Saturday, August 20, 2016

Alex's First Drive To Lake Tahoe


Songs:  Everybody's Talkin / Midnight Cowboy Theme

From:  Midnight Cowboy





Alex's weekend drive for week 4 was to, and back, from Lake Tahoe
(Momma went with us).

It was a total of 94 miles...
and just over 2 hours for the trip there and back...
not including our lunch there.



Just before getting on the highway...
Alex filled up the car.



In less than 10 minutes...
we were in the Sierra Nevada mountain range and crossing the Nevada - California border.




Alex did well ensuring he kept driving in 'the bubble'.


We changed highways to head towards Lake Tahoe (on 89)
(at this point, I had Alex put on his headlights...
as should be done on all country or mountain roads).




We passed two major ski resorts...
Squaw Valley on the way there...
and Northstar on the way home.



This is the Truckee River
(and one of our favorite biking routes).



Alex then parked the car and we walked to the other side of this bridge to eat lunch.


The Truckee River gives Reno its water from Lake Tahoe...
 which then continues on to eventually feed Pyramid Lake (a terminal lake).


We awaited our seating at the Bridgetender cafe on the Truckee River.



This is the front page of their menu.



Alex ordered BBQ pork ribs.

Momma had a grilled fillet of tuna burger.


I had a half pound cheese burger.


Alex finished off his meal...
and we then walked a little ways to the Truckee River headwaters.



This is the beginning of the Truckee River
(as it is fairly late in Summer...the water level is low).

It is fed directly from Lake Tahoe.


The beginning of the Truckee River as it feeds past our restaurant.



Alex then got back on the road and we took a route which had us skirting
the North shore of Lake Tahoe.

There was an Arts and Crafts festival going on in Tahoe City at this time...
and so, the roads were crowded until we left the small town.





Just after leaving Tahoe City...
the road opened up.




Alex then took another highway (267) which led us to Truckee, and to Highway 80.




Alex kept a safe distance from the other cars...as always.




We got back on Highway 80 for the remainder of the trip to Reno.


The Truckee River making its way to Reno.





I had Alex stay in the slow lane for most of the journey.

He did, however, perform a pass of two semi trucks which had slowed too much.



Our arrival in Reno.


We were just a short ways from home here.


Alex enjoyed his weekend drive.

He had, once again...
done very well.

Momma was surprised at how much Alex has improved in his driving.

She now feels that he is, in many ways, a superior driver to her.


This was Alex's first time driving to Lake Tahoe by any route.

There are numerous other routes...
but the others have a more winding mountain highway.

I will have Alex drive the other routes a little later.

Alex's next weekend drive will have him driving to, and back from...
our old neighborhood in California...about 3 hours away from here.


While it won't be a technically challenging route
since it will be mostly highway to highway the whole way...
it will involve driving fatigue since we will be gone about 8 hours...
and with at least 6 of them being on the road...
and with half of the total...
at night.


Driving back through the Sierra Nevada mountain range at night
demands alertness and careful monitoring of speed...
 since driving on a decline on the backsides of the mountains
can cause a greatly increased vehicle speed without
the driver noticing...sometimes...until too late.

I will be monitoring Alex's speed, just in case...
but he is very vigilant as a matter of course in all matters of his driving.



Alex is very much...
in the learning zone.

He is gaining confidence...
without becoming complacent.

He is deadly serious throughout his driving lessons...
and he is thinking ahead appropriately.

Alex's mother was very impressed with his driving today...
as was I.

Now...
whenever his mother tracks our driving lessons through GPS on her computer...
she may relax more...
knowing how well Alex is learning and applying his lessons.














2 comments:

  1. Great that Alex's mother got to see for herself how well Alex is doing with his driving. I'm sure it eases her mind a little.

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  2. Yes, now his mother may relax some. She has been losing weight because of anxiety. She lost much of her appetite ever since Alex started driving.

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