Ron & Elena's 2012 & 2013 Travels travel blog

Heading east this morning under blue skies - the road is straight...

But before long we are crossing one mountain range after another -...

As we approach Ely, NV we see this painted landscape - turns...

Ely was founded as a pony express and stage coach stop but...

 

 

View to the west from US-50 a little west of Ely, NV.

Ely, NV is looking quite prosperous with a population of over 4,000...

Driving through the mountains east of Ely, NV.

A very high peak in the distance perhaps 30 to 50 miles...

Blue skies and beautiful scenery all day.

We don't plan any sailing tomorrow but we'll take a delightful "red...

A beautiful sight to end this day.


(Ron Writing) This morning we filled-up the truck's gas tank before leaving Eureka since some web research indicated the station there had a much lower price than those in towns further down the road.

We continued east on US-50 and it continued to be just as “lonely” as it was yesterday. This drive across Nevada on US-50 has really been a pleasant surprise. In most places it’s much different than we envisioned and the scenery is beautiful. In fact today we learned that Nevada is the most mountainous state in the USA – we would never have guessed. Nevada has over 300 individual mountain ranges and 42 named summits over 11,000 feet! We crossed several mountain passes that were between 7,000’ and 8,000’ elevation. Hercules really got a workout!

Around noon we arrived in Ely, NV, which is easily the largest town we’ve seen in a couple days. There we stopped at the post office to pick up a general delivery package that our blog-reader friend Lee Smith from Turlock mailed to us a few days ago. We missed Lee when we stopped by to see him in Turlock and he had been planning to give us some walnuts and almonds grown by some of his friends in the Turlock area. So he packaged them up and sent them off to us. They taste great Lee – thank you soooo much.

We had lunch in Ely and then decided to continue east on US-50. We drove about another 80 miles through beautiful mountains and valleys to the Utah / Nevada border.

This area is called the Snake Valley and they are having a local festival this weekend. One of the events was a fund-raiser BBQ at Border Inn in Baker, NV. We went to the BBQ and enjoyed some good food with the mostly local crowd. Border Inn has a large gravel parking lot where we are staying for the night.



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