2015 Long Island or Bust Tour – Day 5


April 26th 2015

I ended my day seeing this pair of Great Horn Owls.  Roosting by their nest.  So uninhibited and so beautifully perched.  Such an amazing creature and HUGE.

Perfect way to end a pretty good day of driving.  Spent most of the time on Highway 50, The Loneliest Highway in America.  Not a lot of traffic.

A very long and straight road broken up with elevation climbs and great twisty curves.  I am making the best of my four wheels I have to admit and enjoying snacking while driving.  I spent all day over 6000 feet and more.

No snow today but sure saw a lot on the mountain passes.  Weather for the next week all around Nevada and Utah is supposed to be really sweet.  I am going to spend 2 nights in Moab.

Skiing still going on and a lot of back country skiing as well.

Between the clouds the views were crazy.  Over 8000 Ft and I could see down below.  I don’t think my head likes altitudes.  I had a headache all day and I think it’s because I don’t like altitudes. 😌

I drove around Lake Tahoe.  This is one gorgeous lake high up in the mountains.  So clear, clean and near perfection location.  I could actually see myself swimming in this lake.  I hate lake to swim in but tempting Lake Tahoe is.

Nice walking down by the shore and trying not to kill my self slipping.  After Lake Tahoe that is when I drove Hwy 50 to Ely, NV.  I did not mind the road at all.  The desert has a certain charm this time of year.  Even though the highest temperature today was 14 C or 58 F the sun was incredibly strong.  Burnt my neck having the sun roof open.  Off Hwy 50 is Sand Mountain.  The coolest dune buggy park I have seen next to Oregon.  In the middle of no where there is this huge sand dune with motor homes and tons of ATV’s and even dirt bikers tackling the hill.  I spent some time there in awe.  I could have gone a group ride but I wanted to rent my own and no one would.

Just like when I ride I always park in bad locations.  No different with my car.  Doesn’t look bad but I almost got myself stuck.  Had to put my car in hill climb mode to rock myself out of the sand that was sucking me in.

Off I head towards the Great Basin National Park then Moab.  I want to be able to do some hiking in the Arches National Park.  After Moab I think I will start heading North to the east entrance of Yellowstone.  Have to find that place for my Beagle.  All in all this has been another great trip so far and I have to say the USA has some of the most interesting terrain and such beauty no matter how many times I cross.

4 Comments

  1. RonZu says:

    I drove through Moab last Thursday evening. Jam packed with people, and it’s only April. There’s a place on the North end of town that rents dual sport bikes. You may want to check them out.

  2. Jim in Independence, OR says:

    I used to ski at Mt. Rose with my parents during spring break when I was in High School…….. back in the early 60’s. Beautiful place!
    Doesn’t the “loneliest road” cross the route of the Pony Express trail? I remember seeing it out there someplace on a trip I did to Moab.
    I’m enjoying your trip narrative once again……… as I did the others.

    Jim

  3. Wonko the Sane says:

    I hate lake to swim in but tempting Lake Tahoe is.

    So, Yoda you into run. Cool 😉

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