The driving conditions were horrible. The temperature was below zero the whole way. I’ve got to say, it was actually quite a fun trip.
After only making it to Salt Lake City from Price, UT by 8pm we decided to find a cheap hotel and crash for the night. Eli was fine with this decision.
The next morning we got up around 6am and headed out on the road. Going across the Salt Flats wasn’t any type of problem. The weather was good, probably because there’s no mountains to slow the clouds down. After topping off the fuel tank in Wendover, we found that this was the last bit of nice weather we would have for a while.
As soon as we climbed up into the Ruby Mountains things got bad. I wasn’t sure of the temperature, but it was definitely cold, icy and snowing horizontally.
I put on a movie for Eli to watch on his new DVD player (a great investment, BTW!) and went on with the driving. Luckily, the traction was good, and that made up for the poor visibility.
We made our next pit stop in Battle Mountain, mostly because I wanted to walk around a bit, but also because I didn’t want to let the fuel tank get below half full. There we say the sign saying the temperature was -3 degrees Fahrenheit. I also noticed that the tire wouldn’t turn all the way to the left. It was rubbing on something.
Getting out at the gas station I realized that there was ice build up on the wheel wells, frozen from the water coming up off the tires. That was a new one for me.
Driving along, another interesting thing happened. The windshield wiper FROZE to the window, mid swipe! I’ve never heard of that before.
Things were going well after that, until we got to Reno. That’s when we found out that multiple accidents had closed the interstate, and we would have to wait. In typical me fashion I decided to go around. The only road that was open to the west was a 3 hour bypass, up through Loyalton and back down to Truckee. It sure was a pretty ride, but long.
So we made it, ok, obviously. It wasn’t too crazy, but I’m glad I got a little bit of excitement out of an otherwise normally boring trip.