After packing up it was time to get back on the road. Today was the day I was not really looking forward to – our trek across Central Nevada on US 6. This was going to be another long driving day with over 300 miles to our next destination; Cave Lake State Park in Ely, NV.
It wasn’t until this trip did I know that US 6 had actually a transcontinental route until 1965. As of now, you can travel from Bishop, CA to Provincetown, MA. Our trek would be taking us through Great Basin, the largest U.S. desert and the only “cold desert” on our continent.
So, what can you expect on such a journey? It is a never-ending cycle of summits and basins. We would chug up a pass thinking it was the last, only to see another flat stretch of road before having to climb once again. We went for very long periods of time without seeing another vehicle. This was both eerie and cool (in a way) at the same time.
We stopped in Tonopah, NV for gas and a lunch break. Be careful as you drive into town! The local police force makes a fortune by pulling over eager travelers who haven’t slowed down to the town’s speed limit. We observed this first hand as we sat in our trailer for lunch.
The kids had been bored and a little cranky on this leg of the journey (and who could blame them). Made up car games can only go so far. Upon arrival, we took a nature walk around the lake and got out craft supplies to make some art. Since we were there at a time that fires were banned, it made for an early night.
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