Tuesday, February 24, 2015


Friday, was the day to drive through the rest of eastern Nevada. Although we only had around 360 miles to do it took us about 7 hours. It's a slow climb for us. Many parts are flat but the gradual climbs really slowed us down. 

That gave us lots of time to watch Nevada go by. 

We always travel without music, it's only been Nevada in the past that has broken us down to find something to listen too.

It's a great route though. We call it the Idaho Express because of the predominately Idaho license plates that we drive by. If you are headed north its a good alternative to the I15 through Salt Lake City.

Pulling out of Pahranagat we stopped in Alamo for gas. To take this route you really need to be on your gas levels. Between Alamo/Ash Springs and Jackpot there are only three other places to fill up.

We need to stop for gas every time it is presented to us - Alamo, Ely, and Wells.

We first head up the 93 then turn left on the 375 slightly to get on the 318 north. We stopped briefly at Sunnyside - the first of two rest areas along this route.

A very subtle landscape although there are surprises now and then. 

The most snow we saw to this point. This is just south of Ely - the place where there is usually snow along the road when we come through in March. 

It's a bit of a climb to Ely - the summit is close to 7,000 ft.

At Ely we get back on the 93. North of there comes the Heeby Jeeby town. Looks like it is as Heeby Jeeby as ever. We started calling this town by that name years ago when we first came through - it is such a forlorn looking place. 

This building doesn't help. We figure that this town would be a great place to shoot horror movies - it has a weird feel about it.

This is the Pony Express rest area further north. We used to stop at this one when we stayed the night in Wells but if we want to make it to Jackpot there is no time to stop.

Our traveling buddy for a few hours.

We've just turned west at Lagas. Funny that there is a gas sign there because there hasn't been a gas station since Ely.

Hole in the Mountain Peak in the distance.

Finally, we made it to Wells. I find the drive from Lagas to Wells the toughest - I swear that someone keeps moving Wells back as we move closer.

As we moved north the clouds appeared.

It was starting to look ugly. Hopefully we weren't driving into THAT!

We made it to the Cactus Petes RV Park around 4:30pm. It was a long day of driving. Last time we stealth camped in Jackpot but this time we splurged - it was going to be cold overnight. Well worth the $18 to plug in.

Not the best picture but there were a lot of RVs with us for the night.

Saturday morning and we lost an hour right away at the border. Good thing we only had about a three hour drive to get to Nampa.

Just west of Twin Falls we take highway 30  - the Thousand Springs Scenic Byway. This is main street Buhl. The weather was much worse when we came this way in March 2012.

This is one of our favourite routes over the years.

Now back up and heading west along I84 through southwestern Idaho.

Knowing there were three girls to play with in Nampa Idaho, Cassia was pretty restless throughout the trip. Not long after lunch we arrived to our good friends place in Nampa.

556 miles (I know it says 916 miles - not sure why!) in two days - another long ride. 
Add that to the 863 from Bisbee and we had totalled 1,419 miles or 2,283 kilometres in 4 days. 

Time for a rest.

And we've had it.

It's been a blast at our friends place since Saturday, we haven't visited them in two years.
Great people, good food, sofas and chairs and a real bed!

An 8 year old friend for Cassia.

More good news!

We are able to move into our new home a few days early!

So - we are going to continue our trek north come Thursday to enter into Canada on Friday. We'll head a few hours north of the border to our new posting.

Are we excited?! 

We have no idea when we'll have our internet hooked up there, so we might be missing for awhile. Cassia and are headed to Vancouver Island for the third week of March to visit with my family. 

The good news is that when we are back on line we'll have a lot to tell you about plus all the pictures of our new home!

Until then…..



  1. safe travels as you continue northward..soon you will be back 'home'!!
    can't wait to see pictures of your new house!!

    1. Thanks Sue! We can't wait either! Not long now - hard to believe the day has almost arrived - just like you guys and your new freedom!

  2. You folks didn't stop at any of the hot springs???..Miracle H/S has the best water.....Oh well I'll keep checking up on your adventures..

    1. Well, no we didn't - we were in a hurry to get to Nampa so that we could spend time with the family before everyone headed back to work and school. I did look the hot springs up - $24 for a soak is a bit high for us as well. We like hot springs but can't justify the higher cost.

  3. Moving right along I can hear the excitement building.
    Travel safe and enjoy your new house and posting.

    1. Thanks George! Once we hit north no sense dragging our feet! We will!

  4. Looking forward to the new posting, we will have to visit this summer.

    1. Us too Peter! The Wood Clan is looking forward to your visit!

  5. Hope there is as little snow when we head home on the same route. Safe travels.

    1. We hope so too Kathy! It seems to be a good year for weather.

  6. What a beautiful ride...clouds are neat! Guess they have diesel at those few and far between stations? Feeling your excitement...going to miss you!

    1. The Nevada ride always provides us with interesting clouds to look at - just when you think you are headed into the dark ones the road changes direction. Yes, they are legit gas stations so would have diesel. Hopefully our absence won't be too long - we'll miss everyone also!

  7. I drove this route many times in my younger days, so I can relate to Wells...seeming forever in the distance! Wishing you all the best in your new Digs.

  8. Well, it has been an interesting and fun filled winter has it not?? And now, back to the thawing (hopefully!) frozen north!! New adventures await you, and it may be a while before you make it back to the states again, but there will be many following along as you move ! Keep us posted...and as always......

    ***** Safe Travels *****

  9. Looks like you guys have had nothing but a great trip home! The pics are fantastic. I can't wait to see your new digs in detail. Be safe and have fun!


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