OK, let's look around Elk City. Well this sign is a good place to learn about the town.
And here a brief explanation about the Nez Perce Trail. Pretty amazing to know we would be riding through the same country that the Nez Perce indians and trappers used. We would travel about 100 miles through the corridor in a day and half....I wonder how long it would take on foot!
A known landmark
The hotel has a small gift shop. This is the Owner who has lived in Elk City for 35 years. Came out here with her boyfriend from California on a motorcycle and never left. She was very friendly and told us about the Magruder Corridor and the mining that went on.
Then I walked in the back room and noticed a couple models of a mining structure (I love miniature models.) So I asked her about them and they are replicas of the stamp mills that were used at the mines. The stamped crushed ore is washed over mercury coated copper sheets and the fine gold particles form with the mercury and is separated.
Then she said, "would you like to see it work?" Huh? The model actually works! Then she flips a switch and the power belts start turning, stamps start pounding and the ore trays start vibrating ....pretty cool. It even had a miniature lamp so you could see!
So if you visit the Elk City hotel, be sure to walk in the back room and see the working models.
Before we left Becky had to check out the liquor store
It was starting to get late and we still had to make camp. Here is the start of the dirt road....looks like we have 18 miles to our campsite.
Here is our camp at Granite Springs. The guide to the Historic Magruder Road says this site has drinking water, so you would assume there would be a water spicket. We looked all over and finally Gary found a small creek down the hill
Gary and Kelly would fill their water bags later on at Poet Creek, so we set up our tents and Kelly started a fire, we ate dinner and sat around the fire talking.
We had a great first day riding into the Corridor. Tomorrow we confront the road up to Burnt Knob lookout.