At the Havasu V-Strom rally, last week
I leave on CHILLY Thursday and head south.
Finally I reach Austin, where Blake is waiting for me. We each get settled in our rooms then we take the short ride to the local hot springs (15 miles out of town).
The springs are kept clean by local volunteers. There are three spas. We choose this one.
Yes, 132 degrees.
You control the temp of the hot tub by moving the pipe back and forth to put more or less hot water into the tub.
After a very nice soak we return to town and have dinner here. The chicken fried steak was reasonably good.
Austin is a pretty cool town, they call it a 'living ghost town'. It's a fun place to visit, and if you are staying overnight I highly recommend the Pony Canyon Motel. It's old and small, but spotlessly clean and friendly!
Blake suggests the "Castle" for the hand off spot.
This castle was built by Anson Phelps Stokes in 1897 as a summer home for his boys. It was occupied for about 2 months, June and July, in 1897, but has been empty since.
No explanation as to why it was abandanded.
The hand off.
The current care-taker of the Strom-Cache;
We decide to ride Nevada SR 722 to Middlegate where we will have lunch and then part ways - Blake will continue to Santa Cruz, I will ride south and make a loop back to Utah.
A ranch alongside 722
A few miles east of Middlegate on US 50, a shoe tree.
Middlegate, come here hungry and be well fed! The mushroom burger fit both my requirements for excellence: big, greasy, and tasty...
Gabbs, Nevada church.
The sky is busy while I'm riding to Tonapah.
Not everyday you see a boat converted into a lounge in the middle of the desert.
I'm a little hungry, so I stop for a quick bite, but the menu here is not what I expected...
Tonapah main street.
Previous generations fought so hard to win what our generation is so blythely giving away... how sad.
Mural in Tonapah.
Lots of long, straight, lonely roads in Nevada.
(from Tonapah to Ely)
I stay in Ely overnight, and head for home the next morning.
Hat tree south of Wendover on hwy 93
I make it home a little after mid-day. It was a cold ride, but I'm so happy to meet Blake and ride a few miles with him. What a great guy!
Day 1 was the coldest - 465 miles.
Day 2 was the most fun - 403 miles.
Day 3 was the windiest - 222 miles.
1090 total - any ride is better than no ride!