After saying goodbye, we headed out at about 8:30.
We went a short way north on US 395 before heading east on Nevada 208 at Holbrook Junction. This took us across Smith Valley, through Wilson Canyon and up to Yerington. I had forgotten how impressive Wilson Canyon, carved by the West Walker River, was.
Yerington was characterized by a textbook tailings line and a flooded open pit, evidence of past mining and milling operations. From 1952 to 1978, this was the Anaconda Copper Mine. Later, Arimetco ran a leaching and electrowinning operation until their bankruptcy in 1997.
On US 50, the Kit Carson Route, we passed the Lahontan Reservoir before reaching the town of Fallon. Also known as Lake Lahontan, it was created when the Lahontan Dam was build across the Carson River. A portion of the Truckee River was also diverted here.
We stopped in Fallon for fuel (as the late Chuck Burt always said: see gas, buy gas) and (you guessed it) a McDonald's smoothie. On a trip to HSVROC from the WWR in Cortez, Colorado back in 2010, we stayed in Fallon with Jamie T & Trouble, VSP and Sherm. We were joined by Nite Lite and Linda and continued on to Topaz the next day. A sign suggested that the Overland Hotel was still serving Basque food.
The Shoe Tree was quite disturbing. In December, 2010 (not long after our last time through) some vandal(s) cut down the original Shoe Tree. While people have been throwing shoes into another nearby tree since then. it was rather sparse compared to the glory of the original shoe tree.
We did not stop in Austin because there were already a lot of people there. We drove through slowly and then climbed the hill east of town to a 7,484 foot pass before starting to descend back to the desert floor.
Once we were back on level ground, we looked south and saw quite a bit of rain to the south, where the road to Tonopah lay. Some started to fall on us for a short way. The rest of the way to Eureka, we had a mix of rain clouds and blue skies.
Just before Eureka, we tuned north on Nevada 278, which would take us to I-80 at Carlin. This really was a lonely highway. There were rain clouds to the west and blue skies to the east. Enough rain caught us that I was glad I wasn't on the bike, especially since the temperature dropped to 49 F before we reached Carlin.
On the 2008 ride from HSVROC in Topaz Lake to the Aztec Rally in South Dakota with Sherm, VSP, and Slammer, we went through Carlin. I told Sherm on the CB that it was funny because I was listening to a George Carlin routine on my MP3 player. Sherm said he was listening to a NASCAR race on XM radio and one of the announcers was named Carlin. We laughed about coincidences. When we got to Elko and I checked the news, we got word that George Carlin had just died. Cue the Twilight Zone music.
This time, we made a bathroom stop at the Pilot Truck Stop in Carlin and then continued to the Travelodge in Elko. The Travelodge and Super 8 are actually one facility, something I have never encountered before.
We decided to go for supper at the Red Lion Casino. Sandy had a chicken Caesar salad and said the chicken was very tender. I had a chef salad with more than enough meat and cheese to keep me happy.
After supper, we drove through town. I needed fuel but we mostly just wanted to look around.
Now for the gas. What is wrong with Chevron? These photos were all taken on the Elko strip. The Chevron was closest the the I-80 Elko East exit, but the gouging was excessive IMHO. This wasn't the first time we had seen Chevron asking an exorbitant price. I fueled at the Maverik.
I didn't get this post finished before I went to bed. the WiFi was fast when it worked, but it was annoying me when it didn't. After I got the photos sorted and loaded (using my phone as a hotspot) and my notes transcribed, I turned in.
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