Today (Saturday) is a travel day when I leave where I have been staying all week in Sonora, California and head up towards Reno, Nevada. Although Reno is northeast of Sonora I am actually driving north on the continuation of Route 49 and will turn east when I get further north than Reno and loop back. Route 49 is the “Gold Rush Trail”.
Sonora is in the heart of Gold Rush country. Gold was discovered in this area back in 1849 and triggered a huge influx of people who hoped to literally strike it rich. In fact, many of the businesses in the Sonora area include the term “Mother Lode” in their name. The area is rich (pun intended) in gold mining history. The people who came to this area became known as “49ers” (because of the discovery year) and the Trail was designated as California Route 49. I now know why the San Francisco 49ers football team is called that, and why gold is part of their team’s color scheme.
Today I will be heading north of Sonora through the towns of Angels Camp, San Andreas (don’t ever try to blame anything on the people who live there, as they’ll say it’s never their fault. Get it?? San Andreas?? Fault??) and Jackson, which I have been through already, and continue on through Plymouth, Placerville, Auburn and Nevada City before arching over to the east to where the road ends in little Vinton. I will then double back a short ways and take another scenic road south to the dreaded interstate west of Reno and head east into Nevada.
Although I have plans to do several things while I’m up in that area for three days I will hopefully have some time (and a faster internet connection) to try and get caught up on some picture posting.