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Travel Blogs from Ely
... 8 billion acres of sage brush and open prairie. Big cattle country, and two Indian reservations. Reminds us of stretches of the Baja Penninsula highway, where there's no gas stations for hundreds of miles, literally. Anyway, really enjoying the easy drive on the back roads, with no traffic, straight as a Mormon missionary, fascinating humungous ranches in the foothills, mining roads up to seemingly nowhere, etc.
Tomorrow will be even more remote.
When I left the salt flats I took a detour into Nevada so I could visit the state's only Nat. Park, Great Basin. It's actually a series of basins separated by mountain ranges. Definitely a park with highs and lows. The low is Lehman Caves, a wonderful system. So far, second only to Carlsbad. It is a single limestone cavern, only about a quarter-mile long, but almost every inch is decorated with all the standard ...
... rock area was our goal. Although we had a most interesting ride on the back roads of the county, we gave up after the roads got to rocky and overgrown. Somehow or another, we found ourselves driving a Pony Express trail from 1860-1861 for a while. I'm not sure anyone has gone down that road since then! The vista of afternoon rains across the valley and mountains was beautiful. It rained most of the night. Tomorrow we'll continue our trek ...
... road we were on the look out for deer. Soon a line up of deer could be seen crossing the road. As we neared we slowed to a crawl. The last deer was uncertain whether to cross or wait. It jumped out in front of us and fell down. Poor deer was so frightened it could hardly make it out of the road. Patrick decided to drive and honk to dissuade any other animals from entering the road while we crossed ...
... America for service. Since it was Sunday, they had trouble finding a tow truck and after an hour called to say one would be coming in from Las Vegas, so it'd be another 1 1/2 hours. Good time as any for a disco nap, but we were awaken shortly by the sound of truck - hurray! The mechanic notes that the spare tire is starting ...
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