Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Sunrise in Utah, Sunset in Nevada

We decided to start our riding earlier due to the heat out west. Was over 100 degrees yesterday afternoon in Gunnison, CO. We were wilting in the sun. Expecting hotter days in Utah and Nevada. Our multiple alarms went off at 4:15 am, in the saddle and riding by 5. Temps were a cool 60 degrees and dry.

We were concerned that Interstate 70/US 50 would be crowded and speedy from Grand Junction, CO to Salina, UT. We were wrong. Traffic was very light with broad lanes and shoulders. Of course, we had to stop and snap photos every 30 miles, it seems. The scenery is spectacular in eastern Utah.

By the time we arrived in Delta, the landscape had changed to flat scrub brush with distant mountains. After a quick strawberry - banana smoothie at McDonalds, we left for Ely, Nevada, only 155 miles away across a dry desert.
But first a stop in Hinkley, Utah at the Shoe Tree. Shortly therafter Rudy experienced a loss of power. Pulling over, he found the sidecar tire had gone flat. Have to mount the spare along a desert road iin the heat.
Considered leaving him here to fend for himself, but after taking into consideration the final fate of some four legged critters here, we helped get Rudy rolling again.
In the middle of desert nowhere, is the Nevada - Utah border.

And more desert riding before we ended the day in Ely, NV, riding 430 miles in all today.

Nite Da.mit












  1. In shoe tree photo, is that a 50 lb sack of potatoes strapped to the hack? Preparation for long trek across the desert?

  2. Jan I broke into a sweat just looking at the pictures.......

  3. Was it as hot as it looks in the pictures? And the steer photo really puts the climate into perspective.

  4. Chuck, actually that is my dirty smelly laundry, in hot dry Nevada

  5. Temps are in the high 90's every day. We are drinking lots of water at every stop and as we ride.


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