Salt Lake City

Blinding rain and side winds made it a rough ride. The rain itself, not so bad, but the water kicked up by big rigs and cars could bring the visibility down to zero.

I’ve always thought going to Salt Lake City would be like going to Oz.

And the road from Pequop Summit to the city was nearly that. Blinding rain and side winds made it a rough ride. The rain itself, not so bad, but the water kicked up by big rigs and cars could bring the visibility down to zero.

My whole ride across the lake was this – gray and windswept. The white salt was glowing and visible only a hundred yards from the edge, and the road ahead simply disappeared into murkiness. I had to pull over more than once to wait for a hole in the traffic, then I’d shoot off and try to keep distance between me and other vehicles. There was nowhere to go out there, no shelter whatsoever. It was GREAT!

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Wendover – The Nevada/Utah line.

I’ve never seen so much beauty as I did on the road from Reno to here. The landscape is a succession of basins that varied in color and pattern as much as Indian pottery. The only thing common between them was how vast and flat was the floor, which ended with an upheaval of mountains on the rim of the horizon, all still garnished with snow.

I still haven’t been to see the Great Wizard yet, but I checked the website – temple opens at 10:oo am.

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I-80 near Elko, Nevada (Photo credit below).

 


 


Elko

Sometimes too much of a good thing can kill you.

I made it to Elko before sunset and it’s a good thing, because there were some bully looking clouds out there who meant business.

I checked into the Oak Tree Inn and surfed the internet for the best places to eat. Top of the list was The Star Hotel.

Now of all things that I thought I might find in Elko – it wasn’t a Basque Restaurant! But, apparently there’s a strong community of Basques who settled here.

The food was served in so shameful an amount…I had to look around to see if I was on hidden camera.

Food Lineup SoupThey start by bringing you a healthy serving of Porrusalda soup. It was just what I needed after the day’s ride….

…but then came the onslaught; neck of lamb, prepared authentically – baked until it fell off the bone, green beans and garlic, delicious french fries, two types of kidney beans, a plate of spaghetti, homemade bread and salad with homemade dressing — did I say there were two of us?

Then to top it off – and this was the real killer – an adorable young waitress recites to you their list of deserts, which is included in the price, and recommends her favorite; the bread pudding with whiskey sauce….which is my personal favorite! I had already eaten so much food that snot was running out my nose! But how could I resist?

bread puddingAnd to continue the subject of things unusual, the place was packed on a Tuesday night! And stranger still, they were all Rednecks ––– who I hope read this only after I’m well out of town!