November 14, 2018
Nevada to Utah
This section of highway intersects with the old Pony Express Trail. At the rest stop, there are information signs, and you can take the gravel road which follows the original route. We stuck to the paved highway.
This stretch of highway is also part of the Lincoln Highway. We are now on the lookout for these highway markers after Eric “Nomadic Fanatic” posted YouTube videos of the route this past summer.
Nevada scenery on the way to Utah:
These hoodoos look like fairy chimneys in Turkey
Where are we now? Name that State!
Glorious red mountains in Utah. We stopped in Cedar City for the night (Wal-Mart). I’m getting screaming fast wifi from the neighbouring Home Depot. That’s how I am able to upload this post and the previous one. We are waiting for our friend Sheila and her pups to arrive tomorrow. We will head into Zion and possibly Bryce Canyon.
I need to state again how much I love travelling in the USA. The rest stops are plentiful and clean; the people are friendly and helpful; and where on earth do you find such varied geography? OK, Turkey has amazing geography too, but it’s not so easy to use an RV there.
November 13, 2018
We followed our friend’s advice, and set out on Deadman Pass near 10 am. OK, it was closer to 9:30, but the temperature was above freezing and there was no snow. Always check highway cams and weather reports before attempting a treacherous pass. All looked well, so we set out.
We didn’t get too far when visibility became greatly reduced:
I wonder what the sign says
The fog was intense, but the twists in the road also added to the white-knuckle experience. Look at what the map shows:
The fog started to lift and we could see there had been a truck in front of us the entire time:
As the fog completely lifted, we could see it hanging over a valley and a sundog:
After that, it was smooth sailing:
Over the pass
So, that is how you get through a treacherous pass. Follow experienced drivers’ advice, check weather reports and highway cams, don’t rush it. Phew!
Oregon scenery on the way to Nevada:
Hey, is this what we think it is?
Oh yeah! A 1970s Dodge Chinook:
For the night, we crossed into Nevada and stayed in Jackpot (free parking at Cactus Pete’s casino).