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Friday, May 13, 2011

Wells, Nevada

I left Jeannie's this morning at 7:45, and stopped at the Motel 6 in Wells, NV at 3:45, so it's been a long day for me. I drove about 465 miles, which is just a little more than I like to do. Anyone who has driven I-80 through Nevada understands that there aren't many places to stop - the forecast for tonight is possible thunder-showers, and towards the end of the drive I noticed the cloud cover getting darker and lower. It's fairly nice here though, but a little cool. I'm going to be glad for a hot shower tonight, and I didn't want to spend a rainy evening or overnight with a big dog in a tent.


I stopped at a rest area after driving about 200 miles. There were very few people there, and most left while I was there. I used the facilities and then let Lady sniff around and do her thing. There was just one work truck with two men in orange work vests up near the restrooms; I finally put Lady back in the truck and then took a plastic bag back to pick up after her. After I dropped the bag into the waste can one of the men called to me that there was water for washing hands there. I walked over to the back of the truck and he stood there with a gallon jug of Calistoga Springs drinking water - I held out my hands and he generously poured water over them.

I was overwhelmed at such an act of kindness from a stranger, and it put a smile on my entire day.

I stopped for diesel at 287 miles, and when I resumed driving I tried to figure the mileage in my head. I verified it with my computer's calculator this evening, and was very happy. When pulling a 5th wheel I usually got 9-10 mpg; driving the truck to Arizona, and then back with the truck camper, was 12 mpg. Now that I have a cheap tonneau on the pickup bed, I actually got 16 mpg! I had heard that the cover adds a few extra miles per gallon, and had hoped it would be 14 or 15, but I'm just thrilled with what I got. I'll check it again after a few more fill-ups and see if the overall average holds.

8 comments:

  1. Keep on Truckin' and glad you're getting such good mileage.

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  2. Wahoo!! Happy to hear you got a good start on your trip east. Wow, that's excellent info about putting a tonneau cover on the bed of the truck and getting increased gas mileage. I'll have to look into getting one!!

    Continued safe travels

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  3. Sounds like your doing great. We had a very similar experience at a Rest Area in Arkansas on our way home just a few months ago. Two workmen in orange vests nearby as we picked up after our dogs & put the bags in the trash. One of the workman then approached us with something red in his hand. It was a portable doggy water dish someone had left behind & he wanted us to have it. Many people have no respect for Rest Areas & do not pick up after their dogs & I think it was this fellows way of saying thank you for helping him with his job & being respectful of his work place. I will always remember that.

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  4. Bob and Carol HigginbothamMay 13, 2011 at 11:14 PM

    Wishing you safe travel as you head to the east!

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  5. Sounds like a very successful first day. I'm glad you're all tucked in now in a warm, dry motel room. Great mileage! That will save you some money on your trip. It's almost double what I got in The Palms when I went to Vacaville.

    Have a great, safe day on the road tomorrow. :)

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  6. Happy Travels! We'll look forward to following your adventures on your trip east!

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