Today we were up at the crack of dawn, packing up and getting ready for today’s adventure. We rolled out of the campsite by 6:15 and headed into town to grab a quick breakfast. Once we were full we took off for Fallon, NV a mere 118 miles away. Our longest day yet milage wise by one mile!
Our course followed the famous pony express trail for much of the day. There were lots of interesting ruins and informative signs throughout the day.
The first 30 miles of our ride was very pleasant, we had two small climbs and lots of down hill. However, once we stopped for a small break we noticed a big increase in wind and we had to battle it for the next 50 miles.
When we were almost to the town of Middlegate, we happened to notice a tree on the side of the road with hundreds of pairs of shoes in it. It was said that in the early 1900’s a couple had gotten in an argument by the tree and the wife threatened to leave, so the husband took her shoes and threw them into the tree so that she couldn’t leave him. Story has it that they made up after their fight so now couples from all over throw their shoes in the tree!
Around mile 80 we had a little incident! Cam noticed that he had a flat tire. No big deal. It would just take a few minutes to change then we would be back on the road. However, when we went to take the wheel off we realized that there was a much bigger problem. The skewer that holds the wheel onto the frame had stripped out so we couldn’t remove the wheel. Once we realized that we weren’t going to be able to change the tire Karey went on riding towards Fallon and Cam had to wait for Amy to come get him so they could find a bike shop.
While Karey was on the road for the last 40 miles he passed a neat geological feature called Sand Mountain. It is exactly what it says it is, a giant mountain of sand out in the middle of nowhere. It is based in an area called the Salt Wells, which hundreds of years ago was a salt lake that has now evaporated.
As the day was winding down it was getting hotter and hotter but Karey finally made it into Fallon just in time to jump in the pool and order some pizza for dinner. Tomorrow is going to be another long hot day, let’s just hope we can stay out of the wind!