Watching the weather channel had made it clear that Friday was going to be windy and cold. The wind would blow from the southwest all day. I was concerned because I needed to return to the southwest and the wind was strongly gusting. The forecast for Saturday, the day I hoped to leave, was unclear, though it was suggesting that the wind would be mild by them.
I lazed around in the morning and eventually got up and walked about half a mile to a Safeway. It was clear, windy, and cold. I bought some food for breakfast and for the ride tomorrow. After eating, I spent about an hour cleaning and oiling my bike. I walked to the State Capitol and looked around. Note the flags at the top of the dome showing a strong wind coming from the southwest.
My friend Bob called me while I was looking around the Capitol and we talked for about an hour while I meandered around the front of the building and he was driving to Sacramento. While we were talking, it started to rain just a bit. I decided to take a picture of the clouds that were steady moving in my direction.
After the phone call and eating lunch, I decided to check out the Nugget casino a bit down the street. As far as I could tell, it had the only crap table in Carson City and the minimum bet was $1 -- my kind of table. There was a crowd around the table and I joined in. I played for about 2 hours and won about $50. It was great fun and I even had a Kaluha and milk on the casino. I cashed all but $30 of my chips and tried my hand at blackjack. No luck. I even tried poker machines but found them greedy for my quarters and not all that entertaining.
I walked back to my motel and eventually went dinner at the Chinese place next door. The weather channel was now predicting a very nice day with no wind and mild temperatures for Saturday and I started preparing to leave. I spent the rest of the evening packing and organizing my things.
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