|Show Tree just out side of Middlegate Nevada|
After heading out of Austin, we continued westward. Our ultimate destination was the Best Western in Fallon.
This stretch of road actually had a bit more traffic. Not a lot more, but there were definitely a few more cars. It was, however, still lonely territory.
We did get caught in a one lane area almost immediately upon exiting Austin. They said to expect delays of about 20 - 30 minutes and we certainly did get caught for 30 minutes. I think once the guy got back from escorting a set of cars, he wound up using the porta-john for 5 minutes. Ugh.
Just outside of Middlegate we ran into a shoe tree. There were literally hundreds of shoes thrown in a tree. It sort of comes up on you and if you are expecting it, you can easily miss it. I had to check it out. I wound up turning around and just marveling and wondering how many shoes were on the tree.
Just outside of Fallon (which there seemed to be a TON of things to do) we stopped by a Sand Dune park. I was already really tired and I wanted nothing more than to just stop driving. If I had about an extra hour to kill I would've climbed the sand dune. It also looked like a nice place to camp or take an ATV out.
I think I've driven through a bit of Fallon before. It is a fairly large town and probably the biggest town if you driving west once you the start the Highway 50 Trip. There were casinos and a bunch of restaurants as well. We wound up eating at a Vietnamese place that was recommended to us.
I didn't gamble at all in Fallon as I hadn't had much luck so far in the trip.
In the morning we went to Fort Churchill, which was about a half hour out of town. We also stopped at Lahonton Reservoir. I just took some photos from a turn off and I think if I was into fishing, this would've been the place to be:
I finally got my final stamp at the Dayton Chamber of Commerce. The lady there was extremely nice and got my a Highway 50 bandanna keepsake.
After getting my final stamp, I almost opted to get a stamp in Carson City's Chamber of Commerce. However, it was approaching lunch time and the Fandango Casino's lunch buffet was closing soon. I already had my 5 though. I wound up gambling for a while at Fandango as well. It is our favorite casino in Carson City....
From there we made the 30 minute drive from Carson City to Reno, where I picked up my bib for the Reno Half Marathon.
All in all, if you like wide open roads, Highway 50 is a lot of fun. This was a total bucket list item for me and I really loved it.
|Me outside of Fort Churchill|