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The Oleanders along the median of Highway 99 in central California make the drive much more pleasant.

After getting a very late start we made a smooth and easy run up the valley towards Sacramento and then over the Sierra Nevada mountains to Reno.


We do make a couple of extra stops to let the dogs run for the bushes.


We had purchased Microsoft’s Streets and Trips 2006 software just the week before departure and I had set up our itinerary on it.  There are some nice features included, like allowing you to determine where you drive slow, a little slower than average, average, a little faster than average, or fast.

Another shot of the Oleanders along Highway 99 in Central California.
Also, much like a GPS system, which this did not come with, it has a whole load of POI (points of interest) which includes hotels/motels, gas stations, museums, ATMs, restaurants, rest stops and landmarks.  But I quickly found out that it does not show very many of the gas stations, and as for landmarks it didn’t even show Crazy Horse Memorial in Wyoming, but it shows every car dealership in every town.  I figured I would drive at Average speed, which I thought would be three or four miles an hour over the posted speed limit.  But today we started out nearly an hour and a half late and drove 350 miles.  By the end of the day we were only five minutes short of being on time to the original schedule. Strange.  I guess they figure that average is like the old guy you see that wears the plaid hunters cap with the ear flaps that fold down and can barely see over the steering wheel of his 1948 Studebaker tooling along at 50 miles per hour. 


So far the only things worth photographing are the Oleanders blooming along the median of the highway.

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