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    BRUNEAU CANYON FROM VIEWPOINT SOUTH OF MOUNTAIN HOME



    NEVADA TRIP
    MAY 29 TO JUNE 3, 2009

    Evelyn and I took a little trip to Nevada with Weisergeiser and Mrs. Weisergeiser this past week. We picked them up in Evelyn's Ford Escape at their home in NE Oregon and spent the first night in Mountain Home, Idaho. It wasn't until then that we made our final decision as to whether we would head to Montana or Nevada. After checking into our motel we drove down to the Bruneau Canyon for a look-see. Beautiful. I didn't realize the Bruneau Canyon was so big. It runs from the Snake River to just north of the Nevada border!



    The next day we headed south through the sagebrush on Idaho 51 passing through the communities of Grassmere and Riddle. I remember both as being "towns" that I shipped parts to via the Owyhee Stage Lines back in the early 60's during my shipping and receiving clerk days in Boise. Today both places are closed up tighter than a drum.

    The highway changes to Nevada 225 across the border and winds through some beautiful rock formations on the south end of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation. Still sagebrush country with occasional dips into creek bottoms, the countryside is surrounded by mountains and remote dirt roads leading across the shrub-steppe.

    We stopped for lunch at a wide spot in the road north of Elko. It was a combination cafe and tavern, the main meeting place for locals. The gal that owned the place told us ranches in the area might be 20 miles apart and her establishment is common ground. Her husband is an attorney and his office is in one corner of the bar. No walls, no windows to separate it from the bar. Sort of funny, his desk and bookcase is tucked into the corner behind a pool table and shuffleboard with sports blaring on a big screen TV and people laughing and shouting. But in a community where your word is your bond, who needs written contracts?

    We checked out Elko by driving the main drag before heading south to Eureka. We planned on spending the night in Eureka, but when we reached town we found the motel situation to be far from our expectations so we found Nevada 50 and drove to Austin. Nevada 50 is part of the Old Lincoln Highway and dubbed "The Loneliest Road in America". It closely follows the Pony Express route and there are still remains of some of the stations along the route. We liked Highway 50 a lot. The mountains are absolutely beautiful.


    EUREKA'S OPERA HOUSE



    AUSTIN IS A PRETTY CALM PLACE TODAY, BUT ONCE UPON A TIME...

    Austin was just like Eureka in the motel department. We had dinner and decided to try one of the motels regardless. Unfortunately (or fortunately) none of them had two non-smoking rooms. We can stand lousy mattresses and cold water, but we cannot stand smoking rooms. Not after 25 to 30 years of weening ourselves off cigarettes!


    NEVADA 50, LONELIEST ROAD IN AMERICA, PART OF THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY

    So we continued west on The Loneliest Road to Fallon where we spent the night. Fallon is a good sized town and it boasts several interesting places within a short drive of downtown. I would like to check it out further someday when we have more time.

    Next we drove to Silver City and Virginia City, but not without a stop at the Chocolate Nugget Candy Factory at Mound House Junction. What a place! Expensive, but goooood. We have visited several candy shops during our years with special interest car clubs and the Backroad Drivers Northwest group, but this place was the best. Mmmmm, good.

    We all got a kick out of Virginia City; the buildings, board walks, folks dressed in period clothing, a couple of gun battles put on for the tourists, the train ride, carriage ride, etc. But, our girls really got with it in the maze of turquoise jewelry stores and gift shops. After lunch we headed for our hotel in Reno in the downpour from a thunder and lightning storm.


    VIRGINIA CITY (PHOTO BY POSTCARDSFROM.COM)

    We stayed at one of the popular casinos so the gals could find their slot machines no matter what time of day. It worked out well. They could be found playing the machines while us guys caught up on our rest. We spent a whole day out of the car thank goodness. The highlight of our stay in Reno, actually the highlight of the whole trip, was when Weisergeiser was called on-stage at a comedy club show we attended. The comedian was trying to make fun of him, but neither he nor the rest of us knew of Weisergeiser's latent and until then, hidden, talent for being a song and dance man. Weisergeiser had the audience, us and the comedian amazed. It couldn't have been funnier or more unexpected. Good times.



    The next day we drove over to Grass Valley, California to visit our oldest son and his family. No notice. When we arrived at 10:00 AM we rang the door bell and pounded on their door. They must have thought it was a raid. Boy, were they surprised to see us!

    On the way back to Reno that afternoon we stopped at a Cabela's store. First time at Cabela's for all of us. It was only a one-story facility, but very, very impressive. I tried on some boots, but they didn't have my size so I walked out empty handed as did the others.

    We were experiencing some car problems so we changed our direction home from the original back country route to the main highway. We drove from Reno through Winnemucca and on to Ontario, Oregon where we spent the night. The next day we dropped the Weisergeiser's off at their place in NE Oregon before Evelyn and I continued home to Yakima.



    If was a really fun trip. Almost all of our travels were technically via highway, but much of it was as close to being backroads as you can get and that's why I posted here.
    Last edited by Jerry; 11-14-2009 at 01:33.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    The highlight of our stay in Reno, actually the highlight of the whole trip, was when Weisergeiser was called on-stage at a comedy club show we attended. The comedian was trying to make fun of him, but neither he nor the rest of us knew of Weisergeiser's latent talent for being a song and dance man. Weisergeiser had the audience, us and the comedian amazed. It couldn't have been funnier or more unexpected. Good times.
    Heh I can only imagine what he could've been doing

    Sounds like a good trip, yes, mostly highways but those can be good fun too, especially Nevada 50, its on my list of places to go...
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    Ryan, I really like your blog. Nice job! Nice logo, too. Very professional, yet inviting and comfortable.

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    Good story and pix, Jerry, that looked like a really fun trip. Lot's of pretty country down there.

    As someone who grew up in Boise, I love the desert.

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    Cool trip report, thanks for sharing. Brings back fond memories of our summer trip. Looks like you drove right by the start/end of the Owyhee Uplands Scenic Byway, which is a pretty and very remote drive.

    If you haven't already, next time you're near Elko stop for some Basque food head for the Lamoille Valley, "The Alps of Nevada" as they say. We went round the Ruby Mountains from there and almost to Eureka on two track. Eureka looks like a cool place, but we lost two out of three exhaust brackets so we hightailed back to a welder in Elko.

    What's the deal with smoke infested motel rooms in Nevada? When you wake up in one it feels like you've sucking on an exhaust pipe all night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 94xj View Post
    Cool trip report, thanks for sharing. Brings back fond memories of our summer trip. Looks like you drove right by the start/end of the Owyhee Uplands Scenic Byway, which is a pretty and very remote drive.

    If you haven't already, next time you're near Elko stop for some Basque food head for the Lamoille Valley, "The Alps of Nevada" as they say. We went round the Ruby Mountains from there and almost to Eureka on two track. Eureka looks like a cool place, but we lost two out of three exhaust brackets so we hightailed back to a welder in Elko.

    What's the deal with smoke infested motel rooms in Nevada? When you wake up in one it feels like you've sucking on an exhaust pipe all night.
    Thanks, 94xj. Yup, we drove the Owyhee Uplands Scenic Byway a couple years ago with Backroad Drivers Northwest and we started from the Jordan Valley end. I agree that most of the mountain ranges in central Nevada are quite beautiful and it would be nice to have more time for exploring. So many roads, such little time. I don't know why, but the majority of rooms in those small motels are smoking rooms. Sort of inconvenient for us non-smokers to drive to the next town, but at least the motel owners still have a choice in Nevada.

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