Leg 3a - McDermitt, NV to Denio Junction, NV

Just a quick mid leg update. After a beautiful day coming out of McDermitt, the radar showed a huge storm tracking in bringing along three days of snow and freezing temperatures. We raced from McDermitt putting up big miles and trying to get to Denio. If the weather was as bad as they predicted we wanted to be near a town. A day and a half away from Denio and we woke up to a snowy/ice covered ground. It didn’t let up for most of the morning and then by the afternoon it turned to rain, soaking out feet and my spirits a bit. Luckily we camped just a few miles from town and got in early the next day to warm up in the cafe at Denio Junction.

The owners there are incredible folks who went out of there way t accommodate us even though the hotel was fully booked and they could have easily turned a blind eye.

The weather held around for another day and a half and soon the Denio Junction cafe felt like home. I am definitely glad to get back on trail tomorrow morning but I will miss the place a bit. I think in total I ate 6 meals in that cafe and saw a little slice of what living in a town of 47 people is all about.

Now it’s time to find out how much snow the Pueblo mountains got. On to Fields!

Road walkin’

Road walkin’

Sunsets and cold nights

Sunsets and cold nights

Why I wanted a working filter so badly

Why I wanted a working filter so badly

Fall colors are coming

Fall colors are coming

Waking up at 5am to tick, tick, tick on your tent. Gotta love nautre’s alarm clock.

Waking up at 5am to tick, tick, tick on your tent. Gotta love nautre’s alarm clock.

Never once did I think I'd be using my umbrella to keep snow off me.

Never once did I think I'd be using my umbrella to keep snow off me.

This was the first time ever one trail I had actual iced coffee for breakfast. I gotta appreciate the beauty in that.

This was the first time ever one trail I had actual iced coffee for breakfast. I gotta appreciate the beauty in that.

Denio Junction. One heck of an amazing establishment. The owners Bud and Gerogina were flat out amazing. 6 out of 5 stars for how accommodating they were when the weather came in.

Denio Junction. One heck of an amazing establishment. The owners Bud and Gerogina were flat out amazing. 6 out of 5 stars for how accommodating they were when the weather came in.

Waking up to snow, we decided to take the day off to give time to it to melt.

Waking up to snow, we decided to take the day off to give time to it to melt.