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Old 06-23-2014, 12:46 AM   #1
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Hwy 50 from Sacramento to Utah

Im looking for some input from local riders about riding 50 across Nevada. Doing it in July on my way to Colorado (coming from Washington). I'll be fully loaded on my 2004 KLR.

I wanna make it the 600 miles or so across Nevada in a day and camp in Utah later on. Are fuel stops any issue? 122 and 170 miles are the longest stretches between towns, but will they have gas stations? Any that dont? I've never been in Nevada before and with it being the middle of July I'm a little concerned. Any other info you wanna share is very appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 06-23-2014, 07:12 AM   #2
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There will be gas, just don't pass up opportunities to top off. It will be warm, though not as hot as you might expect due to the elevation. Just a series of mountains and valleys the entire way

In every summer trip through Nevada hwy 50, I got gusty wind starting in late morning. It seemed to come from every direction. The earlier the start the better.

Hwy 50 is a good wide double lane highway. Not much traffic, but enough. Nevada State police patrol out of Eureka. On a loaded KLR, speeding is probably not an issue.
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Old 06-23-2014, 07:41 AM   #3
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What istatdm said... I rode my loaded KLR in one day (CA to UT) across Hwy50 several times. You can gas up in Fallon, re-fill in Austin and again in Ely. It's a bit redundant given a KLR's range but I like to be topped up in the event the power's out in one or the other town (happened once....) That'll get you into Utah no sweat. Like Gary said, start as early as possible (be prepared for chilly early am temps) because the winds can get pretty ferocious as the day wears on.....and DON'T ride into a dust-devil!!!! .....don't ask....
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Old 06-23-2014, 12:05 PM   #4
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Thank you fellas. Just the kind of info I needed. This will be my first trip longer than 4 days and that stretch would be the biggest one day ride for me.

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Old 06-23-2014, 12:17 PM   #5
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Done that the last two years. I've camped at Great Basin National Park both times the first day. Good food place in Austin near the end of town.

Second day was Moab, Ut. then Colorado on the third day

On Hwy 50 there is Hwy 722? It heads away from Hwy 50 but parallels it somewhat and rejoins Hwy 50 just outside of Austin, nice detour after miles of straight road.
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The 2nd thing I remember about some of those rides are "Morman Crickets"
http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/...52112850249691 They come in plague quantities every few years. Mostly east of Austin.

Slippery than snot, thick enough dead kill, that they get graded off the road.
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