Sunday, August 16, 2015

Day 8: Ely, Nevada to Ukiah, California via The Loneliest Road in America.

4:30 a.m.

Even in the  middle of a vacation there is a certain pleasure about the knowledge that you are heading home.  We were on Highway 50 by 4:30 in the morning pointed west, playing dodge the deer as we went up and own mountain passes along the road known as “The Loneliest Road in America.”  Making the journey early in the morning made a huge difference as we sprinted across central Nevada at daybreak and weaved through tiny towns that were barely waking up.  Austin, Nevada seemed like a town of a couple of hundred people that were dwelling in a crag of a canyon coming out of a summit pass.  The sprint from Ely to Fallon, the “loneliest” part, was only about four hours.  Then it was the Sierras, the Valley, and eventually home.  The whole trip from Ely to Ukiah was about 10 hours.

2,875 miles from the time I left to grade AP’s to home. 

Parks visited:   Arches National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park, Capital Reef National Park, Goblin Valley State Park, Little Wild Horse Canyon, Bryce Canyon National Park, Cedar Breaks National Monument, Zion National Park, Great Basin National Park.

And that was only part one of the summer roadie. 

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