Currant Nevada, Warm Springs and Rachel.

Leaving Ely
Leaving Ely

Woke up around 8, and randy took my bike down to the auto parts store to get something to fix his cable. Nothing. So we ate breakfast across the street, and parted ways… Randy to head north to Wendover and then to Morgan, I headed west to Tonopah. I debated whether I should go. 500 miles in a day isnt a short jaunt, its a commitment that might mean not getting home that night if something happens, or I take too much time. I decided to go.

The ride out of Tonopah surprised me.

It was nice! long sweeping turns and nice and cool outside. My head wasnt in the ride tho. I was feeling guilty for not heading home, spending money (even though this trip was extremely cheap) and not coming home and getting ready for my work week. I struggled to get my head into my ride untill at the junction of hwy 6 and 318: Halstead’s Blackjack Inn. For one, I love ghost towns. I love seeing civilization in the middle of nowhere, where a person has taken a risk and put his shingle out to start a business and to piece together its history. I love it.

Halstead's BlackJack Inn
Halstead’s BlackJack Inn

Second, there was an old trailer that im sure had a ton of history that someone had spraypainted on that put my mind in the right place:

"Home is something some of us never find"
“Home is something some of us never find”

That was the ticket. I headed out with a new point of view, and knew this was going to be a great ride.

Currant Nevada

Nevada always suprises me. It wasnt what I was expecting, theres more there than just sagebrush. I want to explore it all now. Life in nevada comes in surprising places, and in little pockets.

"Home Cooking - Come on In"
“Home Cooking – Come on In”

At the end of a really awesome 50 mile ride I found Currant Nevada. its still on the road signs, but there isnt much going on there. I was there for probably 20 or more minutes and never saw a soul, let alone a passing car. It was almost apocalyptic — the abandoned bar/motel/rv park/gas station was overgrown with weeds, but looks as though the people were vaporized mid spot. theres still bedding and pillows on the beds, clothes hanging in the closets in the hotel. In the restaurant, theres an unfinished bottle of wine on the table. The bar has a cowboy hat on it, and a stocked bar. Theres vines growing under the doors, and the calendar reads november of 1996. It was trippy, if anyone knows a story, or THE story behind this place, please email me or post here. I’d love to know it.

Food in the plates and a half empty bottle of wine on the tables...
Food in the plates and a half empty bottle of wine on the tables…


Almost apocalyptic - Wierd
Almost apocalyptic – Wierd

From then on out, it was 100 miles of Flat and long, with the only turns coming at the mountainous rises from the high desert floor.

Hope I make it
Hope I make it

I’ve never ran my bike out of gas before. I know around 100 miles the needleleaves from being pegged full, and at 175 miles its pegged empty and pretty much out of gas. My ride was 170 miles between gas stations, and I was pretty confident when I left, untill I started wondering how much the extra weight and wind resistance on a full tour pak would make. I know at around 1/4 tank it drops visibly fast. You have about 10 or 15 miles max. I pulled into tonopah and i was nearly empty, and my gas gauge read 174.4 miles. Awesome.

Pulled into tonopah around 2:30 pm, checked out the place a bit, and stopped into a local watering hole for a brewski, and doubled back to head toward Rachel and home.

House in Warm Springs Nevada
House in Warm Springs Nevada

Warm springs is another place i’d love to know the story of. I stopped there, stretched my legs and checked out the old bar/cafe and the house across the street. some of the grafitti inside told the story, and theres a warm spring that runs into a pool on the site that is fenced, but I’ve read about people still using it. The writings on the wall suggest that the house was inhabited as late as 1988, but whether or not thats true is another story. The house is starting to fall in on itself a bit. In the back were evidence of an RV park.

Warm Springs Bar and Cafe
Warm Springs Bar and Cafe

Warm spring is at the junction of 6, and the Extraterrestrial highway I headed south toward Rachel.

Little A'Le'Inn in Rachel
Little A’Le’Inn in Rachel

At rachel I stopped to check the Little A’Le’Inn out. This place is famous if you run in UFO Circles (which I dont, but find it interesting), and is the closest town to area 51. I think its awesome to see a place survive for 20 years out in the middle of nowhere, and hopefully will for 100 more.

I walked in, and the only other people in there were from Pittsburgh. I had my penguins shirt on, and we talked for a bit. Really nice guys, just checking out area 51. Its just amazing that 5 penguin/Steeler fans meet in the middle of nowhere. I had me a patty melt, a couple of Guinnesses (obviously a place with good taste), took some pictures and started heading for home. Ill come back to rachel. They let you pitch a tent for free there, and are extremely friendly folks.

The Black Mailbox
The Black Mailbox

The guy at Little A’Le’Inn told me about the mailbox for area 51, 20 miles outside of town so I stopped and took pictures. The real story of the mailbox can be found here, but the box was interesting nonetheless. I guess alien afficianados gather around it at night looking for evidence, and holds the claim as the most famous mailbox in the world. I took some pictures and moved on.

20 miles of good road later, I was at the junction of Extraterrestrial highway and nevada state road 93. I felt closer to home now, but this was all new. If I go left, I go through caliente and the map says its a scenic drive, and Im home in probably 90 minutes. If i go right, its 3 hours. I went right. I figured left is a ride erik and I can do later possibly, and I didnt want to go home yet.

I got gas in ash springs, and was surpised to see so many people again. the pumps were all full of people and I had to wait, and the store was busy. Getting close to civilization again. Lots of trees and a couple of lakes. I opened it up and started heading south toward moapa.

Waiting out the Rain
Waiting out the Rain

I’d had the rain at my back all day, but heading south at moapa it caught up to me. It came down pretty good. Had to wait it out a bit in glendale. No big deal, the break was nice before the stretch home.

I made it home around 10pm. Id done 480 miles that day, and honestly, I could have done 500 more. The bike ran great and I 100% enjoyed riding in nevada. Like i said, it surpised me. I want to check it all out now. Nevada is no longer a state to just get through, its a place to explore. To be able to find places like I’d visited today that were so intact and not vandalized was amazing to me. I need to find out more about them and go back again.

Ride totals: 3 States, 485 miles in 12 hours

NOTE: I didnt realize but the date on my camera is wrong this trip.

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7 thoughts on “Currant Nevada, Warm Springs and Rachel.”

  1. Just Awesum Man !! Excellent Photos !! We (8 bikes from Vancouver Canada area) rode through Wa. Or. Nv. Ut. Id. in Aug 09. While riding east on #375, about 10 mi. east of #6, one of my 4 son's bike, lost his chain splice link. Smashed the crank case, lost all his oil. Bike still ran, but couldn't hold any oil, and the $2500.00 crotch rocket was not worth spending $3000.00 on fixing it. So… We left it there, on the side of #6. Double him to Vegas to fly back to Canada. This happened on day 3 of our trip. On day 1, my niece broke her leg, in a minor bike acident, in Monroe Wa. She also had to go back to Canada.(long story). Anyway, we camped at Rachel, and had breaky at the Little A'le'Inn. Got drenched that nite from a thunder storm. At Vegas my other son got food piosoning from McDonalds on the strip. (never eat salad in Vegas). He stayed at a hotel with a friend, to recoperate, while 4 of us carried on to Ut.. 2 days later, my son's friend gets food piosoning as well. (from salad). They stayed in Vegas for 4 days, before both felt well enough to ride, lol.

  2. Part 2…. forgot to mention that we gave my son's broken bike, to the Grandson of the owner of the Little A'Le'Inn. We didn't abandon it totaly. Great website. Lots to read. Great rides & pics, thanks.

  3. Awesum!! Rode through here Aug 09. Long but good story, 8 Canadians from Vancouver area. Thanks for the pics. I didn't have much time to stop at these places.

  4. I am so happy I found these pictures you posted. I used to work at the bar/cafe in Warm Springs with my mother in law and ex back in about 1983. Brought back very fond memories indeed.
    Thank you,
    Annette (

  5. I stopped at the Currant motel/gas station/restaurant/bar on a cross-country drive back in the 1980's – it was an awesome place. The people were so friendly – I went into the bar and the bartender said, "you look thirsty!" I sat at the bar and had a beer, and everyone there was very friendly. The bartender said he had brought the gorgeous wood bar from someplace… I think it was in San Francisco, that was being demolished or something like that. It was beautiful. I met a young woman who was visiting home from college who invited me to go explore local hot springs!! My biggest regret is that I didn't take her up on that offer. I was heading to see a friend in Utah and had a deadline. the next time I drove through Currant was after it was shut down, and that made me really sad. It was kind of a "Bagdad Cafe" kind of experience, if you recall that movie 🙂 I, too, really wonder what happened to that place.

    1. Noplian Dynomite

      I was on a hunting trip to ely last year when I saw it, and I fell in love! I only got to explore the bar, and there was a cup and a cigarette on one of the tables. It was cool! I also saw the hotel and the swing set, but didnt get to see the gas station or the rv park. My dad said that he’s driven on that rode a ton of times and doesn’t remember that bar being there.

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