Day 9 was day 2 of the Deep Blue roller derby tournament. Took some pictures and met some people. This was the first tournament I have been to where they had to sweep the track after every period and had to stop one game to sweep the pine needles away. It was a great experience to go to an outdoor roller derby tournament. After the tournament we packed up and headed east dropping the rental car off in Reno and putting in some miles towards the Bonneville Salt Flats.
Day 10 we woke up in the parking lot of our favourite campground chain, got some gas and dumped the tanks, took on some fresh water then hit the road. About half way to the salt flats we stopped at the California Trail Interpretive Center to learn about the migration to the west first as settlers then as gold hungry prospectors. Losing track of time we spent almost 2 hours there.
As we made our way east we noticed that the wind was getting stronger. Turns out going really fast across a salty surface in high winds is not a good idea so they had made the decision to not run any cars on the Bonneville Speedway today. We had a good chat about how the weekend went with one of the race stewards but were unable to see any of it ourselves. Chuck got to check out the surface and see a little of it but no vroom vrooms. So because we spent less time there than expected we moved on and I was able to get the last of the “lower 48” states crossed off my list. As of today I have been in all of the contiguous United States (no Alaska or Hawaii, yet). Now were here trying to not get blown away by the wind (a store employee rode a shopping cart across the lot like a sailboat). More cool adventures tomorrow so come on back.