Ron & Elena's 2007-2010 Travels travel blog

Elena took a couple shots as we were driving the "lonely roads"...


(Ron Writing) As quickly as the temperature was dropping during the evening hours we figured we were in for a cold night. It got down to 16° just before sunrise! The weather man told us to expect 35° - he sure missed this one. We did okay. We left the catalytic heater on low all night and it didn’t get below 50° in the house. This kept both us and the plumbing system from freezing. There were icicles on Da Honu and frost all over the truck this morning.

We got an early start since we wanted to escape this huge cold front that is covering a large area around here. For the first time in the four years we’ve had our truck we made good use of the electric seat warmers.

We continued south on OR-206 about 75 miles to the border at Denio, NV. At Denio the highway changes to NV-140 which we drove to US-95 south to Winnemucca, NV. Talk about lonely roads – for the first hour we saw one other vehicle on the road. And we only saw about 5 vehicles during the entire 160 miles between Frenchglen and Winnemucca.

At Winnemucca we filled up the truck and generator with gas for only $3.359! We could hardly believe the price – must have been a local gas war because all the surrounding towns were significantly higher.

From Winnemucca we drove east on I-80 to Battle Mountain, NV where we picked up NV-305 south, another lonely road with very light traffic. At the old mining town of Austin, NV we took US-50 a short distance east and then NV-376 south down to US-95 south at Tonopah, NV. We arrived at Tonopah just as it was getting dark and noticed that the Ramada Hotel/Casino had a small RV park. We decided it would be nice to have full hookups ($18.50) tonight since it looks like it will be another cold one. Also, it’s a little difficult to find a good boondocking spot in a strange place after dark.

The drive on these lonely roads was very nice. Most of the way we had a good tailwind which not only improves the gas mileage but also makes the rig handle just a little better than if we have a cross wind. Much of the traffic we did see today was other RVs with guys and ATVs. We guess they are hunting in the mountains. We drove past several very large cattle ranches where there were several hundred, perhaps thousands of cattle in large pastures. One large ranch in a very remote area of southern Oregon looked like a small town with several homes and it even had its own paved runway.

Last night was by far the coldest weather we’ve experienced on our full-time adventure and today was the longest driving day, 425 miles. This drive, like yesterday, was all through areas we’ve never been to before and the weather was clear and sunny. We continue to be amazed at the size and beauty of our wonderful country.

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