Reno/Sparks, Road Trip

FROM LAS VEGAS TO RENO

Never imagined complexity of planning a trip by public transport.

I did not want to move to another vehicle several times in one day. I had two bags and one suitcase. It was a hassle to drag from one vehicle to another.

In addition, I wanted to go to a small town that is widely spread all over California. But it was not easy to find a city that was fit with my wishes. If there was a city turned out transport to the city was quite complex.

Not to mention the budget constraint.

I never gave up searching on the internet. Finally, I went to Reno. A beautiful small town loaded with history. Not to mention surrounded by small mining towns in the vicinity. Definitely, interesting to explore one by one.

I booked a Greyhound bus online. My bus left Las Vegas at 08:35. But I had to come early to print the ticket from a machine like an ATM.

Turns out I did not go to Reno with a Greyhound bus. After ordering the ticket, I knew that I went to Reno with Silverado Bus.  Passengers must carried their own luggage into the luggage compartment under the bus.

The different Greyhound with Megabus, Greyhound has its own terminal. Passengers can sit and wait inside. Warm and dry. However, I was glad that the weather was sunny today.

A wonderful day for a good day.

At first, I was not sure if I had to pay $ 15 to carry two bags. I was ready to pay if they asked for payment of the excess bags. It was not necessary. There were some passengers who carried large bags and more than two. Greyhound staff did not say anything, they swiftly and efficiently lift into the compartment.

Silverado bus better than what I expected. Looks like a new bus. Clean seats and shiny stainless steel. The bus late 45 minutes. Passengers asked to stand in line before the bus came.

The trip from Las Vegas to Reno run smoothly. Light traffic. The bus was only a quarter full. Passengers could choose their own seating. I moved to the other side when the sun began to glare. Bus driver happily joking with the passengers during the journey.

It was a relief to leave Las Vegas. I could not say why I had the feeling uncomfortable there. Perhaps the desert and open spaces that make me uncomfortable. Perhaps also because there are no trees, flowers, grass or even bushes. Maybe just combination of brown soil and blue sky alone. Did not know why.

Some people I have met they said they love Las Vegas with a variety of illustrations. Even someone told me Las Vegas is a city for losers. Is it true??. Though he has lived there since the 1990s. Strange.

Anyway, I am looking forward to spending some quiet time in Reno.

The scenery changed gradually from Las Vegas to Reno. Initially desert, rocks, dry grass and bare ground. Later changed from dry to green. The little old towns scattered here and there.

 

Beatty 

Pronounced BAY-dee. Its name comes from the name of a rancher from Iowa Montilus Murray Beatty. A Beautiful desert town in Amargosa River valley. The closest town to Death Valley National Park. About a half hour drive from the valley floor.

 

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Joshua Trees.

 

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Tonopah

Halfway between Reno and Las Vegas.Tonopah is a historic mining town. The mining boom in 1900 with the discovery of gold and silver. Tonopah becomes the most attractive place in the evening to see the stars. The town is famous for mining park and has the unique shops.

 

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Hawthorne

Hawthorne on the main highway between Las Vegas-Reno. Nevada gate to Yosemite National Park. With views of Grant Mountain and Lake Walker, I felt surrounded by green trees and blue sky. The absolutely awesome scenery and invite inspiration.

Lake Walker is a natural lake that only has a natural outlet such as absorption and evaporation. The lake is now dying and needs rescued.

 

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Bus stop several times. Opportunity to go the washroom or to buy lunch. On another occasion, I just walked around and stretched my legs.

The bus reached Reno before 18:00 with the last stop at The Greyhound Terminal.

 

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