Granny and I are on our way to Fresno, California where I start a ten day speaking tour. Whenever I do a multiple day road trip by car I take a good look at the towns I may end up overnighting in along the way. I check them out on Google and search out a good restaurant or bar. Somewhere that can provide a little local flavor and culture. Last night Granny and I hit the famous Martin Hotel for dinner and drinks in the sleepy town of Winnemucca, Nevada. We needed to blow some steam after a grueling 500 mile drive from Victor, Idaho that included 100 miles of treacherous icy roads followed by seven hours of rain – those windshield wipers start to wear you down. All I can say is the food, drink and locals were fantastic!
Despite the entertaining evening, Granny and I got and early start this morning to continue our road trip. Based on the advice of some locals we met at the Martin Hotel Bar last night, Granny and I drove off the beaten path a bit. Instead of taking Interstate 80 all the way to Sacramento then south to Fresno we got off Route 80 ninety miles west of Winnemucca and took Route 93 South to Fallon, Nevada. Then we snuck over to Carson City and into California and over Carson Pass. We rolled in to Fresno at about 5 tonight. It was an awesome drive that took us through some incredible remote high desert, a snowy mountain pass and then finally the relentless traffic of California’s Route 99.
Tomorrow night I’ll do my presentation “Four Seasons of the Yellowstone Trout Bum” for the Fresno Fly Fishing Club then Granny and I will make a late night drive to Pleasanton, CA for the three day Fly Fishing Show. I’ll be there all three days doing a variety of presentations and casting demonstrations. Busy busy. . .