First business I passed in Austin was the Toiyabe Cafe. It had a nice picnic table outside where I could keep an eye on my bike. I walked in and ordered iced tea, fish and chips, side of onion rings and a dinner salad. The woman working the counter here was quite friendly and got me all dialed in. Surprisingly enough the fish was really good. You could tell they battered and fried their own here vs just frying some pre made frozen fish. I took my time eating this heavy meal and enjoying free refills on the iced tea. I saw one other bike tour person climbing up out of Austin while I was out enjoying my lunch. I hollered at them that they where going the wrong way. I hadn't seen another person bike touring since I was on HWY 395 on day 2 of the trip.
|dropped down the last of the descent and headed south onto HWY 722|
I pedaled on through the last bit of town which was definitely cool. I guess I didn't do any of the touristy stuff folks mostly do in Austin. I just ate and split. The nice downhill continued way out of town all the way to my split onto HWY 722. Nice views of the snow capped peaks here. It was hot out here so I unzipped my entire jersey and continued on this bumpy road. There where some pretty big cracks in the pavement so I bumped along. I was still happy to be over on this highway though as there was no traffic on it at all. I crossed the valley and continued to the base of another range. From here I climbed up again to a minor pass.
|the ride up ontop of a minor pass|
|camped below Iron Mountain|