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Old 08-01-2015, 10:21 PM   #1
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U.S. rt. 50

Hi all, I've been wanting to travel old rt 50 from Ohio west to Placerville Ca. for the last few yrs. The reason I haven't made the trip is my wife and I have been caring for my father the last 4.5 yrs. My father has passed away and we are now able to travel and rid ourselves of the snow during the winter months. My wife has been looking at rt 50 and thinks it's pretty ho hum and that there's nothing on rt 50 but long boring stretches of old 2 lane roads. Has anyone traveled this old highway and what are your feelings. Worth the trip or find other roads to travel. Thanks for any info you care to share. Rob.
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You mentioned ridding yourselves of snow during the winter months. Hwy 50 is not the place to do it!

For the other months, it's a beautiful drive, especially in Colorado and Nevada.
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Old 08-01-2015, 10:58 PM   #3
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You mentioned ridding yourselves of snow during the winter months. Hwy 50 is not the place to do it!

For the other months, it's a beautiful drive, especially in Colorado and Nevada.
Ha. Yes your probably correct. I would be leaving the Mich area sometime in the later part of Oct or the begining of Nov. Which brings up another question, When does the snow start in the Colorado area?, Is that too late to start across Co. ???
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Hi porchracer, Rt. 50 in MO. is a beautiful drive. I have traveled it many times out to the Lake of the Ozarks. Lots to do and see around there. It also goes into the state capital Jefferson City. Tour the capital building, the Old Mo State Prison is also a site to see. Past that I can't say. I have never gone further west. But that would be a great road trip.
I think taking Rt.50 would be a great trip. Or take Old Rt. 66, starts downtown Chicago. to the Santa Monica Pier on the west coast. I will do that trip for sure.
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Woodworker, Thanks for the reply, Yes on the rt 66 trip. I've traveled from Joliet west to tucumcari mx. and had a great time. I've also traveled from the Cali border back east and it is indeed a great experience. Would have loved to experience the old road in it's hey day. but then I wouldn't be traveling in a well equipped motor home. Again thanks for the reply. Rob.
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Never been there but looking at it I see why it would be interesting. All roads are long boring stretches of scenery some places. ;-) I would look at weather.com or similar and check the 30 day forecast for the months I was interested in. Worst case bail out to the south for the winter then resume in the spring. Have a fun trip
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Ha. Yes your probably correct. I would be leaving the Mich area sometime in the later part of Oct or the begining of Nov. Which brings up another question, When does the snow start in the Colorado area?, Is that too late to start across Co. ???
Unless you have an important reason for doing Colorado in November, I'd save that trip for a better season.

Are you planning to winter in a southern area such as Texas or Arizona? If so, then head directly south and do Colorado on your return trip although the mountain areas still won't be snow-free until late April/May and many campgrounds will still be closed. The same for November, campgrounds will be closed.
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In NV US50 is know as the loneliest hwy in America. Loneliest Highway in America (Hwy. 50) (Nevada, United States): Address, Scenic Drive Reviews - TripAdvisor

It's a nice road to be by yourself.
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Hwy 50 thru the Sierra's can get snow anytime starting in September thru May.
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Thanks for all the replys, The reason for my time line is the wife has children in Las Vegas and Oregon and Mich, They all plan on gathering in Vegas in Nov. Thought we'd surprise them with a visit and have a family reunion. Also the race season for me ends in Oct so I have nothing keeping me around Mich. Originally the thought was to travel to Placerville Ca. and then decide, go north to Eugene to visit her son, or head back to Vegas. Still unsure where to set down for the months of Nov thru March. It's been pretty cool just about everywhere the last few yrs. Not into big crowds and big fancy resorts. Just quiet, peacefull warm.
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Hwy 50 thru the Sierra's can get snow anytime starting in September thru May.
I'm pretty sure that's September thru August...
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We've been across 50 and now I know why they built I80 further north. Mountain passes...a lot of them on 50.

We decided once was enough for RT 50. I agree with your wife.
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I'm pretty sure that's September thru August...
NO, that is September thru May, for 9 months as stated!
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NO, that is September thru May, for 9 months as stated!
It was a joke - hence the but it's no joke that I have been hailed on and snowed on in June, July and August south and north of 50 on numerous occasions. It's just not wise to bet against mother nature... but OK - only 9 months as you stated.
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