posted on Mar, 30 2016 @ 10:29 PM
a reply to: FosterVS
Ah yes, one thing people from warmer climates need to pack is an ice scraper for your windshield. These aren't exactly easy to find in coastal areas,
but any plastic scraper will do. Wal-Mart has them in the paint section.
Most cars have their antifreeze temp set low enough that the cold of Nevada isn't an issue, but windshield washer fluid is another story. On the left
coast, the wiper fluid stocked is the 32 degree F type. This is to reduce volatile organic compounds in the air. I make it a point to get the cold
weather fluid at the NAPA auto parts store in Tonopah. The grocery store in Alamo has the low temperature fluid as well.
I've been around the range on January. They don't plow the ET Highway. Hancock Summit can be covered with black ice. I'm sure the white bus driver has
some good stories.
There are a few winter shots on this page. They aren't from late March snow but rather January.
If you get stranded in Central Nevada, you most likely will not have phone service. That is why I suggest the "Inreach" satellite messenger. (It may
be a Garmin product now since Garmin bought Delorme. ) If you are a ham, there are repeaters in Tonopah, Warm Springs (believe it or not), and on
Angels Peak near Mt. Charleston. The Warm Springs repeater is linked, otherwise probably nobody would be in range to answer. I don't have the
frequencies handy, but they should be online.
warm springs repeater
"Bumpers" is the towing company in Tonopah. You better have cash or a credit card. In most parts of the US, old cars find their way to a new life as
rebar. But for a remote junkyard like Bumpers, they don't haul them away often. I only poked around there once, but they had some 30 year old beasts
The other odd thing about Tonopah is the locally refined gas. Most gas in Nevada is reminded in California. But Central Nevada is this isolated
economy. They refine gas in the Railroad Valley. The only reason I mention it is when gas was getting close to $5 on the left coast, it was really
cheap in Tonopah. Like somebody forgot to tell the stations to jack up the price since their manufacturing hadn't change a bit.