When we leave Salt Lake City and I-80 the landscape turns empty and the traffic dies down. We follow the salt desert until we reach Wendover UT, where we visit the legendary Bonneville Raceway., the home of high speed racing for more than a hundred years. The day we visit you are allowed to drive out on the salt. We don´t since it would probably take several days to clean the car properly.
After Wendover we drive some of the loneliest roads out there, highway 93 and highway 50, nicknamed "The Lonliest Road in America". In the evening we reach Ely NV, a small town seemingly surviving on casinos and memories of glory days when it was a regular stop on the route from Hollywood to Sun Valley ID where the movie stars and the rich and famous went skiing at the time. We even accidentally happen to stay in the hotel where they used to stay, The Hotel Nevada, the tallest building in the state back in the day. We find good food and good beer in Ely too, served in a cell at The Jailhouse Steakhouse. The town turs out to be a gold mine for old cars and to have an actual copper mine which supports it quite well.
A full day on highway 50 takes us to Fallon NV, by way of places like Eureka, Austin and Middlegate Station, an old Pony Express and stage coach station which is still in business but now serves as a roadhouse with bar restaurant and hotel, in a awesome rustic style.
In Fallon we spend the night at Hans friends Michael and Lory´s house. They treat us to dinner at the house along with some colleagues of Michael's from the airbase. The following day we are let into the base and shown around the home of amongst other activities the navy's Top Gun school. An unreal experience for anyone who's seen the movie. We also have our picture taken with an old F-14. We feel like Tom Cruise and celebrate by washing the car at Top Gun Car Wash.
In Reno we stay in comfort and at little cost at the GSR, the Grand Sierra Resort. Lodging in Reno is often inexpensive in theory at least if you can refrain from gambling. We visit Sierra Classics and Imports and see some nice old cars for sale, before rounding off the evening at a couple of brewpubs. We had to make it two because the first one didn't serve any food.
The following day we start out by visiting the National Automobile Museum where the remains of the Harrah collection is, about 200 cars out of the original 1400. It is interesting to learn that they early on established a standard for restorations after an embarrassing incident where Hannah was showing a car that was incorrect. That's how to deal with set backs.