This is the loneliest road in the world, Highway 50 East. It's one of the reasons I was so nervous about this trip.
True or false ..... my computer map said it was 170 miles to Austin Nevada (when it could even FIND Austin Nevada) with a time of 7 hours 49 minutes. Yikes!! I'm thinking this is just going to be a horrible road.
FALSE. The road was long, straight and smooth as a baby's bottom. How could I be so lucky. Yes, it was 170 miles, but it only took me 3-1/2 hours.
Along the salt fields, or caleche, someone had gathered up thousands of rocks and laid out the Preamble to the constitution. All I could really read without stopping was "in order to form a more perfect union". Pretty cool!!!
True or False. The Pony Express came right through here with mail for California. TRUE, since there were several signs along the way telling me so. I wonder if they went cross country or if they actually followed a wagon trail?
True or False. The best place to put a town would be in the semi-flat lands of this valley.
That would be FALSE. Rather, lets build the town in the middle of those very high mountains up there. A beautiful sight, to say the least!! On the entire 170 mile trip, there was only one truck going my direction. Everyone else, maybe one car every 20 minutes, was going the opposite direction.
Suddenly, the road turned narrow and extremely curvy with an uphill grade of probably 12%. At last ... the town ... squished right in the middle of a very narrow canyon.
True or False. This is a living ghost town where I'm going to spend the night. I could feel my camera calling to me. It's going to be a GREAT afternoon.
That would be FALSE. I slowly made my way through town, only to find all of the streets go up steep hills and are barely wide enough for one Toyota pickup. Wait ..... I see the RV park, and according to the map, there is another road with a very wide U-turn. I can make it!!!
Also FALSE. There was barely enough room to make a U-turn in my Jeep. The rig was not going there.
Now what? I guess I just keep on driving.
True or False. From Austin to Ely, it's only 140 miles, but again the internet (and this time my phone) are both telling me it's over 5 hours to get there. I actually don't have the answer to that one, since about 5 miles out of town, there was a very large wide spot in the road where I stopped.
One of our group had said they would be dry camping there. It's 12:30. I'll just wait for them. I really didn't want an 8 hour driving day.
For local entertainment, the State tried to load up this grader and haul it away. It was just a tad bit too long and the driver refused to move it. Unload the grader, load up a pavement machine.
Truthfully, I should have thrown caution to the wind and kept driving. The other two rigs showed up at 4:30. At least I had company while parked at over 7,000 feet in elevation.
True or False. The internet said it was going to be 27 degrees.
TRUE. We are a tad bit on the chilly side, trying not to use the heater too much and keep our batteries above the panic mark. I'll let you know how today's drive goes.