Travel Journal – USA 2012 – Road to Big Pine 15.6.12

Well that was some ride…Dave finally got me on that Rollercoaster, only this time it had 4 wheels and never left the ground!!!

After leaving Vegas we headed towards Bishop, which I had used as a focal point to be near Yosemite, before heading to San Francisco. We went through North Las Vegas, where we stopped to do our laundry. This place was again very Hispanic. Spanish is written everywhere. The laundrymat we stopped at was that clean that I think we could of eaten off the floor and the machines where so well maintained that you didn’t mind that you had to spend 1 hr in there doing laundry. They had drink machines, icecreams and snacks and TV which had cable TV.248121_10150908621283041_1113743770_n

Then we found a huge swap meet. It went for miles. We had to stop and look. Mind you had to buy a umbrella as the temp hit 105 F (45). Boy it gets toasty out here in the Desert!!! My skin is certainly letting me know. The water seems so harsh compared to home, so having to smother myself in moisterising cream every night or I spend the whole time scratching like a monkey with fleas!!! Did a little shopping there. Cheep Cheep!!

Then it was time to hit the road and start this journey. The GPS was set and off we went. Well for about 100 miles or so the road was just one straight highway into the mountains. This was my chance to drive on the opposite side of the road. Now that was an experience. 294942_10150908622873041_324459720_n

This stretch of road reminded me of the Australian Nullabor, so we had the radio cranked with Classic Rock and plenty of conversation to be had. 481149_10150908623158041_2029818164_n

We then headed onto another highway. Well that was fine for about 50 miles or so and then we hit the rollercoaster ride from hell. Thank God I had decided to let Dave take over the driving. For the next 30 miles we hit the worst curves and hills I have ever experienced in my life, to the point where I was screaming a little and maybe used a few curse words and then started yelling ‘Stop’….yep all that twisting and turning and Jodie’s stomach said…’Gonna be sick’….so on the side of a mountain, I was out the door vomiting. Certainly hope we never encounter roads like that again.

Must say these are the experiences that will last a lifetime. What a road trip!!! By the time we got to the bottom, those lights in the distance where such a welcoming sight, that we both said screw trying to get to Bishop.


So we just pulled into the closest Motel and got some food. Well that was the best decision ever, we got a room for $60. Hot shower, fridge, microwave and one comfy bed…who needs 5 star hotels???

Then we saw a little place called Rossi’s Steak and Spaghetti, in North Main St, Big Pine. It sounded fantastic. The place was so welcoming and the girls in there were just the best. Food to die for and their motto is ‘You will never leave here hungry’. Well that was certainly true. We ordered one meal of spag and ravioli. Big mistake. Before that came out, it came with Salad, homemade dressings, jug of cooldrink, water and the best home made bread I have ever eaten. That in itself was enough…kind of thought maybe we don’t need the pasta. Well when they wheeled the meal out, we just about fell off the seat, we thought for sure she had mistaken that we only needed one meal. No turns out that was one meal halved..OMG Dave and I won’t need to eat for a week…Now have you ever seen a grown man try and eat half a meal….funny shit!! Just lets say this was going to be our breakfast. So full as googs and ready to curl up in bed. We left a comment in there guest book, a great tip and hugs all round and left feeling like we had just made friends for life.

So if you are ever calling through Big Pine , be sure to call in here and say Hi and tell them Jodie and Dave sent you!!

Its now time to hit the road again. I look forward to the adventures ahead. Looking forward to seeing Yosemite.

Have A Nice DAy!!!

J xoxo