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In the process of planning our summer road trip from Kansas to the Oregon coast and back mid-June. Looking for any input on the route back through Nevada. Trying to decide between I-80 to the North or Hwy 50 through the middle. Neither look like much fun. Thanks for any input.

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On I-80 The temps will be in the 80-90's, it's 115 miles between SLC and Wendover and there's gas at the 70 MM (Delle) There's gambling(5 or 6 big casinos)in Bendover also a concert hall and some historic stuff like the hangar that housed the Enola Gay and the biggest attraction, Bonneville Salt Flats. The rest of the trip is high dessert with a couple summits that cool down a little but not much.Plenty of places to stop for gas, etc. If you go north on 95 from Winnemucca, there is NO GAS at Denio JCT. as far as I know so plan accordingly. Last July the sign said no gas till spring, didn't say which spring!

US 50 "Loneliest Road in America" will generally be a little warmer and maybe more scenic, IMO.
 

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I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed Hwy 50... It sure is desolite, yet has some very beautiful scenery as well.

I would suggest incorporating Hwy-2/722... a neat 2 lane road, with great scenery: https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=NV-722+W/State+Hwy+2&daddr=39.2821484,-117.4662238+to:NV-722+W/State+Hwy+2&hl=en&ll=39.901309,-116.152954&spn=3.455391,8.366089&sll=39.35129,-117.351837&sspn=0.870779,2.091522&geocode=FRKtVwIdxzz4-A;FeRlVwIdkZv_-CkV1xva2UijgDFMTtk8BwiuCw;FTeQWgIdzaME-Q&mra=dpe&mrsp=1&sz=10&via=1&t=m&z=8

Be sure, double sure, to bring lot's of water... a "Camelback" type backpack for it is perfect, as you will need to be extra diligent about dehydration due to the high temperatures.
 

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Sounds good Alex, thanks. I will look into it. Heat will be an issue for my wife. She is ok up to about 85 degree's for a few hours but after that I have to turn off my intercom so I won't have to listen to her complain about how hot she is. We always wear full face helmets and riding gear so that doesn't help.

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As AlexB mentioned, bring lots of water. Also I would suggest getting some LD Comfort shirts and tights and wetting them down under your riding gear. Yes, it's pricey but it will make a world of difference in comfort. I generally wet the shirt sleeves under my jacket and it stays cool till the next stop. Do a search for posts by Bubba1 on hot weather riding. If you ride 50 into Utah, stop at Great Basin NP at Baker, Nv. and take the tour of Lehman Cave, worth the stop!
 

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Sounds good Alex, thanks. I will look into it. Heat will be an issue for my wife. She is ok up to about 85 degree's for a few hours but after that I have to turn off my intercom so I won't have to listen to her complain about how hot she is. We always wear full face helmets and riding gear so that doesn't help.

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Marty,

Get in touch with Bubba1 for pointers on riding in the heat. Do a search on the board for his posts. Your full face helmet and full riding gear is your friend in the heat. Check some of the post on LD Comfort undergarments, they work! Out fit your wife with LD Comfort, textile jacket, a water bottle for drinking and one for squrting on her jacket vents and she'll be a cool happy camper even in plus 100 degree heat. I know some have been in hotter weather but we've been out West in up to 115* and been just fine crossing both Death Valley and the Mojava.
 

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Pooch beat me to it...
 

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In the process of planning our summer road trip from Kansas to the Oregon coast and back mid-June. Looking for any input on the route back through Nevada. Trying to decide between I-80 to the North or Hwy 50 through the middle. Neither look like much fun. Thanks for any input.

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where going to go 50 across Kansas to Colorado and then Durango, four corners, and across to California and up to Oregon leaving the begging of June. I have taken both I-70 across as well as I-80 and if time is an issue they are better than 50 for getting to the coast
 

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The southern route (rt6) from Ely to Tonopah is 166 miles between services and absolutely nothing in between.
 

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The southern route (rt6) from Ely to Tonopah is 166 miles between services and absolutely nothing in between.
That's a fact!
 

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My vote is for Hwy. 50. We've done both and probably won't ride I80 ever again. If heat is a big issue, ride early and late. Gas stops aren't a problem along that route and it is more scenic. Also you won't have to worry about dodging "lane gators" either.
 

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We loved our ride on hwy 50 in May.....
 

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In the process of planning our summer road trip from Kansas to the Oregon coast and back mid-June. Looking for any input on the route back through Nevada. Trying to decide between I-80 to the North or Hwy 50 through the middle. Neither look like much fun. Thanks for any input.

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Excellent tips mentioned so far...but why isn't it fun, your wife's struggle with keeping cool in mid summer? The roads?

Some of the more thrilling rides is crossing the desert, early morning...like 4 a.m. or so, and getting to your next destination before the heat of the day starts kicking your butt.

I've also ridden a couple of hundred miles out of my way just to moderate temperatures a bit more...more riding for me, more comfortable for her.

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