Friday, June 18, 2010
PONY EXPRESS DAY 3
day 3; 190 miles from Fallon to Eureka, NV. (Left click on any picture to see the larger version.) On the road at 7:30, first stop was at the big sand dunes for a photo op, and this was also the location of the Sand Springs Pony Express Station. Sadly, the historical marker, and the loneliest phone booth and the loneliest road sign have all been stolen. But it still makes a great picture.
Next stop was Middlegate Pony Express Station, which is now a gas station (one pump, one octane) minimart motel cafe bar out in the middle of nowhere, on the original Lincoln Highway, 50 miles to the nearest town. The ladies found some really neat Pony Express T-shirts. Tourists have plastered the ceiling with dollar bills with their names on them.
Freshly fueled, we hightailed it with a great tailwind into Eureka, NV. The cloud shadows on the road were doing about 50 mph going east, fortunately. We got in about 2 o'clock, an early day for us, so we went exploring in the town. We found a pamphlet for a walking tour so we hoofed around and checked out the Opera House, the museum and the courthouse. Eureka is a really neat little town, with many restored buildings, if you drive through here, don't fail to stop.