The loneliest road in america passes some of the most intriguing landscapes in the west, including ghost towns, mountain passes, petroglyphs, lakes, deserts, caves, and more. Roy parvin is the awardwinning author of two books of fiction, the loneliest road in america and in the snow forest. The nevada portion crosses the center of the state and was named the loneliest road in america by life. Set mostly in the wilderness of northern californias trinity alps, this collection of short stories by roy parvin delves into the psyches of people who have placed themselves both physically and spiritually outside the normal range of social intercourse. He is the recipient of a national endowment for the arts grant and a. Humans have interacted for centuries on the loneliest road in america on days three and four of the the fellowship of the loneliest road, a conversation with history unfolds. A geologic and natural history tour through nevada along u. Right off the loneliest road in america is a sight you must pull over for at least a few photos. The stories revolve around a small town in the trinity mountains of northern california and the people who live there or flee.
Humans have interacted for centuries on the loneliest. The nevada portion crosses the center of the state and was named the loneliest road in america by life magazine in july 1986. The highway is so far off the beaten path, life magazine nemed it the loneliest road in america. When galen saw me stretching at the sky like that, my arms and legs gone stringy as some kind of crazy bean, when he saw that, he thought it was high time he taught me his pitches. A road trip along us50 follows time from colonialera landscapes through the wild west to hightech silicon valley, the best route for the unhurried. Life recommended that drivers have survival skills to travel the route. At least, as straight across nevada as is possible. A trip down highway 50 nevada is anything but lonely travel. Blue highways author william least heatmoon writes about us50, for the unhurried, this littleknown highway is the best national road across the middle of the united states. In the middle of a desert is a lonely cottonwood tree strung full of shoes.
This is a must have for those planning a trip across the loneliest road in america. We had to cross the loneliest road and it took most of our day on the road to reach our destination, once in a while did find a car from opposite direction and due to the straight stretches. Now hes hit the road in order to clear his head and hopefully move on. Semi abandoned town in nevada desert the real loneliest road. Life said there were no attractions or points of interest along the 287mile stretch of road and recommended that drivers have survival skills to travel the route. By the turn of the century, the road became californias first state highway and eventually connected the nations atlantic and pacific coasts. The old lincoln highway is one of many historic features on this stretch of highway. A thoroughly fresh voice and a rarely observed rural world come together in this extraordinary debut collection. Loneliest road in america us highway 50 carson city to baker. The highway 50 survival guide is a challenge to travelers to learn for themselves about americas loneliest road. I found out that in 1968 life magazine had dubbed nevadas portion of us highway 50 the loneliest road in america and that the state of nevada would provide travelers of us 50 with a. The loneliest road basically follows a depressed loser type guy who never got over the death of his mother.
Highway 50 is part of us route 50 and the section that is in nevada is coined the loneliest road in america. Americas loneliest road by christina nellemann nevada, rv trip ideas the nevada portion of highway 50 is a 287mile stretch with few towns, services, or rest stops, and quite a lot of high desert and big blue sky. It includes the section through nevada known as the loneliest road in america. Travelers can pick up the free loneliest road survival guides at chambers of commerce, museums, restaurants, motels, and gas stations along highway 50. Nevada highway 50 survival guide by nevada commission on. Close enough for government work is a slam with a core message that is demolished by tingley and pizarros book. Everyday low prices on a huge range of new releases and classic fiction. In july 1986, life magazine described nevadas highway 50 from baker to dayton as the loneliest road in america. The loneliest road in america darkness runs smoke a dream she had ice the color of sky trapline may between knowing and dying its me again fish story the ames coil.
In july of 1986, life magazine didnt think there was too much out here, though. You can see a black line running through a snow covered desert. You find miles and miles of little more than mountains, sand, and blue sky. Drive the loneliest road in america, the stretch of u. Loneliest road in america us highway 50 carson city to. In july 1986, life magazine described nevadas highway 50 from ely to fernley as the loneliest road in america. Join us on a journey down what life magazine called the loneliest road in america in their july 1986 article about the stretch of hwy 50 between salt lake city and sacramento. Nevada road trip a journey down americas loneliest road. Stories from newcomer parvin give a feel for the backwoods life of mountain and forest in far northern california, but his characters credibility is often less compelling than the wild places where they live.
The inside cover makes it clear that this book, published by the nevada bureau of mines and geology, is keyed to the designation by the nevada legislature of us 50 as the official loneliest road. Eurekas population quickly boomed to 10,000 people before the mines closed. When galen saw me stretching at the sky like that, my arms and legs gone stringy as some kind of crazy bean, when he saw. The road is nice and wide, very smooth and there are no potholes.
He had married a woman who looked and acted like her, but unfortunately she has just died of cancer and never gave him a little version of his mum to call his own. Nevada highway 50 survival guide loneliest road in. Route 50 follows across nevada was part of one of the earliest transcontinental highways in america the lincoln highway. Before it was known as the loneliest road in america, route 50 was a thruway during the 1850s gold rush. Loneliest road in america hwy 50 road trip itinerary. Are you picturing a stretch of empty highway surrounded by a barren desert. The loneliest road in america countryregion facebook. The loneliest road in america by roy parvin, paperback. The loneliest road running coasttocoast from san francisco to ocean city, maryland, the loneliest road in america is a 3,200mile odyssey from sea to shining sea. Later, travel nevada developed the now popular the loneliest road in america, official highway 50 survival guide. Highway 50 nevada, dubbed the loneliest road in america, starts in reno and ends at the great basin national park. For miles and miles of what used to be a pony express route, there is nothing but mountains and sagebrush dotted with the occasional small town. They described nevadas highway 50 as the loneliest road in america.
Surviving the loneliest road in america travel nevada. Route 50 us 50 is a transcontinental highway in the united states, stretching from west sacramento, california, in the west to ocean city, maryland, on the east coast. Travel along the loneliest road in america and collect stamps along the way to earn a certificate commemorating your survival of. I first became aware of the loneliest road when i was planning a trip to lake tahoe to attend my nieces wedding. Professional traveler jamie jensen traveled more than 400,000 miles to bring you the bestselling guide road trip usa. Route 50 or us 50 is a major eastwest route of the u. What begins as a journey for answers turns into something much bigger, and zachary must decide whether to trust the handsome stranger he meets at a. All the way across the country, us50 passes through hundreds of small old towns. We drove the 50 from salina in utah to sacramento which includes the famous loneliest road in america section across nevada. Route 50 highway stretches from sacramento, california in the west to ocean city, maryland in the east, the portion crossing through nevada was scathingly. Nevadas highway 50 survival guide is built for fun.
The loneliest road in america it was the year i grew as big as the trees. By the turn of the century, the road became california s first state highway and eventually connected the nations atlantic and pacific coasts. The loneliest road us50 driving route road trip usa. Due to its large file size, this book may take longer to download. Loneliest road in america offers a unique motorcycle trip. Driving it west from the utah state line, we really didnt see a lot of other vehicles. Loneliest road in america, nevadas highway 50 travel. Wyn cooper has published four previous books of poetry, most recently chaos is the new calm boa editions, 2010.
Cross broad, flat valley, climb mountain range, descend mountain range, cross broad, flat valley. Route 50 that traverses central nevada, and we guarantee youll find more than peace and quiet. His work has been selected for inclusion in the best american short stories series and has been widely anthologized. The tree is decorated with not only shoes but a few pairs of underwear, gum, and just about anything people have handy to. The loneliest road in america from high above at sunset. There are plenty of places to see and do on this famous stretch of road known as the lincoln highway nevada. An early automobile road, it ran from new york city to san francisco.
Great open spaces, historic towns and magnificent big sky sunsets and best of all you have the road to yourself no campers and no big trucks. Thank you for traveling nevadas highway 50, americas loneliest road. Stories by roy parvin from amazons fiction books store. The nevada portion of the route, named the loneliest road in america by travelers, evokes the feeling of loneliness. Old hwy 50 the loneliest road in america route ref.
Nevada has always been known for it awesome roadways. The loneliest road in america, nv lolos extreme cross. The loneliest road in america runs straight through the lives of characters whose isolation goes beyond the geographical. It gets its name the loneliest road in america for one reason and one reason only. But when he recognizes himself in the pages of a mysterious book from the university library, hes unnervedand determined to uncover the truth. Back in 1864, eureka was the birthplace of the silverlead smelting industry in the united states. A gold rushera highway paves the way to the wests last frontier. Route 50 in nevada the nickname, the loneliest road in america. Its not uncommon to travel 20 to 30 miles before seeing a single car. Located on highway 50 lies eureka, the friendliest town on the loneliest road in america. Address, phone number, loneliest highway in america hwy.
As basic medical care disappears from rural america, a husband and wife are forced apart after 63 years. Us50 passes through a dozen different states, four state capitals, and the nations capital, washington, d. Read the book i wrote about my walk across america at. To accommodate visitation, the silver state provides ample camping opportunities along route 50which, conveniently, is the best way to really experience this stretch of. Highway system, stretching just over 3,000 miles or 4,800 km from ocean city, maryland on the atlantic ocean to west sacramento, california. On the way, stop at sand mountain or eat at middlegate monster burger. Roy parvin the loneliest road in america paperback bargain price, december 1, 1996 by chronicle books llc staff author, roy parvin author. The 400 miles of us50 that cross nevada have been dubbed the loneliest road in america.720 401 46 1031 39 1109 347 686 514 422 236 222 631 748 296 1035 973 1005 1002 1281 1000 461 519 749 165 1025 125 49 931 305 1302 418 485 899