Middle(gate) of nowhere



This post comes to you from Middlegate Station, Nevada.  Originally a stop for stagecoaches and the Pony Express, its now a bar and motel.  Its also one of the few islands of civilization on the 110 mile stretch between the towns of Austin and Fallon.  A very friendly place, I’m currently relaxing and getting drunk on $1 draught beers.

In bicycling news yesterdays ride was no fun.  A nasty headwind meant that even on flat stretches I could only go about 10mph.  Add in a couple of passes, including one that I ended my day with, and it was one of my slowest days.  It must have been karma for stealing breakfast.

Remember the coffee shop I mentioned in my last post? Well I stopped in for breakfast, hung out for a couple hours, and then completely forgot to pay.  I’m going to send them a check once I get back, but I still feel bad, especially given how helpful and friendly the owner Margie was.

Today’s ride went much better.  No wind, and fairly easy passes.  I can’t wait till I can ride a whole day without seeing a sign that says “Blah Blah Summit, Elev. A billion ft.”  Its made worse by the fact that my map frequently leaves out passes, and usually the higher ones.  My last pass should be this weekend, so I shouldn’t have to wait long.

5 Responses to “Middle(gate) of nowhere”

  1. D&P&ROXY says:

    So is one of those passes called something like, oh I don’t know….. Donner?

    • Gibbs says:

      Nope, I’ll be crossing the Sierra Nevada’s at Carson Pass.

      • Uncle Scott says:

        hi David,

        Grover Hot Springs SP is not too far off your route and might be a nice place to stop before climbing Carson Pass.

        Not much nice between Fallon and California IIRC

  2. Dave's Dad says:

    Hope you’re not still drinking them cheap beers. Almost to CA. Remember, you are a son of a Native Son of the Golden State! Say hello to the Cartwrights as you pass Tahoe and the Poderosa.

  3. Cohen says:

    Almost in CA! Wow. Keep up the good work man.