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Old 03-29-2013, 02:46 PM   #1
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Route 50 end to end

Going to Start a Ride this Saturday and ride Route 50 from end to end.
I actually started last Saturday and started in Ocean City MD and rode Route 50 to the Western side of the beltway of Washington DC. Since I live in Maryland I can then run down the beltway to Route 50 this Saturday and go from there without having to take an extra three hours to get out to Ocean City to start.
I attached a photo of the sign that has the mileage to Sacramento. Hope this works. Had to actually get a Smugmug account since my current photo hosting site sucks.

Hope the weather cooperates.
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Old 03-29-2013, 03:03 PM   #2
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Great ride! You'll have fun. I've done it myself. 50 actually used to start in San Francisco - that's what the Bay Bridge was originally numbered. Maybe you can start from there? When they set up 80 it displaced 50 until Sacramento. There's also a bit in Colorado where its displaced again by an interstate.
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Old 03-29-2013, 03:04 PM   #3
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Correction: end in San Francisco. Must have been my west coast orientation.
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Old 03-29-2013, 03:11 PM   #4
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Nose Plugs

I'm sure you'll have your ear plugs on this journey of "Americas Loneliest Road", but I'm also sure you'll need nose plugs as you pass the feeder lots east & west of Dodge City, Ingalls & Garden City Kansas. Which I believe makes Route 50 the stinkiest road in America
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Old 03-29-2013, 05:41 PM   #5
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I'm sure you'll have your ear plugs on this journey of "Americas Loneliest Road", but I'm also sure you'll need nose plugs as you pass the feeder lots east & west of Dodge City, Ingalls & Garden City Kansas. Which I believe makes Route 50 the stinkiest road in America
Yeah, I remember that smell, almost got me killed...
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Old 03-29-2013, 06:02 PM   #6
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I love US 50. I've been on all of it except for that DC to the Atlantic. Maybe this year, I'll get that section.

Living in the Cincinnati area, my ride was in both directions from home. I've been across Nevada twice on the Loneliest Highway. When the sign says "Next services 112 miles," by god, they mean 112 miles. You didn't indicate what you are riding, but something with a 200-mile range will serve you well.

Some years ago, California decommissioned US 50 from Sacramento to San Francisco, but you can still follow I-80 into the Bay area and then take the Bay Bridge into SF to follow the Lincoln Highway to it's terminus. That was the original end of US 50.

Good luck with your ride. Ride safe.

Brent

BTW My profile pic? Taken in Sacramento at the end of the Pony Express Trail after following US 50 across Nevada and California.
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Old 03-29-2013, 06:16 PM   #7
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It is a great ride. I rode US 50 last August from San Francisco to DC; then I rode home to NYC. I will do it again.
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Old 03-29-2013, 07:51 PM   #8
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US 50 through West Virginia is one of my favorite roads.
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:16 PM   #9
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very cool! hope to ride the whole thing someday, have done about half...the Nevada portion is most excellent (if you like the desert) and really is extremely lonely...most can be done at a very brisk clip in my experience
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:30 PM   #10
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Long, long ago (before freeways and Interstates) the main drag in the town I grew up in, was Highway 50. That was Castro Valley Boulevard, in Castro Valley, California. Then the freeway was built and eventually US50 became I-580. The version of US50 that I remember as a kid, was San Francisco, across the Bay Bridge and through Oakland, Castro Valley, Dublin, Livermore, and out to Stockton. Most of this route was also the Lincoln Highway.

About 15 or 20 years ago, they rebuilt the Boulevard through Castro Valley and instead of just adding another layer of asphalt, they started over and put down a new base layer. One day while sitting in traffic, I looked over at the "strata" that was revealed as they dug down, and saw the layer of concrete pavement that I remembered from the early 50's.

Several times, when coming home from the BUB's event at Bonneville, we've driven "The Loneliest Road" across Nevada and found it to be a very enjoyable trip. Much more interesting than the drive using I-80.

Hope the weather cooperates and you have a good ride.

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Old 03-30-2013, 02:36 AM   #11
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enjoy your trip and send us pictures :) :) :)
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Old 03-30-2013, 04:19 AM   #12
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Have a great ride. I'll be checking your RR closely since I plan to travel portions of US 50 this summer on a ride from MA to CA and back. Looking forward to following your adventure.
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Old 03-30-2013, 05:25 AM   #13
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Old 03-30-2013, 03:46 PM   #14
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Us 50

On my bucket list,enjoy&post pics.
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Old 03-30-2013, 05:25 PM   #15
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AWESOME ! I grew up in Ocean City , MD . Family stills lives on the Eastern Shore ... I have dreamt of doing this ride since I was a kid and always saw that Sacremento sign . I bought a 2012 KLR and am in the process of prepping to do the exact ride at the end of May /beginning of June . Have a safe trip !
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