APPROACHING 500 miles on my virtual walk across the USA, I'm currently traveling along the historic "California Trail" route crossing the Nevada desert. This was the southern branch of the Oregon Trail that followed the Humbolt River toward the west. It's easy to imagine why the early settlers followed this river-nourished corridor to survive the desert heat and make their way to the rich goldfields of California and Nevada during the 1850’s.
Carlin is a small town nearby that claims to be "Where the Train Stops and the Gold Rush Begins" because it was also on the Transcontinental Railroad route. However, desert geography is far from flat and obstacles such as tall mountains must be negotiated under harsh conditions. But fortunately, today the Carlin Canyon has four tunnel bores that shorten the journey -- two are for the railroad and two for Interstate 80. I'm grateful that I don't have to climb those mountains as others must have done in the past!
Week 7, Miles 500