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Salt flats

Understaffed station

Utah sunrise

West Wendover is the last town on eastbound I-80 in Nevada. It has the casinos nearest Salt Lake City. That may explain why the parking lot featured Utah-licensed vehicles. Later I figured out that my motel - on the main drag but a mile from the action - was technically in Wendover, Utah.

When I did my casino walk, crossing the state line, I visited four craps tables in three miles. I won at each visit. Added to my one win in Winnemuca, I had enough cash to pay for a couple day's worth of gas.

The Bonneville Raceway was closed for a special event, so I went on to Salt Lake City.

In the City, I did some classic tourist stuff. The museum of natural history is brilliant. City Creek is ok with a decent food court. Temple Square is pretty. The various portraits of Jesus in the Latter Day Saints visitor center make him look like a nice white boy from Provo. Apologies to my LDS friends.

The real deal in Salt Lake was meeting my daughter and grandkids at the airport. The four of us will visit Dinosaur National Monument together.

I was excited to meet them, so I arrived 2 hours early. The extra time gave me the chance to read The Economist and nap.

The four of us fitted into the Escape, we managed rush hour, shopped Whole Foods for snacks, and headed to the Monument.

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