The Nevada section was the most demanding
state. The heat coupled with the rough sandy terrain provided for very
tough state to ride and navigate. The trial is hard to follow in many
sections due to their infrequent use and very few landmarks. It took
me 4 days to cross the state which was the longest of any state. Sand
and dust took it's toll on the chain and air filters, requiring me to
clean them daily. The
temps were in the 100's every day and luckily every few hours going
through the mountains I found streams to filter water and fill my CamelBack
drink system, essential in this climate.
I crossed the Utah border into Nevada I was greeted with an enormous
amount of giant crickets. They just blanketed the road and lasted for
20 miles. I later found out from a rancher that they are Mormon crickets.
One of the most dramatic and famous moments in Mormon history occurred
in 1848 when the first crop in Utah was threatened by a plague of crickets.
Fearing the loss of food needed for survival, the settlers fought the
ravenous insects by every possible means. Then, when it appeared that
all was lost, in answer to a prayer a white cloud of seagulls flew in
and devoured the crickets. This miracle was told in the diaries and
reminiscences of several of the pioneers who observed it. It became
a faith-promoting tale that was often retold, appropriately the seagull
became recognized as the state bird of Utah.
is a tough ride, very interesting to see, and most amazing how the people