We tried finding small gravel roads in Nevada, but due to a very sparse population, military bases hidden between long mountain ranges and natural reserves, we were forced to stick to the paved ones. Long, hot and straight, bitumen roads.
The traffic on some roads was almost non existing, so we had them all to ourselves!
We quite enjoyed cycling on dead-empty, desert highways.
The lack of water and really high temperatures forced us to find shelter during the hottest time of the day. But how do you hide from the sun when there is absolutely nothing around? You have to improvise and build your own roof!
We knew quite well how to conserve our energy – we learnt it hard while cycling through Australia. In Nevada we drunk over 8 liters of water a day and in the hottest hours, poured it over our clothes, to help our bodies cool down.
It was amazing to cycle long stretches among the dry hills (some of the mountain ranges actually still remain unnamed and were never ever hiked!).
Oh Nevada, you are a special place!
As the days passed by, we were rolling towards the next American state. We liked the barren landscape, weird plants and the freedom to camp wherever we wanted, but we were extremely happy to see our first trees again! That is the beauty of cycling – you get used to the land you travel through but you are happy to have a change after a while.
…Utah – here we go!