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profdant139

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Posted: 08/07/19 09:26am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The mountain passes are not a problem -- the grades are gentle, not very twisty, fairly wide lanes on each side. I really enjoy towing on most of the two lane roads in Nevada -- very peaceful, great views, decent road surfaces (usually).


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The only grade of any note is just east of Austin, with a few climbing switchbacks. Not really a problem.
As others noted, gas up in Ely. The towns along the way have 1 or 2 stations, but may or may not be open, may or may not be able to maneuver a larger rig to the pumps, pay tourist prices...

Fallon is a large full service town with multiple fueling options. In between Ely and Fallon, no so much.


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Here is a secret shortcut and scenic drive route. After Fallon, you will come to a town called Middleton, watch for Hwy 722/2 on the right. Take it and it will eventually take you right back to Hwy 50 right before Austin. You do go over one summit and its even lonelier than 50 but its a nice drive.
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Few places in America are more quiet. Stop and get out and look around anywhere along the route. Eureka is one of the best small towns around. Go in the basement of the Opera House and read the inscriptions made by performers over the years.

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royandlynne,
You must be thinking of Middlegate, the old stage stop. The Pony Express parallels Route 50. It only operated from 1860-1861. Keep an eye out for the route and the old stage stops.

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Beats the heck out of I80


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This is also the Western Express adventure cycling trail. A shorter cut off in Colorado to San Fransisco from the main route coast to coast. So if it's summer and you see some crazy bicyclist with saddlebags you now know why. If you have some sealed cold bottled water you might stop and offer it to them. I know it's a long run between water stops. Years ago I saw a young guy and knew that's what he was doing. I slowed down and he stopped. We chatted for probably 20 minutes. It was early morning and we had maybe one car go by while chatting. Some do this section at night depending on the heat. The kid was telling me as he got farther west he would just find a spot out of sight in the desert and pitch a tent.

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Do not drive US 50 at night. There can be a lot of livestock on the road. A lot of it is not fenced. You do not want to hit a cow or a horse that weighs over 1,000 pounds. Black Angus are common and really hard to see. Deer are common in the many mountain ranges.

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Tough bike ride east to west -- the wind usually comes from the west or southwest, if I recall correctly.

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"Not really that lonely."
Compared to where?
Try it in winter.

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