Day 1 was pretty boring, at least as far as the story goes. I started this trip in Pismo Beach, California, and, being thrifty, hopped on a bus to San Jose, then a train to Sacramento, and then another bus to Reno, Nevada. If you've never traveled by Amtrak, I recommend it. The train goes places cars don't, and you usually see countryside (and old 4x4s) hidden from most travelers. Plus you can eat, sleep, work, surf the web, read a book, and drink coffee (or beer) while traveling, so it's actually a pretty productive and relaxing way to go. Otherwise Day 1 wasn't too exciting.