Day Fourteen

Mammoth Lakes, CA to Cathedral Gorge, NV
June 8th, 2009

High Point of the Day....
Low Point of the Day......
Finding a Joshua Tree forest on the Extraterrestrial Highway
Refinancing on the road
Miles Traveled Today
Total Miles Traveled
The Bus Playlist
Ray Charles, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Robert Randolph, Spin Doctors
Rainy, Windy and Sunny
Price of Gas 
(average per gallon)
Night's Lodging
Where this Page was Uploaded
Antelope, a hawk, lots of cows, a 40 foot tin alien
Cathedral Gorge Campground
Cedar City, UT

Daily Didactic
It was quite a day, we refinanced our home and drove the Extraterrestrial Highway.

In spite of rising at the non-vacation hour of 7:30, we spent most of the morning and early afternoon working on squaring away the small mountain of refinancing paperwork we had FedEx'd to Yosemite. We sat in the very pleasant Stellar Brew coffee shop and signed most of the hundred or so signatures required. It turns out we had to get about a dozen documents notarized, which began a hunt for a notary public. Brian visited a local real estate office who, after realizing they weren't going to sell him anything, gave him a card for Karen the "Traveling Notary". We called and left a message for the traveling notary and also drove to a shop who advertised notary services. Ten dollars per signature for twelve pieces of paper was looking like 240 dollars. We retreated to think this through. We gassed up the bus, gave it a wash, snuck it a covert tune-up, and were talking about heading east in search of better notary pricing when Karen the traveling notary called. She offered to do the work for 100 dollars, which all of a sudden sounded like a bargain. We met her in a Mammoth coffee shop and it turns out she used to do title paperwork for a living. She made sure our papers were all in order, notarized everything, and aimed us at a place to FedEx the paperwork back to Anchorage. All said and done we were 100 dollars poorer and on the road at 2:30. Unfortunately our goal was about 7 hours east.

Leaving Mammoth, we took the lonely Benton Cutoff road to the desolate Highway 95 to Tonopah and on to the equally desolate Highway 6. We drove by strings of abandoned towns and businesses, literally boarded up motel after boarded up gas station after boarded up cafe. The only town showing a pulse was Tonopah and it looks like it has a struggle ahead. We realized G had routed us all the way up through Ely to get to our destination for the evening, Cathedral Gorge out of Panaca. Looking closer at the map it turned out the right choice was the narrower "Extraterrestrial Highway" along the southern edge of Area 51. We saw no aliens unless they were masquerading as cows, which they certainly could have been. In spite of that it was a glorious two lane through beautiful sage desert, Joshua Tree forests, and the funny little town of Rachel. We came to a rest after dark in the Cathedral Gorge Campground.

Daily Pictures (Slide Show)

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Morning in the upper crust Mammoth Mountain RV Park We retreated here for breakfast and a flurry of paperwork signing
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The bus getting a covert tune-up Brian consoling Smokey on the loss of his legs
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Serious rain on the road to Benton Serious mountains behind Benton
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Kevin Hickeys Marginal Motors Foreign Auto Repair Old Benton Hot Springs
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A bad valley to be in at the time A bad RV park to be in at the time
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Downtown Tonopah Nevada Not a lot going on
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We are not sure when this dogfight occurred, but it looks unfair Much of the day G just showed a straight road
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Like this one Theresa's feet
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The start of the awesomely named Extraterrestrial Highway These cows
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Pretty A lucky road find along Area 51 on the way to Cathedral Gorge
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Antelope, please tell us it's an antelope Kids and stickers on the Extraterrestrial Highway
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The Little AleInn Rachel
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Much to our surprise our favorite type of forest Joshua Trees
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We imagine the research scientists take turns working in the gift shop Alien Fresh Jerky

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