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Lamoille Canyon

Our final day of the journey has come, and as sad as it is that it is almost over, we also look forward to being home.  The adventure has been all that we hoped for.  The weather was great for our last day’s ride, and we took advantage of the nice weather and made a couple side trips along the way home.

The first side trip was to visit the Lamoille Canyon area.  Located south of Elko, it offers breathtaking canyons surrounded by rocky cliffs, streams, trees, and wildlife.  Although we found no actual surviving eyewitnesses to vouch for its timeline, a marker at a viewing area stated it was supposedly carved from a couple retreating glaciers several million years ago.

Lamoille Canyon at end of pavement
  We all thought it was well worth the side trip.

Our final side trip took us to Eureka via highway 278 out of Carlin.  Miles and miles of open wilderness with a few ranches and mining operations along the hills.  Closer to Eureka we noticed a couple oil pumps working along the hillside (and we‘re sure Eagle Eye probably noticed much more like the dark colored moths that rested behind the tall sage brush covering the mountain tops).  The railroad also passes through part of the route, but there is not much more.  We hoped for a Starbucks along the way, but there was none to be found.

From Eureka, we headed west on highway 50 which is touted as the “Worlds loneliest highway”.

Super Dave and Eagle Eye aka the Grey Ghost ride on the Worlds Loneliest Highway
  Fitting slogan for a highway that passes through miles and miles of open spaces and only 1-town along the way between Eureka and Fallon; Austin.  We filled up our motorcycles at Eureka and headed west towards Austin.  If the 2-gas stations in Austin are closed, then completing the journey to Fallon could be a challenge depending on the size of your motorcycle’s fuel tank and miles per gallon you need to make a nearly 200 mile run.  Passing past miles and miles of fenced-off land, I couldn’t help but remember about the Indians who once freely roamed about the open land.  At least no one was charging a fee to pass through (yet).

3-weeks and almost 7000 miles later, we arrived back home.

Although dirty from over 6000 miles and covered with bugs, our bikes performed flawlessly throughout the entire trip and got us home safe and sound
  Safe and sound, and much richer from our experiences.  This beautiful country of ours has so much to offer, and I only wish we had more time available so we could make the trip last even longer.  Seeing the country on motorcycles reminded us of how the early Americans and explorers traveled across the country on horseback.  The exposure to the elements.  The vulnerability to whatever nature has to offer.  The sounds, sites and smells; we felt the dry air, the rains, the snow, the cold temperatures, and the heat.  No distractions from the road.  No cell phones, no radios, no dashboard dining, and the only conversation on the road were from our thoughts.  For many, it is the destination that marks the start of a vacation.  For us, the journey itself was our destination.
The road home.
  Just 2-motorcycle riders on their Harleys.  I know this kind of a trip is not for everyone, but for those fortunate enough to try it, the experience is so worth it.

Our adventure was also enhanced by having the Worlds Largest GPS (aka: Vee and Tess) help us to navigate back home.  If not for the World’s Largest GPS (that also doubled as a hand warmer), Super Dave and Eagle Eye aka the Grey Ghost might still be trying to get out of Maryland.

After dinner, we said our good-byes, and Vee and Tess headed back to home in the World’s Largest GPS.  The guys fired up their Harleys and took off as well.  While on our bikes, Super Dave and the Grey Ghost tapped our clenched gloved fists to eachothers just as we had when we first started our trip a few weeks earlier; a move that was popularized in the movie “Wild Hogs”.

Words can hardly describe our actual adventures together on the road, and the memories will always live on as we recall the many great and fun experiences we shared all along our journey.  Life is too short to not take full advantage of all the opportunities we are given, and who knows if an opportunity to ride our Harleys cross country again will ever occur.  One thing is for sure: we took full advantage of our opportunity, and made our dreams come true as we road from coast to coast and then back again on our motorcycles.

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Lamoille Canyon
Lamoille Canyon
Lamoille Canyon at end of pavement
Lamoille Canyon at end of pavement
Super Dave and Eagle Eye aka the G…
Super Dave and Eagle Eye aka the …
Although dirty from over 6000 mile…
Although dirty from over 6000 mil…
The road home.
The road home.
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photo by: alonski