The Loneliest Road in America

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  • Foaming Solvent

    Very good. I have one small correction: In 1919, Nevada was not "then the Territory of Nevada." Nevada became a state in 1864.

  • Gdillonslater

    Very nice Simon. I guess the times I drove from San Francisco
    to Manhattan in three days, during which I praised Ike effusively,
    were nonetheless lacking in true appreciation. My grandfather
    took President Harding to San Francisco from Washington, by
    rail, he being the conductor of that fatal trip. I doubt it was much
    faster than Ike's.

  • martin

    the prairie dog stretches
    its shadow

    martin gottlieb cohen

  • Kevin G Eccles

    This is one of my favorite roads!  Back in June 2006 (06-09-06 to be precise) I saw my first (and only) tornado just west of Eureka on this road.

  • lisbeth jardine

    That's about where the 1961 VW bus broke down, last day of July, 1963, 2:30 p.m. or so. It was the last breakdown of that trip--month long. We, my parents, 3 bros. & I, were going to go all the way from San Francisco to the Atlantic--we made only as far as Gulfport, Mississippi--owing to all the breakdowns. Back in the early 1960s, no one in entire s.w. USA had metric tools, and the bolt that held the engine in place had fallen out. Anyway, after 1/2 hr. or so, a car came by headed towards Eureka. My father hailed it and asked the driver to notify towing co. in Eureka that we were stuck out there. After another 20 mins. or so, a 2nd car came by. Repeat. Not long after, tow truck appeared. We stayed a couple of nights in Eureka Hotel, waiting for right part to arrive on Greyhound bus from Reno. It wasn't 'til we got back home that my father told my mother he'd been fired from his job before we left. The highlight, literally, of trip was seeing the northern lights--in June--from Second Mesa--on Navajo reservation.

    Speaking of "The Atlantic," I heard your interview from the Winterset lit festival this a.m. on The Sunday Edition (12/29/2012). Current thinking is there is only "one ocean," but I do get the point why we need to name things. My other quibble is that I do not think Pacific Ocean is quite so empty of human history as you asserted as one reason for lack of success of your earlier book. Lastly, altho' I am not Basque--and I have not read "The Atlantic"--I hope you did not slight the Basque for their role in pushing out into the Atlantic ocean. Altho' as a cetaceaphile, it does pain me that the reason was that they had hunted most the whales out of Bay of Biscay and eventually pushed on into Greenland and other areas of Arctic, which led to the great 19th c. slaughter and which eventually brought us humans to the point in 21st c. where the cod fish industry has collapsed, and one would think that the climate deniers might take notice of the fact that that collapse is clearly anthropogenic. And Canadians in particular ought to be noting the parallel with what they are doing do Canadian tundra with Alberta tar sands.--ljardine, port angeles, wa, usa