Short Loop, contrary to its name, is one of the bigger trade routes in the American southwest. It connects New Vegas and Boneyard, while also passing through Sac-Town and New Reno in the north. The trail leads through several hundred miles of solid desert, making water a precious commodity. Its scarcity is one of the reasons why Hub-backed caps became the standard currency of the wastes once more in the late 23rd century: NCR merchants back their caps with water, sold to caravans travelling the Short Loop.
- The Big Circle
- "Traders from the Mojave travel the Short Loop into NCR, which means that they have to go through a few hundred miles of solid desert. Carrying enough water to travel from New Vegas to the Boneyard (or vice versa) would undercut cargo capacity significantly. Even the communities around the Mojave Wasteland (other than New Vegas itself) have water brought in and stored in local towers. Of course, the Colorado River is nearby as long as you don't mind walking through an active war zone." --J.E. Sawyer, src
- The Courier: "Tell me about Happy Trails Caravan Company."
Jed Masterson: "We're a smaller company out of Sac-Town, up in the northern part of the NCR. We run some business through New Reno, there on the "Little Loop." Had a nice run to Salt Lake City, too - but then we lost contact with New Canaan, and that went all to hell."
(Jed Masterson's dialogue)
- "How does the Hub 'back' caps? Can you exchange a certain number of caps for a standard measure of water? Yes." J.E. Sawyer src