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Old 11-26-2014, 12:10 PM
 
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Old 11-26-2014, 12:33 PM
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Location: Manitou Springs
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Just curious, how come nobody suggests 25 to 50? Wouldn't that be another option?
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Old 11-26-2014, 12:41 PM
 
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I've looked up directions and according to Google maps, taking 24 to 285 to 50 is 136 miles, 2 hours 37 minutes.

Taking 115 to 50 is 134 miles, 2 hours and 37 minutes. LOL

Which way would you go? I've been on both roads (24 more recently) and from what I remember, 24/285 is faster than 115.
It depends on where you live. If you live north (or immediately south) of Hwy 24, you may cut off some traffic in southern springs by going that way. But really it depends on what the traffic on either route is doing at the time, which you'll have to have a passenger check for you en route (or stop and check it yourself). In a car, I usually take the 115 > 50 route because I find the drive more pleasant, but if I'm in a big, slow vehicle and/or hauling a trailer I go 24 > 50 because it's less wind-ey.

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Just curious, how come nobody suggests 25 to 50? Wouldn't that be another option?
Yes, it's an option, but it adds on more time AND miles and there's no real benefit unless 115 is backed up. I've done it, but only because I accidentally missed the exit to 115 from 25 in Springs.
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Old 11-26-2014, 01:28 PM
Status: "Goodbye fall ... hello winter" (set 22 days ago)
 
Location: Manitou Springs
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It depends on where you live. If you live north (or immediately south) of Hwy 24, you may cut off some traffic in southern springs by going that way. But really it depends on what the traffic on either route is doing at the time, which you'll have to have a passenger check for you en route (or stop and check it yourself). In a car, I usually take the 115 > 50 route because I find the drive more pleasant, but if I'm in a big, slow vehicle and/or hauling a trailer I go 24 > 50 because it's less wind-ey.


Yes, it's an option, but it adds on more time AND miles and there's no real benefit unless 115 is backed up. I've done it, but only because I accidentally missed the exit to 115 from 25 in Springs.
Well - I've done that drive ... I'm pretty sure it doesn't take more time, though it can seem like it's a longer way.

I agree that 115 is a prettier drive, but man, sometimes people drive like maniacs on that road. Although I do love stopping at the Coyote's Coffee Den in Penrose ... they've got great food and baked goods.
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Old 11-26-2014, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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Well - I've done that drive ... I'm pretty sure it doesn't take more time, though it can seem like it's a longer way.
By "that drive" did you mean the I25 > Hwy 50 option? Google maps estimates that route at 150 miles and 2:48, at least 14 miles and 11 minutes longer than either of the other options. So are you thinking that Google maps is inaccurate? It may be. Or are you thinking that you can make up the time with more freeway distance? That may also be. But most people, myself included, will probably want to choose a route which is estimated with reputable technology as being shorter in both time and distance.
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Old 11-27-2014, 09:15 AM
 
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25 to 50 really does take longer. If roads are dicey it is a good alternative to 115, but I think 115 is much improved over what it was a few years ago during and before construction - personally. From where I live 115 is the shortest and fastest route and also feels the most direct. But to each his own.
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Old 11-28-2014, 07:31 PM
 
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Took 2.5 hours going via 24.
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