California-Nevada-Utah: Interstate Cruisin’ (Day 35)

San Francisco was our last destination on the west coast. Wednesday morning we made breakfast in the campground, packed everything up, and hit the road headed east!

It took us 34 days — almost five weeks — to travel from the east coast to the west coast, then make our way down the coast to San Francisco. Hopefully it won’t take us as long to get home! 😉 We only have a few stops planned on the way home (Salt Lake City, Colorado Springs, and Peoria), and with 3,100 mile still ahead of us we have some long days on the road ahead of us!

Anyway, Wednesday was a dedicated driving day. The original plan was to drive from our campground near San Francisco to a state park midway through Nevada, then travel the rest of the way to Salt Lake City the next morning.


Ryan thought the northern Nevada scenery was beautiful; I thought it was pretty bleak. We did see some snow on the mountains, though!

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We were about an hour from our campground when Ryan suggested we just keep going and make it all the way to Salt Lake City. Our original plan was an 8 hr day — I think the longest day we’d done yet. Heading on to Salt Lake City would add an extra 3 hours to the trip … and we’d be going across a time change.


In the end I was persuaded because I found the Nevada landscape a little creepy, and I wasn’t particularly looking forward to camping in it (especially after we saw a number of coyotes running across the highway!) … so it was on to Salt Lake City!


I’m the oldest of 12 crazy kids and two pretty awesome parents. My love of travel developed during my early years traveling the globe as an Air Force brat. I’m a runner, a writer, and a reader, and I love cooking up good food and cozying up our camper.

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