OATBRAN 2019 – Part II

by Curtis Fong, "The Guy from Tahoe" Thursday, September 26: “Rolling Beauty – Is This Nevada?” Eureka to Ely: 79 Miles – 3900 vertical feet of climbing Another absolutely beautiful Central Nevada morning, as I headed out...

Dirt Road to the Leviathan Mine and River Ranch

by Gage T. Smith, "The Picon Guy" Lately I have been rediscovering the area around my home. In September, a few friends and I decided that we would take the rocky, bumpy road from US 395...
Mark Twain Rides a Bicycle

Taming the Bicycle

By Mark Twain I thought the matter over, and concluded I could do it. So I went down and bought a barrel of Pond's Extract and a bicycle. The Expert came home with me to...
Minnehaha Steep

Dirt Road to the Top of Minnehaha Canyon

by Gage T. Smith "the Picon Guy" Sometimes we tend to overlook what is right in our own back yard. A few weeks ago, some of my buddies decided to do a ride in the Pine...
Rosa Bas sets new 200M world record

A Day at the Races – The 2019 World IHPV Speed Challenge at Battle...

It's a little after 7 on a clear September morning and we are standing on a large open flat on the east side of Highway 305 about 20 minutes south of Battle Mountain and...
OATBRAN

September Rides

by Curtis Fong, "the Guy from Tahoe" Just because the kids are back in school and it’s September, it doesn’t mean that summer is over, and if you’re thinking of storing your camping gear or...
Gage Smith's Goldfield Gang

Six Days in Goldfield

by Gage T. Smith, "the Picon Guy" To most folks, driving to Las Vegas on Highway 95, Goldfield is just a minor irritant.  First of all, you have to slow down to 25 and after...

Mark Twain’s Collar Buttons

by Dan De Quille The Golden Era, December 6, 1863 If I had known that Mark Twain's shirts were all without collars I would never have gone into partnership with him in rooms. I should have...

A Visit to Battle Mountain During HPV Speed Challenge

We are in Battle Mountain for the World’s Fastest Human-Powered Speed Challenge, which is a contest to see whose bicycle can go fastest on five miles of straight, flat Highway 305 about 15 miles...

The Famous Garcia World’s Fair Gold Medal Saddle from Elko

The book follows the journey of G.S. Garcia and J.M. Capriola, two legendary saddle makers in northeastern Nevada who made their living from the working cowboys and ranchers in the Great Basin. Entering into...
Red's Old 395 Grill, Carson City

Legislators and Lobbyists Guide to Power Dining in Carson City

Urban safari: Observe Legislators and Lobbyists At Work from a nearby table in Carson City by Barry Smith As 63 legislators and hundreds of lobbyists arrive in Carson City for the 2019 session of the Nevada Legislature,...
Ichthyosaur dig in the Augusta Mountains of Nevada

Icky to Underwrite Ichthyosaur Digs

The Ichthyosaur is Nevada's favorite fossil, and it has been given a new lease on life by a German professor of Paleontology and a beer brewer in Reno. Metaphorically, I mean, not that Old Stonybones...
Bicycling Nevada by Curtis Fong

Bicycling on the Hot Seat in August

by Curtis Fong, "The Guy from Tahoe" Wow! Where is this summer going? Its already August and the tourist season is definitely upon us, limiting road biking events, due to summer traffic and warm temperatures....
Gage's Gang rides into Austin

4th of July in Austin

by Gage T. Smith, "the Picon guy" Founded in the 1860s, Austin has always been the town that refused to die. Forever, it was the county seat of Lander County — until it wasn't. The...
Curtis Fong

Summer’s Here — Let’s Roll!

The Big Bicycling Event in July is the 39th Tour of the California Alps – Death Ride, set for Saturday, July 13, 2019. This is a premiere ride for endurance bicyclists and is long...

Down the Dirt Road to Green Creek

A nice day outing with some spectacular scenery awaits you in the Green Creek area just inside California, or, as we say around here Far Western Nevada).  Located a few miles south of the...
Epic Rides Carson City Off-Road

Curtis Fong Pedals Into June

by Curtis Fong, "the Guy from Tahoe" June bicycling will be kicking into high gear this month with a variety of events and activities — June 1st - 14th: the Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition will kick...
bikers at Lake Tahoe

Bicycling Nevada – May 2019

Put Up Your Skis and Bring Out the Bike by Curtis Fong "the Guy from Tahoe" Just like that . . . Winter turns to Spring and Spring turns to Summer. . . . Plenty of snow...
Amgen bikers at Lake Tahoe

Curtis Fong Puts the Skis Away and Pedals Off into the Sunshine

Just like that . . . Winter turns to Spring and Spring turns to Summer. . . . Plenty of snow left in the mountains and Heavenly will remain open Fri-Sun, and through Memorial Day,...
Splash

Skiing Nevada: Making Turns into April — and Beyond?

by Curtis Fong, "the Guy from Tahoe" March came in like a Lion. Will it go out like a Lamb? Don’t hold your breath! It appears that unsettled weather will continue into the first week...
Finish Line, Bristlecone Birkebeiner, Ely Nevada

Ely’s Bristlecone Birkebeiner is Nevada’s First, Best(and Only) Crosscountry Ski Race

by Erick Studenicka First contested in 1983, the Ely Outdoor Enthusiasts club bills its annual Bristlecone Birkebeiner Cross Country Ski Race in rural White Pine County as the longest running Nordic event contested in Nevada. But...

Curtis Fong Skis Nevada – March 2019

by Curtis Fong, "The Guy from Tahoe" With recent record snow fall in the Lake Tahoe region, Nevada ski resorts are enjoying unsurpassed conditions to be able to extend their ski & snowboard seasons into...
Box kite, water tank and Haboob, Boulder City Nevada 1935

See the Wind and Catch it

Based on the true story that Ila Clements Davey (Godby) told me and I imagined it by Alan Goya There was a lot for a kid to do in Boulder City in the spring of 1935,...
Goldfield Nevada

Dirt Roads in Black & White

by Gage T. Smith, "the Picon Guy" I've always had an interest in photography and packed a camera with me just about everywhere since I was a kid. But in the days of film, not...
Elko SnoBowl

Skiing Elko’s SnoBowl

by Curtis Fong, "the Guy from Tahoe" When skiers talk about skiing in Nevada, they bring up well know resorts such as Heavenly, Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe and Diamond Peak. but, no one ever mentions...
Brick house on a Nevada dirt road

Four Brick Buildings Along A Dirt Road

by Gage T. Smith, "the Picon Guy" I guess it is an age related thing but I am finding that in my travels, what was supposed to be the focus of the trip gets relegated...
Curtis Fong at the Olympic Express overlooking Lake Tahoe

Skiing Nevada – January 2019

by Curtis Fong "the Guy from Tahoe" Well. . . . I know, a pretty deep subject. And, waiting for those Tahoe Deep Powder Days . . ....
Poopy pants lights at Burning Man

Dancing with Poop in his Pants

by Chicken John Allow me to explain . . . Ya see, he had an idea for a camp-type thing at Burning Man. He and a bunch of friends were gonna build a windmill thing....
Mount Rose Skiing

Skiing Nevada — Winter Starts Now!

by Curtis Fong "The Guy from Tahoe" Winter is now upon us and Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe is up and running for the season. Thanksgiving storms have graced the mountains with enough natural snow to...
Lori at the Martin Hotel, Winnemucca Nevada

All (Dirt) Roads Lead to Picon

by Gage Smith See my recipe for a Perfect Picon below I am known to some as The Picon Guy. Now how can a guy like me be saddled with such a moniker? It all started...
V&T Rairoad Virginia City Nevada

V&T Railroad Virginia City – Video Gallery

All the classic Ed Gallegos videos made by Jim Lohse are collected here, binge watch or take them at your own pace. 
9 rue Tilsitt. Paris

Two Nevada Women in Paris’ ‘Belle Epoque’

"La Belle Epoque" in Paris Is defined as the period of social , economic, technological and political progress that took place from 1879-1914, and it's clear that our two Nevada girls contributed to it...
The Picon Guy leads the convoy to Dixie Valley Nevada

Dirt Roads Around Dixie Valley

by Gage T. Smith, the Picon Guy I enjoy the back country in our great state of Nevada and I get out into it more than most. I lead a small, loose-knit group of folks who...
Robinson Pass Nevada

OATBRAN Part II, Putting Away the Bikes and Breaking out the Skis

OATBRAN Ride continues on US Highway 50 across Nevada. My last write-up featured the start from Lake Tahoe to the Lunch Stop at Bean Flat between Austin and Eureka. This the continuation of the...
Gunmetal Mine near Mina Nevada

Nevada’s Dirt Roads — Mina

by Gage T. Smith See Map at bottom I think everybody has an addiction of some sort. For some it's drugs, others are addicted to gaming and the like. My addiction (one of many) is what...
1930 Chevrolet Speedster leading the way

The Great Race Redux 1908 – 2008

Luke Rizzuto was one of the people who thrilled when a centennial re-creation of the Great New York to Paris automobile race was announced. He has a rare 1918 Chevrolet touring car with an...
Hot Club of San Francsco plays Artown in Reno

Northern Nevada Arts & Artists

August is heat in Northern Nevada, and that brings out the festival season as well as quite a few art-oriented events. Let's take a look at a few of these events. Street Theater in Carson...
Tahoe Flume Trail, photo by Brenda Ernst

Bicycling Nevada in August

by Curtis Fong, "the Guy from Tahoe" August with its hot daytime temps and thunder showers is the Dog Days of Summer when it comes to bicycling events in Nevada. Still, August is still a...
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