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Leaving late next month, TN/KY/IN/IL/IA/SD/WY/MT/ID/WA/OR/CA/NV/UT/AZ/NM/TX/OK/AK & back to TN.

I have never ridden the pacific NW, so we are going to drop down from Puyallup on the Pacific coast highway, then cut SE north of San Francisco over to Nevada. I have been researching a decent rout through Nevada to Utah, but I'm not sure which way to go & the choices are kinda limited.

My Dl650 and a KLR650...camping 4-5 nights then grabbing a Motel.

Anyway, here is my tentative route so far, if anyone can give me some "Nay's or Yea's" it would be appreciated:
 

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Ok Rich, that is the highway I already picked...thanks for the info!
America's "Loneliest Highway." Wonderful. There weren't too many other choices anyway. All the highways in NV are lonely.

But I don't see Colorado on your plan. Have you been here and don't need to see it again? Otherwise, you might not want to miss it while you are out this way. Just sayin'; it's only some of the best riding and scenery in the country!:thumbup:
 

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I love Colorado...used to back pack in the Weminuche Wilderness & Ski Wolf Creek/Purgatory/Steamboat in my younger days. Had many a pint at the Durango Brewery and even stayed in Durango when I rode through last fall. On this trip I am not sure which direction we will go when leaving AZ. My buddy has never ridden out west, nor on this long of a ride, so at that point in the trip plans could change which is why I have not routed anything past Skull Valley AZ. We are going to be out for 3+ weeks.....I'd like to take at least 4....no pressure then.

Last fall I did TN/AR/OK/NM/CO/AZ/NV/AZ/TX/OK/AR/MS/TN in 3 weeks with almost a week of loafing in Skull Valley/Phoenix area. I did not make it into Utah, so That's fixed for this trip:)
 

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50 is nice, Great scenery. Ely has a nice KOA and the Great Basin Nat Park is worth a gander. They have a cave to visit too. Do mind the speed limit signs in those little towns on 50 or you will get an award and fine.After running 80mph the warnings come up quick, down shifting better happen. They will give you a citation for 26 in the 25 zones.
There is a cheese factory in Beaver Utah if you get through there. There is whole hell of a lot to see in Southern Utah too.
So much to see, so little time. Wah!
 

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26 in a 25? Good grief....chicken shat. I was warned about a town in NM for the same thing....uhmmmm I think it was Cimarron.
 

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That speed control happens in parts of Oregon where 55 is sacrosanct. I've seem Big Rigs pulled over in towns like Austin on 50.
Buddy got a helmet citation for coasting across the street from the hotel to the gas station without his helmet.
There isn't much for revenue out there. The mines are mostly dead and the tourist has the bucks.
 

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26 in a 25? Good grief....chicken shat. I was warned about a town in NM for the same thing....uhmmmm I think it was Cimarron.
I've been through there twice and don't remember seeing much. Can't even remember if the town is there. I do remember being watched close/followed in Tierra Amarilla near Jct. of US64 and US84. I think the guy thought I was speeding, so he whipped around and followed me for a while. (I must have been speeding a little). I could almost feel the "I'm gonna get you and write you up, squid" feeling while being followed.:grin2:
 

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That speed control happens in parts of Oregon where 55 is sacrosanct. I've seem Big Rigs pulled over in towns like Austin on 50.
Buddy got a helmet citation for coasting across the street from the hotel to the gas station without his helmet.
There isn't much for revenue out there. The mines are mostly dead and the tourist has the bucks.
It still (or again) has the feeling from a Clint Eastwood spaghetti western out there. There...is.....definitely....not ....much (gas).....out.....there!

Hey, a while back, I read of an alternate route, starting out of Austin, I think. It was the original and earlier US50 path. Didn't know about it when I crossed, but maybe someone knows more.

From Wikipedia:

"Around 1967, US 50 was improved between Middlegate and Austin, to bypass steep grades and sharp curves over Carroll Summit. The original route is now SR 722.[52]"
 

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The old road by Austin? It's there and I've never taken it...the road less traveled. I hear it's like the other route, just more lonely.
Hey, you are on an adventure bike, gopher it!
 

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It still (or again) has the feeling from a Clint Eastwood spaghetti western out there. There...is.....definitely....not ....much (gas).....out.....there!

Hey, a while back, I read of an alternate route, starting out of Austin, I think. It was the original and earlier US50 path. Didn't know about it when I crossed, but maybe someone knows more.

From Wikipedia:

"Around 1967, US 50 was improved between Middlegate and Austin, to bypass steep grades and sharp curves over Carroll Summit. The original route is now SR 722.[52]"
Huh. New one on me, too. Think I'll try it next time crossing the Big Lonely.
 

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Personally, I love US50 across Nevada. The geology is interesting (USGS Geology in the Parks) and I love the light and space. Good for my head. :)

Rural Nevada has the nicest roads.

It's weird actually. You come up to a state line entering Nevada and the road will be in sad shape but as soon as you cross the line, nice smooth road. I'm talking out in the boonies too.

I went across Nevada on highway 6 recently, it was awesome. Good road, nice scenery and no traffic to speak of. A few cows though!

 

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A buddy and I just rode Hwy 50 across Nevada east to west the second week of June. I was surprised at the number of times you cross over a mountain pass. Up and down, ride through a valley, up and down, repeat. Several times. It was fantastic. I certainly wasn't expecting it. We rode through on a Sunday (Great Basin to Fallon) and found gas when needed. Just make sure to top off when you find an open gas station. My buddy didn't thinking there would be another chance and was running on fumes coming into Fallon. You'll also stop to take a lot of pictures along the way.

If you get a chance: Outside of Great Basin (where there was still snow on the peaks topping 10k) is a town named Baker. Two places to eat and two places to get rooms if you go that route. Because it was raining on the mountains we ended up pitching tents behind the bar in a little RV park and spent the night hanging out with locals. Ended up being a favorite evening on my 4500 mile trip. Great people....wonderful time......unbelievable night sky. Highly recommend it as an evening stop.
 

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I think I would skip the detour through Alaska (AK) from Oklahoma (OK) to Tennessee (TN) and go through Arkansas (AR) instead. It'll save a lot of fuel and it's nice riding besides!
 

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I think I would skip the detour through Alaska (AK) from Oklahoma (OK) to Tennessee (TN) and go through Arkansas (AR) instead. It'll save a lot of fuel and it's nice riding besides!
Why not do do both? The distance between AK and AR is only 6 letters.:wink2:

For anyone riding across Rt. 50 you might be interested in why you go up and down numerous ridges separated by wide but not very deep valleys. These valleys are not created by water as you would find in most places. They are in fact rift valleys, created by the earth being pulled apart and leaving what are in effect cracks -- you can think of them as Mother Earth's stretch marks. In some parts of the world such as Africa rift valleys are caused by continents pulling apart, and in Iceland you can see this along a plate boundary -- but in the Basin and Range area of NV it is because the continental plate is being pulled and stretched toward the west coast as the Pacific plate is being subducted under it.

There are some big forces at work there. You may think the ground under your bike is solid but it is still on the move.
 

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I prefer 89a other than 89 in northern AZ. The north rim is great
It looks like you are riding up 22 in UT.
You would have a better time staying on 12 to Torrey and camping out at Fish Lake. Enter Fish Lake from the 72 side.
HWY 72 is great road with long distance views of Moab. and a lot of corners.
It is about one hour to your camp spot on your map.
 

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Looks like a good route

I have traveled across 50 quite a bit and it a good route. I prefer this over I-80 any day... I live outside of Sacramento CA and grew up outside of Grand Junction Colorado so that route I know. i have live outside of Phoenix too. You mentioned time might be a factor but once you leave AZ if you pitch east towards Moab you would not regret it one bit. Beautiful country out that way!

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" a town named Baker"
Would you believe that rallies are held in Baker. It's a well know place.
The National park near by has good camping too.
 
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