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The loneliest road in America???

Post by dingdong » Sat Feb 17, 2018 8:22 am



We are planning a ride to the Pacific NW, Oregon and Washington, this year from Oklahoma. I am thinking of riding through Utah and across Nevada as we have ridden the southern and northern routes. My question is: Has anyone been across Nevada on US 50? Looks like it is 400 miles of emptyness. Almost all desert with a couple of mountainous areas. I enjoy the emptyness of the desert so that won't be a problem. Anyone?


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Post by Ravyn » Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:31 pm

dingdong wrote:
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We are planning a ride to the Pacific NW, Oregon and Washington, this year from Oklahoma. I am thinking of riding through Utah and across Nevada as we have ridden the southern and northern routes. My question is: Has anyone been across Nevada on US 50? Looks like it is 400 miles of emptyness. Almost all desert with a couple of mountainous areas. I enjoy the emptyness of the desert so that won't be a problem. Anyone?
Well, if you like long straight boring roads with horrendous winds then go for it. There are a few places to stop of interest but not many. Yawnnnn, don't fall asleep, not my kind of road and it is deffinetly not the lonely est road in america. If you want to just ride and nothing much else then 50 is the way to go. Take route 66 instead and do some research on the original route. There is more to see then you will have time for. I just did it last Sept. from Mo. to Calif. I used GPS Kevins route but modified it somewhat. There is way better info out there then what he has but I did not know about any of it then. If you want some info on route 66 let me know and I will post up some. I did not go all the way into calif. I headed north before I got there. I could even post my gps tracks if you wanted them or send them to your email. I took about 1,500.00 pics along the way. I am in woodland, Wa. about 20 miles north of Vancouver, wa. When are you doing this trip ? If I am here when you pass through I'll take you on some unforgettable rides in areas not to many people freaquent.

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Post by julimike54 » Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:13 am

It is a different experience, I haven't been on that road in about 20 yrs., it was cool to me.
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Post by landisr » Sun Feb 18, 2018 12:37 pm

My impression of it was and is positive. It is an area of the country that deserves to be experienced if you are open minded and don't need endless twisties. There is a 'pattern' to the roadway. Several miles of, yes, flat straight road, then a twisty ride up, over and down a low mountain ridge. This is repeated. I don't recall heavy winds, but that could just be coincidence or weather on that particular day. There is also history along there, ie a Pony Express relay station (not restored or developed, and fenced in or at least was when I went through about 15 years ago). A Wing is easily capable of making it between gas stations, but be prudent and fill up at each opportunity 'just in case'. I enjoyed the openess and solitude. There is just enough occasional opposing traffic to be comforting to those that worry about a possible breakdown (What.. On a Wing?? 😁). My vote is to go with your original plan. Plus, you can brag that you did it. 😊

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Post by AZgl1800 » Sun Feb 18, 2018 1:37 pm

landisr wrote:
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PS. I don't recall it being as desert-y as it is here in AZ. But then again, it was 15 years ago, and CRS is getting more serious every day. :lol:
It is a different type of desert, more caliche and less tumble weeds :lol:

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Post by dingdong » Sun Feb 18, 2018 3:55 pm

Thanks, this is exactly what I am looking for. We are taking that route so I was just wondering what to expect. We have been out west via the southern routes and the northern routes multiple times. Wanted something different this trip. I love the desert and wide open spaces of the western states. Twisties?....not so important any more. Places to go things to see. Planning for last week of May thru the first week of June.
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Post by Ravyn » Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:10 pm

All I can say is..... to each there own. I hope you enjoy your ride, YAWNNNNN. ;) And yes I know about all those places to check out. believe me I was looking for things to stop at. The traffic on that road was damn near as bad as I-5 out here in Oregon. maybe I hit it at a bad time. Wont ever do it again. And I find most of Nevada to be very boring. For the most part I stay off the main highways and freeways if at all possible. To much traffic, to boring, you really don't get to see what america is all about by cruising a freeway. I have been known to ride hundreds of miles out of the way to avoid main roads and freeways. ! :shock:

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Post by C-dub » Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:44 pm

I haven't been over/up there since the 80's when my squadron went to Fallon. Just about the only thing I can remember about the drive was that we hit (in a car) an unreal number of jackrabbits. That was mostly at night. I can't imagine what one of those things would do to a bike. Even one as big as a Wing.
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Post by RoadRunner15 » Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:53 am

I rode across it last summer. There are a few small towns that pop up as you cross that are worth exploring - Fernley, Fallon, Austin, Eureka, Ely, etc. I enjoyed the ride!

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Post by seelyark1 » Mon Feb 19, 2018 7:21 pm

I passed through there this summer on our way back to Florida from Washington state. Some very beautiful country! Hard to believe a school bus stop sign when the nearest building was out of sight! Kinda like "I'm going to get some beer at the store, be back in three days". We saw 12 cars the whole way across. Interesting ride, enjoy it. :)
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Post by Dusty Boots » Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:47 pm

I like 50, as it's a cooler alternative (middle of Aug) to cutting across Death Valley and it seemed cooler than I-80 (which is boring)
As mentioned previously, although there are adequate fuel stops, don't pass them up!

I camped for the night at Bob Scott Campground in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, just east of Austin. Seeing as the RH is very low, with usually very little chance of rain, I didn't bother to set up my tent. Incredible display of the stars/Milky Way!! 8-)
I even ran into a couple I know from another forum, while riding through Eureka and although they were headed east and I west, they decided to turn around so we could spend the night together at the campground.











Yes, the traffic is fairly light, especially earlier in the day! :D ;)















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Post by Solina Dave » Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:48 pm

Go for it Tom! Some of the names of places that were mentioned along that highway, sparked something in my memory. I've ridden west three or four times over the years, but that was many many years ago.
You got me interested, so I brought up Google Maps (satellite shot) and followed the route I would imagine you'd be taking. I see Lamar,CO. about 400 miles N/W of you. That looks to be about where Hwy.50 starts heading west along the Arkansas River. After that, the whole trip just looks awesome. The ride through Colorado, and Gunnison National Forest would be perfect. And when I got to Montrose,Colorado, I might be tempted to go south about 30 miles to Ridgeway and then work my way west over the Utah line, and on to Canyonlands and Capitol Reef.Then you could work your way north, and pickup Hwy.50 somewhere near Holden, Utah before heading west again. Hwy. 50, through Nevada, will just simply be another part of the great adventure. You'll be just like that Pony Express rider. 8-) Solitude can be a beautiful thing Tom.
You're making me envious, and you've got me going now. Those memories I mentioned must have just been a part of the intense planning for a trip that never happened. These days, getting all the way out to that beautiful country from where I am, is time consuming, strenuous, and expensive for this pensioner. A dream trip Tom. I hope you have a great time. And take it slow. It's worth it.

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Post by dingdong » Fri Feb 23, 2018 1:55 pm

Thanks again guys. Dusty I should have known you have ridden that route. Thanks for the pics. I love the ones with your 1500 just sitting in the middle of the highway. Dave, due to time restraints (2 weeks) I won't be riding up through Colorado. Tentatively I plan on hitting the first day hard to Albuquerque or Gallup NM. (I like to tell people that from Oklahoma it takes a full day just to reach a starting point). Then north to Four Corners and west to Monument Valley, back north up through Utah on st. rte 95 then west on rte 24 to Salina Utah. Pick up rte 50 there. Plan ??? on riding around Lake Tahoe the next day before heading across California. I haven't planned any further routes yet. I do want to ride up 101 on the Oregon coast to our final destination of Seattle where we will be visiting in-laws. Too many places to see in Ore. and Wash. for just 2 weeks. Any suggestions on best routes from Reno N.W. through California to western Utah?? I sure wish I were retired (more time) but alas I have to continue working to pay for these trips.

Thanks everyone for your input. I am getting anxious to hit the road.
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Post by Dusty Boots » Fri Feb 23, 2018 5:54 pm

dingdong wrote:
Fri Feb 23, 2018 1:55 pm
I do want to ride up 101 on the Oregon coast to our final destination of Seattle where we will be visiting in-laws. oo many places to see in Ore. and Wash. for just 2 weeks.
Any suggestions on best routes from Reno N.W. through California to western Utah??
I'm a little confused by your last statement/question! Is this for on the way up to Seattle, or .....??

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Post by Ravyn » Fri Feb 23, 2018 9:24 pm

Dusty Boots wrote:
Fri Feb 23, 2018 5:54 pm
dingdong wrote:
Fri Feb 23, 2018 1:55 pm
I do want to ride up 101 on the Oregon coast to our final destination of Seattle where we will be visiting in-laws. oo many places to see in Ore. and Wash. for just 2 weeks.
Any suggestions on best routes from Reno N.W. through California to western Utah??
I'm a little confused by your last statement/question! Is this for on the way up to Seattle, or .....??
Yeah, me to.... I think he is lost ! That would be a long way around.

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Post by dingdong » Sat Feb 24, 2018 8:12 am

Oops! I meant Oregon not Utah. Oops! Taking the long way around. lol.
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Post by Solina Dave » Sat Feb 24, 2018 9:16 am

Hi Tom. I'm glad you got it straightened around as to which way you're going. That's always a high priority for me :lol:
I've never personally ridden this highway, but a couple of years ago my daughter flew to Phoenix, and then drove west into California, and north up through central California. At one point she was on Hwy.5. When she got to Redding, she took Hwy. 299 west to the coast, just north of Eureka, CA. We had done some serious route planning prior to her leaving on her trip. She said that Hwy.299 had been beautiful. So that's just a thought. Then you could ride north up the coast.
I remember when I rode out there in the early '80s there was a really good old-time smokehouse restaurant in Eureka. Great for breakfast! It used to feed the loggers and mill workers back in the day. I don't know if it's still operating or not.

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Post by dingdong » Sat Feb 24, 2018 9:35 am

I'm thinking we would head up toward the Crater Lake area then west to the coast. There are a number of different routes that direction?????
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Post by Dusty Boots » Sat Feb 24, 2018 12:16 pm

Tom, this is the route I'd suggest! ;)

https://goo.gl/maps/Ey6noa4WT232

Lake Tahoe is a 'zoo' any time I've been through there. Instead of I-80, take the Donner Pass Rd once you get to Truckee

Great scenery and roads. When you get to Crater Lake ride the eastern Rim road if open!


Lake Tahoe;










View of the Sierra Crest from Gold Lake Hwy;






SR 36, west of Red Bluff; (one of the top sportbike roads in northern CA!)











Just south of/in Trinidad; (along part of the original Hwy 1)


























Newton B Drury Scenic Byway;















Along Hwy 101 near Klamath;










Crescent City;











The Chart Room was a decent place to eat out on the pier in Crescent City!;























Crater Lake (ride the east Rim Road if open);































The ride along 138 out towards Roseburg and the coast by Coos Bay is nice!











Make sure you visit Simpson Reef out on the Cape Argo Hwy, outside of Coos Bay!!!




























It's a nice relaxing ride up along 101, towards Tillamook, where they have/sell fantastic Cheddar Cheese!! (make sure you go in for a plant tour and get some cheese!)



















Continue up along 101 to your goal.

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I did a big cross country trip back in 09. I like twisties but needed to get from point A to B and 50 was the most direct route. I thought I was going to hate it but it ended up being one of the highlights of the trip! It's just about as solitary as you can get which alone is worth the experience. And if you can make sure you're somewhere out there around sunset, it's glorious! There were no crosswinds to worry about, just the occasional dead livestock and 1 gas station that I can remember! Enjoy

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Post by dingdong » Thu Mar 01, 2018 10:12 am

Actually I am looking forward now to that leg of the trip across Nevada. Our route through northern California and southern Oregon will have to change however. I planned to go the Crater Lake route but after researching weather conditions, late May to early June, it seems the roads there don't even open until mid June to mid July. One of the heaviest snowfall areas in the US. Some years 50 ft (600 in) or more from what I read. Looking at different routes now. ??? Probably head due west or northwest to the coast then North. Is it May yet????? :lol:
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Post by Skibumvet » Thu Mar 01, 2018 10:43 am

I am not sure what direction you are coming from but we used this road to get to CA from Colorado a few years ago and we found it quite interesting in a Nevada geological and history way. We never use interstate highways but from Boulder CO, we used I-70 to get to Green River Utah where I would stay at the River Terrace Motel. Buy wine at a store, order a to go from the good restaurant attached to the motel and sit on the terrace overlooking the Green River and watch the sunset. Of course after you swim in the small pool and hot tub. If you are camping, there are good sites in the town also. From Green River, on to Ely NV. Do not forget to stop and enjoy some canyonland type scenery through this part of Utah. Good stops to stretch and country nowhere else in the world. As you get into NV, we had time to stop at the Great Basin National Park and explore the caves. If you do not want to do the caves there is a ride to alpine country within the park before onto Ely. Bristlecone Pine motel is a simple but comfortable place to stay in Ely. From Ely, onto Carson City. A good stop for lunch/drink, etc is Austin NV that used to be the capital of NV. Like stepping back in time. The hotel has a beautiful bar from the gold rush days. When you leave Austin, just out of town, use state highway 722 that is more interesting than US 50 at this point and not any further in distance. Has some good twisties. When you get back onto 50, look for Middlegate stage stop just south off the highway. A perfect stretch stop. An old stage stop that again is stepping back in time. It is only 1/4 mile south on state 361. Still had time to easily get to Carson City. Another great stop is Virginia City on your way to Carson City, but I would spend night in Virginia City if you do that off shoot. Much western history in that area. From Carson City we headed around Lake Tahoe and then north into Lassen National Park through Truckee on 89 then hit CA36 to the coast. Definitely do 36 from Redbluff to Fortuna CA for 144 miles with 3,000 plus curves. At straight as 50 is, 36 will make up for it with twists, turns, hills and California hill country scenery. Definitely start with a full tank of gas. Fortuna was also a great place to stay with plenty of victorian style homes. From there we headed south on Hwy 1 to San Luis Obispo and Yosemite. Can give you information on that stretch if you are going that way rather than north into Oregon along the coast. Have a great ride. As you can tell, we enjoy the experience of a ride meeting people along the way rather than just getting on the bike and riding non stop from point a to point b.

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Post by Asphaltmaniac » Thu Mar 01, 2018 11:43 am

Beautiful road with great scenery and it beats the heck out of I-80 through Nevada. I've crossed it many many times since moving here. I say try it if you get the chance.

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Post by Asphaltmaniac » Thu Mar 01, 2018 11:46 am

dingdong wrote:
Thu Mar 01, 2018 10:12 am
Actually I am looking forward now to that leg of the trip across Nevada. Our route through northern California and southern Oregon will have to change however. I planned to go the Crater Lake route but after researching weather conditions, late May to early June, it seems the roads there don't even open until mid June to mid July. One of the heaviest snowfall areas in the US. Some years 50 ft (600 in) or more from what I read. Looking at different routes now. ??? Probably head due west or northwest to the coast then North. Is it May yet????? :lol:
Double check the roads to Crater lake when you get in the area out here...Even if the road around the lake is not open you can still ride up to the lodge. The view is not to be missed.

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Post by dingdong » Thu Mar 01, 2018 12:19 pm

Thank you. I will do that. Crater lake was on my to do list for this trip.


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