In 2012, when I had returned to the Lamoille Canyon Trailhead, I hiked to Wells then returned and retrieved my car, then rewound to Wells for the final leg of the NVT, which I had completed on my mountain bike. In 2016, when I reached Wells, I hitched back to the town of Elko and went to Walmart and purchased the cheapest most comfortable bike I could find, a Schwinn Connection, then hitched back to Wells with it.
From Wells, it's possible to ride the remaining miles of the NVT. This section of trail crosses the Bishop Flats which are indeed flat.
12 miles beyond Wells, I visited a hot spring that I had been to many times before. Appropriately named 12 Mile Hot Spring, it's located on the banks of year-round Bishop Creek and shaded by sharp canyon walls.
Although the guidebook for this trail recommends bike-packing this section, the 4 people I know who have completed this trail each decided to hike it. Creeks are met every few miles during this section, Bishop and Tabor being the most reliable of them. Towards the end of this section, the bike option continues towards O'Neil Basin on dirt roads, visiting Hot Creek Hot Spring and its lake, while the hike-thru option continues up Marys River, going thru the Jarbidge Wilderness area and the remote outpost of Jarbidge, which has a post office.
After so many days of hiking, it was a pleasure to pedal, although it's certainly not necessary to complete the journey. Personally, I love multi-sport adventuring and by riding, it gave me more time to enjoy the 4 hot spring areas which are in this section, and without having to carry much water to get between them.
The Nevada Trail ends at the starting point of the Idaho Centennial Trail, which is also open to biking.
Here's a link for the bike I used to ride from Wells, NV to Stanley, ID:
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