Departure from Park City was at 7:00 am. We missed the Salt Lake City rush and made good time across the desert. William the Navigator forwent the electronic navigational aids he used on the way out, showing the transcendence of his skill.
At Winnemucca we stopped for lunch at the Flying Pig BBQ on the main drag. The pulled pork BBQ was excellent and so were the fresh cut curly fries though Bill experienced serious potato envy when a customer at an adjacent table pulled out a fry easily over 12 inches long. This far exceeded Bill’s best efforts, not that I was looking.
Bill was driving as we crossed the border into California and went through the Agricultural Inspection Station. The agent asked where we were coming from. Bill said “Reno” which was further clarified, on prompting from the agent who was eying the mountain bikes on the roof, as Utah, thought to be an outer suburb of Reno by many Californians. The exchange did not satisfy the agent, to say the least, who promptly said he was inspecting “Everything”. And I didn’t know that Agricultural Agents are empowered to do cavity searches. Goes to show you that you should always read the fine print. I stayed tight to the seat as Bill underwent the search. At least Bill seemed to enjoy it. I’m just happy that the agent was willing to stop the search with Bill.*
We knew we would be dodging weather along the way. Fortunately, we squeezed over Donner Pass as the rain was turning to snow and starting to stick with chain control soon to follow. With surprisingly light traffic through Sacramento and the North Bay, we made it back with time to stop for Caldo de Pollo at La Perla in South City. It was an excellent conclusion to a great trip. We’re already planning next year’s colors trip.
Restaurant choices, Winnemucca:
Flying Pig BBQ, on the main drag. Try the curly fries and the pulled pork.
Sid’s Restaurant next door to Flying Pig on the Main Drag was good café style food on the way out; try the Basque-style chorizo sandwich.
South San Francisco:
Anytime, it’s hard to beat the home-style Mexican food at La Perla on Lux Ave. The hearty soups (caldo) will keep you going all day.
* This story IS mostly true, though Bill would like to clarify that the cavity that was searched was the back of the truck and that it was technically my cavity. No Bill’s were harmed during the occurrence of this event, as far as I could tell. I didn’t actually observe the search, but there were a lot of popping eyes in the adjacent lanes.