By Denis & Sandi Inman
At the 9:00 AM Wednesday driver’s meeting, we were down one Jeep from the previous 2 days roll calls. Mike & Patti had to return to Pahrump, so 6 vehicles headed North on highway 93, through McGill to White Pine County Road 29. From the intersection, we drove East about 3 miles to National Forestry Road 427 where we stopped to air down before heading up the hill towards Kalamazoo Pass. When we had completed a short break at the summit, we began the descent to the South Fork Campground area for another stop.
The 6 vehicles in our party continued East until we arrived at Highway 893 where we headed North. When we reached Stage Canyon the group made a left turn and drove West. At Mud Spring, we found a nice spot to circle the wagons for lunch. When we had run out of tall tales to tell, we left our meal site and returned to Westbound CR-18, also known as highway 893 and made a quick stop at Shellbourne Pass. From that summit, we continued Westward to the Shellbourne Rest Area to air up.
I understand a couple of adventurers went looking for some rocks to take home, the rest of us returned to Ely. It wasn’t an excessively long trip, but did offer some great scenery, particularly in the Kalamazoo area. Getting back to our lodgings early will allow us to be plenty rested for our final day of trail running tomorrow.