The only thing about riding a bike from Portland to Phoenix is that in-between there is something called... NEVADA.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Tonopah, NV and The Clown Motel

A cold start and clear skies rushed us along the road shortly after sunrise. South winds picked up as soon as we reached the Millers rest area and saw the first Joshua trees - sad looking specimens probably too far North.

We hunkered behind the bathroom, the only cover from the wind, preparing a meal and ourselves for the oncoming storm.

The next 13 miles were added to the "Hell Miles" category - filled with fighting against the wind downhill and uphill. 2.5 hours later we were happy to climb the hill that Tonopah is built upon for at least we had something to look at.

Then it came, screaming for our attention, The Clown Motel... we pressed on to the top of the town for refuelling, unable to shake the image. We had to stay there, it was too creepy not to. More pictures to come of this possible time vortex. Tomorrow with forecasted North winds we'll travel South through Goldfield and reach the continuous downhill to Las Vegas.


  1. Just watched their commercial, looks like a neat place. The old cemetery looks interesting.

  2. My favorite place to eat (the billboard). I don't recommend the McRib, just had one.

  3. Ah ha! There's the clown motel... didn't see this post earlier. That's awesome! LOL! Yep, found the commercial on YouTube. Has character! With wind at your back and traveling downhill, I bet you will be able to cover a lot more ground.

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