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Old 08-25-2012, 11:57 PM   #15
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Norm and Ginny,
What is the Mountain Guide? I've not heard of it 'til now.
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Old 08-26-2012, 09:04 AM   #16
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Mountain Directory West

The actual name is the "Mountain Directory West for Truckers, RV and Motorhome Drivers". It has a color topographic map of each western state showing major routes. On each route it has numbered markers for each tough crade describing the ascent and descent. I believe we bought ours at Camping World.

They also make an "Mountain Directory East".

The book hardly ever changes our route but now we're no longer surprised. On our first trip west we were surprised. We had taken Route 2 across the country. As you approach Wenatchee, WA on 2 there's a 6%, 7 mile grade on a winding 2 lane road as you head down to the Columbia River. A mile from the bottom is a sign, "Stop Sign 1 mile", nice to see when your brakes are hot.

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Old 08-26-2012, 12:02 PM   #17
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More Mountain Directory

Gilda,

Though you might expect that there's no need for an Eastern Mountain Directory, it turns out that grades in the east are often steeper than the west. Western grades normally have longer runs.

One interesting statistic is that must Colorado runaway ramps on steep grades are used by vehicles that originate east of Colorado, as well they tend to be drivers with limited experience.

On the up grades people tend to overheat their transmissions and on the down grade their brakes.

The books cost about $15 and unlike many travel books are good for long periods because the grades don't change much like the Exit books or the Milepost.
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Not too many decades ago this is what you would have experienced on US 50 in Utah:

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US 50 was one of the last US highways to be paved. On this leg of the day's journey I think we went around 5 hours without seeing another person. We took this trip in the Spring of this year...the last big trip we without our Scamp. We're really looking forward to our next trip out west. This time WITH the Scamp!
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Is the road paved when you were on it?
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When they paved 50 they re-routed it.
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Old 08-26-2012, 11:07 PM   #21
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50 is a wonderful road. Take your time enjoy the scenery keep you tank topped, etc as advised here. A stop at Big Basin is dandy but high (10,000 feet) enjoy Leman Caverns and the only glacier in NV
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Jim,

Our campground host mentioned tonight without prompting that West of Ely on Rt 50 there is a mountain called Garnet Mountain where with the sun at your back you can pickup garnets off the ground. Another camper said she has done it. Take your time and enjoy the ride.
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Our campground host mentioned tonight without prompting that West of Ely on Rt 50 there is a mountain called Garnet Mountain where with the sun at your back you can pickup garnets off the ground. Another camper said she has done it. Take your time and enjoy the ride.
Thanks for the tip, Norm.
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I lived for many years in Austin, Nevada. One year we made USA Today for highest priced gas in the nation! Not as bad any more I don't think.

It is open range, but now fenced along the highway in that area. Before they fenced, I didn't drive 50 after dark because of the cows and wild horses on the road! Stop at the Owl for Mary's pizza!
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Jim, This year I met an RVer that drove the road and said he had no issue driving it. Are you taking it to CA?
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Originally yes, but due to economics, my partner will not be along so California is no longer a destination. Maybe next year.
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Sorry to read that Jim, hope next year works out. We plan to be out that way next year. No specific destinations other than Idaho's route 93 and the Chirachua Mts but next year is a loop of America year, 6th loop.

Safe travels in the coming year.
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Thanx,
Any luck with Scouter Dave?
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