Why is it I can see 40 dollar hotels all day long but when I get too tired to drive any further the cheapest one I can find is twice that?
So Day 2 is in the books. And it was a spectacularly boring book. Nevada is one of the more boring states to drive across, and by the time I got into Utah and had some interesting things to look at (Bonneville Salt Flats) it was dark. Bah. Nevada mainly consists of large bowls of flat land surrounded by hills of dirt that look like a giant child was playing in his sandbox. The only living thing you see is endless fields of an ugly, olive drab bush that stands about a foot tall and maybe 2 feet around. And this goes on for about 8 hours. Fun. Please do not ask if I stopped in Reno to gamble, I didn’t even slow down in that town. In fact, I believe I accelerated.
Whoever writes city slogans for Nevada should be shot. Battle Mountain is either “The Basecamp to Nevada’s Outback” or “Halfway to Everywhere”. For the first, Nevada doesn’t have an outback and even if it did no one wants to go there. For the second, if I’m halfway to everywhere, doesn’t that mean I’m still in the middle of nowhere? Do you really want to advertise that? Also, Elko, Nevada is the “Home of Cowboy Poetry”. I think that one speaks for itself.
Oddly enough, there is Humboldt County in Nevada. I left Humboldt county, city of Eureka, when I started this trip. In Nevada I drove through Humboldt County, Eureka County and even stopped in Eureka, Nevada for lunch where the Humboldt River flows through the town. Its like the Twilight Zone. I can’t get away…
Anyway, I’ll be leaving Salt Lake here in a few minutes. Don’t think I’ll get a chance to meet up with the one person I know here. Too bad, he offered to go to breakfast and he’s a chef so you know that would have been good. Not really looking forward to another day in the saddle, but can’t really avoid it. In fact, I should probably stop typing and get going.