Day 31 - June 30, 2010
Mileage Today: 530
Total Trip Mileage: 8,970
Today is a really just a travel day for us. We have no stops planned along the way, just going to pound out the miles heading East.
The last bit of forest as we head out of California:
And into the High Deserts…
We make a quick stop at the REI in Reno to do an exchange. See, we bought this air pillow for Nikki before the trip. It packed down to the size of a pair of socks, and was insulated as well. Everything looked good on paper, but she used it the very first night way back in Kansas, she was not very impressed. We decided that she must be using it wrong, so for the next several nights she tried every variation in inflation pressures, positions, wrapping it in articles of clothing, but nothing worked. By this time we were into Montana, and had passed all the REI’s that we would encounter until Washington. She was stuck with it. When we finally got to Washington there was something always prevented us from being able to get there. It was either too early, or we were too busy, or we would forget until it came time to go to sleep. Finally in Reno we remember and exchanged the pillow for a standard foam one. A lot of effort considering we only have like 4 days left in the trip.
Right outside of Reno we pick up Hwy 50 the supposed “Loneliest Road in America”.
The stretches between services were no greater than the longer ones on the way to Alaska, but the landscape certainly seemed way more desolate - totally devoid of water, and anything warm blooded (at least that's the vibe I got).
Although, you could probably get rich if there was a demand for harvesting sand...
This was to be our scenery for the next several hours and several hundred miles.
We finally rolled into Ely, NV at about 7:30pm. We found some quick lodging, ditched the bike and gear, and ran over to see a movie. A civilized night on the town, and a well deserved bed after 500 miles in the desert.
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