Day 1 of 5000+ Mile, 17 Day Motorcycle Ride (Georgetown, TX to Canyon, TX 458 Miles)

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Day 1 Ride Route Georgetown to Canyon

The day has finally arrived… Today is day 1 of 5000+ mile, 17 day motorcycle ride. The plans have been made and the fun comes as each day is ridden. Today will be my biggest challenge. I am riding north and heavy rain is moving in from the south. The rain is forecasted for later in the day. I am leaving early to ride ahead of the rain. The best laid plans… It was misting rain when I left but 2 blocks from home it began raining. Out came the rain suit. 20 miles down the road it was raining heavily and continued to rain heavily, more or less, for the next 200 miles. Eventually the sky did clear and the remainder of the ride was what I had hoped it would. There are no stops planned except for gas, food and a little rest. Today I meet my riding buddies for the next 17 days. Larry T. and Larry A. are riding in from Tunnel Hill and Atlanta, Georgia.

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Rest stop

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Larry T. at Route 66 Museum Elk City, OK

Although I’ve ridden this route many times it is still a fun ride.  The ride starts in the “Texas Hill Country”. The Hill Country consists of rugged hills of thin layers of soil atop limestone or granite. From the hill country I ride into the “Panhandle Plains” region which is relatively flat with rolling plains. Around Abilene, cotton, sorghum, and wheat are cultivated. Many oil wells are seen all along the route as well as large areas of ranching. Everything you would expect to see in Texas. Something you may not expect is hundreds of windmills generating electricity around Sweetwater, Texas. Wind is another resource Texas has an abundance of…

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Larry A. & Larry T. at Route 66 Museum in Elk City, OK

Because I left early I arrived at our motel in Canyon around 2:30. The Larry’s arrived a couple of hours later. While stopping at the Route 66 Museum in Elk City, Oklohoma the Larry’s met a couple who told them about a show in the Palo Duro Canyon State Park and said it was a must see. The Larry’s wanted to eat dinner and see the “Texas” show. After we got settled in at the motel we rode out to Palo Duro Canyon. I’ve always wanted to see the show and tonight was the night… The Pioneer Amphitheatre, where the shows are put on, is carved out of the natural basin in the Palo Duro Canyon. The Palo Duro Canyon is the nation’s second largest canyon and is the perfect setting for this show.

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Heading to Canyon, Texas

With a cast of more than 60 actors, singers and dancers the show’s fictional characters bring to life the stories, struggles and triumphs of the settlers of the Texas Panhandle in the 1800’s. The story is told through songs and dance with lots of Texas humor dispersed throughout the show. I loved the singers and dancers. Most of the younger cast were college students who got to hewn their talents during the summer while making a little money for college.

Because we are getting an early start tomorrow we left early and it allowed us to beat the crowd leaving the show. Riding out of the canyon in the dark in traffic would not have been much fun…

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The Pioneer Amphitheatre before the show starts at Palo Duro Canyon

Tomorrow we will be returning to ride through the canyon before heading west down US 60 to Fort Sumner, NM. Come follow along as we ride US 60, US 89, US 212 over the next 16 days.

 

US 60, US 89, US 212 Motorcycle Ride (5000+ Miles In 17 Days)

This year, as in past years, I’m riding with a couple of Larry’s. If my old Air Force buddy Larry C. would have made this ride it would have been 3 Larry’s. I’ve started telling everyone I will only ride with them if their name is Larry. Maybe I should change my name to Larry. On the bright side, we will be meeting up with Larry C. and his friend… wait for it… Larry! They are on a car trip with their wives and will be in Jackson, Wyoming the same day as us. More on that later…

We tried to come up with a catchy name for this year’s ride. In the past it has always been a theme or destination. Nothing we came up with seemed to fit. Larry T. suggested “Goldie, Elroy and Water Hog’s Great Adventure” named for the bikes we ride. I ride a Titanium Goldwing I call Goldie. Larry T’s bike is named Elroy for the cartoon character Elroy Jetson because everyone tells him the Victory Vision looks more like a spaceship. Larry A’s. bike is named the Water Hog because he rides a water-cooled HD Limited. But as you can see I didn’t succeed…

This year we are riding some of the roads that are on my ride bucket list. Janet and I have driven these roads and I knew I needed to ride them. On the top of the list is the ride up US 89-A from Prescott, AZ to Jerome, AZ… 127 curves in 12 miles; a very exhilarating, yet peaceful scenic ride.

On this trip I got to make good use of my GOPRO and the handlebar tripod I made. I got some good shots but I still am working out the kinks and learning. I have taken hundreds of pictures and Larry A. took hundreds of really great pictures too.

Larry T. and Larry A. met me in Canyon, Texas. They were riding in from Georgia. Here is a thumb nail sketch of our route. From Canyon we rode US 60 across New Mexico and Arizona. Just outside Prescott, AZ we pick up US 89 (US 89-A) and ride it on and off to Great Falls, Montana. Outside Yellowstone National Park we picked up US 212 to ride Beartooth Pass and on to Devils Tower National Monument. For the final leg of our ride we rode the area around Mount Rushmore before heading south. At Oakley, Kansas we split up. Larry T and Larry A headed back home to Georgia and I headed home to Texas…

Some of the highlights along the way are…

  • Palo Duro Canyon State Park in Texas

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    Palo Duro Canyon State Park in Texas

  • Pietown, NM for some good pie.

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    Pie in Pietown, NM

  • Eagar, AZ only high school domed stadium in America

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    High School Domed Stadium in Eagar, NM

  • Salt River Canyon on US 60 in Arizona

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    Salt River Canyon in Arizona

  • US 89-A from Prescott, AZ to Jerome, AZ (127 curves in 12 miles)

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    US 89-A : 127 curves in 12 miles from Prescott, AZ to Jerome, AZ

  • Ft. Apache, AZ

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    Ft. Apache, AZ

  • Kinishiba Ruins, AZ

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    Kinishiba Ruins near Ft; Apache, AZ

  • Jerome, AZ

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    Old mining town, Jerome, AZ

  • Sedona, AZ

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    A must stop in Sedona Arizona

  • Cameron Trading Post, AZ (a must place to stay)

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    Cameron Trading Post is a great place to stop or stay

  • Grand Canyon National Park

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    Grand Canyon National Park

  • Bryce Canyon National Park

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    Bryce Canyon National Park

  • Marble Canyon Bridge

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    Marble Canyon Bridge

  • Temple Square in Salt Lake City

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    Mormon Temple on Temple Square in Salt Lake City

  • Most photographed barn in America

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    Most photographed barn in America

  • Grand Teton National Park

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    Ride through Grand Teton National Park

  • Yellowstone National Park

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    Lower Falls in Yellowstone National Park

  • The Great Falls in Great Falls, MT

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    Great Falls in Great Falls, MT

  • Beartooth Pass

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    Beartooth Pass

  • Devils Tower National Monument

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    Devils Tower National Monument

  • Mount Rushmore National Monument

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    Mount Rushmore National Monument from the highway

  • Needles Highway

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    Needles Highway South Dakota

  • Crazy Horse Monument

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    Crazy Horse Monument

  • Last but not least, miles and miles of the most scenic highways

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    Grand Teton National Park, just one of the hundreds of scenic views on our ride…

Below is a video/slide show of the 17 days 5000+ miles ride day by day.

Come follow along on each days ride…

Note: Work in progress – I will be adding links as I add the ride stories… Check back later…

  • Day 1 Georgetown, TX to Canyon, TX (458 miles)
  • Day 2 Canyon, TX to Ft. Sumner, NM via US 60 (173 miles)
  • Day 3 Ft. Sumner to Eagar, AZ via US 60 (343 miles)
  • Day 4 Eagar, AZ to Payson, AZ via US 60 (231 miles)
  • Day 5 Payson, AZ to Cameron Trading Post, AZ via US 89-A (222 miles)
  • Day 6 Grand Canyon National Park (129 miles)
  • Day 7 Cameron Trading Post, AZ to Panguitch, UT via US 89 (250 miles)
  • Day 8 Panguitch, UT to Ogden, UT via US 89 (287 miles)
  • Day 9 Ogden, UT to Jackson, WY via US 89 (235 miles)
  • Day 10 Jackson, WY to Gardiner, MT via US 89 (210 miles)
  • Day 11 Gardiner, MT to Great Falls, MT via US 89 (226 miles)
  • Day 12 Great Falls, MT to Augusta, MT and back to Great Falls (114 miles)
  • Day 13 Great Falls to Gardiner to Billings, MT via US 89 & 212 (402 miles)
  • Day 14 Billings, MT to Spearfish, SD via US 212 (332 miles)
  • Day 15 Spearfish, SD to Alliance, NE (276 miles)
  • Day 16 Alliance, NE to Perryton, TX (492 miles)
  • Day 17 Perryton, TX to Georgetown, TX (509 miles)

I Was Robbed While At Old Faithful

Yes, I was robbed while at Old Faithful. On our motorcycle ride this past June, we were at Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park. Motorcyclist are very trusting people, if for no other reason, out of necessity. Sometimes it is just not possible, or too time consuming, to secure all of your belongings on your bike. We routinely leave our jackets lying on our bikes if we are not too far away or won’t be long.

We were able to get some good pictures of Old Faithful from the Lodge while sipping on a coffee and munching on a cookie. We took a little longer than expected.

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The evidence…

When I got back to the bike my jacket was there but one of the zippered pouches on my top bag was unzipped and some of the contents were sticking out.  I had a Ziploc bag with some Emergen-C packets in it. The bag was torn to shreds.

My first thought was I had forgotten to secure the contents from the last stop and the wind had caught the Ziploc bag and wipped it to shreds. Then I noticed several of the Emergen-C packets on the ground. I was puzzled. Larry A. (my other ridding buddy is Larry T.) noticed that a motorcycle just down from us was being broken into by a thief… Yes, we caught him in the act. We weren’t able to apprehend the culprit but we did get this picture of him in the act. If you are in the area you may want to keep a lookout for the thief… He will strike again… We saw him later trying to get into some luggage in the back of a pickup…

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Caught the thief in action…

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Take a close look. You will see him again…

Apalachicola, Florida; A Small Gulf Coast Town

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Apalachicola, Florida Sunrise on the Apalachicola Rider

When I think of small Gulf Coast towns my mind conjures up all the visions of the many small towns along the Gulf Coast I have had the privilege of visiting. While driving back from a family Disney World vacation last April we stopped for the night in Apalachicola, Florida. Apalachicola is a quaint, small southern historic town with a maritime culture, shops, galleries, restaurants , B & B’s, motels and museums. It is as near to perfect stereotype  a Gulf Coast small town as one could hope to get.

Apalachicola, Florida  Sunrise on the Apalachicola River

Apalachicola, Florida Sunrise on the Apalachicola River

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Apalachicola, Florida Pirate of …

We arrived on a Thursday and found a local motel for the night. Driving into Apalachicola on U.S 98, we drove through the historic downtown. After checking into our motel we drove back to the downtown area to find a place to eat. The restaurant we saw while driving in was closed, so we walked down to the Sea Food Grill & Steaks and had some great southern cookin’. Loved the white beans…

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Apalachicola, Florida The Grady Market

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Apalachicola, Florida Historic Downtown

After diner we walked down to the Apalachicola River. The sun was setting and there were a lot of photo opportunities… Old buildings with interesting architecture, an old wrecked boat and spectacular  views of the river and docked boats. Unfortunately, we left our cameras back at the motel. What a bummer… We decided we needed to return at sunrise and get some of the pictures we missed…

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The Three Soldiers Monument

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Orman House

The next morning we get up before sunrise and headed down to the river.  At every turn there was a great photo op…  We got some great shots along the river as the sun rose over the river. There were several boats active on the river giving us some sunrise activity. We then strolled through town taking pictures of buildings and interesting sights while we waited for the Apalachicola Riverwalk Café to open. We had a great breakfast and enjoyed visiting with the owner. She filled us in on some of the history of Apalachicola and some of the must see sights.

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Chapman Botanical Gardens

There are several museums in Apalachicola that we hope to visit. It seems that most of them are closed on Wednesday. So we will  save them for our return to Apalachicola at a later date…

The Orman House was our first stop. The grounds were open to touring but the house was closed. We would love to have done the home tour but we will save that for our return trip. On entering the property we saw the Three Soldiers Monument, the focal point of the park. The Three Soldiers Monument pays honor to the Southern soldiers who served in Vietnam. Sculptor Frederick Hart said once that he believed that art must “touch our lives, our fears and cares – evoke our dreams and give hope to the darkness.” The Monument does just that.

Adjoining the Orman House is the Chapman Botanical Gardens. The Chapman Botanical Garden honors the memory of Dr. Alvan Wentworth Chapman, a noted botanist who in 1860 published “Flora of the United States”.  We took a leisurely walk through the garden enjoying the early morning and the tortoise strolling across our path.

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The Chestnut Cemetery Apalachicola, Florida

Driving in the previous evening, we saw an old cemetery that we wanted to explore. The Chestnut Cemetery, like any old cemetery, is like taking a remarkable walk back through time. If you stop, be sure to pickup a map which gives information about many of the people and history of Apalachicola buried there.  The Chestnut Cemetery is open during daylight hours. The cemetery is on U.S. 98. There isn’t any parking at the cemetery so we parked nearby and walked to the entrance. The Chestnut Cemetery is very interesting and worth a look.

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Chestnut Cemetery

We would liked to have stay longer but we needed to get on down the road. We will be coming back (hopefully soon) to explore more and to see the museums that were closed… Apalachicola, Florida; A Small Gulf Coast Town you need to visit… You will be glad you did…

I Regret Traveling

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I regret travel… NOT!

I regret traveling… Says nobody riding a motorcycle… If you feel the same you are free to share…

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Goldwing Handlebar GOPRO Camera Tripod

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GoPro Photo from handlebar tripod

Goldwing handlebar GoPro camera tripod is my solution to using a GoPro on a motorcycle. My daughter gave me a Gopro Hero 3 for my birthday. The GoPro has been gathering dust on the shelf while I have been figuring out the best way to use it while riding the wing.

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The finisher handlebar tripod

I have seen several mounts stuck in many places on other motorcycles. None of the mounts seemed to fit my needs logistically. When riding, I really don’t want to stop to change or move the camera from one mount to another to get shots while riding. Mounting the camera on my helmet didn’t seem like a good idea either. I wanted something I could safely access while riding. Something that could capture forward, side and rear shots while riding…  Like a tripod, mounted on my handlebars.

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GoPro handlebar tripod

After searching the net, I couldn’t find what I was looking for so I designed and built one myself. It was a pretty simple design made from a 4 ¾” by 1” inch by 1/8” aluminum flat bar and using the head of an old mini tripod I had.

The other issue is operating the camera safely while riding. A remote was an obvious the answer. I decided to attach it to my wrist using a lanyard. The lanyard made it easily accessible and I could release it in an emergency.

The other day I took it out for a test ride… It all worked amazingly well… I do need to do more riding to get familiar with using the GoPro, the remote and developing techniques to get the best pictures and video.

Below are pictures and video of my first attempts…

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GoPro photo from handelbar tripod

So… do any of you have suggestions or tips for using the GoPro? If so let’s hear them…

Ride safe and I hope to see you down the road somewhere…

The Loneliest Highway In America

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The Loneliest Highway in America

This past summer we drove out to San Diego to visit our daughter and her family. On our return from San Diego to Texas we took a different route back to see a different part of the country. We have done this many times over the years of traveling to see our daughter. It has allowed us to see much of the western United States… but we still have more to see.

On this trip we drove a portion of US Highway 50. We picked up Highway 50 at the tip of Lake Tahoe in California and drove east through Nevada and Utah.

It all started when Janet picked up a brochure titled “The Loneliest Highway In America”. In July of 1986, Life Magazine ran a negative article about the Nevada State Highway 50 titled “The Loneliest Road.” AAA  described Nevada State Highway 50 route through Nevada this way: “It’s totally empty” and advised traveling a different route unless you are confident of your survival skills. Nevada officials, wisely, seized on the phrase “The Loneliest Road” as a marketing slogan. US 50 covers large desolate areas, with signs of civilization few and far between. This sounded like something Janet and I would like… so we drove it.

US 50 crosses several large scenic desert valleys separated by several mountain ranges. It has many little-known and unique places of interest, and most of these places are free to see. Also US 50 roughly follows the path of the Pony Express riders. The route included Baker, Ely, Eureka, Austin, Fallon, Silver Springs and on to Sacramento.

Virginia City, Nevada

Our first stop was Virginia City. Virginia City is just 7 miles off of US 50.

Virginia City sprang up as a mining town sitting atop the Comstock Lode. The Comstock Lode was the first major silver deposit, discovered in the United States in 1859. At its peak, Virginia City had over 15,000 residents. Today, the population of Virginia City is about 855. There is some mining activity in the area still but today Virginia City’s main industry seems to be tourism.

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Man with his pet owl in Virginia City, NV

Virginia City has several buildings from the time it was a boom town. The most notable artifact is the Suicide Table. It’s an old Faro Bank Table dating from the 1860s, claimed to be responsible for the deaths of three of its owners. Loses at the table caused the losers to depart this world at their own hands. The Bucket of Blood Saloon, the Old Globe, the Silver Queen and The Red Dog Saloon are some of the more colorful buildings.

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Virginia City

Virginia City has been a Historical District since being declared a National Historic Landmark in 1961.

Janet and I spent the afternoon leisurely walking the main street visiting all the shops, taking lots of pictures, learning bits of history here and there and visiting with the many friendly local folks about town.

There are many other things in town and in the area. Our time was limited so we will need to return at a later date to see more.

Grimes Point Petroglyphs

Grimes Point Petroglyphs are about 10 miles east of Fallon, Nevada, just off US 50 to the left. Look close or you might miss the turn.

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Grimes Point Petroglyphs

Janet and I enjoy learning about Native American history. This was a good site and a nice little hike in the early morning. I found myself as always imagining what life was like back then. If rocks could talk… or better yet… If we could only read what the rocks were telling us. Archaeologists believe the petroglyphs here are not a form of writing. They may depict constellations, hunting areas, or markers of some kind.

Grimes Point was first visited by Native Americans about 8,000 years ago. You can view petroglyphs along a short, self-guided interpretive trail. We picked up a brochure at the parking area. Some of the petroglyphs are very faint and hard to see in the early morning sun light. Look closely or you will miss some of them.

This is a must stop if you have the time…

 

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The Shoe Tree

The Shoe Tree

The story goes something like this… There are several versions…  A newlywed couple driving to California pulled over to rest under this large Cottonwood tree. They soon got into an argument. The bride threw a pair of the groom’s shoes into the large Cottonwood tree. In revenge, he grabbed a pair of her shoes and tossed them into the tree… Who knows what really happened except, now everyone stops to see the shoes in the tree and some add to the shoes already in the tree. If you head that way, it is a good place to rid yourself of some old shoes and add to the stories and speculation…

Stokes Castle

Stokes Castle, located just outside Austin, Nevada , is a three-story stone tower built by Anson Phelps Stokes. Stokes was a miner, banker and railroad magnate. Stokes began building the Castle as a summer home in 1896 and completed it in 1897.

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Stokes Castle outside of Austin, Nevada

The castle was patterned after a tower in the Roman Campagna in Italy.    The kitchen and dining room were located on the first floor, the second floor contained the living room with a balcony and on the third floor were two bedrooms with balconies.

The Stokes family lived in the Stokes Castle only for a short time. In the summer of 1898, they sold their mine, the milling equipment, and the castle.

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Mining equipment at Stokes Castle

This is a must see when traveling through Austin. The Castle sits atop a hill overlooking the town and countryside. Quite a view and I could see why Mr. Stokes picked this spot for his home. It is in near ruin now and fenced off and can only be seen through the fence. We could only imagine what it was like in its hey-day. There are remains of some of the mining equipment near the home and what appears to be mining tailings just down the hill.

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Grocery store in Eureka, Nevada

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Eureka Opera House

Small Towns

There are several small towns along the route (Baker, Ely, Eureka, Austin, Fallon, Silver Springs). We love small towns and stop every  chance we get. We enjoy learning the history and visiting with real ‘down to earth’ people who live there. We stopped in Eureka, Nevada  at the Owl Club Bar & Steakhouse for lunch. The good food and friendly staff made it a great choice. After lunch we took a stroll to checkout more of Eureka. The small grocery took me back to my childhood. The grocery reminded me of the small grocery we shopped at growing up in rural Texas. The store was small physically but they managed to get a lot into the small space. The shelves were wooden made just for the store. Every inch of space was use to display a variety of goods just like the store from my childhood. Old memories are always good no matter how they are triggered.

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Double Rainbow on the Loneliest Highway in America

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Loneliest Highway in America

The Great Basin

The highway passes through several large desert valleys between many mountain ranges that tower over the valleys, in what is known as the Basin and Range province of the Great Basin. It’s hard to describe the beauty we experienced traveling this highway. We saw beautiful valleys, majestic vistas and native animals along the way. I saw some the most beautiful rainbows I have ever seen. One rainbow was a complete double rainbow.  Just an incredible sight to behold…

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Loneliest Highway in America

We are glad we chose this route. My only regret is we were traveling by car instead of motorcycle. Needless to say I have added “The Loneliest Highway in America” to my “Ride Bucket List”. Stay tuned for that ride.

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