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Road Trip 2006: Day 2

Road Trip 2006: Day 2

Ray and Waseem hightailed it out of California and made 480 miles before turning in at a sad casino/motel in Battle Mountain, Nev. They didn’t play the slots. In the afternoon, they stopped at Elko, a city of about 17,000 people just off the highway, on their way to Salt Lake City.

The Tech: What’s in this picture you’re sending us today?

Waseem: This is Doug Wright. He was born here and he’s lived here all his life. He and his wife own the cowboy store here — the J.M. Capriola Company. They sell cowboy hats, boots, vests, lassos, and leather saddles, which they make here from leather they buy from tanners. Silver spurs are the biggest seller.

Doug says the worst thing about Elko is how big it’s gotten since he grew up. There’s a Wal-Mart here now, and a Home Depot, and he says it’s putting pressure on the mom-and-pop stores. But the big industry here is still the gold mines!

Ray: We also visited the Gun World, but they wouldn’t sell us a rifle. You have to live in a neighboring state and it can’t be California.

Waseem: At the restaurant, we saw this big guy with a big cowboy hat and a huge mustache, and Ray totally wanted to interview him, but I was way too intimidated. He probably had a revolver. He definitely had a revolver.