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Days 10 & 11: Into Utah

Updated: Jun 27

We survived the ”Loneliest Road in America.” It was nice to have a low-traffic route. We saw some interesting small towns and beautiful terrain going across Nevada. Day 10 was my last day in Nevada, and I stayed that night (near) Baker at the Border Inn—which was on the border between Nevada and Utah. Two different time zones, too. Day 11 was a tough ride, with two long, hard climbs that kept me from getting overconfident about feeling stronger.


Riding


Day 10: 63 miles, 3054 elevation (0 wheees, 2 aarrgghhs)

While I am starting to feel stronger and more confident in my riding, I still don’t have the endurance to ride hard for 60 miles. That should come. I know I am getting into shape when I feel good after 60 miles (not true just a month ago). Two longer climbs and longer descents. Today was still chilly, and our descents were especially cold (aarrgghh).



Day 11: 84 miles, 4111 elevation (0 wheees, 2 aarrgghhs)

This was a tough day; including two long climbs of 5 and 7 miles. You gotta just slog through those. There were three descents, but they were chilly and none earned a wheee! and two earned aarrgghhs—the last one was rated neutral, not good or bad.



Topic


As I leave Nevada, I want to share some things I learned about the land mass we just crossed. This is from the Adventure Cycling Association map set. You may recall some of the photos from the past few days of our ride. They often showed ”flats” that typically run 10-15 miles wide. The flats are also called ”basins.” Interestingly, unlike most water that eventually flows into rivers and on to the sea, the water in basins typically collects into pools and evaporates. Some become salt flats—like what we saw on one of our early days.


We would roll along the basin for a while before coming to a “fault” (think tectonic plates) that became a mountain range—and provides a climb. After riding up and over the range, and you drop into the next basin. Over and over, that is how we made our way across Nevada and into Utah. At the eastern end of Nevada you find Great Basin National Park, which is really a misnomer as the park is mostly made up of mountains. We rode around this park on our way to and beyond Baker.


Stories and pictures

This part of the ride is getting a bit monotonous. As the maps say: Basin. Fault. Range. Basin. Fault. Range.… You have seen those on previous days. I have only a few pictures and stories to add below.


Day 10: On to Baker


The sky and mountains were just just beautiful today…


Dave, a wind farm, mountains, puffy clouds, what more can you ask for?


A nice view from where we stopped to eat.


Sunset from my hotel parking lot…


My hotel, the Border Inn was literally on the border. I slept in Utah and walked over to the hotel restaurant in Nevada, where you could also legally gamble.



Day 11: Baker to Ely


The day started dreary, drizzly, cool…



But ended warm and with some beautiful views.


The hotel in Ely was a La Quinta at the edge of town. We didn‘t do much in this town.


Tomorrow is an easier ride before a big day and on to Bryce Canyon National Park.


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burnett.jeff
Jun 02, 2022

Good description of the Great Basin. We drove through it this summer and also stayed at the La Quinta in Ely 😀. Are you sticking with the Keto diet or are you in I’ll consume anything mode?

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Joe.Cannon
Joe.Cannon
Jun 03, 2022
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Jeff. I am eating anything. Too hard to stay keto.

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Scott Andrews
Scott Andrews
Jun 02, 2022

Joe,

your blog creates a nice picture of your adventure. It feels like we’re riding along. How do you type all this from a smartphone?

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Joe.Cannon
Joe.Cannon
Jun 03, 2022
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Hi Scott. I am enjoting your European adventures. So cool. I cheated and brought my iPad. Big help.

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cindystich
Jun 02, 2022

Beautiful scenery Joe!!!


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don.a.brennan
Jun 02, 2022

Hi Joe,

We are enjoying the blog. Seems like you have a planned route for each day. Curious if you mapped out the entire trip by day?

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Joe.Cannon
Joe.Cannon
Jun 02, 2022
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Don, I think you might also be asking if we have a map. The Adventure Cycling Association puts together routes and maps all over the country. So we do follow a pre-planned route. And right now, we are pretty stuck with how far we go each day. In Nevada and Utah towns are often 50-75 miles apart. So you kind of have to just go to the next town — or two towns up which might be a lot. As we move into the east, there are more towns, so there are more options.

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Wynn Washle
Wynn Washle
Jun 02, 2022

How many total miles at this point?

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Joe.Cannon
Joe.Cannon
Jun 02, 2022
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Hi Wynn, 762 (more or less) though today. About 20% of the total.

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