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Old 05-14-2013, 05:16 AM   #61
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Time to get on the road and start making my way North.

Another place I want to visit but it too will wait for another time.


I wanted to spend a little time here so I parked and went for a walk and checked things out. It’s an interesting town.






Down one of the side streets I found these


The camper wasn’t locked so I checked it out. I thought I got a picture of the inside but it seems I didn’t. It has seen better days but it appears that in it’s time it was very luxurious.


In the same lot I found these.




There is a block where they are working on with touristy type stuff.


It wasn’t open but it looks nice inside.


This guy looks like a cross between a pirate and a miner.




There is some interesting things to look at in the little park.










Just across the street from the new structures shows some reality of the town that is no longer what it once was.




Walking the side streets I found houses and building in their ghostly state.




I bet this was a beautiful home years ago.


Seating available on the porch


This one I found in an alley and it was kind of creepy.




On that note it was time to move on to Tonopah. I didn’t plan to spend much time there but I did want to look for a geocache which took me here.



A very interesting cemetery with many markers including information about where the person came from and how they died.




A bible was left at this grave








There were a number of causes of death. 17 died in the Belmont_Mine_fire. There were a number that died from the flu or pneumonia, heart failure, consumption and there were even a few that committed suicide.

I didn’t find the geocache but I found a lot of interesting history.


It looks like someone else likes wildflowers.


The cemetery is located next to the Clown Motel. With a sing out front indicating “Bikers Welcome” it could be a fun place to stay. Little Wan wrote about it in her last ride report: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=874293&highlight=clown&page=3



As I was leaving town I saw this.


The fancy lady perched on a wagon is the way things in the old west are often portrayed meanwhile the cemetery showed how hard life really was.

On down the road I go….


My destination for the day.


For me it was still a little cold in these mountains for camping so I would get a room but first there was somewhere I want to go.


There it is








I went for a little walk while I waited for the sun to go down. I wanted to watch the sunset here.









Said goodbye to the old building.


In Austin I found a motel that had everything I wanted.


Had a good night’s sleep.


There's still a little more coming before I get home. . . . .
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:52 AM   #62
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Aw, you didn't find your geocache?
Well, if you're in the area again, stay at the Clown Motel.
The lobby was creepy but they had decent coffee the next morning.


Thanks, Sherry - it was fun to see the stuff we missed in Goldfield and Tonopah!
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Old 05-14-2013, 09:29 AM   #63
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Nice pics and thanks again for sharing...

...I really like exploring old ghost towns and need to get out more to do that, I also like the geo-caches that take you to old cemetaries. Some how going through old cemetaries gives me a sense of connection to the past. Weird-I know but that's just me.
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Old 05-14-2013, 03:19 PM   #64
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go-ol-ly, LB...

I've got some reading to do!!
GREAT RR style!! GREAT RR pics!!
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Old 05-15-2013, 05:17 AM   #65
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Aw, you didn't find your geocache?
Well, if you're in the area again, stay at the Clown Motel.
The lobby was creepy but they had decent coffee the next morning.


Thanks, Sherry - it was fun to see the stuff we missed in Goldfield and Tonopah!
Nope didn't find the geocache. I look for one heck of a lot more than I find. I usually don't spend a lot of time looking though but I sure enjoy some of the places they take me.

I'd like to spend a day/night in Tonopah to visit the museums and look around town more and if I do that I will certain go stay at the Clown Motel.


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...I really like exploring old ghost towns and need to get out more to do that, I also like the geo-caches that take you to old cemetaries. Some how going through old cemetaries gives me a sense of connection to the past. Weird-I know but that's just me.
Not weird to me. I understand what you are saying. I visit old cemetaries often they are full of history.

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go-ol-ly, LB...

I've got some reading to do!!
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Old 05-15-2013, 05:40 AM   #66
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Well, it’s time to wrap this thing up.

Going Home – Saturday 3/30/13

Like other towns in Nevada Austin looked interesting and I wanted to look around a little before I headed out again. Up early I took a walk and checked out town.

I’d been told by a local this is the best place in town to eat. I did eat there but locals always know.


There was also this place to get a meal if wanted.


But if you are a hippy they request you use the back door.


Even though it was early, about 7:30 am, this place was open so I went in.


A very nice man was running the store and talked with me for quite some time. He told me how he goes to the mountains and mines for turquoise. He also told me how he trades/sell turquoise to Navajo Indians and gets beads in return. Very interesting person to talk with.

The door knob seem a little low.


It’s clear the town is working to bring tourists in. It was still early in the year and the tourist season hasn’t started yet so most of the shops were still closed for the season.


Common in mining towns are houses/shops that start small then grow as more and more rooms are added.


There are always bars


And churches


A garage from an earlier time


Austin, NV is a nice town and I enjoyed my short visit but it was time for me to move on. My time was running out and I needed to make my way home.

One last stop then it was a beeline home.




Hmmmmm I wonder where that road goes?




My trip to and from Death Valley was almost as much fun as my time in Death Valley. I always enjoy stopping to see the things along the way. There is so much out there to see and I look forward to my next time out. I hope you all enjoyed following along. Until next time, ride safely and be sure to take the time to enjoy the flowers along the way.
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Old 05-15-2013, 06:47 AM   #67
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LB, this is a wonderful RR! Thanks so much for taking the time to put it together. I really like pictures of old mining towns and mining equipment. Reminds me of the time this country actually made stuff. Glad you're back home safe and sound.
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Old 05-15-2013, 07:36 AM   #68
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Thanks for pictures and sharing your trip.
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Old 05-15-2013, 07:59 AM   #69
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Old 05-20-2013, 03:46 PM   #70
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What a great report! I thoroughly enjoyed reading your account and seeing pictures of places I've enjoyed visiting, as well as a lot I haven't gotten to yet.

Thanks for all the time and effort to take pictures, as well as to write a really interesting report.
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Old 05-20-2013, 08:27 PM   #71
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Nice writeup and photos! My wife and I attended the Death Valley Daze rally back in Feb. 2007 on the GS Adventure after only a few months of purchasing it. We did a lot of riding there including Titus Canyon and the Racetrack....we almost went down going through sand on the way to the track. Your report brought back some fun memories. You sure planned your trip well and saw a lot down there!
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Old 05-21-2013, 05:03 AM   #72
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Thanks everyone for following along. It makes me happy that you enjoyed the report and photos. Being able to bring back good memeories for people or inspire others to visit some of the places I did make the time doing a report very worth it.
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