Today began so smoothly maybe too smoothly. We were able to get good video of the slides retracting. The weather was looking better. So with a full day ahead of us we headed east on I-80 from Elko, Nevada. The drive was mostly uneventful actually boring. Nevada just doesn't have a lot a great views. As we crossed into Utah we saw sign for port of entry. We didn't know if we needed to weigh our coach or not. We said what the hell let's do it. We drove through the scales and then parked. After a brief discussion we went into the little building. Had always wondered what that would be like. Well, it was just an office. Nothing really mysterious or exciting. The lady behind the desk said if we go back through she would weigh us. Great! So that is what we did. Our coach came in at 30,780 pounds of beautiful! As we were pulling out of the weigh station there was a sign for the Bonneville Salt Flats. No Way! We headed down the road toward the famous international speedway. The road was narrow and the salt flats on both sides were covered in about of foot of water. What?? No jeeping?? So bummed. We drove to the end of the road and talked to a couple who was eating a picnic lunch. Turns out the flats flood every year. Did not know this. So we popped off our shoes and jumped in. The salt soil felt like smooth mud. You know, that expensive mud you get at the hot springs spa for mega dollars. So I spoiled my feet with a little all natural salt flat spa treatment. So far so good.
We headed toward Salt Lake City. Well, we didn't stop as planned to get a closer look at the Great Salt Lake. Let's just say, the traffic was a nightmare and driving a 50 ft long RV and jeep was not a time to stop a smell the salty sea air. Salt Lake City will just have to wait until next time. As we were driving out of the city we spotted a Whole Foods. I was so happy because we really had no food. As we approached the turn into the shopping center Mike's heart sank. The turn was sharp and narrow. With great skill he as able to pull in but another obstacle set before us, Where to park? The lots were all sectioned off with narrow entrances. As began to turn into the parking lot the jeep hit the curb and nearly flipped and missed a huge decorative stone. We almost ran into a parking island. Hearts pumping Mike managed to park without a scratch! I left him to go shop while he figured a way out of the shopping center parking lot maze. Rookie mistake that nearly cost us thousands of dollars. Phew! We are getting pretty good at unhooking the jeep and hooking it back up. That is how we got out of the parking lot by Whole foods and the truck stop where we are tonight. Today's lesson is our coach is longer than we think. Just like I think my butt is smaller than it really is. Tomorrow, Mount Rushmore!
Mike & Kat
Kat left teaching after 18 years to travel throughout the USA with her husband, Mike, who is an engineer for a Power generation company.