Got about 6 hours sleep on and off, and dawn revealed the Nevada desert cloaked in snow and the sun shining. Though we’d left Salt Lake on time we got progressively slower as the morning wore on. Eventually our 9.00am arrival became 12.30 – so much for getting a ski in today. Got off at the new station in Reno – Amtrak people were very exited as this was it’s first day of operations – but all it meant to me was that there wasn’t a working phone or any signs in the whole place. By sheer luck – specially considering some of my other directional stuff ups this trip – I managed to find the bus station and had a quick trip out to the airport to pick up the new rental car.
Thankfully didn’t have the hassles with Alamo that I’d had with Dollar, but the rain storms over California over the last week had finally turned to snow over the last 36 hours, and they were telling me I wouldn’t get to Tahoe South. Told them I’d change my plans, but went off planning to still go to Tahoe but buying some chains (which the rental companies don’t allow you to use). Very slow trip up I80 to Truckee as they repaired flood and mudslide damage, but then managed a snow covered but pretty manageable drive along the shores of Lake Tahoe to Tahoe South without chains – decent tyres make all the difference.
This is literally a town divided – the Nevada / California border runs through town at a set of traffic lights. So on one corner you have 16 storey casinos, and on the other a ‘normal’ shopping strip – weird!