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Last full day in Reno

Expedition to downtown Reno and the Truckee River

We are at the stage of sleeping in late and going to bed early. The weather has been a mix of clear blue skies and overcast with snow through both the day and night. Last night had a low of -2 degrees Celsius.

We had a drive around downtown Reno with a considerable number of Casinos in evidence.
Downtown Reno

Downtown Reno

RENO- The Biggest Little City in the World

RENO- The Biggest Little City in the World

We had coffee at the usual My Favourite Muffin and Bagel. Next door is a Divorce Centre. the sign says "Walk ins welcome" while the door says "No Soliciting".

Truckee River

Truckee River

The Truckee River in central Reno

The Truckee River in central Reno

There is a beautiful park area along the banks of the river. I took these pictures around noon when there was a light dusting of snow descending.

Just for those who are concerned at the price of gas (petrol to us) people here look for the cheaper outlets such as Arco as they sell gas for 82 cents per litre ($3.69 a gallon).

We went to Chilli's tonight for dinner. For some unknown reason we have gained quite a few pounds during our stay with two of the nicest people in the world - Bill and Ann. We have enjoyed great intellectual conversation and great experiences from two lively, generous and fabulous hosts.

Molten Chocolate Dessert

Molten Chocolate Dessert

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Lemmon Valley for lunch

The 1955 Chevrolet has its weekly run.

We woke up to a light dusting of snow. This pattern of cold weather was the order of the day in stark contrast to blue skies and sunny weather yesterday.
At the front of Bill and Ann's for the obligatory photo

At the front of Bill and Ann's for the obligatory photo

Bill, Ann, Colleen and I boarded the 1955 Chevrolet for a lunch date in the Lemmon Valley to the north west of Reno. A former military base called Stead is just a little further along this road.
Reno to Lemmon Valley -typical desert countryside

Reno to Lemmon Valley -typical desert countryside


Bill behind the wheel

Bill behind the wheel

Bill and Ann are inveterate travellers. Long retired as teachers they have always been big travellers. This morning I read some early 80's copies of American Motorcyclist, Rider, Trailer Life and Motorhome. Bill has been a long time travel feature writer for these publications. I read his travels on his Honda Goldwing riding through South America and through Death Valley.

Bill and Ann bought their Chevrolet new in 1955. They usually travel in a 1969 Trailer (known in Australia as a caravan) pulled by their 1976 GMC Pickup. Their new Toyota RAV 4 is their current town car.

At the Homestyle Cafe we had an extraordinarily large lunch. My rib fillet steak sandwich with onion fries and salad was also served with a soup for $7.99 total.
Colleen in the parking lot of the Homestyle Cafe saying...yet again...no more photos!!!!

Colleen in the parking lot of the Homestyle Cafe saying...yet again...no more photos!!!!


Bill, Ann, Colleen and David

Bill, Ann, Colleen and David


Homestyle Cafe

Homestyle Cafe

We have had a few shopping trips (only for groceries so far). A supermarket chain here is called Raley's. It sells just about everything. A carton of beer here is around $20 for Coors, Samuel Adams or Heineken. The cost of living is markedly cheaper than home.

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Sunday in Reno and Lake Tahoe

On the road to Lake Tahoe in Nevada and California

Welcome to Nevada sign on Highway 80.

Welcome to Nevada sign on Highway 80.

After a leisurely breakfast we set off for Carson City, the state capital, then onto Tahoe on the shores of Lake Tahoe. We did more than 200 miles today. Lake Tahoe is a large freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada of the United States. At a surface elevation of 6,225 ft (1,897 m), it is located along the border between California and Nevada, west of Carson City. Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America. Its depth is 1,645 ft (501 m), making it the United State's second-deepest (the deepest is Crater Lake in Oregon, being 300 ft (91 m) deeper, at 1,945 ft (593 m)).[2] Additionally, Lake Tahoe is listed as the 26th largest lake by volume in the world at 122,160,280 acre·ft (150.68249 km3).

The lake was formed about 2 million years ago and is a part of the Lake Tahoe Basin with the modern lake being shaped during the ice ages. It is known for the clarity of its water and the panorama of surrounding mountains on all sides. The area surrounding the lake is also referred to as Lake Tahoe, or simply Tahoe.

Lake Tahoe is a major tourist attraction in both Nevada and California. It is home to a number of ski resorts, summer outdoor recreation, and tourist attractions. Snow and skiing are a significant part of the area's economy and reputation. Mountain and lake scenery are attractions throughout the year. The Nevada side also includes large casinos. Highways provide year-round access from Reno, Carson City, and Sacramento.

We stopped for lunch at Jakes on the Lake at Tahoe. We are still getting used to supersized meals at very low cost in some pretty fancy restaurants. Here is a picture of Jakes on the Lake situated about 200 metres from the beginning of the Truckee River which flows up through Reno to the north East.
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Here are some more photos of this beautiful part of the world.

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Log Cabin at Sunnyside Resort, Lake Tahoe, California

Log Cabin at Sunnyside Resort, Lake Tahoe, California

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Reno - at last!!!!

Two Fridays in one week Australia one day - Reno the same day!!

We arrived in Reno 24 hours after we left home and through the magic of time zones we arrived the same time of day on the same day. we left home at 11.15am on Friday 12 April and arrived in Los Angeles at 7.15am on Friday 12 April. I think two Fridays in one week was just about enough.

We were met at Reno Airport by Bill and Ann, our Reno friends. Colleen met them on one of their many world travels 27 years ago in Greenvale, North Queensland. They are just the nicest couple in the world.
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Reno is in northern Nevada in the desert. Reno sits in a high desert valley at the foot of the Sierra Nevada.

Known as "The Biggest Little City in the World", Reno is famous for its casinos and is the birthplace of the gaming corporation Harrah's Entertainment. The Reno–Sparks metropolitan area is informally called the Truckee Meadows and consists of nearly 500,000 residents.

This morning we went to My Favourite Muffin and Bagel Shop for coffee (Well actually we had never been there before so it must have been someone elses favourite.) We met Bill and Ann's friends Dave and Della, David and Barbara and David and Colleen. There seems to be a bit of a pattern here.
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Bill and Ann are proud of their connection with Australia.
Bill with his hat - Australian made of course!

Bill with his hat - Australian made of course!

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The night before liftoff

Packing in progress

Well we are finally here. We left home a fortnight ago and tomorrow morning we leave home (well, Chris's home since we are now retired pensioners of no fixed abode) for the airport at 6.30 for 11.15am.

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