the hotel, then outside to the car where it was noticeably milder than yesterday. The forecast snow never arrived so we had wasted an afternoon waiting it out. Keen to make up for lost time, we were soon on our way to Nevada, towards lower ground and a milder climate. Heading out of the carpark, Michael noticed that he had a light on his dash indicating a door was open; he pulled over and I shut the rear door, which was not quite shut, but the light was still on so he had me run round the car opening and shutting all doors including the boot before we realised that I had left my door open leading to the light staying on even when I had found the open door.

We had spectacular scenery all the way, first past the Great Salt Lake where, in places, the water was smooth and the distant mountains reflected back in the glassy surface. Beautiful views at the Bonneville Salt Flats, where apparently you can drive out in the summer. We didn’t last long as it was icy cold with snow on the ground, an indication of what was to come when we drove on through Wells and Elko; first rain, then snow, then sleet in a seemingly continuous rotation with visibility changing accordingly. In Elko we stopped to purchase more cheese for our bagels — the previous supply still in the hotel fridge is Salt Lake City. Bored of bagels, I asked Michael to drive through the McDonalds to get some fries, which lead to the cheese and fry bagel.

Further stops for bathrooms, and then to clean the salt covered windscreen once it had stopped raining. The clouds lifted slightly and some light shone through, illuminating the desert landscape and snow covered mountains. I found a deal on a room in Reno, which is how we ended up on the 19th floor of the Nugget Resort Casino, then out to the suburbs for a curry dinner to avoid the slots and buffets and drunk