Heading to the Loneliest Road in America!
Two moto-vloggers passionate about traveling and the open road.
The series and ride we've been waiting for...THE LONELIEST ROAD IN AMERICA! Just like all of our trips, we did it our way, and we were excited to hit the road to Nevada to explore another amazing historic 2Lane road!
"The Nevada section of US50 was named "The Loneliest Road in America" by Life magazine in July 1986. The name was intended as a pejorative, but Nevada officials seized it as a marketing slogan. The name originates from large desolate areas traversed by the route, with few or no signs of civilization. The highway crosses several large desert valleys separated by numerous mountain ranges towering over the valley floors, in what is known as the Basin and Range province of the Great Basin. US 50 has a diverse route through the state, traversing the resort communities of Lake Tahoe, the state capital in Carson City, historical sites such as Fort Churchill State Historic Park, petroglyphs, alpine forests, desert valleys, ghost towns, and Great Basin National Park. The route was constructed over a historic corridor, initially used for the Pony Express and Central Overland Route and later for the Lincoln Highway. Before the formation of the U.S. Highway System, most of US 50 in Nevada was designated State Route 2. The routing east of Ely has changed significantly from the original plans. The route change resulted from a rivalry between Nevada and Utah over which transcontinental route was better to serve California-bound traffic, the Lincoln Highway or the Victory Highway."
We didn't quite know what the next few days had in store, but what we did know was that we would get to enjoy some much needed time on open desolate roads in the dead of winter and we did our best to prepare for the freezing temperatures ahead!
Day 1 started out at 2LaneLife HQ in Canoga Park, CA and our goal for the day was to reach Ely, Nevada which is about a 570 mile ride. We hit perfect weather most of the day and enjoyed the sunny skies along the way.
We may or may not have sacrificed yet another electronic device to the road gods along the way, but sometimes that's just a part of life on the road!
Day 1 was all about getting to Ely, so we made some quick gas stops, scarfed down fast meals, and twisted that throttle all the way out to Logandale, Nevada where we would begin our time on the 2Lanes on HWY93 which led us to Nevada 318 just outside of Ely.
We knew some cold miles were coming, so we pulled into a truck stop about 80 miles before Ely to throw on our insulated dickies suits and continued on. Although our bodies stayed warm, we reached temps as low ad 14 degrees Fahrenheit, and by the time we rolled into Ely, those fingers were hurting! Our stay for the night was the Prospector Hotel & Gambling Hall and after unloading the bikes and heading to our respective rooms, we made sure to thaw out a bit before grabbing a well deserved dinner! They've got a restaurant on site, so luckily we were out of the cold for the night. We enjoyed a great meal and some drinks and looked back on quite the day of riding. To the seemingly endless stretches of desert roads into the sunset to the freezing temps on our way in, we definitely earned a good night's rest and were looking forward to all of the history and great miles ahead the following day!
We hope you guys enjoyed all of the great times had along the way and we can't wait to share the rest of the trip!
See ya down the road!