Thursday, October 14, 2010

Onward to Colorado - Day 3

Sunday morning. It was my intent to head up Highway 50 into South Lake Tahoe, and on to Fallon Nevada. From there I was going to take Highway 80 to Wendover and find a hotel. Joe, Gene, Romy and Jen all told me otherwise. Apparently I would be heading to Spencer Hot Springs.

Hwy 50 is nicknamed the loneliest highway in America. The number of cars on it is less than 1/20th the number of cars on Highway 80. It is also the rout of the former pony express and the Lincoln highway. You can still see remnants of the Lincoln highway on the side of the road. It travels through three deserts, and has occasional small silver mining towns scattered at decent distances from each other.

I left Finnon Lake around 11:30 and took 50 up through Kyburz, and over the pass into South Lake Tahoe.













Moved on through Carson City, past the infamous road of legalized... um... physical services that are offered at the Kit Kat house and the Moonlight Bunny House (conveniently located across the street from each other, truckers and bikers welcome!).

Through some small towns, and stopped at a Sonic in Fallon for food. I parked next to this guy who was traveling back to Sacramento.













I head out to the dessert and cross through several small mountain passes. Some cars didn't do as well.













The shoe tree is a landmark of sorts. There isn't much else out there, so there's this tree. Why not decorate it with shoes?
















The sun was just starting to set when I reached the little mining town of Austin. You twist up and down a road before heading out on a dirt path to reach my place for the night - Spencer Hot Springs. I arrive there around 8:00pm and climb in for a 20 minute wind down after a long day driving. There is nothing but the moon, the starts, and the clearest milky way that I have seen in years.















I arrived at night, so I woke up the next morning to see just how desolate it is out there.























































The Burros who brayed all night competing for water won't come near me this morning.















Next up - days four and five - my trip to Moab. 

2 comments:

  1. Absolutely fantastic. As great an inaugural trip as the engine could've hoped for.

    Alright,
    whc03grady.

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  2. Just found your blog. I'm lovin' it. My husband and I have a '70 VW bus campmobile that he is currently restoring. We can't wait to start our own bus excursions. Until then, I'm going to enjoy yours! :)

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