April 23, 2014 Bridgeport, California to Carson City, Nevada

Bodie buildings
Bodie buildings

Loons and A Second Trip to Bodie

Awoke to 21 degree temperature and a solid coating of frost on everything, bright sunny skies though, and a forecast for a nice day.

As always, click on any image for a larger, sharper version.

Loons on Bridgeport Reservoir
Loons on Bridgeport Reservoir
Loons on Bridgeport Reservoir
Loons on Bridgeport Reservoir
Loons on Bridgeport Reservoir
Loons on Bridgeport Reservoir

 

 

 

 

 

Once again, I drove down to the dam and the river beyond for a few waterfowl shots, getting only these loons, then, with the temps rising and blue sky all around, I decided to make a second trip to Bodie.

Bodie buildings
Bodie buildings
Bodie shop window
Bodie shop window
Bodie buildings
Bodie buildings

 

Bodie buildings
Bodie buildings
Bodie buildings
Bodie buildings
Bodie buildings
Bodie buildings
Bodie buildings
Bodie buildings

 

Bodie buildings
Bodie buildings
Bodie Main Street
Bodie Main Street
Bodie textures
Bodie textures
Bodie buildings
Bodie buildings

I was the first to arrive at Bodie, right as they opened and pretty much had the place to myself. Hiked up to the top of the far hill to try some town panos and poked through the the few buildings I missed on my first trip in here.

Got back to my campsite around noon, loaded up the Prius, and was on the road by 1 PM for the trip to Carson City. The motorhome was still sputtering but thankfully, there were no major climbs in the 81 miles to Carson City. There was, however, some very nice scenery as the highway followed the West Walker River down through the mountains. In addition to being a renown trout stream, this is also a very scenic river.

Arrived at the Gold Dust Casino Campground in Carson City, just off Route 395, and checked in and got setup around 4 PM. Although fairly neat and tidy, this is essentially a paved parking lot with small patches of grass on very close and not very long sites. My 32 foot motorhome and toad would not fit in any of their pullthrough sites so I backed in to one of only 2 sites where I could leave the tow dolly hooked up. They do have full hookups for $33 a night with their casino and restaurants just a few hundred feet away, and downtown Carson City just minutes away.

I then immediately set out to find the best route to Performance Auto Care where I hope to get my motorhome problem fixed. Performance Auto Care is a Workhorse service center and when talking to them on the phone yesterday, they seemed to know what the problem most likely was, burnt ignition wires, as I also assumed was the case. They told me to bring the rig in tomorrow around 9 AM and they would try and work it in.

5 thoughts on “April 23, 2014 Bridgeport, California to Carson City, Nevada”

    1. Hope you get to too! With all the $ you convenience store owners make, and all the free time you have, it shouldn’t be long.

  1. Good luck with the motorhome. We had been talking about a motor home but your adventures are making me seriously rethink the RV stuff. Back to leaning towards the 5th wheel and gas hog.

    1. Anything with an engine is going to require Maint. $ at some point, RV or Gas (diesel) hog towing rig. As I said before I think the 5th wheels, without a doubt, have the best use of space and are really pretty easy to tow and maneuver. I don’t know if you remember, but I once had one. I have some full timer friends who have a gorgeous 5th wheel and a ford diesel towing rig. They were kidding me about my ignition wire problems and a week later, they were faced with replacing the engine in their truck ( $15- 20K ). You just never know, there are tradeoffs with either approach. I still like the 50 mpg I get while touring around after I set up camp, not having to even think about a 150 mile day trip like I would if I had to do the trip with a dually.

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