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The four-mile climb up Nipton Road to Crescent Pass isn't too steep, but it does take some time pedaling in the lower gears

The four-mile climb up Nipton Road to Crescent Pass isn't too steep, but it does take some time pedaling in the lower gears I glance at Nipton's little solar-power plant as I begin the ride up the hill toward Crescent Pass, NevadaThumbnailsI always have to stop at the "Welcome to Nevada" sign whenever I pass by hereI glance at Nipton's little solar-power plant as I begin the ride up the hill toward Crescent Pass, NevadaThumbnailsI always have to stop at the "Welcome to Nevada" sign whenever I pass by hereI glance at Nipton's little solar-power plant as I begin the ride up the hill toward Crescent Pass, NevadaThumbnailsI always have to stop at the "Welcome to Nevada" sign whenever I pass by hereI glance at Nipton's little solar-power plant as I begin the ride up the hill toward Crescent Pass, NevadaThumbnailsI always have to stop at the "Welcome to Nevada" sign whenever I pass by hereI glance at Nipton's little solar-power plant as I begin the ride up the hill toward Crescent Pass, NevadaThumbnailsI always have to stop at the "Welcome to Nevada" sign whenever I pass by here

I'm fortunate to have today's strong winds behind me, helping me up this hill. With a full water load (about 18 litres), the 10-ton bike is at it's heaviest. I'll gain about 1800 feet elevation during these four miles.