Last night we had a very intense wind and rainstorm. Today for our departure to Ely it is sunny and still windy.
Our drive will take us south on the Great Basin Highway 93 130 miles. The drive passes the valleys with the Ruby Mountains to the west and Creek Range to the east as well as other ranges. The Ruby Mountains are snowcapped after the recent rains and just majestic. Other ranges have a beautiful blue tinge.
|Leaving Wells-View of Ruby Mtns|
|Great Basin Hwy|
Enroute we stopped at the Pony Express Station 40 miles north of Ely known as the Shellbourne Station. This station was in use from 1860-1861 and one of many on the 2,000 mile route from Sacramento to St Joseph, MO. 157 relay stations were located 5-20 miles apart. Each rider rode 75 miles per day. There were also Home Stations that housed the riders between rides. Note on the Signage the requirements for riders. The telegraph and later the railroads put the Pony Express into the annals of history.
Our campground, Valley View, is located on Hwy 93. We will be here 3 nights. Ely is larger than I expected and is the largest city in White Pine County. Originally this part of Nevada was part of Utah Territory.The town was founded in the 1870's as a trading post called Murry Station and eventually became one of the country's major copper mining areas.Today it is a regional center for trade and business for Eastern Nevada and a mecca for tourists visiting the many scenic parks and sights of history such as Great Basin NP and Cave Lake SP. Mt Wheeler is the tallest mountain located entirely in Nevada at 13,063 ft. It is located in Great Basin NP.
|Valley View RV-Site #59|
Tomorrow we are going to visit the White Pine Museum and have lunch at Economy Drug.
Our temps are in the 20's at night. Thank goodness it is dry or else we might be snowbound for several days.