This is what I80 looks like just after chain requirements are lifted. This is from May 1999. There are a lot of wrecks when I80 is like this. I do not have a lot of photos out here since it tended to be night or snowing when I did this ride.
Note the snow drifts.
The hard part about doing this at night is seeing where the road is and isn't, because the lane markers and striping are usually removed by snow plows in the winter.
Mile 180. This is from May 1999.
This is from Trevor Carrier on 8/29/2009. This is almost at the point where I80 drops out of the hills. This is between Auburn and Newcastle in Yuba county.
Here is Penryn in July 2000. I80 drops here out of the Sierras. Other than some hills near Vallejo, this is the last major downgrades on I80. I80 hasn't been this low in elevation since you came out of Nebraska or Iowa. If you have driven all of I80 you have been climbing off and on since the junction of I76 in western Nebraska to this point.
This is from Trevor Carrier on 8/29/2009. Here you can look down on Sacramento and a lot of the valley. The Sacramento skyline shows up in this photo. Rocklin is the next town.
Rocklin, California off I80
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