Old Hwy 50 - "The Loneliest Road In America" + ADD NEW ROUTE
5 in Nevada Nevada109 Miles
on July 1, 2008
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Start in Carson City, NV and head east on US Highway 50. Continue on 50 through Massie and through the city of Fallon. From Fallon, continue eastbound on Hwy 50 for another 47 miles till you get to Middlegate. Of course you don't have to stop here if you like what you've rode on so far ... then continue heading east on "The Loneliest Road in America"!
On this route, you will see the Nevada desert and all its beauty. As you travel over several different mountains and into several different valleys, the mountains and rock formations are breathtaking and kinda makes you think about what used to be out there millions of years ago. It's not uncommon to see wild horse running through the open valleys or even seeing the occasional rattle snake slithering across the road. If it's tall pine trees and green scenery you are looking for, this is not the ride for you!
Nevada has always been known for it awesome roadways. Old Hwy 50 is no exception. The road is nice and wide, very smooth and there are no potholes. It gets its name "The Loneliest Road In America" for one reason and one reason only...there is no traffic. It's not uncommon to travel 20 to 30 miles before seeing a single car. *Speed limits are mildly enforced until you get to Fallon. Once you get into Fallon, DO NOT GO ABOVE THE POSTED SPEED LIMIT!!! The Fallon police love to write speeding tickets. Once you exit the city limits of Fallon traveling eastbound, the speed limit increases from 45 mph to 70 mph. However, you will never see a state trooper and it's not uncommon for bikers to go in excess of 85 mph. It's the perfect road to ride wide open throttle.
The biggest amenity of Old Highway 50 is Middlegate Junction....which is located on the corner of Hwy 50 & Hwy 361. It's located approximately 47 miles east of Fallon. This place is the true definition of the old wild west. Middlegate Junction offers gas, a restaurant with awesome food and good inexpensive overnight lodging. The hospitality from the owners (Freda & Russ) is the best in Nevada. This is a 100% biker friendly establishment. Lastly, when you get to Middlegate Junction, make sure to ask the owners about the "Shoe Tree". If you are not sure about the "Shoe Tree", look it up on Google.
Photo contributed by visitor in May 09 - "Old stage coach station along the original Pony Express Trail"
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