robotland wrote:Have you travelled this route to BM from the east? I'm eager to try a new stretch of road and it seems like 50 is the one...So far, I've located a Good Place To Get Pie and The Suicide Table (in Virginia City) and overall, it looks pretty durn scenic. Got some intel to share?
Great Basin Desert- 20 miles of flat, 5 miles up a "range" and then 5 miles down a "range"l. Repeat.
If you're looking for the shortest route to the Playa, you'll pass through Ely, Eureka, Austin, Middlegate (a bar), Fallon and then Fernley. Each of the towns has gas. Eureka and Austin are "Quaint". Have a beer at the Owl Club in Eureka. VC/Reno are a slight detour, but worth seeing if you've never been.
There is a Nevada Hwy program where you can pick up a Passport thingie, get it stamped at the five towns and then get a "Loneliest Highway" certificate and maybe some other piece of schwag.
Bring an old pair of shoes, you'll want to add to the "shoe tree" a couple miles before Middlegate.
Don't drive stupid. The Hwy Patrol guy that works out of Eureka is a nice enough fella but he WILL give you a ticket if you go 81mph.