To describe today as the least exciting day on my bicycle ever would be an understatement. The desert terrain never changed for 50 miles. No towns, no trees, no people, no animals, no interesting signs, no change in scenery, no elevation. Just one long stretch of mind-numbing highway.
Historical Note: Hwy 50, also called “The Lincoln Highway” was the first paved highway across America. Started in 1912 and completed in 1925.
To break up the mind-numbing, an interesting desert wall of rock graffiti appears for a 3-mile stretch. I imagine people actually stopping their cars, walking around the desert terrain to find colored rocks, and then lining them up to make their mark in the desert – usually their names. So, Justin and I couldn’t let this opportunity pass. We added the word “LifeMoxie” to the terrain.
Out of nowhere in the middle of the desert on Hwy 50 appears the Old Middlegate Station with a 6-stool bar, a 4-room motel, and RV parking. There is nothing for 50 miles before it and nothing for 63 miles after it. Behind the bar stands an old, gruff, weathered cowboy who looks like he hasn’t cracked a smile since 1984. The ceiling is also graffiti-ed, this time with dollar bills marked with people’s names. And once again, we had to add our own mark with a LifeMoxie-marked dollar bill.
Historical Note: The Middlegate Station was built in 1859 to service stage and freight lines traveling across the country, and the Pony Express used it as a changing station during its 18-month existence.
- On my way out of Fallon, I saw a farm with one fenced in arena for the white cows and another fenced in arena for the black cows.
- The handful of cars that passed me in both directions on Highway 50 actually waved to me as they passed.
- I finally saw Jack & Carly (my delicious step-kids), Rob (husband), and Elwood (the dog) via Skype – the wonders of technology!
Day 8 Stats
Miles: 52.74 miles
Total mileage: 470.94
Road kill count: 57
Destination for Day 9: Austin, NV (population 370!)