Rogerson ID to McDermitt NV – 245 miles
Nice waking up with the sun this morning, for a change, after a stretch we wandered over to the store to see about coffee and breakfast. Helen was slowly opening the place, she had coffee brewed but needed to heat the cook top. We were in no hurry so excepted the offer to wait for breakfast. Tom and I felt guilty watching this neat ol'lady work, but when help was offered she said we would get in the way and slow things down. So we relaxed and helped ourselves to multiple cups of coffee watching and listening to her talk about the people, the town and share their stories
. I should mentioned Helen uses a cane, and it's like an arm extension pulling and pushing needed items. But it can also act as a weapon if she feels like it. Helen's daughter arrived a bit later and took over the cooking duties.
After a nice breakfast, we repacked and filled up our bikes with the good stuff (9x octane and non-ethanol). Next gas stop will most likely be Owyhee, which is 130+ miles, so Tom filled his gas bladder just in case. We're heading out into the big empty.
Weather looks perfect for today. Plan is to follow the T2 track west then branch off on our own track into Oregon.
Heading west out of Rogerson on paved road 1520
Salmon Falls Cr Reservoir. Helen mentioned her father helped build this dam. Noticed a bit of leaked on one of the side walls. Excellent natural valley to place a dam.
heading down into cedar mesa canal, from this point forwards unimproved pan head rock infested 2 track, very nice...
an occasional fleeting antelope, this big buck was really moving
in this featureless area, saw this strange shape on the horizon, after miles and miles this came into focus
as far as the eye can see, American version of the Russian steppes
2 track started to get really soft and silty. It was good to work off some of the food intake from the previous couple of easy days
following in the foot steps of others...
next up Bruneau canyon and west beyond...