...And neither do the winds. More on that later.
We took a day off after the Sierra Nevada Mountains to relax and catch up on things. We stayed at a questionable motel in Minden, NV. However, it served it's purpose. Pizza, Beer, and "Mrs. Doubtfire" and a lot of rest did the trick. We left Minden for Yerington, NV which was about 60 miles south-east. We still had daylight so we shot for the town of Shurz. Located on the Walker River Paiute Tribe Reservation, it was compact but full of caring people. Everyone there referred to us as "brother" and were concerned about our travels. The tribe police gave us permission to camp out down by the river, so we did exactly that.
We had breakfast at the only gas station near town and received well wishes from many of the locals. We rode past walker lake into the Army depot town of Hawthorne. We stopped briefly for some groceries and made our way (another 34 miles) to Mina, NV. A town of maybe 150 people served us well with their local burger joint. We biked 9 miles out of town and camped off the road for the night. The next town (NOTHING in between) is Tonopah, NV (62 miles).
WORSE RIDING CONDITIONS THUS FAR. We had limited water, high temperatures and non-stop head wind. If you're wondering, this means the wind is blowing towards you. It had to be blowing at least 35 mph almost the entire day. OH, and we were climbing 2,000 feet so it was uphill most of the time. The pain aside, It was absolutely gorgeous. Untainted mountains in every direction with bright blue skies. It seems no matter how far we bike we can always look back and see a section of snow capped mountains mentioned many times before.
Just before Tonopah we ran into Daniel. He was walking down the highway with a baby stroller full of food, gear, and water. Unique to say the least. He is 21 years old and left NYC last October to walk across the country. He does his job from the road whenever he has cellphone reception and appears to be doing alright. Its funny because he thought what we were doing was "crazy".
Tonopah is over 6,000 ft above sea level and provides cheap rooms. we're here for the night. more later...
oh. Andrew got a flat tire yesterday. fyi.