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tinboatcapt
Posted 8/26/2016 9:30 AM (#90501)
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US-50 crosses the desert from Reno, NV to Grand Junction, CO. I would like to take it, to not back track on I-80.

What concerns me is fuel availability.
What is the longest stretch without available fuel? And where, headed east, are the 'must stop' locations?
Any experience to share?
Thanks in advance.
Jim
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VLAD
Posted 8/26/2016 10:56 AM (#90504 - in reply to #90501)
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"What is the longest stretch without available fuel? " - I think it 70-75 miles.

"If i where, headed east, are the 'must stop' locations? " - None. Even if you headed west.

"Any experience to share?" - Do not speed. Your good friend in uniform will be near by.

It is not a bad road just little lonely & boring.
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Hack'n
Posted 8/26/2016 12:55 PM (#90507 - in reply to #90501)
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It can get messy during Mormon cricket migrations.

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tinboatcapt
Posted 8/26/2016 2:42 PM (#90508 - in reply to #90507)
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Hack'n - 8/26/2016 11:55 AM

It can get messy during Mormon cricket migrations.

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All sorts of images came to mind, but I assume it is like the mayfly hatch here along the mighty Mississippi.
Slippery bugs.
Will that likely happen next week?
Jim
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Hack'n
Posted 8/27/2016 8:50 PM (#90521 - in reply to #90501)
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No, The Mayflies are many but small and only show up on one day of the year in the west.
These guys are thick as locusts and are 2 to 3 inches long and they crawl and hop about 12 inches or so as they go along. Dark in color but leave a slick yellow roadway where they are squashed.

Ran across them 3 times in the summer. They were travelling South to North. Don't remember what month. Maybe Google does.

Lonnie
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tinboatcapt
Posted 8/28/2016 8:24 PM (#90530 - in reply to #90501)
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That is one interesting bug.
Cleaning the bike after a day of squashing them could be an interesting challenge.
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85shadow
Posted 8/30/2016 9:57 PM (#90576 - in reply to #90501)
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There is one stretch of US 50/I 70 between Salina Ut and Green River Ut that is 110 miles If memory severs. Did that run with my son back in 2011.
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DirtyDR
Posted 8/31/2016 12:04 PM (#90578 - in reply to #90501)
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Correct on that 100 mile stretch from Salina, UT to Green River, UT heading East. There are no services so make sure you can do over 100 miles on available fuel.

On the Nevada section fuel and services are plentiful and there are several nice overlooks to stop at on the Nevada and Utah stretches. There are also several sightseeing stops best described as different and for a bit of a whimsical view of the road try this on:
http://travelnevada.com/adventures/31498/anything-lonely-nevadas-hi...
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Hack'n
Posted 8/31/2016 2:12 PM (#90579 - in reply to #90501)
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Heading East from Ely, NV the tranny on my new (at the time) Street Glide /Liberty rig gave up at California pass near the Utah line in 2010. I coasted to a trailhead and tried to call for aid. No phone signal there. My Canadian riding buddies rode on about 50 miles into Utah and finally met a Forest Ranger who radioed Ely for a tilt bed tow truck. I told them to go on since we were only 2 days out on a two week tour, but they stuck with me till the tow rig showed up.
I rode back to Ely with the truck driver and he was nice enough to take me around to all of the trailer rental shops around for a trailer that would accommodate the Harley rig. The only one available was a closed 7' wide with no place to tie down the rig, so I had the tow truck driver drop me at the Nevada Hotel where I called my shop in Boise. No one was available to hook up my sidecar hauler so Judy asked a neighbor if he would take my truck and trailer down to pick me up. He had been working with me in the shop learning about sidecar rigging and was more than happy to make the trip.
He got there too late to make the return trip so I got him a room for the night and we headed back to Boise the next morning after the towing company opened up.
When I took the rig to the High Desert Harley in Boise they wouldn't work on it with the sidecar attached, so back to the shop to dismount the Liberty, then back to the Dealer. A mainshaft support bearing had failed and they said since so many metal particles had galled gears they had to put all new guts in my tranny case for over $2,000. and warranty wouldn't cover it even though it gave up at 3K miles since the bike had been altered with non Harley parts.
An expensive non tour all things considered.
Oh, that was the first time we saw Mormon crickets on the move. Both in the desert and in the mountains. My Canuck Bud's just stopped in the roadway the first time in amazement wondering what the hell they were (covered from the knees down to boots with bug guts). I had seen them before, but not in those numbers.

Lonnie
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DirtyDR
Posted 8/31/2016 2:17 PM (#90580 - in reply to #90501)
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Mine on the far left.

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chromepony
Posted 9/3/2016 11:18 AM (#90615 - in reply to #90501)
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If American history interests you, Route 50 follows the old Pony Express trail through Nevada and into western Utah and there are quite a few ruins and remnants of the old way stations along the route. Look for signs.
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tinboatcapt
Posted 9/18/2016 8:05 PM (#90794 - in reply to #90501)
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Thank you all for the reply's. I had a great trip. It was on the bike, instead of the rig. The Old Wing / California is still broken. I haven't had the heart (or the time to fix it). I met up with our host Guy, in Sun Valley, NV at Sun Valley Service Center. And, As I suspected there was an incredible weekend. Guy is retiring as a Royal Enfield Dealer and it was his last annual rally. There was a wide variety of bikes there; Royal Enfields, Harleys, triumphs, a Kawasaki, BMW, and My Honda. Three side hacks showed up; a Ural Patrol, RE GT with a Watsonian, and a Harley with a Cozy.

The advise about US 50 was spot on. The road was long, the Highway Patrol present but offered no delays, no Mormon Crickets, and the weather was superb. I did stay at the Nevada Hotel and it was everything promised. I met up in the restaurant seating line with one of the many riders staying that night and had a pleasant dinner conversation about riding and bikes.

I continued on US 50 to Salida, CO and went past the exit to Hotchkiss. I really wish I could have made it this year. I am looking forward to the NE next year.

I stayed with a long time friend in Howard, CO for a few days. We rode the mountain trails with his 4x4's and had a blast. I do confess that is was a bit tense. I guess I'm a street rider at heart.

Now I need to figure out how to post a couple of pictures.
Jim





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CCjon
Posted 9/18/2016 10:00 PM (#90796 - in reply to #90794)
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Jim, as you have now discovered, US 50 across Nevada has to be one of the most interesting boring roads in America.... and now you know why. Glad everything went smoothly for you.

Three of us on Urals rode US 50 across Nevada to California and then came back across returning home. A one flat tire next to a dried out cow carcass and a loss of brakes coming down into Austin from the east were the only rapid heart events. 

 

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Hack'n
Posted 9/19/2016 11:52 AM (#90798 - in reply to #90794)
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Did you throw any old shoes up into the tennis shoe tree/

Lonnie
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CCjon
Posted 9/19/2016 3:26 PM (#90800 - in reply to #90798)
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Discovered loafers don't hang so good, suffered the trees's revenge with a nail in the rear tire. which of course did not manifest itself until 50 miles later.
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tinboatcapt
Posted 9/19/2016 4:58 PM (#90801 - in reply to #90798)
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I saw the tree. At first I wondered 'WTF'. My road weary brain finally figured it out. But, no. I didn't prepare a donation. Come to think, I had no spare room for donation things.

Hack'n - 9/19/2016 10:52 AM

Did you throw any old shoes up into the tennis shoe tree/

Lonnie
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tinboatcapt
Posted 9/19/2016 5:33 PM (#90803 - in reply to #90800)
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If getting at the rear tire on your Wing is like getting at it on my Old Wing, My sincere condolences.
Jim


CCjon - 9/19/2016 2:26 PM

Discovered loafers don't hang so good, suffered the trees's revenge with a nail in the rear tire. which of course did not manifest itself until 50 miles later.
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CCjon
Posted 9/19/2016 6:22 PM (#90805 - in reply to #90803)
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tinboatcapt - 9/19/2016 4:33 PM If getting at the rear tire on your Wing is like getting at it on my Old Wing, My sincere condolences. Jim

 Actually it was a pleasant experience...... since the flat was on my buddy's Ural. Took several photos of him swapping wheels in the dry desert sun. Only concern was with the buzzards circling over head though. 

Being a gentleman, even offered to hold his water bottle while he worked.  

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tinboatcapt
Posted 9/19/2016 10:49 PM (#90806 - in reply to #90805)
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LOL! That's going the extra Mile.

CCjon - 9/19/2016 5:22 PM

tinboatcapt - 9/19/2016 4:33 PM If getting at the rear tire on your Wing is like getting at it on my Old Wing, My sincere condolences. Jim

 Actually it was a pleasant experience...... since the flat was on my buddy's Ural. Took several photos of him swapping wheels in the dry desert sun. Only concern was with the buzzards circling over head though. 

Being a gentleman, even offered to hold his water bottle while he worked.  

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