Tuesday, August 17 Days: 40 Nuts & Bolts: Katy M & I ride from Lund to Eureka, Nevada and even find a little single track along the way. Miles: 101.2 Total Miles: 7088.99 MPG: 54.9 Weather: 79-96F. Sunny, windy, cool morning turns into hot afternoon. Dry all day. Not a bad day for riding. Trail Conditions: Dusty, powdery dust (has been for a few days) hard sand with a coating to a layer of loose sand on top. Hardened top soil/ mud damaged by erosion and 4x4 activity. Embedded stone. Deep two track prone to erosion with rounded over center sections. Lots of sand and some single track. Some sections difficult to discern. Many cattle fences. Stops: Lane’s Coffee Shop in Lund for breakfast and Owl Club Bar & Steakhouse in Eureka for a burger. Seeds & berries for lunch. Keeping the Lincoln Highway alive. Lodging: Eureka Gold Country Inn Observations: Riding in Nevada is pretty special. First, I’ve been surprised by the amount of high elevation terrain and forest land. Fish Lake & Humboldt National Forests offer lots of steep rugged and beautiful riding and are filled with wildlife. Next, there’s just a lot of open space with very little trace of humanity - some fencing, two track, and cattle are about it, generally speaking. As a result, riding solo can happen in a very pure form. Old dwelling With a slow 10:30 a.m. start on Monday following two days of rugged riding, I began the day planning to take it easy. For the most part, I rode at a cruising pace with little spirited riding, hill accents the exception - I always like to get 3rd gear if I can get it. Most of the ride easy horizontal riding, but there were a couple passes in the 7-8500 foot range, though not as steep or consistently rugged as the day before. A smokey haze from northern fires limited views to maybe 5-10 miles. Not otherwise bothered. Some of the gravel you can expect Most of the horizontal desert riding was along two track, some heavily rutted. Getting caught in one can be tricky. I like to ride the walls a bit and pop out with a throttle hop if it happens. Some sections of track blend in so well with their surroundings, following them is not always easy. I made a few crop circles at one point searching for the track and when I did, it wound a tight single track through sage brush and tumble weed. Standing helped to see. Picked up a hitchhiker some where close to Lund that stayed with me all day. His name is Bad Back. I plan to slip out of Eureka early and leave him in the dust. We’ll se how it goes. We ride on, Ikeya-Seki, out.