Day 2: A long drive to the pretty part of Utah


We already know this will be our longest day driving on this trip.

We don’t look back as we leave the bustling town of Tonopah. We know our first stop is going to be Ely, Nevada. It’s a long 168 miles to Ely.

Hwy 50 is also called The Loneliest Road in America. In a span of over 400 miles there are 3 small towns and Ely is about in the middle with a whopping population of 4,255. We average about 5 cars an hour.  Meaning we see about 5 cars an hour. It’s lonely. But they let us drive 80 mph.


Apologies – I didn’t clean the windshield

Now, you may not believe it, the roads are so straight that we can see miles and miles ahead of us. In fact, we see Ely about 17 miles out. I call this some eagle eyes. Then we arrive in happening Ely.


Happening Ely, Nevada

We do what everyone does in Ely: we get gas, swap drivers and move on.

Soon something happens: we cross into Utah!

Utah State Line

Utah State Line

After the excitement of the State line (and the excitement about the better road surface), things get back to normal and we have another near 200 miles of the same scenery until we hit the next town. As we get closer to our destination we are finally entering the pretty part of Utah. The first rocks appear on the side of the highway. Oh, let’s stop for a photo!

salt wash

Salt Wash, Utah (along I-70)

ghost rock

Ghost Rock, Utah (along I-70)

We are finally at our destination: Green River in Utah, the water melon capital of the world (I can’t make this stuff up). The hotel is surrounded by reddish looking rocks, very pretty. And there is a brewery across from the hotel. Someone did some research when booking. Just saying… Good night, y’all.

Green River, Utah

Green River, Utah



Road Trip 2015

Day 1: Lake Tahoe and Mono Lake

Day 2: A long drive to the pretty part of Utah

Day 3: Arches, canyons and a beautiful sunset

Day 4: Have you ever stood in four US States at once?

Day 5: Sheer unexpected beauty

Day 6: Bryce Canyon which is not really a canyon

Day 7: Grand Canyon – The North Rim

Day 8: A rather disappointing Zion National Park