Go Stanley, Go!
Trip Start Mar 12, 2011
109Trip End Dec 15, 2011
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As per usual we set off shortly afetr sunrise, and headed for Bingham Copper mine. Bit of cause for concern on the way as the road we were on wasnt wide enough for trucks, so how do they get the copper out? But we got tyhere fine, no problem.
The copper mine produces 17% of USA demand for copper and its the biggest copper mine in the world. It has produced more copper than any mine in history. It mines 55 million tonnes of ore and 120 million tonnes of overburden(the rock in the way of the ore) every year. The pit is 2 3/4miles across and 3/4 mile deep. So look carefully at the picture and you can see the trucks hauling the ore, running along the roads. Then look at the picture of a truck tyre to get an idea of how big the trucks are. Otherwise theres no sense of perspective. It just looks like a hole in the ground
On the way out we were acosted by the ladies who run the Lions Gift Shop at the mine. Very friendly bunch, who were interested in Stanley and the journey, and Round Table, and gave us a lapel pin of the mine. Many thanks, ladies.
Going along next to Salt Lake, we passed a number of piles of salt, just like we get in Spain. But what happens when it rains and they get wet?
Proceeded on our way towards Bonneville. Will we be able to run Stanley on the world famous racetrack? Will he be the fastest in his class?Had no idea what to expect, but even if we had, it wouldnt have happened. There, at the end of the road was a film crew, shooting a Citroen advert!. Got chatting, as we do, with Jason, Thomas and Hubert, amongst others. Very helpful and gave us supplieds of drink andf food, as well as a copy of the book "One Good Run", the book that inspired the movie "The Worlds Fastest Indian" which Martin had been telling me all about!
Watched them all drive off across the lake (its only a few inches deep) to continue their filming on the other side. We were tempted to follow, as Stanley has overcome much more serious water obstacles that that, a few inches is nothing to him. However, the thought of all that salt put us off.
So now we are staying the night in Wendover, Utah, not UK
Mileage 197 miles
Martin's McDonald's moment:
Roger has told you about Bingham mine which is apparently the largest man made hole in the ground on earth
Bonneville was a great surprise,absolutely no sign of a structure of any description other than a plaque explaing the formation of the salt flats - see that in the pictures.For a petrol head like me it is one of the most important locations in the motor world and seeing the pictures of George Eyston and Donald Campbell in the hotel reminded me of the books and articles I used to read. The film crew and a charming visiting couple,John and Lydia,were more interested in Stanley than the Citroen which was the star of the advert.
Lydia is a French lady born in Newcastle and John seems to have had a go at most things from designing yachts that fit in containers to providing pilot escort for vehicles (amber flashing lights?)
So back to our favourite hotel chain,Days Inn where we use every pathetic angle we can make up to get a good rate
.Even when we stopped half way here at a rest stop we got talking to about half a dozen people:
Note for Dave: Rear springs are at about 18 minutes to the hour ,loaded without driver and passenger.I would prefer steeper but there is still a bit of bounce left and as roads are so benign we will live with it at this stage.Slightly more concerned with a wheel wobble at about 45 and an uneven wear pattern on N/S front.I suspect tracking and might pull in to a friendly tire shop.Don't want new tyres but will get existing ones balanced.May be have a swop around.
See you tonmorrow