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Old 08-26-2009, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in Kentucky
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I-64 between Evansville and St. Louis. Except for the oasis of Mt. Vernon, miles and miles and miles and miles of nothing. I am not a national traveler like many people, but I have literally never seen so much flat nothing.
I wouldn't really call Mt. Vernon an "oasis" lol. I do agree with you. That is one boring road. You do get to go through Nashville, Ill. Now I have been to two Nashville's...lol
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Old 08-26-2009, 04:09 PM
 
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US 50 Nevada, called the 'Loneliest Road in America'

shot these a year or so ago

I happen to LIKE US 50....I realize it isn't everyone's cup of tea)...but it's not an Interstate..it's just a regular Federal Highway.

Having spent my life near the Pacific Coast, I actually enjoy desolate, remote Western Interstates....can't think of one I'd dread to go on...Even in the midwest, the sheer repetitious monotony produces a hypnotic 'high'. Luckily, my wife shares my tastes. As long as I can see 60 or 70 miles, I'm OK. Wouldn't want to LIVE there, but fun to pass through.

Actually, what I find oppressive are the Interstates in the South. Mile after mile after mile of dense forest, where you can't see anything but trees. Most Interstates avoid towns, so you don't see towns. Much of the Gulf and Atlantic Coast is flat, so you get no perspective...just a wall of trees going on forever. I find this the LEAST enjoyable sort of Interstate.

To each his own, I guess.
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Old 08-27-2009, 04:26 AM
 
Location: Invercargill, New Zealand
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I've heard a stretch of I-80 around 40 odd miles west of Salt Lake City,Utah going towards Wendover on the NV/UT can get pretty boring, something like 30miles of straight road.
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Old 08-27-2009, 07:02 AM
 
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I've heard a stretch of I-80 around 40 odd miles west of Salt Lake City,Utah going towards Wendover on the NV/UT can get pretty boring, something like 30miles of straight road.
That one is pretty bad ... unless there is snow coming down which can make it one of the more interesting drives. (g)
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Old 08-27-2009, 10:13 AM
 
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I've heard a stretch of I-80 around 40 odd miles west of Salt Lake City,Utah going towards Wendover on the NV/UT can get pretty boring, something like 30miles of straight road.
That's the Great Salt Lake Desert....a totally flat area running from west of Salt Lake City to the Nevada border @ Wendover. This desert is almost totally flat, sits about three feet above the level of the Great Salt Lake itself, and until recent centuries, was a part of the lake. It's almost devoid of life, highly saline, and its western end (a few inches lower) is the Bonneville Salt Flats...an actual plain made up of crystalline salt (site of world-record land speeds).

This desert is frequently the site of bizarre mirages, due to its extreme flatness, in which a hot, waist-deep layer of air on the ground reflects the sky, giving the appearance of a vast lake. The distant mountains appear to 'float' above the (non-existent) layer of 'water'....and have upside-down 'mirror images' beneath them..

It's 'wierd', I agree...but I've never found it boring....something like crossing an ocean.
There are many of these salty 'playas' in the US West, but this is the largest one crossed by an interstate highway.
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Old 08-27-2009, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
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Texas from El Paso to Dallas I-10 & I-20

Nothing and plenty of it

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Old 08-27-2009, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Orange County, CA
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Default Lonely Roads.

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I happen to LIKE US 50....I realize it isn't everyone's cup of tea)...but it's not an Interstate..it's just a regular Federal Highway.

Having spent my life near the Pacific Coast, I actually enjoy desolate, remote Western Interstates....can't think of one I'd dread to go on..
Exactly my sentiments also.The "call of the open road" still rings loudly.Remote secondary highways with one or at most two lanes in each direction are the ones most prefered.As for the rep of hwy 50 being lonely,there is another stretch,also in Nevada,that makes 50 seem crowded.To really get lonely,drive hwy 93 from Twin Falls,Idaho,to Las Vegas.More than 500 miles,with the only town of any size being Ely,population 4000.Did this trip some years ago,and would like to do it again,this time in the other direction.
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Old 08-27-2009, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
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I-5 from Bakersfield to I 570 is almost as bad as I-10 & I 20 in Texas

only the stink from the stock yardss breaks the monotony
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Old 08-27-2009, 11:30 AM
 
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It's 'wierd', I agree...but I've never found it boring....something like crossing an ocean.
There are many of these salty 'playas' in the US West, but this is the largest one crossed by an interstate highway.
I cannot remember the road number but Reno-Gerlach-California border through the Black Rock Desert is another great one.
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Old 08-27-2009, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Orange County, CA
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I-5 from Bakersfield to I 570 is almost as bad as I-10 & I 20 in Texas

only the stink from the stock yardss breaks the monotony
If you should happen to take 99 as an alternate to I-5 the bouquet(?) is much more robust.
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