July 6th, 2014

SMOF License

Westercon Day 4: On the Road Again

Our original intention was to try and get on the road well before Noon on this final day of Westercon because we had a long way to go and we were not taking the quickest route there; however, I got distracted watching the Wimbledon final, and there was a further delay due to not being able to locate the Westercon ballot box so that Ron Oakes could carry it back to San Diego with him (saving me having to take it home and get it to SD next year). Scott Sanford found the box, it having been left in the Boardroom where they'd counted the ballots on Friday night, and got it to Ron, which was a relief. I further discovered that my Giants reusable mug was gone; however, it turned out to be sitting in Salon B where I had left it since the Westercon Business Meeting the morning before. Hooray for not losing things just because we're absent-minded.

As we had let slip that we had a little bit of spare space in the van, we found ourselves carrying a box of Cargo Cult Books and a duffel bag of Finland in 2017 Worldcon bid materials, with the understanding that these things aren't going to get back to the Bay Area anytime soon.

Finally managing to say our goodbyes to everyone and get moving just before 1 PM, we headed south with our first stop being a rather late breakfast at the Black Bear Diner in Sandy. I'm collecting BBD locations for their "passport" promotion, and it was unlikely I'd be through here again anytime soon, and we were hungry, so we made the side trip.

After eating, rather than getting back on I-15, we swung over to UT-68 and drove down the west side of Utah Lake. Our destination today would be Ely, but rather than taking the fast route (I-80 to Wendover, then US-93A/93 to Ely), we were going to head straight for US-6/US-50. But that's another entry.
WSFS Plate

On the Lonliest Road

US-6 is not a busy road, even after it joins US-50 in Delta UT (a metropolis by comparison to most of the places between Utah Lake and Ely), and the speed limits are high (except when it climbs over the numerous twisty passes necessary to traverse the Basin and Range Country), but it's a long way to Ely, and it took a long time to get there. In fact, it finally dawned on me that we weren't going to a hotel with a 24-hour desk, and before we got to Delta, at one of the places where there actually was cell phone service, we called ahead to make arrangements for our late arrival.

We traveled through some spectacular scenery, but besides being in a bit of a hurry, the camera was buried in the back of the van so we didn't take many pictures. We did make one stop for photos that I will post when I get a chance later, but suffice it to say that I was impressed by this desolate but beautiful area. But we couldn't dawdle too much, because we had a date with the Nevada Northern Railway Museum Bunkhouse.

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When we got to the bunkhouse, we loaded our stuff into our room and settled in for our stay. We have tickets on the 9:30 AM steam train excursion from East Ely, after which we'll have the rest of the day to explore the museum/railroad. We're really looking forward to it, so I'd better finish this entry so we can get some sleep.