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The meetup was located on Bureau of Land Management land. It's about 500 feet south of Gas Line Road, an unpaved utility road. It's range land near the center of the triangle formed by US 50, US 50 Alternate, and US 95 Alternate. Also, the meetup was about 3 miles northwest of Lahontan Reservoir.
Paveman arrived at the meetup location at approximately 4:30 PM. I hadn't anticipated some of the motoring conditions. The meetup location was approximately 500 feet south of Gas Line Road, between Fernley and Crystal Springs. As the name implies, Gas Line Road is primarily driven by local utility employees, who likely have vehicles with much higher ground clearances than mine.
After a bumpy ride, I found the location to be stark, barren, and other-worldly. About every meter in any direction, there were small bushes. The location itself was near the bottom of a valley carved in rolling desert hills. Very cowboy cliché.
Once the requisite proof photos were taken, I unfurled a towel, built and ate a sandwich, and consumed a cup of strong coffee. Once the marker was made (completed at 5:50 PM), I departed.
|Arrival time||4:30 PM|
|Geo hashers present||1|
|Cow pies encountered||6|
|Cow pies stepped in||1|
|Dust devils encountered||2|
While Nevadans are familiar with the basic rules of BLM lands, some things bear repeating.
- "The boundaries between grazing allotments are fenced as are the boundaries between public and private land. On higher volume roads there will be a "cattle-guard" on the road which is passable by vehicles but not by cattle. Lower volume roads will have a gate across the road. Always leave the gate in the same condition as you found it - if open leave it open, if closed make sure you close it behind you. Gates leading into private land will sometimes be locked or marked with a "No Trespassing" sign, in which case you should respect the property owner's wishes and find another way to get where you want to go." (Source: )