We have driven Nevada highway 50 several times from Fallon, NV to Utah, and there are no drop-offs anywhere on that portion. It is very level off to the side of the road. You won't have your passenger sitting in the drivers lap. Good Luck.
I heard that there is something called the "Loneliest Road" there and am concerned. Has anyone ever been on this road? Has anyone ever been stuck out in the middle of nowhere in general? If so, was it a memorable experience, i.e. you made it fun anyhow, or was it scary>
Yes. Not only have I been on US 50 numerous times, but I've been stuck out in the middle of no where off of it. We were six or eight miles north of US 50 about 15 miles west of Eureka in early December when our transfer case literally blew up, imbedding pieces of metal in the gravel road. So we gathered our gear and walked back to US 50 through the light snow and fog. Once there, we turned east and started walking to Eureka. The first vehicle that passed was a bicyclist with his camping gear pedalling the other way (in the snow ). After 10 or so minutes, the first vehicle going our way picked us up and took us to town. Memorable? Yes, here I am talking about it 30 years later (egad, has it been 30 years already???). Scary? No. When we broke down we were close enough to the highway to walk out in a couple of hours. Fun? Well, the beer sure tasted good that night! Remember, this was in the winter when traffic is quite a bit less than in the summer, so even if you break down, there are quite a few cars passing by you.
For us, US 50 is our preferred route across NV heading toward CA. Some good scenery along the way too if you have time to do a little exploring (Great Basin NP comes to mind). Some interesting old mining towns along the way too. In Ely, there's even the Northern Nevada Railway as a quick excursion. Some trips have steam power.
We often camp at GBNP or Cave Lake SP, and at Bob Scott NF CG east of Austin for a quick overnighter.
Most of the Nevada two lanes I have been on are remote enough to be called "lonely" roads and I know some in other states that are much longer between services. I use these routes exclusively when I can because I enjoy the driving conditions and the lack of traffic which allows me to really enjoy the scenery and my RV in a much more relaxed way.
As far as being stranded--no, never had a problem but I can tell you that if I do get stranded I can't imagine a better situation to have since I always have water, food, a bed, shade, and plenty of other comforts with me so what ever time it takes for the rescue will at least be pleasant. Plus my towing/emergency service service is unlimited in terms how much it costs to get me help or towed so, what the hey, if I'm way out there at least I know I will be reimbursed for the cost of getting back on the road.
Another thing I really like about these roads and the people who travel them is that because of their isolated nature, people on these roads tend to help each other out a bit more. Most folks out here will stop and inquire if you need help if they think you need it. Two years ago, waiting on a tow truck out in the wilds of Idaho we counted thirteen different people who pulled over to ask us if we needed a hand--one of which was a mechanic who got us started before the tow truck arrived!
We traveled Highway 50 east across Nevada pulling our old pop-up. It is a nice, lonely but not too lonely road. However, Highway 6 going east out of Bishop, CA. brings to mind the wayward traveler crawling across the desert desperately looking for water.