You probably noticed I currently have a hella slow turtle like pace on the tour. Yeah the van is super heavy and only 110 hp, but really it's because I grew up in California and have friends and family in every other city along the route. What should have been a couple day stop turned into a week, and the holidays put a stretch on the visits as well. Now that I'm getting out of those zones, the momentum will really start to pick up. (Hella is a word invented in Northern California, one of my favorite pieces of slang from my youth.)
Lake Tahoe and Reno were really fun to come back to with a fresh creative eye and capture that with my camera. It's interesting to change mentally over time and review your relationship with familiar areas like that, like my photos from high school are so different that they're funny.
Here I'm now at day 23 of the tour, mile 1100. I hit the road with a route up to see my father's family in Redding, but detoured into the wine country for some better views. It's all about the scenic route.
Next I'll be rolling out of California into a state with No Sales Tax, Oregon! I'm going to stock up on Ramen and PB&J and soups and Rainier...