Barren and empty? For sure.
… not in February.
That’s what Heike Pirngruber found out when she toured Nevada earlier this year. I met her a few months later when she was searching for new bikepacking bags for her new bike, after old rig was ran over by a car in Eureka, MT. I checked out her website and was inspired by her amazing photography, particularly her travels in Nevada. She isn’t running Rogue Panda bags in these photos, but they just captivated me so much that I felt I had to share them.
In this post I’m just going to share a few of my favorites, along with a little bit of commentary – check out her blog if you want to read more. Heike has toured all over the world and this is just a small bit of what she’s seen.
Here’s how Heike describes Nevada, in her own words: “Never never land” … the routes are endless. One pass after the other and in between a never ending road where I can see the long stretch ahead which will keep me busy for the next couple of hours. It seems close enough to touch, yet it is eternally far. The vastness is really absolutely fascinating.
At times, services could be far, far away.
And the small towns she passed through were not always bustling.
But the people she met were warm and welcoming.
The night she stayed at the “Little A’le’Inn”, the temperature dropped below 0 degrees Fahrenheit.
The next day she saw only 3 cars, and the cold snap continued.
The weather began to improve, at times dramatically when she biked over a pass into another valley.
Heike likes to take the less-traveled backways. In her own words: On the way to the north I chose again to cycle through the remote corners of the land. As always, the beauty of the landscape was breathtaking. The western part of the United States was like a postcard idyll every day, and I enjoyed every minute to the fullest.
Coyotes howled almost every night. The sun was shining every day, and as always, the starry sky was extremely bright and indescribably beautiful. The color of the rock was multifaceted. Peace and solitude – all right up my alley.
She headed West on a dirt road through a beautiful canyon…
… and soon arrived at the border with California.
That’s it for this post, but the story doesn’t end there – I encourage you to check out Heike’s blog for more. She has traveled to 31 countries on her tour thus far and she has many more amazing photos. She is currently on her way to the Baja Divide and she’s running a Rogue Panda framebag, seatbag and top tube bags.