Meredith’s Cycling Adventure, Week 2
Meredith’s Cycling Adventure – Week 2 – Fernley, Nevada to Salt Lake City, Utah.
Day 1 of week 2 will find Meredith and her fellow cycling team mates following the 1800’s era route of pioneers and those who sought to make it rich during he gold rush. They will cross the “Humboldt Sink” which is a dry lake bed approximately four miles wide, eleven miles long located approximately 50 mi (80 km) northeast of Reno, Nevada cycling approximately 63 miles arriving in Lovelock, Nevada.
Day 2, week 2 – Cycling from Lovelock through the arid Humboldt River valley to Winnemucca, NV will take Meredith another 74 miles. Winnemucca is home to the Buckaroo Hall of Fame and Heritage Museum.
Day 3, week 2 – A hilly century ride is in store today, as Meredith rides over the Golconda Summit (elevation 5,189 feet) and Emigrant Pass (elevation 6,125 feet) to Carlin, Nevada which was named for Civil War general William Passmore Carlin. The towns slogan is “Where the Train Stops – And the Gold Rush Begins”. Population approximately 2400.
Day 4, week 2 – From Carlin to Wells, Nevada Meredith is in for a hilly 73 mile ride cycling past Elko, Nevada the largest city and county for 225 miles with a population of more than 18,000. Elko is known as “The Heart of Northeast Nevada”. All the while Meredith will be steadily gaining elevation.
Day 5 and 6, week 2 – Cycling days five and six Meredith and her group will be exiting Nevada entering Utah. First she must conquer Pequop Summit, elevation – 6,967 feet which is in northeastern Nevada. As they descend Pequop Summit the landscape becomes flat for miles as she cycles through the Great Salt Lake Desert. Day five ends in Wendover, Utah which is near Wendover Army Air Field which was used as a WWII training base for bomber pilots, including the crew of the Enola Gay. The Enola Gay was of course the plane that dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. Day six cycling through the white salt deposits of Lake Bonneville which have been used by many auto racers over the years and where most of the world land speed records have been recorded. Grantsville has changed it’s name a few times over the years and known for the many sweet water artesian springs in the area making it a lush environment compared to
Day 7, week 2 – From Grantsville to Salt Lake City, Utah then a much welcomed day off to enjoy the sites!
Congratulations Meredith! Two weeks into your adventure, four more weeks to go! Woohooooo!!!