Thursday night I decided I needed a break. I'm tired of the people of California, the traffic and living so closely to everyone else. If you live in CA and love it... Well, I'm not really sorry.
I got online and started looking at someplace to go and I remembered driving Highway 50 through Nevada and it being "The Loneliest" highway so I started there. I pulled up maps and information and decided to take NV121 from Highway 50 to I80. I figured on camping so Friday night I packed up everything I thought I would need and first thing Saturday I loaded up and left. I left around 7am and decided to take US 50 where it began in CA and ended up rolling into South Lake Tahoe. From there I made my way to Carson City and topped off the tank, then on to Fallon and away on the 50 through Nevada towards NV121. I turned off onto NV121 and started plugging along, aside from the heat I noticed the most important thing I had in mind... Not a soul in sight!!!! I trekked along NV121 and after a few miles it turned into an unimproved road. Yes, that's right, a state highway that was dirt! Looking at a map I had I noticed many spurs that lead off into either mountain range on either side of me. At first they looked unaccessible due to fencing and gates but after a few miles the fence stopped and went the other directions. I found a few spurs and followed them, the longest I think was about 5 miles to the base of the mountains before I came upon more gates. I headed back out towards where I came and plugged along.
I ended up at a geothermal power plant and looked at the map I had and my NAV and went where it said to go... That is until I drove through the power plants property, came up on another gate and had to turn back. At this point I'm watching my fuel gauge to make sure if I get to a point where I'm halfway I know I need to head back towards Fallon and call the trip a bust.
I ended up finding my way around and kept making way for Lovelock, NV.
Normally I don't advocate going out on your own especially through Nevada since there is a lot of land to get lost in. I filed a trip plan with my supervisor so if I didn't show up on Monday he'd know where to start looking and I stuck to it. I took over 5 gallons of water and plenty of non perishable food. I took flashlights, signaling mirror, maps and a compass. I know what my vehicle is capable of and I have the common sense to know when I'll be over stepping my and my vehicles capabilities.
Anyhow, here's the pictures.