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Old 08-18-2016, 06:59 AM   #15
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Old 08-18-2016, 07:25 AM   #16
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Great Basin National Park!
There are several campgrounds at Great Basin. The most spectacular is the top one. It is at an elevation of about 10,000 feet at the base of a spectacular mountain. Cold nights, cool days. You have to get there early and mid week for this first come first serve campground. A 25 will fit, but there are a lot of sites it won't. If anyone asks tell them it is a 24 because that is the official limit. Also a developed cave with formations found nowhere else.
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Old 08-18-2016, 08:01 AM   #17
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Might I make a suggestion for the loneliest section.

The stars are incredible in Nevada. Plan a viewing when the moon is down, and you are away from city lights.
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Old 08-18-2016, 10:57 AM   #18
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Sorry you will miss the Nevada section, truly the loneliest road! And as others have mentioned, Great Basin is a real gem of an "out if the way" National Park. I highly recommend a visit.

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P.S. You will LOVE the Balloon Fiesta!
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Old 08-21-2016, 08:25 PM   #19
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So if you have a 31 Classic is the Great Basin out?
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Old 08-21-2016, 09:05 PM   #20
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Monitoring...coming back on I-70 (Hwy50) from MO/AR/OK to Reno Reno before heading back to Tracktown USA. Tanks everyone for the feedback.

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Old 08-21-2016, 10:17 PM   #21
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So if you have a 31 Classic is the Great Basin out?
A 31 Would be out at the upper campground. May be OK at the lower campgrounds. There is also a private campground below the NP.
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So if you have a 31 Classic is the Great Basin out?
The lower campground would have room for your 31, and it's no problem getting to the lower campground.

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bandera bob,
We hope to meet you in ABQ!
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Old 08-22-2016, 08:27 AM   #24
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We hope to meet you in ABQ!
Just to put in a plug for my home town. 3rd Weekend in October is Punkin Chunkin weekend. Watch Punkins fly for almost a mile. Also carnival and parade. I have 40 acres yu can camp on.

I made a proposal to move the Balloon Festival to Estancia so we could shoot pumpkins at them but it did not fly.
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Thanks Lumatic and Stan. I'm gathering info with the hope of "out west" vacations during the next few years in semi retirement.
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Old 08-23-2016, 05:19 AM   #26
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There are parts of 50 that are beautiful. West Virginia (I believe) was one of the good parts, with nice views, although the road was pretty twisty. I was on a motorcycle, so it was a good thing.
Then there are parts of 50 that are not so nice. I'm from Missouri, so I will say it. I like to take highway 36 across Missouri, (through Hannibal, see the Mark Twain stuff). I-70 is very busy with lots of 18 wheelers, 50 goes through too many small towns, and unless you are really on a slow pace, slows you down too much. Coming through St Louis and Kansas City especially. Now, once you get out into Kansas, I prefer highway 50. Not that many towns to slow you down (20-30 mph) and more open scenic views. Same with Colorado. I like 50 for Colorado also.
If you go across 50 in Missouri, visit Herman Mo along the Missouri River in eastern Mo, and if you can, drive through the Lake of the Ozarks during the week, or very early in the morning. Friday evening, and most of Saturday's can be very crowded and traffic comes to a crawl. Beautiful areas around there though.
Hope this helps. I travel a lot on business, that may be influencing me a little.
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Small towns add to the experience, we are not in a hurry.
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I agree that staying off the Interstate and exploring the back roads is worth the journey. But I suggest that there are more interesting sights than just the nostalgia of the Lincoln Highway. Arrow Rock, MO is the start of the Santa Fe Trail. Lexington Battlefield from the Civil War, Jesse James home, Fort Scott KS, Pony Express Stations in Marysville & Hollenberg KS. Dodge City museum is kitschy but filled with great historical memorabilia. And don't miss the biggest ball of twine!

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