We spent an extra night in Reno. On Sunday we drove out without incident, beautiful blue sky, got about 15 miles out on I80 and sat 2 1/2 hours in traffic before having to exit and go back to Reno. There had been an accident at 5 AM with a semi truck across the road, a fatality, guard rail damage. By the time we found out (on CB) that the accident sign meant the road was closed and were able to inch our way off there was no alternate route that would have gotten us to Wells before after dark so it only made sense to go back to the RV park. The 5th wheel checking in ahead of me had been in the same back up with the same result.
Today we checked 511 before we left, took off on I80 with clear blue skies and it was a very scenic drive through mountain passes. I am awed by the tenacity of those wagon travelers. We passed the place where the altercation took place in the Donner Party and Mr. Reed was banned - what a forbidding environment he was in and we now have some idea of how far he went on his own to get to Sacramento.