What a cool downtown. A lot of the architecture, both downtown and surrounding area have that stereotypical santa fe look. Overall, high on the must see list if youre around.
From bonneville, it was 109 miles to slc. Mostly the same but a couple of points.
First off….80 mph speed limit is awesome.
The first 40 miles was absolutely straight. I have never went so fast for so straight for so long. It was awesome but a bit boring. I think they know that because there were a lot of signs that told you to pull over if you were tired.
I also learned that I should have failed my driving test because when I saw this sign on this road, I thought someone messed up. But obviously I must not know what it means.
The one thing it could mean is that it can get windy. If that is the case, somebody hasnt played enough pictionary. Horrible sign either way.
On 80 at least, the geography is a bit different than nevada. In NV, it was mountains, valley, mountains. While very similar, it was more valley with sporadic mountain ranges. As you approached the mountains the freeway simply went around it versus over it.
Anyhow, after a short drive from the flats, I arrived. Will be here a couple of nights with the convenience of lights and a hot shower. Apparently sundance film festival and some huge outdoor retailers conventions are here this weekend. Picked a busy one.
Driving through nevada is pretty boring. It is all mountains, then vast deserts, then mountains again. Theae mountains looked like they were floating.
It started to get fun though going into the ruby valley. Had to go through harrisons pass which isnt maintained int the winter. Had to immediatley avoid big rocks and the rest of that drive was fit for the subie.
Shortly after departing the sand eb route to Ruby Lake Wildlife Refuge, I saw a sign that said earthquake faults. Never seen one and given I have no timeline I took the 6 mile dirt and rock road to it.
While I know it wasnt going to lead to a crack in the world spewing gasses and lava, i did expect something more than this…
This could be in el dorado hills for all I know. I immediately left.