Anyone traveled Route 50 across Nevada?

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Re: Anyone traveled Route 50 across Nevada?

Postby Playa+Tom » Mon Feb 06, 2012 6:02 pm

Highway 50 is one of the Great Drives. You can get an award from the State of Nevada for having a 'passport' stamped at the various towns on the way. There is traffic on the road, not crowded by any means but if you have trouble you will not be without help very long in the daytime. I have never driven it at night but suspect that it does become very lonely then. Get gas in Ely and Fernley or Fallon it is available in Eureka and Austin but is expensive. Heading west the best place to spend the night is Ely, there are plenty of cheap motels, decent places to eat and it is a reasonably easy drive from there to BRC.
It is a historic route, following much of the Pony Express route and the Lincoln Highway. There are still remains of the Pony Express stations and a few mile markers from the Lincoln Highway along the way. Stop and walk around Eureka and Austin they are both very interesting little towns and good places to stretch your legs.
Stop at Middlegate for a burger at the saloon, good food and usually some colorful locals in attendance.
It is a good drive, highly recommended, make sure your vehicle is in decent shape and of course watch for cows, antelope, deer, horses, coyotes and bicyclists.
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Re: Anyone traveled Route 50 across Nevada?

Postby ^Rhino! » Thu Jul 05, 2012 3:27 pm

In the meantime, if you're still planning on traveling down I-80, note that the route follows the path of the Humboldt River from Ely all the way to Fernley. This is the same as the old Emigrant Trail Route to California, which really started to get heavy use in 1849 with the start of the gold rush days. I found a wonderful little website which has a LOT of early Nevada historical writings and is good for a few laughs as well at http://www.nevadaobserver.com

In southern Nevada, less than a hundred miles from Las Vegas, is the site of the last and only camel charge in the U.S. The story behind that is GREAT. Nevada is FULL of history.
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Re: Anyone traveled Route 50 across Nevada?

Postby mgb327 » Thu Jul 05, 2012 4:22 pm

Last year I drove from Va to BM, by myself. What a nice drive. Plenty of beautiful scenery, took tons of good tunes, and my Suburban is a comfy ride. I especially enjoyed Rt 50 across Nevada. I would stop now and then to get out and enjoy the view. Nice "shortcut" to Reno, as I came all the way across the country on 70. Only thing that got to me was....up the hill, down the hill, drive the flat area, up the hill, down the hill, drive the flat area, up the hill, down the hill, drive the flat area...ad infinitum. But, none of that mattered, because I was on my way to BM! Take the road, just be prepared.
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Re: Anyone traveled Route 50 across Nevada?

Postby Roberto Dobbisano » Thu Jul 05, 2012 4:40 pm

i love that road.

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Re: Anyone traveled Route 50 across Nevada?

Postby Ratty » Fri Jul 06, 2012 6:27 am

Nice. Thanks for the road trip.
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Re: Anyone traveled Route 50 across Nevada?

Postby goathead » Fri Jul 06, 2012 6:31 am

Fallon to Utah one traffic light in Ely if I remeber right.
3 or 4 stop signs.
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Re: Anyone traveled Route 50 across Nevada?

Postby Savannah » Fri Jul 06, 2012 11:37 am

US-50 reminds me a lot of 447. :)
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Re: Anyone traveled Route 50 across Nevada?

Postby ygmir » Fri Jul 06, 2012 12:52 pm

Savannah wrote:US-50 reminds me a lot of 447. :)

yeah, it's only 397 less after all............
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Re: Anyone traveled Route 50 across Nevada?

Postby Bin Noddin » Sat Jul 07, 2012 1:47 pm

mgb327 wrote:Last year I drove from Va to BM, by myself. What a nice drive. Plenty of beautiful scenery, took tons of good tunes, and my Suburban is a comfy ride. I especially enjoyed Rt 50 across Nevada. I would stop now and then to get out and enjoy the view. Nice "shortcut" to Reno, as I came all the way across the country on 70. Only thing that got to me was....up the hill, down the hill, drive the flat area, up the hill, down the hill, drive the flat area, up the hill, down the hill, drive the flat area...ad infinitum. But, none of that mattered, because I was on my way to BM! Take the road, just be prepared.

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Re: Anyone traveled Route 50 across Nevada?

Postby Sail Man » Sat Jul 07, 2012 2:11 pm

I'll miss the drive out west this year. Consolation prize was Lakes of Fire and a trip to our cabin in N. Ontario in a couple weeks. Now that, is way over do so it should be nice.

Course, it will be just me and my adopted Mom. Pray for me. Or her. LOL
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Re: Anyone traveled Route 50 across Nevada?

Postby ^Rhino! » Thu Jul 12, 2012 10:07 am

Roberto Dobbisano:

Thanks for posting that Youtube video. It was relaxing.

This year I'm doing the 'history and gemology jaunt'.

Before I get to the playa, I aim to find the remnants of Fort Ruby in the Ruby Valley, and gaze upon what used to be the 'most undesirable posting in all of the US Army". I'm also going to visit the Fort Churchill State Park site as well. Fort Churchill was started during the Civil War by then-Colonel (later Brigadier General P. Edward Connor. This was partially in response to the Battles of Pyramid Lake in May and June of 1860. There were a number of Nevada outposts, forts, and encampments where various units of the 1st Nevada Infantry and 1st Nevada Cavalry were stationed. The first troops in the area were from the 3rd California Volunteers, who were later relieved and augmented by the Nevada units.

After the playa, I plan on hunting opals (the only precious opals in the US are from Nevada), and perhaps turquoise in the middle and eastern part of Nevada.

Opportunities abound out there for a relaxing voyage of personal discovery, not only at the playa. I'm looking forward to it.
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Re: Anyone traveled Route 50 across Nevada?

Postby pink » Thu Jul 12, 2012 1:46 pm

Ever since I got to Sacramento and saw at the start of 50 the sign saying 'Ocean City, Maryland 3073 miles', I've wanted to drive 50 from one end to the other. I had already seen the sign in Ocean City saying 'Sacramento, CA 3073 miles'.

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Re: Anyone traveled Route 50 across Nevada?

Postby ^Rhino! » Fri Jul 13, 2012 8:26 am

pink,

There are some really neat towns on the way. US 50 goes through the Oklahoma panhandle, most of the east-west distance of Kansas, and Missouri from Kansas City to St. Louis. You'd be welcome. Midwestern hospitality is pretty good.
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Re: Anyone traveled Route 50 across Nevada?

Postby fresh » Fri Jul 13, 2012 10:08 pm

Great road. Except someone cut down the shoe tree!
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