(Remember a few years ago when I slept through my plane reservation to go visit Elko?
So you never got to read about it here? Well, McChump #2 did it, so it's finally available.
Our story picks up in early September, as McChump #2 is still on the road on the 2005
edition of The Neverending Journey. He's headed for Reno, after a trek across North Dakota
and Montana and Idaho and Utah. But on the way there's Elko, running the annual Labor Day
rodeo, fair, and races. These are his own words and pictures - shrunk a bit. The pictures
not the words.)
1) It was a beautiful day. The stands were full. No mules, but some appys in the mixed races w/ quarterhorses.
2) Post parade. Notice the horsemen in one of three pens in the infield for the brandin' competition.
3) You can see the calves penned in the background. Suckers.
4) Got one! He was headed, then heeled, then wrassled down while the other two cowpokes tended the iron and fire.
5) Bright lights, big city. Elko at night, main drag.
6) They are mighty proud of the the White King, a huge polar bear on display inside the casino. (That's the bear up there at the top of this story.)
7) And there he is!! The White King!! The largest polar bear in the history of bear killin', bagged by some "Eskimos".
(McChump #2 continued on from there, exhausted by all the excitement, but soldiering on. West he travelled, west on historic I-80. Somewhere he stopped for the night.)
On the way here, I saw a billboard for Battle Mountain, "The Armpit of America, as reported in the Washington Post". I couldn't stop in time for a pic, but I'll watch on the way to Reno for another.
(On he soldiered, finally landing in Reno.)
Never saw another sign on the way to Battle Mt., but it IS a tremendous armpit. Trailers and sagging bungalows. The "main street" with its "casinos" was pitiful. I didn't stop, but I did stop at Winnemuca, a seedy town also but with more character. It's bigger too, the county seat.
(When last heard from [9/10], McChump #2 was expecting that troublemaker Phil Oviedo and his brother to come over to Reno from California for the weekend. To be continued ...)
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