Our second day in Elko, NV we had breakfast at our hotel and then took a scenic drive up Lamoille Canyon, the largest valley in the Ruby Mountains. John wanted to get in some miles on his bike so we dropped him off beforehand on Lamoille Highway to ride up the summit where we will meet him.
Lamoille Creek meanders along the only road leading to the top. It is fishable and you may find Brook Trout or Wild Rainbow Trout.
Lamoille Lake and Dollar Lakes which feed the Lamoille Creek. You'll have to hike about 2 miles to see them (follow the link to trail info for the Ruby Mountains) or check out this interactive panorama.
Lamoille Canyon Hill Climb, a bike race up the canyon followed by the award ceremony and BBQ. This year, the event takes place on August 11th (three weeks from today) so you still have time to train! For $35, the registration is a deal and it's not too late. If you didn't get to mail and postmark the form by August 1st, you can still register the day of for $40. It would be fun to do but there are no USA Cycling upgrade points if that's an important consideration for you.
McAdoo's. Recently opened in March of this year, the interior is hip and modern - perfect for a cafe serving breakfast, lunch and sweets! We had ice tea, Coca-Cola (great post ride pick-me-up), and lavender lemonade. The special of the day was a marinated veggie sandwich (marinated tomatoes, avocado, cucumbers, alfalfa sprouts, and herbed cream cheese on the best whole wheat bread for $8.99) with a side of roasted potatoes -- yum-yum!! John ordered a turkey sandwich and Maggie ordered a sandwich with applewood smoked bacon and sausage (I can't remember the name but it was superb!) and a house salad peppercorn dressing. GREAT place for lunch if you are in town.
Star Hotel, a Basque family style restaurant and lounge. The place was packed and even though we had reservations, our wait had been 1 1/2 hours before we decided to leave. The staff didn't anticipate that one of the dining rooms would remain closed and apologized profusely. As good as the Picon Punch we had at the bar were, our stomachs soon wanted some solid, satisfying food.