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Old 09-05-2011, 01:22 PM   #1
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US 6 to US 50 Eastbound

I am looking at routes for riding my BV 500ie back to Colorado next week. One option is through Yosemite to US 6, through Tonopah then continuing on through Ely then picking up US 50 into Colorado, to 285 and home.

Any thoughts on that route? I figure I'd probably need to carry gas but can you think of pros/cons to that route? I've got 4 days to get from central Californa coast to just west of Denver in Colorado and I'd prefer to keep to 300-350 miles per day avoiding interstates as much as possible, I find them very boring. Places of interest to stop suggestions would be welcome as would alternative routes that might be more interesting but I would prefer to keep it
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Old 09-05-2011, 01:58 PM   #2
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There is a whole lot of nothing on US 6/50 thru Nevada and Western Utah...and I live near Death Valley!

If it was me, I would take US 6/50 to Tonopah then take 375 (the extra-terrestrial highway!) thru Rachel (near Area 51) to US 93. At Panaca, NV take 319/56 to Cedar City, Utah.

Head east out of Cedar City on 14 and then north on US 89. Just south of Panguitch take 12 thru Bryce Canyon, Escalante till it ends at 24 in Torrey. Head east on 24 (thru Capital Reef) to Hanksville. Route 12 is FANASTIC! You will want to ride it again!

At Hanksville, you can either take 24 north-east and hit I-70 near Green River or go south-east thru Glen Canyon to Blanding. Then head east to Colorado.

Carrying gas would be a good idea depending on your range.
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Old 09-05-2011, 03:43 PM   #3
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Been there, done that two months ago- well most of that route from Zion through Bryce and Captiol Reef to Breckenridge, CO. That's how my BV ended up at my brother's house in California. Now it's time to bring it back home. While Escalante was interesting I don't think I want to do it again quite so soon. Captiol Reef is lovely and I wouldn't mind going back in a few years. If you are interested in that ride report http://cheryldwise.com
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Old 09-05-2011, 04:15 PM   #4
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Right on. Didn't know that. You have hit the hot spots then. US 6/50 is barren, but can be quite intriguing in a desolate sort of way.
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Old 09-05-2011, 04:54 PM   #5
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No problem, I agree with you about the places you listed being high points. I also know that I don't want to cross Escalante in high winds and rain which we fortunately missed by a couple of days.
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Old 09-05-2011, 06:42 PM   #6
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I know I'm crazy but I love 50 across Nevada.
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Old 09-06-2011, 05:17 PM   #7
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BTW, your route from CA to Cedar City looks quite interesting. I should have put that in my post yesterday.
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Old 09-06-2011, 05:51 PM   #8
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I know I'm crazy but I love 50 across Nevada.
"Worlds lonliest highway".... but awesome!!! Tahoe to Ely... 70 mph, 2 lane hwy (well Carson to Ely is anyway). It is actually pretty cool.

But Esclante staircase, whoa! Rode down from the top to Brice, then on into Zion... Great ride. Started in SLC, btw.... down hwy 89a.
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Old 09-07-2011, 07:01 AM   #9
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How do you feel about dirt/gravel roads (not single track or double track)? You could ride the Pony Express Trail (Sacramento, Lake Tahoe, Carson City thru northern Nevada and into Wyoming). Then you could head south into Colorado and on to Denver.
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Old 09-07-2011, 08:13 AM   #10
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I am not a fan of dirt/gravel and 2 wheels. I've ride enough of them in Colorado that are graded and maintained to not want to ride more. Especially not when I'll be riding much of it solo.

Originally I hoped yo red up the coast into Oregon then cut east through Idaho to add some new states to my ride map but circumstances beyond my control. caused me to need to shorten my trip by 3 days.
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Old 09-07-2011, 03:01 PM   #11
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I've been watching the weather forecast and it went from 10% chance of rain to 40% from Yosemite to past Ely, NV which is making me think I'd be better off going south since the idea of 3-400 miles of riding in the rain isn't very appealing. Fortunately I don't have to make a final decision until Sunday but I was really enjoying the thought of going through Yosemite so I hope the chance of rain or at least the number of miles with a high chance of rain decreases.
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I've got the first few days of my ride report up on my blog at http://cheryldwise.com But here's a few photos and comments I've excerpted.
Where we at at the Malibu Inn.

Just across the street from the Malibu Pier . As we left Malibu we saw that Pepperdine University had put up a display of flags as part of their 9-11 memorial to take place on Sunday:

I didn’t manage to get all of them in the photo but it appeared that they had a flag for each person who died in the attacks on 9-11. After spending the night in San Luis Obispo I headed on up to Monterey where it didn’t take long for my first photo stop:

Rarely would you find a straight stretch of road.

. I really wish I’d had enough time to spend the morning in Monterey, CA. Monday morning it was an absolutely gorgeous morning. The bay was still and as smooth as glass with the sun shining and lovely reflections in the water but with weather forecasts of afternoon thunderstorms I knew I just couldn’t spare the time if I was going to get over the pass in Yosemite before they arrived. So I had to content myself with just the views as I went along the coast from Pacific Grove heading inland.

Instead I headed over to Yosemite



I really, really enjoyed Hwy 120 from 396 to Barton Hot Spring. The rolling hills and sweeping curves were a joy.


Fresh snow was on several of the mountain peaks I could see along 120 as I was leaving Yosemite then down 395 and again after picking up 120 again. With 400 miles today I’m going to call it an early night.

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Old 09-27-2011, 07:09 PM   #13
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Yep, it's long and boring

Ironically, I rode 6 from Bishop, Ca. to Cleveland, Ohio last week. I filled up in Tonopah and made it to Ely without incident, about 165 miles. There's not much out there, just a whole bunch of brown. Brown dirt, brown plants, brown animals, brown birds. I was hoping for some litter to see some color! The road is sooooo straight in some spots that it goes straight to the horizon in front of you as far as you can see. Then you look in your rear view mirror and you see the same thing.

Here's a picture I took of one section of straightness.

There's also not a whole bunch of other vehicles out there. Bring some water!
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Old 09-29-2011, 04:16 PM   #14
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I've got a very similar picture on my hard drive. :)
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Old 10-02-2011, 09:40 AM   #15
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Since 50 is also I-70 in the middle of Utah I would suggest a detour to see Goblin Valley at exit 131.
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