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USA TRIP ROAD, DAY 9 AND 10

02 October 2012 | News | Gary Inman

by Gary Inman

Day 9: Salt Lake City, UT to Sparks, NV
Day 10: Sparks, NC, to Santa Cruz, CA

We’re out of Salt Lake City at the crack of dawn. Every day is a 650km now. The route passes the Great Salt Lake and directly east till we skirt Bonneville Salt Flats. I’ve been to this historic, evocative place twice before, when the cars and bikes are here to have their necks wrung, so I don’t need to turn off to investigate it today. Rather than continue on the boring Interstate for the rest of the day, I turn off at Wendover, the nearest town to the Salt Flats and head on a loop down Highway 50. This road was given the title ‘America’s Loneliest Road’ a few years ago. I don’t know if it was intentional, but it was great marketing for the towns along it, because, it seems, motorcyclists immediately wanted to tour the lonesome route. So, on this Saturday morning, it was busy with all kinds of bikes. And hot. Hotter than hell. Lone cyclists torture themselves along it this morning. And a couple on a tandem, with legs the colour of roast beef. The towns are spread as much as 160km (100 miles) apart on this route, and it runs through a high altitude desert. It’s not easy riding a motorcycle along it, I can’t imagine wanted to pedal a cycle through it. After a night in a two-bit casino town, I leave for the coast and a stunning ride up the Interstate 80, surely America’s most beautiful motorway. It climbs into the pine-covered mountains of Donner Memorial Park, where a group of 19th Centurty pioneers, travelling from Missouri to California were trapped by the snow (if you fancy some grim reading, google ‘Donner party’).

When the road begins to dip to the coast, a Sunday drive of hot rods and kustoms share the freeway.

We continue done to Marin county and exculsive Sausalito directly to the north of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco. I’ve ridden from Atlantic to Pacific. The first half of the trip is over. Or it will be after 60 miles of the Pacific Coast Highway. Now it’s time to start heading east.

Gary is riding from New York to California and back to New York with www.nicksanders.com

by Gary Inman

Day 9: Salt Lake City, UT to Sparks, NV
Day 10: Sparks, NC, to Santa Cruz, CA

We’re out of Salt Lake City at the crack of dawn. Every day is a 650km now. The route passes the Great Salt Lake and directly east till we skirt Bonneville Salt Flats. I’ve been to this historic, evocative place twice before, when the cars and bikes are here to have their necks wrung, so I don’t need to turn off to investigate it today. Rather than continue on the boring Interstate for the rest of the day, I turn off at Wendover, the nearest town to the Salt Flats and head on a loop down Highway 50. This road was given the title ‘America’s Loneliest Road’ a few years ago. I don’t know if it was intentional, but it was great marketing for the towns along it, because, it seems, motorcyclists immediately wanted to tour the lonesome route. So, on this Saturday morning, it was busy with all kinds of bikes. And hot. Hotter than hell. Lone cyclists torture themselves along it this morning. And a couple on a tandem, with legs the colour of roast beef. The towns are spread as much as 160km (100 miles) apart on this route, and it runs through a high altitude desert. It’s not easy riding a motorcycle along it, I can’t imagine wanted to pedal a cycle through it. After a night in a two-bit casino town, I leave for the coast and a stunning ride up the Interstate 80, surely America’s most beautiful motorway. It climbs into the pine-covered mountains of Donner Memorial Park, where a group of 19th Centurty pioneers, travelling from Missouri to California were trapped by the snow (if you fancy some grim reading, google ‘Donner party’).

When the road begins to dip to the coast, a Sunday drive of hot rods and kustoms share the freeway.

We continue done to Marin county and exculsive Sausalito directly to the north of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco. I’ve ridden from Atlantic to Pacific. The first half of the trip is over. Or it will be after 60 miles of the Pacific Coast Highway. Now it’s time to start heading east.

Gary is riding from New York to California and back to New York with www.nicksanders.com

Tags: Gary Inman, Salt lake City, Sparks, Bonneville Salt Flats, Donner Memorial Park, Missouri, California, Marin county, Sausalito, Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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