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Re: Longest distance between gas stations in Each state
« Reply #25 on: March 26, 2020, 12:07:32 PM »

There are 30 miles between Exit 2 and Exit 3 on the Mass Pike. Even with a rest area, there must be a gap of more than 8 miles somewhere along that 30 mile stretch.

Exit 2 is at mile 11, the Blandford plazas are at mile 29, and exit 3 is at mile 40. 18 miles from exit 2 to the Blandford plazas is the winner for MA.

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Re: Longest distance between gas stations in Each state
« Reply #26 on: March 26, 2020, 12:19:28 PM »

Okay, some two-lane distances for MN (please correct me if they're not accurate; I used Google Maps and Gasbuddy)
Unsurprisingly, the majority were in the north/northwestern part of the state.


   MN 89 - Grgyla to Redlake (56 miles)
   MN 1 - Ely to Finland (56 miles)

   MN 6 - Big Falls to Talmoon (46 miles)
   MN 72 - Baudette to Waskish (41 miles)
   MN 9 - Herman to Breckenridge (38 miles)
   MN 9 - Ada to Crookston (35 miles)
   US 59 - Morris to Barrett (24 miles)

MN 1 from Thief River Falls to Red Lake might have these beat, at 75 miles.
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Re: Longest distance between gas stations in Each state
« Reply #27 on: March 26, 2020, 01:44:15 PM »

For NY, looking at Gas Buddy I think the longest distance on the freeway network is I-87 between exits 29 and 31 (23 miles).  For surface routes, there are some pretty impressive distances in the Adirondacks, such as the 39 mile gap on NY 8 from Poland to Piseco, 42 mile gap on NY 8 from Speculator to Chestertown, or the entire 40 mile length of NY 28N.
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Re: Longest distance between gas stations in Each state
« Reply #28 on: March 26, 2020, 02:11:05 PM »

If we can include Canada, there's a 209km (130mi) stretch between Hearst and Longlac in Northern Ontario on Highway 11 without any gas stations. I did the drive once and it's pretty desolate (nothing but trees)!
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Re: Longest distance between gas stations in Each state
« Reply #29 on: March 27, 2020, 03:41:27 AM »

I would imagine I-40 or I-15 have the longest gaps.  I-40 between Ludlow East to Fenner is pretty lengthy.  If I recall correct there isnít any active service stations on I-15 between Barstow and Baker.  I-5 has some long gaps on the West Side Freeway but I donít think many top 20 miles.  I-10 might be up there too between Desert Center and Blythe. 

On conventional roads in California it seems CA 62ís advertised 100 miles is the legit article.  I probably could string a couple low clearance roads in National Forests together that would probably beat 100 miles handily though.

Arizona has a couple lengthy freeway gas gaps.  I want to say Vicksburg to Tonopah might be the longest on I-10.

22 miles between EXITS at Utica Ave and Twissleman Rd on I-5. The gas stations on or near the freeway are at CASR-41 "Kettleman City" and CASR-46 the "Lost Hills" exit are about 32 miles apart.

I forget whether there are any gas stations on the freeway between CASR-198 and  CASR-152 (actually at CASR-33 "Santa Nella"). There may be something that gets you off the freeway and back on at CASR-165.
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Re: Longest distance between gas stations in Each state
« Reply #30 on: March 27, 2020, 11:44:36 AM »

Some gaps I was able to find in NC:

Brings to mind the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Years ago, there were small c-stores with Amoco stations attached at regular intervals along the entire parkway, but all of those are gone, so it is not possible to measure distances that way.  Here is a list of parkway exit points where gas is available, so it gives an idea of the distances between opportunities for a fuel stop.
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Re: Longest distance between gas stations in Each state
« Reply #31 on: March 27, 2020, 12:19:10 PM »

I drove the Natchez Trace Pkwy last year from Franklin TN to Tupelo MS. There are long stretches of the Parkway without a town let alone gas stations within 3 miles of the Parkway.  In fact, the only town of consequence that I found was Collinwood TN with 3 gas stations.
Hohenwald TN (Tennessee 20 and US 412) to Collinwood TN (Tennessee 13) is 38 miles. Next gas was 1 mile east of the Trace on Alabama 20 west of Florence, AL. 22 miles. 18 miles to Cherokee AL (US 72). 21 miles to Tishomingo MS (MS 25). 36 miles to Saltillo MS (MS 363).
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Re: Longest distance between gas stations in Each state
« Reply #32 on: March 27, 2020, 04:11:44 PM »

I would imagine I-40 or I-15 have the longest gaps.  I-40 between Ludlow East to Fenner is pretty lengthy.  If I recall correct there isnít any active service stations on I-15 between Barstow and Baker.  I-5 has some long gaps on the West Side Freeway but I donít think many top 20 miles.  I-10 might be up there too between Desert Center and Blythe. 

On conventional roads in California it seems CA 62ís advertised 100 miles is the legit article.  I probably could string a couple low clearance roads in National Forests together that would probably beat 100 miles handily though.

Arizona has a couple lengthy freeway gas gaps.  I want to say Vicksburg to Tonopah might be the longest on I-10.

22 miles between EXITS at Utica Ave and Twissleman Rd on I-5. The gas stations on or near the freeway are at CASR-41 "Kettleman City" and CASR-46 the "Lost Hills" exit are about 32 miles apart.

I forget whether there are any gas stations on the freeway between CASR-198 and  CASR-152 (actually at CASR-33 "Santa Nella"). There may be something that gets you off the freeway and back on at CASR-165.

Between CA-198 (Exit 334) and CA-33 (Exit 407), there are gas stations at exit 368 (actually multiple at that exit), exit 385, and exit 391
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Re: Longest distance between gas stations in Each state
« Reply #33 on: March 27, 2020, 11:45:37 PM »

I remember my 2009 trip from El Paso to Carlsbad Caverns and once you get past the last gas station going east on US 62/180, the next one is Whites City, NM, at the entrance to Carlsbad Caverns NP. It says 149 miles from El Paso to Whites City, but it's less than that. I tried finding the last gas station on US 62/180, but couldn't figure out where it was.
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Re: Longest distance between gas stations in Each state
« Reply #34 on: March 28, 2020, 12:49:50 AM »

I would imagine I-40 or I-15 have the longest gaps.  I-40 between Ludlow East to Fenner is pretty lengthy.  If I recall correct there isnít any active service stations on I-15 between Barstow and Baker.  I-5 has some long gaps on the West Side Freeway but I donít think many top 20 miles.  I-10 might be up there too between Desert Center and Blythe. 

On conventional roads in California it seems CA 62ís advertised 100 miles is the legit article.  I probably could string a couple low clearance roads in National Forests together that would probably beat 100 miles handily though.

Arizona has a couple lengthy freeway gas gaps.  I want to say Vicksburg to Tonopah might be the longest on I-10.

22 miles between EXITS at Utica Ave and Twissleman Rd on I-5. The gas stations on or near the freeway are at CASR-41 "Kettleman City" and CASR-46 the "Lost Hills" exit are about 32 miles apart.

I forget whether there are any gas stations on the freeway between CASR-198 and  CASR-152 (actually at CASR-33 "Santa Nella"). There may be something that gets you off the freeway and back on at CASR-165.

Between CA-198 (Exit 334) and CA-33 (Exit 407), there are gas stations at exit 368 (actually multiple at that exit), exit 385, and exit 391

So, it's 34 miles between CASR-198 and Panoche Rd.?
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Re: Longest distance between gas stations in Each state
« Reply #35 on: March 28, 2020, 01:07:31 AM »

I would imagine I-40 or I-15 have the longest gaps.  I-40 between Ludlow East to Fenner is pretty lengthy.  If I recall correct there isnít any active service stations on I-15 between Barstow and Baker.  I-5 has some long gaps on the West Side Freeway but I donít think many top 20 miles.  I-10 might be up there too between Desert Center and Blythe. 

On conventional roads in California it seems CA 62ís advertised 100 miles is the legit article.  I probably could string a couple low clearance roads in National Forests together that would probably beat 100 miles handily though.

Arizona has a couple lengthy freeway gas gaps.  I want to say Vicksburg to Tonopah might be the longest on I-10.

22 miles between EXITS at Utica Ave and Twissleman Rd on I-5. The gas stations on or near the freeway are at CASR-41 "Kettleman City" and CASR-46 the "Lost Hills" exit are about 32 miles apart.

I forget whether there are any gas stations on the freeway between CASR-198 and  CASR-152 (actually at CASR-33 "Santa Nella"). There may be something that gets you off the freeway and back on at CASR-165.

Between CA-198 (Exit 334) and CA-33 (Exit 407), there are gas stations at exit 368 (actually multiple at that exit), exit 385, and exit 391

So, it's 34 miles between CASR-198 and Panoche Rd.?

Yes, and I always found it odd Panoche Road has the gas stations when County Route J1 is on Little Panoche Road.  Granted Panoche Road was for a brief time signed as CA 180 in the 1930s and was intended to be fleshed out to a real State Highway. 
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Re: Longest distance between gas stations in Each state
« Reply #36 on: April 06, 2020, 05:12:54 PM »


Nebraska is somewhat more impressive, not that it's too surprising. North-central/western Nebraska seems exceptionally desolate, more than most people might guess - nearly as much so as parts of the desert, IMHO. There are counties out there with just a couple hundred people. (Four of the ten least populated counties in the US are in Nebraska.) I drove through on NE 2/92 last fall, and made it around a half hour or so without seeing another car or human being. My car got one AM station, and one FM station, both public radio.

For Nebraska, I get:
74 miles between Mullen and Valentine (NE 97, which is shown as a "secondary highway" in the Rand McNally)
67 miles between Hyannis and Merriman (NE 61)
65 miles between Thedford and Valentine (US 83)

On I-80: 30 miles between Chappell exit and Sidney exit (you have to go into town in Chappell)
             21 miles between Ogalalla and Paxton exits
             20 miles between US 281 and NE 14


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Re: Longest distance between gas stations in Each state
« Reply #37 on: April 06, 2020, 06:13:43 PM »

Anyone know what the longest in Alaska is? Probably pretty long.
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« Reply #38 on: April 06, 2020, 06:21:11 PM »

Anyone know what the longest in Alaska is? Probably pretty long.

240 miles, longest in the U.S. (This is only for gas stations you can drive to -- you might get a higher number starting from communities like Utqiagvik, Kotzebue, or Yakutat with no road connections to each other or to any other communities.)
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« Reply #39 on: April 07, 2020, 02:44:42 PM »

For Illinois, I offer the 22 miles between exits 54 and 76 on I-88. There might be a longer gap somewhere on the roads of Forgottonia, but I haven't been able to find one.
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Re: Longest distance between gas stations in Each state
« Reply #40 on: April 07, 2020, 04:33:32 PM »

My guess for Oregon (sticking to reasonable routings and state highways) is if you're heading SE out of Burns towards Nevada on OR-78 and US-95, you won't hit a gas station until McDermott in 147 miles*. If you instead go north on US-95, it's not much better at 137 miles from Burns to Jordan Valley.

Not just that direction though, all of Eastern Oregon (outside the I-84 corridor) is very remote and gas is sparse. Go in any direction from Burns and your gas options are limited. Don't leave that town without at least half a tank of gas (depending on your vehicle of course, just be aware of the situation). OR-78 is simply the longest said stretch. US-20 from Buchanan to Vale is 90 miles, Riley to Bend is 100 miles, Burns to John Day is 70 miles, and Riley to Lakeview is 118 miles.

*EDIT: It appears there is some gas available in Crane, OR, but only from 7:00 AM to 7:30 PM (you need to pay in the store which closes at 7:30). Crane to McDermitt is still 118 miles though.

For interstates in OR, it would be I-84 from Ontario to Baker City (70 miles).

Despite my location, I honestly have no idea what it might be in Idaho (EDIT: US-12 was mentioned earlier, that sounds likely).
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