Friday, August 13, 2010
Crazy Daisy Tour Day 29: Ely, NV
Today didn't work out the way we planned. We thought we'd go to take a look at the Ward Charcoal Ovens in the national park, but when we realized it would mean 10 miles each way on a gravel road, we decided not to risk a flat tire or chipped windshield. Instead, we drove up to Cave Lake and enjoyed idyllic scenery and watching an American Coot herd her chicks with peculiar vocals (above). The water was so clear we could see Rainbow Trout of a good size coming to the surface for insects.
The laundromat our GPS found had gone out of business but fortunately there was a sign on the door recommending Soak n' Suds a few blocks away. It was a pleasure to wait for our clothes to be done in a clean, bright establishment with free coffee, washrooms and recent magazines. On the bulletin board, we see a poster about a car show hosted by the White Pine Rodders that neglected to give a specific location but it didn't take us long to find where it was - in front of the White Pine County Courthouse (below).
We stop for lunch at The Big Apple - daily special tuna melt on a croissant and cup of fresh fruit a bargain at $5.95. We consider visiting the White Pine County museum but neither of us could face another tourist attraction so we retreat to the hotel and chill out and regroup.
Daily distance: 45km Fuel cost: $0