It’s only 350 miles. If you want remote roads, this is the trip for you. Even certificates “I Survived the Loneliest Road in America” are available to make it official. Buy qualifying cards at the Ely or Fernley (north of Silver Springs via U.S. 95) and make sure you “check in” on your way. You’ll pass Dayton, which back in the day was a Pony Express station and where Nevada’s first gold strike took place. You can stop where Mark Twain used to work as a journalist. Just when you start to feel a bit startled because of all the sagebrush and sand all around you, you’ll come across Fort Churchill, the abandoned army post from 1860.