To Dayton 136km
To Kit Carson Pass California 85km
For the third time since being in the USA, while scrolling for Internet connections in very small towns, I've come up with Wifi "networks available".... "FBI and/or DEA Surveillance". I haven't tried to connect using these networks. Who are they watching? Am I being watched? Have I been too long in the USA, or am I becoming paranoid?
Maybe if they heard about my latest plan, they'd be concerned. Seems to me there is a lot of empty land in Nevada, and it's dry. Well so is Syria. So now we convince the new President of the USA, that instead of spending money bombing Syrians, he/she spends it on relocating the Syrian Refugees to Nevada. With assistance from the USA government, I'm sure they could find water, build towns, and a mosque or two, and be very very happy, away from all the other people bombing their homeland. Hmmmm. Wonder how that would go down with all the Trump voters in Nevada?
One of the biggest challenges of this whole trip has been eating, and it is no easier here in the USA. Normally you get to visit a Grocery Store only at the end of the day, when you're tired and hungry.... a bad time. In the small stores the challenge is finding something that will replenish the calories you've burnt all day. Something wholesome, fresh, uncrushable, that won't spoil, and is not too heavy. In a big store, finding the right aisle, and then sorting the rubbish from the not so rubbish, is the challenge. Looks like cheese and crackers, with a tin of tuna, again tonight.
The best part of the whole trip is meeting people. In the last couple of days we've meet: a couple of young fellahs making a dash for New York, with very light bikes; two lovely young Catalonian senoritas; a bunch of Harley riders from Switzerland; a kayaker turned cycle tourer heading east; Tom from DotNevada, who is in charge of cycle safety, and shouted us breakfast; and a long haired blonde guy who has membership at Craigeburn Ski Area, and comes to NZ to ski and climb. Right now he's training for a road race, the "508", on Sept 17th. Looks gruesome. (Fraser)
Then there was Kit. We meet him in a bottle store, in Mark Twain, while we were sipping Cold Rasberry Teas. He swaggers in with a pistol on his hip. I couldn't help but ask...." Mr. I'm a naive NZ boy, and I'm fascinated with your gun." His reply..." Cool isn't it." Me..... "A bit scarey actually..." He went on to explain the law in Nevada.... " If you can legally buy it, then you can carry it. Or you can get a licence to wear it concealed. In Australia, when they confiscated all the weapons, the crime rate soared. It's NOT going to happen here. We're protected." Hmmmm?
The terrain continues to be challenging. Today we crossed salt flats for miles, while being buzzed by "TopGun" types from Fallon Navy Base. Very scarey, and very noisy.
We're heading towards the Californian border. Woohoo. Hannah is on day 55 of her crossing of the USA. I'm on day 800 of my circumnavigation of the globe, having cycled 45,000km. Big woohoo.