Leaving Lehman Caves and Great Basin National Park, I piloted the van onto Highway 50, aka the “Loneliest Highway in America.” I love lonely two lane highways and I was excited about making the drive.
The road did not disappoint. Nevada is the heart of the Basin and Range Province and I really enjoyed the alternation between broad flat valleys and crossing its varied mountain ranges. (I also wanted to climb the highpoints of each and every mountain range but there was definitely snow lingering in the mountains and I lacked my usual 4wd.)
I paused to poke around Ely, Eureka, and Austin but as a combination of Sunday and vacant store fronts, I mostly took walking tours of the main streets.
Just before I reached Austin, I stopped for a dip at a hotspring. The water wasn’t scorchingly hot but it was nice to feel a bit cleaner and take in some mountain views. I thought about sticking around overnight to grab a morning soak as well but the lure of the road was too strong.
I visited Stoke’s Castle near Austin and started looking for a place to spend the night.
Although Nevada is full of public lands, the basins don’t provide much cover for camping so I felt kind of exposed and actually moved camp once because something just Didn’t Feel Right. (I think I was being paranoid but I didn’t really want to stay to find out if I was right or not.)