Sunday morning we leave Tooele around 10. At the gate to the Government’s Dugway Proving Ground, we get on gravel roads around 11:00.
We say there’s a disaster a day on this trip. When we get to Fish Springs National Wildlife Preserve in the middle of nowhere Utah, our vehicle gives us another surprise.
Jay Banta, who’s in charge of the nature preserve, figures out what to do. He gets his co-worker Bret to fix our tire or find another. We climb in Jay’s SUV, and he gives us an extensive tour of the various routes of the Lincoln Highway around there. We visit Callao (pronounced callie-o) and Gold Hill and Ibapah (pronounced eye-ba-paw) and make a huge circular route back to the Nature Preserve. And then Jay says the only sensible thing is for us to spend the night in his bunkhouse. It’s an adventure.
But Bob is a persnickety sleeper, and he says he’s too tall for the bunk beds, so he’s up early.
By 8 am, we’re on the road again, taking the easier, flatter route south to Border, Utah, rather than the old Lincoln through Tippet, on our way to Ely, Nevada.