Hi! We leave bright and early this morning for the 2nd stage of Gary’s nuclear stress test and his echo-cardiogram, but I didn’t want to miss posting this weeks mystery location. Gary’s been giving me lots of grief about how ambiguous the photos are that I’ve chosen, so I thought that this week I’d pick one that (I believe anyway) is a bit more distinctive.
PS – About Gary’s tests – so far none have shown any red flags. So no answers yet, but no scary answers yet either! Thanks for praying!
A SOWER friend recently commented that they had decided to travel Rte 50 across Nevada and it brought back memories of the time we drove that road. Which apparently is (justifiably) designated as the “Loneliest Road in America”.
Here’s our memory for today –
May 8, 2010 – The Loneliest Road
When you travel about the country in a big ol’ RV, with a cute orange truck tagging along, you have to be careful about planning your road choices. Pretty much we try to avoid large cities (we can’t always do that, but at least we try to avoid them around rush hour!) and toll roads, and when possible we like to stay off interstate unless we just plain have to get somewhere and don’t care so much about checking out interesting sights along the way. So, when we were planning our drive from the Bryce Canyon area of Utah to Nevada City, CA (near Lake Tahoe), we looked at the map carefully. I80 was far to the north, but to be quite honest, there wasn’t much that went across the state of Nevada except Hwy 50, and to get to that we had to travel on what looked like an even smaller road, Hwy 21 in Utah. Another trick we have learned is to check with some “locals” about road conditions – is it “good road”, and is it OK for big rigs. (Believe me, our trusty GPS does not take into account the “big rig” factor at all!). When I asked about the 21, the answer I got from girl was that it was an OK road, but man, there’s not much out that way. Her final comment was – “It’s a lonely road”. Gary checked with a fellow by the fuel pumps about Hwy 50 – and he got pretty much the same answer. The towns (and I use the term lightly) are between 50 -100 miles apart, but it’s good road and not much traffic.
So as we set out on “the 21” we kept commenting that yes indeed, this was a lonely road.
What we didn’t realize was that we were about to embark on a trip across Nevada on the “Loneliest Road in America“, so named by Life Magazine in 1986. And what we also didn’t realize was that we were traveling through the Great Basin. Now put on your 5th grade US geography hats and see if you can remember what the Great Basin is. Has it come to you yet? Here’s a little help –
Pretty much it’s long (10 miles or so) flat arid valleys followed by a mountain range, followed by long flat arid valleys followed by a mountain range, followed by a long flat arid valley followed by…….
Here are just some of the summit signs I managed to capture as we crested the different hills –
And looking out the side window really drove home the “we are alone” feeling –
But don’t think this road wasn’t without some POIs along the way. When I noticed a tree close to the road in the distance I figured it would be a good photo op (you know, contrasting the tree with the otherwise stark roadside).
As we got closer, there seemed to be some sort of moss hanging from the branches.
Some strange desert/mountain growth?
Nope. Sneakers. Of course.
Then there was Sand Mountain
Looked like God had just decided that HERE would be a good place to dump a humongous pile of sand.
There were also the salt flats, that stretched on for a couple of miles –
Along much of the shoulder folks had been writing their names or messages with stone –
We did not stop to add our names – looked to us like finding the rocks would have been a lot of work!
We discovered Hwy 50 loosely followed the Pony Express route and there were several ruins along the way with historical markers, but unfortunately we didn’t stop at any of them. And now we know we could have picked up a Loneliest Road Survival Kit before we set out. Even our road atlas has Hwy 50 marked as the Loneliest Road.
All I know
is that it seemed
to go on
Gary looked at the picture, looked at me, and said – Do you know how many farms we’ve passed in the last 14 years?????
I thought it had a certainly locality look, but I bet if I’d picked this picture, he’d have gotten it right away.
Yep – beautiful Lancaster, Pennsylvania!
I was actually IN Lancaster yesterday, enjoying a bus trip through Montrose Bible Conference to see Sight and Sound’s production of JESUS (Oh my, how excellent), and eat too much at Shady Maple Smorgasbord.
Yesterday was a total delight, but today it was back to work! While I continued in the folding linens and making bed routine, Gary was helping out (in a not-exerting way) with getting started on the 16 bed frames that will be needed for all those new queen size mattresses!
Tomorrow we head back to the cardiologist for the start of Gary’s nuclear stress test. I want to thank all of you (both here and on Facebook) for your prayers on his (ours, really!) behalf. We are confident of God’s leading in all of this, and are looking forward to learn just what He has in store for us!
So there you have it – a blog post a day in the month of May. It was a bit of a challenge for me (maybe it was for you too!), but all in all I think it was a good exercise! Even after all these years, I’m still trying to figure out just what kind of blog this is and what this taught me is that it is NOT an every day kind of blog! Maybe one of these days I’ll figure out just what kind of blog this is, but in the meanwhile we’ll just call it a “Life Journal” kind of blog. Part travelogue, part ministry, part family, and part mundane. But hopefully it has all been mixed in with a bit of inspiration.
June looks like it’s going to be crazy with all kinds of fun things (including a NE and Canada cruise with my sisters!!!) and I’m pretty sure my blogging will settle down to a more reasonable pace. In fact, the blog will be quiet for the weekend since today we are taking a little weekend road trip to see family AND see a specialist for Gary’s asthma, which has been particularly troublesome this spring. Hopefully we’ll get some answers, but I know we’ll be getting some hugs!
Thanks for hanging in this month! And every month! And through the years! I’d love to hear from you about what YOU’d like to see in this little corner of the internet, so feel free to comment. (NO personal data is collected, I promise!)
Have a good weekend, everyone!
Oh – Yesterday’s Where in the World? That was a picture from November 2008 when we were in the Chiricauha Mountains in AZ.