Little Ale’Inn and the Black mailbox

After our ghost town adventure in Ballarat, we began our grand detour and made our way to Rachel, Nevada. We arrived at the Little Ale’Inn later that afternoon, with no further delays or road closures. The Little Ale’Inn  offers free tent camping on their property as well as several RV hook ups and a few mobile guest trailers that they rent out daily. This was my third time camping there whilst road tripping. I had the pleasure of chatting with an old timer Marine who had a Pharaoh’s horses tattoo he had gotten from Singapore Slim in Anchorage, Alaska  in 1961.

We witnessed no UFO activity coming from the base while camping that night 😦 . The following morning, we packed up camp, had a good breakfast at the Inn, then headed 20 miles further down Route 375 to the Black mailbox.

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The Pharaohs Horses by Singapore Slim, Anchorage Alaska, 1961

The Pharaohs Horses by Singapore Slim, Anchorage Alaska, 1961

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The Black mailbox

The Black mailbox

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California

My last blog post left me in Las Vegas, waiting for my friend, Sammy, to arrive. The following day he and I headed out to San Diego, by way of the Mojave National Preserve. We were going to San Diego to visit a tattoo shop, Tahiti Felix’s Master Tattoo, owned and operated by my friend, Gil. Unfortunately, the ride from Vegas took longer than expected and we didn’t arrive until late in the evening. The shop was closing, but we were able to get a quick tour and chat with Gil for a few.

From the shop, we rode south to Imperial Beach and grabbed a hotel for the night. The next day we took a quick buzz past the Mexican/US border, then headed north. Our destination was Rachel, Nevada, by way of Death Valley. Our plan was to ride to Death Valley and camp, then make it to The Little A’Le’Inn in Rachel the day after. The Little A’Le’Inn is in the movie “Paul“. It’s on the outskirts of the Nellis Air Force Range (commonly known as Area 51) on route 375, the Extraterrestrial Highway. It’s a nice little place with friendly people and free camping, which I discovered on last year’s road trip.

We were about 20 miles or so from Death Valley when the road we were on suddenly closed, apparently due to being washed away in a storm. This being the only road, our next course of action was to take a 150 mile detour, going back the way we came, then up and around the China Lake Naval Station. Since it was already dusk when we came across the barrier, our escape plan had to wait until the following day… and in true horror-movie fashion, there was nowhere to camp but the nearby ghost town of Ballarat. It was super creepy and a lot of fun and totally made our forthcoming detour worth it…. Sammy was scared shitless.

Sammy

Sammy

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Mojave National Preserve

Mojave National Preserve

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Roys on old route 66

Roys on old route 66

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old US route 66 is now county road 66

old US route 66 is now county road 66 IMG_4817

Sunset near San Diego
Sunset near San Diego

US/Mexico border

US/Mexico border

Death Valley

Death Valley

Death Valley

Death Valley

Road Closed :(

Road Closed 😦

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what's left of the Ballarat post office, which was closed in 1917

what’s left of the Ballarat post office, which was closed in 1917

Abandoned Winnie

Abandoned Winnie

killed this Camel spider making a b-line for my tent. fucker was fast!

killed this Camel spider making a b-line for my tent. fucker was fast!

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Sunset in Ballarat, CA

Sunset over Ballarat, CA

Sunset in Ballarat, CA



Camping at Ballarat really peaked my interest in ghost towns. Do you have any recommendations for my next road trip?
Please share your thoughts in the comment section!

Next stop – Crater Lake, Oregon…….and beyond

Okay, moving onward. It’s still September.  After I left Portland, I made my way down to Crater Lake, also in Oregon. I had to meet my buddy in Las Vegas in a few days and had some time to kill, and whats better to kill time than riding to a big crater filled with water. Actually, it was pretty amazing. From there, I rode down into California and over into Nevada.  Enjoy!

Random bar bathroom in Portland

Random bar bathroom in Portland

Mt Hood

Mt Hood

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Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake, Oregon

Chiloquin, Oregon

Chiloquin, Oregon

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Motel I stayed at in Carson City, Nevada

Motel I stayed at in Carson City, Nevada

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Nevada

Nevada

gas stop in middle of nowhere, Nevada

gas stop in middle of nowhere, Nevada

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just goes to show ya, even in the middle of nowhere, you can't escape road construction traffic

just goes to show ya, even in the middle of nowhere, you can’t escape road construction traffic

my motel in Las Vegas.....swanky

my motel in Las Vegas…..swanky

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cool tattoo shop signage on the Vegas strip. Too bad it was vacant

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my super awesome motel tv, circa 1978 perhaps?

my super awesome motel tv, circa 1978 perhaps?