Day 50 – Drinking with Miners – Wells to Elko, NV

miles biked – 50

10/ 19/2009 Waking up in Wells, after learning that Nevada is actually the most mountainous state in the US after Alaska (now they tell us), we prepared for a 100 mile day to Carlin.  We were told that there weren’t going to be any more big hills until after Carlin so we were going to go for it.  However, we desperately needed to stop at a bike shop. We all needed extra tubes (after the i80 flats we’d gotten), Anders’ bike had a nasty shake on the headset after being shipped, and Caroline had worn her brake pads down to the bone.  There was only one bike shop on our entire 500 mile stretch of i80 – in Elko, Nevada – so we had to take care of these things before heading out into the really desolate areas.  The 50 miles into Elko were a breeze and we were excited to be on schedule. But when we pulled into the bike shop parking lot there was a sign on the door: Will open today at 4:30pm.  …Too bad for our schedule.

Not wanting to be reckless (and watching storm clouds roll in) we decided we’d have to just stay in Elko and go bowling! We ate the biggest lunch of Mexican food ever, checked into the Roadside Motel and showered up.  While we were getting settled we decided that this whole motel thing was starting to get a little silly, so Tracy went onto warmshowers.com Had we check just a little bit earlier, we would have seen that there was a biker in Elko who could have put us up for the night!  Shame on us for not trying harder to find a free place, but we were already settled in our motel, so we arranged to meet up with her for a drink at the much talked about Stray Dog Pub.

To our chagrin, the bowling alley didn’t have lanes open (the leagues had taken over) but we did go to the Stray Dog and have some great beers (they had Ruby Mountain, Fat Tire and Great Basin’s Ichthyosaur on tap).  At the bar we met a bunch of Australian gold miners, including one who was an avid homebrewer. It was a nice half day and Michele (our warmshowers connection) had some great biking tips for us for the upcoming days.  Just what we needed!

Getting bikes fixed in Wells

Getting bikes fixed in Wells

Drinks at Stray Dog with Michelle

Drinks at Stray Dog with Michelle


 
 
 

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