We finally said goodbye to Lake Tahoe, passing through Truckee for a breakfast stop at Jax’s Diner. We would not hesitate to say it was the best breakfast we have ever eaten.

Onto Reno for a one hour stop at the Circus Circus Casino where we blew four dollars in the pokies.

Then out into the Desert across Nevada, pretty hot 94 degrees F, we were off the road by about 12.30pm. The next day we are up at five and gone by six.  We wore our evaporative jackets to help keep us cool.

 Three days of riding took us  east then north then east again in increasing heat. Towns came and went, Fernley, Lovelock, Winnemucca, Battle Mountain, and Elko, the road was long and straight  enabling big miles to be travelled.

 For me as a pillion on the bike riding across the desert was almost a bit of a spiritual experience, my dad Charles Ellul was dying of cancer, and I had lots of time to think and reflect on life.

 At one time in the early morning riding the sun was trying to peep through the cloud cover and the rays of the sun came beaming down onto a mountain. I could almost vision Moses standing on mountain and God giving him the ten commandments. As I said lots of time crossing the desert for a over excited imagination.

Turning north off Interstate 80 at Wells the road went from dual carriage way to single Now for the next three days, a long haul through the heat to the city of Idaho Falls in eastern Idaho.Stopping at the Idaho border  to get the obligatory photo, it was so hot that the side stand sank into bitumen road!

 Pulling into our Best Western Hotel early gave us lots of time to socialise with other guests. One afternoon we sat on the stairs and had a wonderful discussion with fellow riders about the similarities and differences between America and Australia. Australia’s health care system is often a topic that is asked about