Western Migration, Part 4, Sierra Nevada to the Pacific

IMG_4695After grabbing Starbucks and another Calistoga carwash, we pointed to the Sprinter west toward the Sierra Nevada and started the climb from 4,000 feet to the Donner pass at 7,500 feet.  This was somewhat anti-climactic for us, having previously crossed the Continental Divide in Colorado at 11,500 feet.  We stopped at the new Donner State Park exhibit in Truckee to learn, again, that for the Donners, getting over the pass was a somewhat more eventful experience.  The exhibit about the Emigrants and the tribulations of cannibalism in the Sierra was interesting, as always. Of course, in this PC world, we also had exhibits about the Native Americans whose land this formerly “belonged”, and, because of the white man’s pillaging, etc., the Donners and Reeds probably had it coming.  Karma.  We then drove around Truckee, CA, a nice mountain town with plenty of road and mountain bike routes. Back on Interstate 80, we crossed the Donner pass with ease and headed downhill toward San Jose.  Nothing improves MPG like a 4% grade from 7,500 feet to 166 feet.  Traffic through Sacramento to the I-680 cut-off near Benecia (about 60 miles) was stop and go which for a Saturday afternoon, was irritating.  You people in NorCal need to stay off the roads because you’re destroying Mother Earth.  We arrived at the Western Outpost around 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, just in time to unload and watch the Texas Longhorns stage a valiant comeback against the Cal Bears, which came up one shanked extra-point short.


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Between the two of us, we are proud parents, Texans, Texas Exes, long distance runners, cyclists, adventurers, a guitar player, a computer programmer, a great cook, a lawyer, an engineer, a physicist, etc. etc.
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