East of Ely, US-50, spliced together with US-6 and US-93 into a single two-lane highway, continues for 25 miles before crossing the narrow waist of the Schell Creek Range at 7,729-foot Connors Pass. As you ascend toward the pass, the air cools and freshens, while the single-leaf piñon and Utah juniper appear and increase. As you crest the summit, the mighty Snake Range, including 13,063-foot Wheeler Peak, comes into view.

East of the pass, at Majors Place (where there’s a roadhouse with cold beer and “loose slots” but no reliable gas), US-93 cuts due south, heading 80 long, solitary miles to the next contact with humans at Pioche, while US-50 heads east across open rangelands toward Great Basin National Park.