|Last exit to Brooklyn is ... exit 197 off I-80 in Iowa? This really doesn't look like the sort of place where one would run into a girl like Tralala.|
|I definitely had a romance with deserted highways across wide open spaces.|
|You just can't get this sort of thing back on the East Coast.|
|The stretch of US Route 50 across Nevada was very proud of its designation as The Loneliest Road in America, and I really can't disagree. To this day, Ely, Nevada is the only town I have ever been forced to spend the night in because the next open gas station was further than the range of my gas tank.|
|So there I am riding along on I-80, mere hours from the Pacific Ocean, in June, yes, you read that correctly, in JUNE, and it starts to snow. So I pull off the highway and stop under a bridge to consider my options and I realize I'm in The Donner Pass. Yes, THAT Donner Pass. In a snowstorm. It took about 10 seconds to decide to brave the snow and get the hell out of there. I'm just sayin', I was alone, didn't even have any companions to eat. I had to make a run for it.|
|So happy to be on Adams Street in sunny Oakland, California.|
|I'm actually not sure where this is, I would guess somewhere in Arizona not far from the Grand Canyon.|
|Yes, there really did used to be a US Route 666, but it was renumbered in 2003. In 1997, it was named one of the 20 most dangerous highways in America, but I can't say for sure if renumbering it made it safer. And I do have to admit, I would have had no idea it was there and would not have sought it out if it had not been for the movie Natural Born Killers.|
Four Corners, the only spot in the country where you can stand in four states at once. Other than this swell marker, there is not much there. This spot is basically in the middle of nowhere.
After visiting this attraction, I spent the night in Albuquerque, New Mexico and then I just wanted to get home. So I rode from Albuquerque to New York City in 48 hours, just under 2,000 miles, stopping for one night's sleep only, in Missouri. I'm still proud of that feat to this day.
|Posted 13-Mar-2014 by James Spier|