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Old 03-24-2011, 01:40 PM
 
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They started in San Fransisco through Tahoe Lake area and Reno, so I guess they could have filmed it in the mountains in CA as well.
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Old 04-01-2011, 06:41 PM
 
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Default One lane Bridge

The one lane bridge is at the Painted Rock exit, Nevada mile marker 40 on I-80/Alternate Highway 50. It's within walking distance of that exit. The bridge crosses the Truckee river. I travel the road quite often (truck and trailer) and at least once a year (west to east) by train (California Zephyr). Northern California to Central Colorado. The bridge is completely visible from the train and it is within a block of the tracks.

The Top Gear cars were driving the Highway 50 throughout, except for the Bonneville salt flats speed tests. I have driven across that lonely road about 60 times (especially when the speeds were 55 mph) due to I-80 was too slow and it had too many speed traps.

Highway 6 is much more desolate than highway 50 and my connection with that road is over Tioga Pass versus Donner Pass. Highway 6 is 168 miles between the two sole Nevada towns (Tonopah and Ely) and gas, whereas, Highway 50 has more towns and more mountain passes. One actually see cars coming the other way on 50, versus about zero cars on Highway 6.

I have driven the Cave Lake road by Ely that they pointed to on the map and I confirm that the winding mountain section is 100% dirt. So this is a no go for their cars. They would have been quite disappointed past Cave Lake where it goes from paved to dirt.

They should have selected Highway 231, which is a paved winding 2 lane road to Angel Lake near Wells, NV, north of Ely, NV. Too bad that I couldn't have helped them out on that, but it's a shelf road with no guard rails and 1,000 plus foot drop if you make an error. I took Highway 6 in 2008/2009 when they filmed the episode, versus, Highway 50, but both meet in Ely Nevada and I continue on east on 50.

Cheyenne
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Old 04-01-2011, 11:03 PM
 
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That's the answer I was looking for, yes, that's the bridge! My feeling was that it was near Fernley somewhere.

Thank you, Cheyenne.

And I'm thinking that the curvy part of the filming might have been on highway 722. They may have taken that detour off of Highway 50 just before Austin to simulate mountain driving as there is a section that has a few hairpins. To me, that appears to more similar to the one in the video than the section of road on Highway 50 just east of Austin. It's difficult to tell for sure, however, because the Google Street View has snow on the sides of the road.
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Old 04-02-2011, 12:11 PM
 
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Scirocco22

Yes, it is possible that the old section of the Lincoln Highway 50, now Highway 722 might have been used. These photos might help you on your quest to find out.

http://www.eugenecarsey.com/camp/hwy722nv/hwy722nv.htm

Nevada State Route 722 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Cheyenne
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Old 04-03-2011, 03:23 PM
 
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The photos, I believe, confirm that it is in fact Highway 722 (an old section of Highway 50) going over Carroll Summit.

If anybody has any other idea to dispute this, please post.

Thanks, Cheyenne.
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Old 04-03-2011, 07:37 PM
 
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Scirocco22

Glad to hear that it is resolved.

Here's some folks pictures which include Highway 722 over the Carroll Summit back in 2005. DL650 on US50 and SR-722 Americas Lonliest Highway

There is more than just desert across the east west highways 50, 6, 375, and I-80.

Time to get out and explore all of it. Their nice photos (4 combined) of Lunar crater, Highway 6.
http://www.thumbwave.com/dl650/canv0605/lunarcrater.jpg

Cheyenne
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Old 04-04-2011, 08:58 AM
 
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Awesome. I had kinda given up hope of ever finding that road. It's kinda funny the video wasn't pieced together the same way they filmed it. If 722 isn't that twisty road it doesn't exist, haha. I wonder what made them go all the way to I-80 to film the 1 lane bridge though. I'll be taking highway 722 on my trip through Hwy 50 then. Give myself a little fun on the otherwise flat and straight roads in Nevada.
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Old 04-04-2011, 10:47 PM
 
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Well, Sil, if you say they were in Reno, they could have taken I-80 going east to Fernley (the one-lane bridge is just before you get to Fernley) and from Fernley, taken Highway 50 through Fallon then on to Highway 722 (State Highway 2 or the old Highway 50) then back to Highway 50 to Ely.

This could have been their route.





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Old 04-05-2011, 12:43 AM
 
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Ah true. I didn't even zoom out far enough before to pay attention to where the bridge was on I-80. I assumed for whatever reason it was further up.
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