It will be adequate if you want to stop to wet them a lot.Would a wet t-shirt and bandana inside my vented [and uninsulated] Aerostich jacket be adequate?
Thanks for the suggestion and perspective on the route. I discovered the same thing about cops in small towns in Montana; according to some locals I spoke with, cops more or less ignore your speed on highways (within reason) but can get really aggressive in town.You get get a decent 10 dollar sweat shirt and wet that. With a mesh jacket I dried out a wet vest in 80-100 miles in 90-100 degree temps. That's about the distance between communities on Hwy50. Do slow down coming into those little towns, they love to give tickets for 26 in the 25 zone.
It's an interesting ride across 50. Mountain passes and long narrow valleys. I've enjoyed it several times.
The west end near Fallon is a bit of a bore and dirty. But by then you'll be near Reno and the end will be in sight! Seems to be 319 miles across and the speed limit is 70, I think, if not 75. I've done it in July driving a sidecar rig and it was still good.
Certainly doable. You might be surprised to see how many others are out there. The "loneliest road" isn't all that lonely anymore.
Thanks for the feedback, especially about the elevation and NHP strategy. I seldom go more than 8 mph over the limit on highways as a habit anyway, so I'm not too worried. I'll stay at, or even below, the speed limits in towns, based on your response and another poster's.I've done it many times in all kinds of weather. Take water and use the old wet T-shirt trick if it gets too hot.
Once you get to Ely after going across Utah, most of the rest of the route is above 6000 ft elevation until you get to Fallon, then it's still above 5000 ft, so it really isn't as hot as southern Nevada.
Get an early start from Ely and you'll be in Carson City or Reno before about 3 in the afternoon. Watch out for deer and elk in the twisty parts.
The NHP is in fact devoting a lot more patrol effort to US50 in the last year or two. I crossed it last week twice and saw plenty of patrol activity from both NHP and the county sheriffs along the way. Just keep to the speed limits religiously through towns, and keep it under 10% over the speed limit the rest of the time and you'll be ok. The speed limits go down through the many mountain passes and NHP loves to ticket in those areas, especially.
Anyone who thinks Nevada is a wide-open state for speeding isn't very well informed. Nevada actually ranks number 3 in the nation in per-capita speeding ticket writing. :fineprint:
Yes, and make it a long sleeved heavy t-shirt (6oz or better).Would a wet t-shirt and bandana inside my vented [and uninsulated] Aerostich jacket be adequate?