It is known as a Casino city like Las Vegas… but today, more and more place has casinos and that is how Reno is not as popular as it used to be…
I first passed by Reno when I was on Amtrak in 2005. All after the Sierra Nevada, desert and small cowboy towns, Reno was looking totally different… but at the same time, my honest impression was… “Ran down amusement park”.
It was my first time to stop by here and first thing I did was look for the train track. But, I did not find them anywhere.. so, I looked for Amtrak station and found out the train tracks which were running in the middle of city was now underground.
People think Amtrak is not doing anything… but at least they are trying to improve. At the same time, there is no view of Downtown Reno from trains anymore…
It is a funny city… all they have in town is Casino, Casino and Casino…other things are a bit away from central city.
Even Supermarket near downtown had slot machines in its building!
I would say Reno is “Las Vegas for working Class.”.
In Las Vegas, everything is fancy and so many milliners are around… at least I don’t feel comfortable there… but here, I felt it was welcome to everyone.
To me, I am not interested in gambling at all and did not play anything.
When I was there, they had motorcycle event “Street Vibrations 2014” in the middle of city.
No wonder there was so many motorcycle riders on the way here. In downtown, there were Harley Davidson everywhere. In North America, when they say Motorcycle event, it means Harley event.
I guess that is because or the change of freeway max-speed. It used to be 55 to 60 mph on freeway and that was the perfect speed for those vintages… but 70 mph is a bit too fast for them to enjoy the “sweet spot” of its engine.
That is how, I don’t see any classic Harley in the USA and actually there are more in Tokyo.
Also Reno is the Middle of Nowhere. It is surrounded by Sierra Nevada Range and Desert…at least it is better to be newer more reliable bikes.
This is the middle of Reno…everything looks cheap, everything is fake… that is how it looks to me… Symbol of American Dream or illusion…