While on the road in Nevada, or anywhere, as a geologist (or other traveler) you will have to stay somewhere. It's good to choose a place that is within 2 hours max drive of your field area, preferably within 1 hour.
Middlegate Station, on Highway 50 between Fallon and Austin, qualifies as a place to stay, particularly if you are working in a place like Dixie Valley, which is a long way from anywhere. Middlegate Station is at Middlegate Junction, the junction between Highway 50 and Route 361, which heads south to Gabbs (see Dust and Deflation for more on the location).
The signs at Middlegate Station, with Fairview Peak in the distance, photo looking west.
Middlegate Junction is often in the midst of a dust storm, so be prepared. Photo shows the north side of the motel buildings.
The front, or east side, of Middlegate Station, with the bar, cafe, pool table, gift shop, and large-screen TV inside.
Pull around to the north side of the bar-cafe (same building as in the previous photo) to get gas or diesel. The photo looks toward the east from the motel area, with the low, southern part of the Desatoya Mountains in the background.
One half of the motel, as seen from the other half; both buildings, joined by a porch area, look the same.
View to the east down one motel hallway.
After you've settled in, go inside and try out the libations. Sit down and enjoy the food...
...while enjoying the rustic atmosphere.
You, who are on the road... must have a code... that you can live by...
Teach Your Children, by Graham Nash
Deja Vu, 1970