Google maps chose our route from Collier Memorial State Park to home. We headed south on 97, then east to Oregon 140. The first part of the drive followed streams and valleys between mountains. Lots of pines and shrubs. After we crossed the first mountains we were in the rain shadow and things were drier. Lots of hay and alfalfa all being irrigated. Before long though, everything was completely dry. We crossed a. Umber of passes at about 6500 feet. When we crossed into Nevada, we were now on. Nevada 140. The most desolate place I have ever seen. No wildlife, little vegetation.
After u crossing northern Nevada for a while we headed south on 95 to Winnemaucca to get gas, DEF, and pick up I-80 heading west. There were some interesting formation on95 and an unexpected area of sand dunes.
It was so hot , upper 90s, that we decided not to stop early even though we had already exceeded our usually daily drive. While Janet drove David found a NFS campground a bit up in the mountains south of Wells NV. Angel Creek is about 2000 feet higher than the surrounding plateau. The temperature dropped ten degrees as we climbed and will be cooler overnight. Angle Creek has 20 sites with picnic tables, fire rings, and pit toilets. No burning allowed however.. Our site is like a little cave made by aspens. Complete shade. A nice stop about 10 miles off I-80.