Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Into The Wilds of Nevada

Last week I spent a few days riding my motorcycle across the desert.  We went west from SLC across what we in Utah call the "West Desert", into eastern Nevada and then turned north to the Idaho border.  Along the way we saw a lot of country.  I had no idea there was so much unspoiled landscape out there.

We usually think of this area as a wasteland.  I'm sure the people who live out there are glad this is the common misconception.  We ran into a few and they were nice but guarded.  You could tell they were apprehensive.  Whether we were seen as a symbol of the water robbing Las Vegas council woman who wants to stick a large straw in the ground and suck it dry, or just a momentary intrusion on their way of life, you got the feeling you were an outsider.

This land is very primative.  There isn't much out here and aside from taking enough water, you need to plan your gas stops.  You also have to be able to be self-sufficient.  If things fall off out here you had better be able to put them back on or you will be out there for a while. 

All in all it was a very enjoyable few days away from the hustle and bustle of the big city.  Here are a few shots of us on our trip.

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