May 4, 2012

The Loneliest Road in America


I have more images from Reno but for the next few posts I’m going to give an overview of my Nevada trip. Just a sampling of the various places I visited. Then I’ll get into some detail about each place as we get deeper into the images. Let me know if you get bored.

On with the trip …

I left Reno after one night of shooting (not gambling) and headed to Fallon, Nevada where I would pick up Route 50 and drive another 100+ miles to Austin, my home base for the next few days.

I was, essentially, re-tracing my steps along Route 50 from 8 years ago when I ran the San Francisco to Boston TREK USA Relay. That day of the relay we ran almost 200 miles from Lake Tahoe to about 30 miles west of Austin. The 10 runners on the team ran about 20 miles each that day.  The miles I ran that day were all on Route 50 between Fallon and Austin.  It was those miles and the one night we stayed in Austin that made me want to go back. It was my first exposure to the stark beauty of the desert. It stayed with me and made me want to go back and photograph the area. It took 8 years to get back, but it was well worth the wait.

I stretched the hour and a half drive on Route 50 to about three and a half hours. Maybe more. I stopped several times to try to capture the beautiful desolation of this stretch of road.

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  1. Man, I think it would be daunting to run that road… do you get any sense of having gone anywhere?

    I love this one, and I’m looking forward to more. No, not bored at all.

  2. very cool work man. Really like this. I know what you mean about stark beauty. My wife always says she doesn’t get it, but I guess seeing it so much as a kid has it’s ways into your mind. Nostalgia maybe? Glad you get back to it.

  3. Car tours give you the opportunity to explore small towns and odd roadside attractions, to see America’s great vastness and feel the wind against your face..

  4. I love the processing in this image (and the others from your Nevada trek). It really emphasizes the starkness of the landscape, but in a very appealing way. Perhaps solitude is a better descriptor than loneliness; the opportunity to be alone with yourself, but not lonely.

    US Route 50 is Main Street in the small West Virginia town where I grew up. Then it was a couple of traffic lights, now it’s four lanes of concrete and strip malls. It’s sort of comforting to think that the little strip of asphalt that I rode my bike on as a kid is contiguous with the strip in your image, just a little further down the road.

    Thanks for sharing, I’m looking forward to more great images.

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