| Robinson Pass
West of Ely, US50
crosses several pancake like passes and
summits. Even though they are not much
lower than Sacramento
to the west of Ely, the
scenery on the east side feels much more
like an undulating plane than a mountain
pass crossing. Drivers probably never
even know that they are crossing several
passes and summits. But cyclists
certainly do, and all of these summits
are nice vantage points on the
START-END EAST: Ely, jct US50 -
3.(7130ft,21.6miles) first jct
with CR17, thirty mile road
WEST: Jake's Wash Rd takes off
From North. Leaving Ely through
its western end, you ride through a
veritable mural art gallery. This old main
street shows the town from its most
attractive side. After that the first 5
miles of US50 climb ever so slightly and
parallel the rails, that belong today to
the Ely Railroad Museum. In Ruth the road
is dwarfed by the surrounding hills, which
in this case are tailings from the
adjacent mining operation.
A long line of a road heads into the
pancake like hills to the northwest.
During the last mile or two a noticeable
climb crests in a curve. During clear,
late light the view onto the part of the
Egan Range, that is south of Ely has a
grandiose dessert quality, that I tried to
capture in the picture below
telephoto view of Egan Range from summit
of Robinson Pass
From South. (also described
upwards) US50 crosses the sage flat of
Jakey valley in a single straight line.
But I probably shouldn't even be
mentioning that any more, since that is
what US50 usually does in Nevada valleys.
But to me it is still a spectacle.
Trying to figure out just the lowest spot
in this valley really, is one way to keep
the mind occupied, and in vast
surroundings like this, it's an
interesting question. On a bike it's
virtually impossible to tell where the
lowest spot along the road really is.
Looking at the surroundings float by ever
so slowly, a slight upward bend now makes
the road now seem flat. But the maps says
the bike is going uphill already. And
usually there is a strong wind, that
distorts the perception even further.
Finally - there is no stream, not even a
dry stream bed that I could see, that
marks the spot. As for the rest of the
ride: the road climbs ever so slightly and
stays in a ravine almost to the top.
left: another Nevada pancake pass in
right: rolling down into Jakey Valley -
Osceola Road s(u) |
Little Antelope Summit > )
Robinson Pass x2: Ely <> US50
<> Robinson Pass <> top of
Little Antelope Summit: 88.7miles with
3820ft of climbing in 6:04hrs (VDO MC1.0
Notes: also includes looking down a few
short dirt roads for the next campsite.
Even on a generally calm day, it seems
to be windy on this route.
various murals in Ely