Thursday, August 07, 2014

Moving to Boulder, day 4

10 July 2014: Thursday morning we wake up in Tahoe City, CA, with our next night's lodging in Elko, NV. That's a 350 mile journey: in England terms Southampton to Newcastle; basically most of the length of the country. I've been in the States over ten years now so UK comparisons are mostly moot, but for me growing up this was an inconceivable distance for a day's drive—you'd get the train if anything, probably.

While we're on these comparisons, though, it's worth noting that Elko—a town of fewer than 50,000 people—is the largest town for 130 miles in any direction. There isn't a single town like that in England. It's on drives like this when the vast scale of the US (again, relative to where I grew up) becomes most apparent.

Roads like this:

On the road in Nevada
and this:
Your Ad Here, in the middle of nowhere
and this:
go on and on and on (the video covers ~16 miles).

In the UK or the US or probably anywhere else in the world, 350 miles is a long drive relative to the patience of a 2-year-old and a 4-year-old. The kids were pretty fed up by the time we got to Elko, but enjoyed reading Frederick on the iPad at bedtime:

and sharing a bed in the hotel
Sharing a hotel bed
(in fact so much that we ended up having to separate them).

Tomorrow, onwards from Nevada into Utah.

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