Day 51 – As funny as a Clif Bar at altitude – Elko to Battle Mountain, NV

miles biked – 75

10/20/2009 Refreshed after a fun night in Elko, we hit the road for a long day of riding.  We were told by our friend Michelle that after Carlin there would be one big hill, then some rollers and then flat the last 20 miles to Battle Mountain (we wanted to make it to Winnamucca but our stop in Elko left us behind half a day).  We road the 30 or so miles to Carlin without a hitch.  It was mostly flat and there was some epic scenery heading into town with some huge jutting cliffs sandstone.  We rolled into Carlin for second breakfast and ended up at the one restaurant in town – Chin’s Chinese.

After Chin’s, the ride was pretty uneventful. Tracy and Caroline climbed the hill after Carlin using a little rhyming singing/rap game to pass the time. Caroline almost fell over laughing so hard at the obvious hilarity rhyming with “clif bar”. (??)  We rolled into Battle Mountain just before sunset and had dinner at the local diner. We chatted up as many people as we could but didn’t find a backyard to camp in. We were told the park was an ok spot, but it was below freezing that night so we checked into another motel and got a warm nights rest for the century ride ahead.

As a side note, we did meet a truck driver at a coffee shop who let us know that all the truckers on I-80 have been following our progress as we made our way across the state. Somehow this made us feel better, knowing all those drivers were keeping an eye on us. After that, every time someone honked we knew they were talking about us on their radios!

Riding on I-80 in Nevada

Riding on I-80 in Nevada

Flat tire

Flat tire

More riding in Nevada

More riding in Nevada


4 Responses to “Day 51 – As funny as a Clif Bar at altitude – Elko to Battle Mountain, NV”

  1. Patrick
    26. October 2009 at 21:07

    You’re not afraid of getting run over cause you’re in the wrong lane? (last pic). I hope there were really *no* cars anywhere nearby. :)

  2. bikeandbrew
    27. October 2009 at 01:30

    Caroline (in the left lane) is a beast and not afraid of cars. (this was on a closed course… kids, don’t try this at home)

  3. Laura
    27. October 2009 at 18:54

    we want pictures of saturday’s ride in costume. do something special for the truckers!!

  4. Lori
    27. October 2009 at 21:50

    are you sure it wan’t “move biiitch get out of the way” when they were honking? I hope that gets stuck in your head every time you hear a honk! And yes with Laura….. there BETTER be costumes. Get creative (no dressed as bikers!)

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