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Loneliest Road in America

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  • 1 year ago
Recorded June 4, 2019

The most famous segment of U.S. Highway 50 is largely useless, running through Nevada about 100 or so miles south of Interstate 80, which is what sane people use today to travel the state. And yet this 287-mile stretch of highway has attained legendary status as the "Loneliest Road in America." The designation was made by Life magazine in 1986 and has stuck, in good part because Nevada tourism authorities recognized what the acolytes of ruin porn have long known about the strange magic desolation works on the human spirit. There are, today, "Loneliest Road" signs along the road, and some stores in the sparse towns along Route 50 display "I survived Route 50" signs in windows covered with geologic layers of grime.

Shortly after sunrise I depart Ely and set out across Nevada on this desolate stretch of highway. The index below contains the details of my adventure...

0:00:09 Depart Ely, Nevada bound for Reno
0:03:08 71 miles between towns
0:09:41 Eureka, Nevada
0:14:59 31 miles of nothing
0:18:46 Bean Flat Rest Area
0:20:20 34 more desolate miles
0:24:24 Austin Summit
0:28:46 Austin, Nevada
0:30:40 63 miles to the next town
0:35:39 Historic Middlegate Station
0:40:42 22 miles of desert
0:44:26 Sand Mountain Recreation Area
0:48:36 25 boring miles
0:49:46 Fallon, Nevada
0:58:02 Leave Fallon and the road is no longer desolate
1:00:23 Exit U.S. 50 and head north
1:03:41 Virginia City, Nevada
1:12:26 Geiger Summit
1:18:41 Hyatt Place Hotel at the Reno Airport
1:23:41 Downtown Reno (Biggest Little City in the World)
1:30:50 Outback Steakhouse

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