Day 48 – Bike and Brew Goes Big Time – Grantsville UT to West Wendover NV

Miles Biked – 97

5am in the choir room at Grantsville High we woke up and packed up so that we could leave with the night security guard who’s shift ended at 5:30am.  We was surprisingly easy to get up that early given the situation (except maybe for Caroline, who had no idea why everyone was moving around so in the middle of the night – she’d fallen asleep before we heard the news about our early wake up call) and given our 90 mile ride planned for the day, somewhat necessarily.  The only problem: the sun didn’t rise until 7:15am.

We spent the next few hours in the gas station cafe area, made our instant oatmeal, had some coffee and willed the sun to rise as fast as it could.  7:30am we started our ride, figuring it would be a flat 90 miles to the Nevada border and the Utah gambling haven of West Wendover Nevada.  We’d probably get there by 3:30pm.  Even if things went really slow.

At 9am (ish) we learned for the gazillionth time not to trust google maps when our walking directions side road turned in to a rocky dirt road up a large hill with no way to get on the main road because of a barbed wire fence.  Our little cyclocross was time consuming, but we figured we were fine, given our early start and we saw some great views.  Plus, from there, we had a service road we could take that would go right along i80 for about 30 miles, so we could still avoid the highway for a bit.  However, 7 miles down, we found that the service road turned into some dusty tracks in the middle of the desert.  Darn you again google walking directions!    This time, we had to find a away across the barbed wire, so we walked through the dried salty mud until we found a suitable crossing point.  We unloaded our bikes and climbed across.  It was 10:30am and we’d gone abou, but it was fine, because we had gotten an early start and still had plenty of time.  By this point we gave in to the fact that we’d be spending the next 500 miles on i80 through Nevada, but once we got going we realized it really wasn’t that bad.  It is a major freeway, but there’s a huge shoulder – wide enough for us to ride 2 by 2 and the traffic was pretty sporadic – mostly large trucks that were happy to put a lane of space between us and them.  We got going at a pretty good pace for an hour or so until we lost Tracy for a minute.  Turns out she got a flat.  Bummer.  She caught up quick though, just in time to get another flat.  For real.  Changed again, we road for a while longer until Anders got a flat.  At this point, Tracy and Caroline had taken the lead but we still had phone service so Sara and Anders stayed behind and fixed his bike and got back on the road slightly behind.  They almost caught up right before the rest stop 10 miles outside of Wendover when Anders got another flat.  This was starting to get a little strange.  Turns out the girls didn’t mind waiting at the rest stop though – they were on the set of a music video being filmed at the salt flats state park there!  When Sara and Anders arrived, they too got to munch at the catering table, and couldn’t help but think that the twig at had lead them to the free food just in time.

Riding the last few miles to Wendover, everyone’s tires held air, they were fed and ready to gamble!  After a little research at the casinos, we checked into the Golden Nugget.  We had some 2 for 1 buffet, Anders played some cards, the girls tried some slots and then we all went to bed, tired but happy.

Bike and Brew crosses Utah

Bike and Brew crosses Utah

Cyclocross!

Cyclocross!

Over the fence

Over the fence

The Tree of Utah... thats right

The Tree of Utah... that's right

Photo Shoot on the Salt Flats

Photo Shoot on the Salt Flats

And were in NEVADA!

And we're in NEVADA!


 
 
 

2 Responses to “Day 48 – Bike and Brew Goes Big Time – Grantsville UT to West Wendover NV”

  1. kaley
    21. October 2009 at 11:12

    hi guys! i was chatting with tracy briefly a few days ago on twitter. i did bike and build in 2007 and rode those same 500+ mi on i-80. you’re right about it not being that bad, but the flats are horrible. we figured out that when truck tires blow out, they have these staple things in them that tend to stay on the road after everything else is cleaned up. we found a lot of them in our tubes. i guess just watch extra carefully what youre riding over.

    it’s really fun following you – i wish i had seen this sooner! good luck making it across nevada. i look forward to reading some more.

    kaley.

  2. bikeandbrew
    26. October 2009 at 01:41

    Hey Kaley,
    Those alligator flats on I-80 were crazy… i think we got about 12 between the 4 of us in 500 miles.
    Where did you go on bike and build after nevada? we are in chico now, and headed for the coast. Then we’ll go up to Seattle.
    Enjoy the blog and send more tweets,
    The Bike and Brew Crew

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