Nipton Road, now Nevada Highway 164, rises through a pass between the New York Mountains and the McCullough Mountains
The views down toward Nipton and the Ivanpah Valley disappear behind me for good. I'm working up a sweat on this climb, but the wind is chilly enough that I almost feel cold.
I peel off my outer sweater for a while, but put it back on as soon as I reach the 4900-foot summit and start riding downhill again. Gee, I've climbed 1900 feet already today?
The downhill is fun and I'm cautiously counting my mileage to Walking Box Ranch Road to make sure that I don't miss it, in case it's not signed.