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  1. Default Longest stretch without a gas station in the lower 48 us

    I read a lot about where the longest stretch without a gas station supposed to be in the lower 48 US. A lot of people say it's between Lakeview, OR and Winnemucca, NV and while I guess that's true, there are many different information about how long the stretch really is. Since I drove it I thought I share my experiences.
    There's a gas station in Adel, OR and than again about 20 miles before you hit Winnemucca, NV which makes the stretch "only" 156 miles:

    The exact addresses are
    Fuel Commander Cardlock – Ed Staub & Sons, Highway 140 & Lake Road 314, Adel, OR 97620
    Chevron, 3335 NV-290, Winnemucca, NV 89445

    Does somebody know a even longer stretch?

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    That's a really great question, and I'd certainly think Nevada would be the first place I'd look.

    However, I think there's a problem with the route you've nominated - There's gas available right in the middle of your route! Denio Junction sells gas right at the intersection of highways 140 and 292, which is "just" 82 miles from the station in Adel.

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    The challenge with a question like this is how are you defining "longest stretch?" Theoretically, you could create a route that goes on forever without passing a gas station.

    I will nominate the stretch between Winnemucca to Mountain Home, ID - the shortest route via state highways is 256 miles (NV-789, NV-226, ID-51) and I don't believe you'll find a single gas station along the way. Alternatively, you could say Elko to Mountain Home, where a single road (NV-225 becomes ID-51 at the state line) would be 189 miles without gas.

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    The longest stretch I've seen that has no alternates is between Ely and Tonopah, NV - 168 miles.

    If you drive from Ely to Warm Springs on US-6, then take NV-375 (E.T Highway) back to US-93 and Ash Springs, that's 220 miles with no gas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Midwest Michael View Post
    That's a really great question, and I'd certainly think Nevada would be the first place I'd look.

    However, I think there's a problem with the route you've nominated - There's gas available right in the middle of your route! Denio Junction sells gas right at the intersection of highways 140 and 292, which is "just" 82 miles from the station in Adel.
    I saw that but this dude here (https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-lo...r/Albert-Peugh) says that the gas station is broken. Sadly I didn't check that as I had obviously enough gas for the trip.

    Quote Originally Posted by Midwest Michael View Post
    The challenge with a question like this is how are you defining "longest stretch?" Theoretically, you could create a route that goes on forever without passing a gas station.
    Yeah I know that's really hard to define. I guess I would say as follow; Following a typical Navigation App (Quickest Trip from A to B without Interstate and Toll Roads)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Midwest Michael View Post
    I will nominate the stretch between Winnemucca to Mountain Home, ID - the shortest route via state highways is 256 miles (NV-789, NV-226, ID-51) and I don't believe you'll find a single gas station along the way. Alternatively, you could say Elko to Mountain Home, where a single road (NV-225 becomes ID-51 at the state line) would be 189 miles without gas.
    The Grocery Store in Owyhee, NV has a gas station: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ou...4d-116.1266151 which makes the distance between Winnemucca and the Gas station only 164 miles and between Elko and it 98.6 miles :)

    Quote Originally Posted by glc View Post
    The longest stretch I've seen that has no alternates is between Ely and Tonopah, NV - 168 miles.
    That's a good one! Wikipedia also describes that the stretch has no service for 168 miles. This is defintely something I need to add to my list. I hopefully find the time in the comings weeks to drive through it.
    Last edited by heubergen; 06-20-2018 at 10:34 PM.

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    One of the longest stretches of interstate highway without fuel is between Green River, UT, and Salina, UT, along I-70. There are "ranch exits", and overlooks. One overlook has porta-potties but the rest do not.


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    Quote Originally Posted by heubergen View Post
    I saw that but this dude here says that the gas station is broken. Sadly I didn't check that as I had obviously enough gas for the trip.
    Despite what "some guy on the internet" says (a reminder that wiki-type sources are always going to be pretty questionable), Denio Junction's actual website says they have gas. I've also seen a couple reviews referencing them having gas available.
    The Grocery Store in Owyhee, NV has a gas station:
    Good find on that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonnaR57 View Post
    One of the longest stretches of interstate highway without fuel is between Green River, UT, and Salina, UT, along I-70. There are "ranch exits", and overlooks. One overlook has porta-potties but the rest do not.
    I quite certain that is the longest stretch of interstate without fuel, although even there, there is a station in Emery near the halfway point, if you detour 10 miles off the Interstate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Midwest Michael View Post
    Despite what "some guy on the internet" says (a reminder that wiki-type sources are always going to be pretty questionable),
    I was hoping that it would be right but apparently not.

    Quote Originally Posted by DonnaR57 View Post
    One of the longest stretches of interstate highway without fuel is between Green River, UT, and Salina, UT, along I-70. There are "ranch exits", and overlooks. One overlook has porta-potties but the rest do not.
    Yeah I heard about that one, there's some pretty long stretches in Utah on the I-70. Between the two gas station I found the distance is 104 miles.

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    Update about my road trip:
    I made it to both the 168 miles between Ely and Tonopah and to the 106 (or 104) miles on the I-70 in Utah! I can confirm both them therefore.

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