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Old 04-23-2008, 02:00 PM
 
Location: NYC
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Are you moving to CO? where? We moved from LI last summer to Evergreen. It is awesome. Let me know. Good Luck
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Old 04-23-2008, 02:49 PM
 
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Don't worry about "mountain driving." The interstates and major roads are built to minimize changes, and Littleton is barely the beginning of the mountain areas (although you can see them in the distance).
You can get to most somewhat densely populated areas without Hollywood-style hairpin turns, etc.
Just be sure, if you're driving moving truck, etc., that you go when it's very unlikely to have a real snowstorm. I have seen snow on the Colorado interstate at high altitude at all times of the year. Although the brief snowstorm at 10,000 feet ON JULY 4th was pretty and amazing, it melted within minutes of the storm clouds passing. Do remember that, if you're driving at higher altitude passes (not going to happen if you stop at Littleton), there can be snow blockage a lot later in the spring than you ever thought possible back East.
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Old 04-23-2008, 10:00 PM
 
Location: cincinnati northern, ky
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i did i64 to st louis for 355miles then the next 800 or so miles i did i70 through to colorado wanna try i80 though
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Old 04-24-2008, 07:33 PM
 
Location: Nebraska
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My information may be a bit outdated since I quit the trucking business in 1989. However I doubt that there have been any big changes in the roads since 1989. You didn't mention what part of NYC your trip would start from but IF you can get to the George Washington Bridge heading West on I-80 before 5 AM M-F getting a 16 foot truck out of the city will be fairly easy. I assume you have driven a small truck before?

From the GW Bridge it is a straight shot on Interstate 80 until you get to Western Nebraska where you will turn off I-80 to I-76 which takes you into Denver. I-80 goes across the bottom side of Chicago and as long as you leave the Indiana Turnpike in hours other than morning rush 6:00AM to 9:30AM or 3:00 PM to 6:30 PM you should not have any problems. I made the trip a few hundred times from 1970 to 1989. Make sure you have a good CD player with either your favorite music or talking books. As long as you stay on Interstate 80 you won't even need a map reader. A good second driver to talk to in the jump seat would make the trip a lot more interesting. The biggest danger is falling asleep at the wheel.

Oh BTW make sure you have a pair of good sunglasses to wear in the late afternoon hours when you will be heading directly into the setting sun. It will make you eyes very happy.

Have a safe trip.
GL2
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Old 07-25-2010, 10:12 AM
 
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Does anyone know...Is there a lot of construction on I-80 Denver to Rochester NY?
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Old 07-26-2010, 09:38 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Does anyone know...Is there a lot of construction on I-80 Denver to Rochester NY?
There was some in eastern Colorado and western Nebraska today. I-80 doesn't go to Rochester, NY; it runs across northern Pennsylvania, into New Jersey, then to NYC.
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Old 07-27-2010, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Silverthorne, Colorado
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I think I-80 is the way to go. I mean come on, it's a straight shot from NYC to just 2 and a half hours before you hit Denver where you merge onto I-76.

I-80 doesn't even go through the heart of Chicago, it goes around the south side of the city. Plus, you bypass things like St. Louis and Kansas City, however Omaha's traffic CAN get pretty bad, but I'm sure compared to NYC it will be no problem for you.

Then when crossing the Great Plains in Nebraska, I-80 has much more services compared to I-70 because I-80 is built along the Oregon Trail, so there are more sizeable towns. Once you get to Colorado's Great Plains, it doesn't matter which way (I76 or I70) because they BOTH suck! But I-76 is of course the offshoot from I-80.

It's really not too boring. Personally I think the cornfields in Iowa are beautiful, but central Nebraska and westward can be kind of a drone, but that seriously is every freeway that crosses the Great Plains I-40 is bad, I-70 is bad, I-80 is bad, I bet I-90 and 94 are even worse.

But yeah, I-80 all the way!
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Old 07-27-2010, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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I think I-80 is the way to go. I mean come on, it's a straight shot from NYC to just 2 and a half hours before you hit Denver where you merge onto I-76.

I-80 doesn't even go through the heart of Chicago, it goes around the south side of the city. Plus, you bypass things like St. Louis and Kansas City, however Omaha's traffic CAN get pretty bad, but I'm sure compared to NYC it will be no problem for you.

Then when crossing the Great Plains in Nebraska, I-80 has much more services compared to I-70 because I-80 is built along the Oregon Trail, so there are more sizeable towns. Once you get to Colorado's Great Plains, it doesn't matter which way (I76 or I70) because they BOTH suck! But I-76 is of course the offshoot from I-80.

It's really not too boring. Personally I think the cornfields in Iowa are beautiful, but central Nebraska and westward can be kind of a drone, but that seriously is every freeway that crosses the Great Plains I-40 is bad, I-70 is bad, I-80 is bad, I bet I-90 and 94 are even worse.

But yeah, I-80 all the way!
I agree. I have driven from Denver/Louisville to Pittsburgh many times. I-80 is a breeze, going through Omaha in much better than KC, the Quad Cities are much, much better than St. Louis. I-70 through Kansas has practically no services. I-80 through Nebraska has a few largish towns/small cities such as Ogalalla (sp?), North Platte, Kearny, Grand Island, and of course Lincoln and Omaha.
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Old 07-27-2010, 09:29 PM
 
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When we moved here from Phila, we took I-80 95% of the way (exceptions being the very beginning NE Ext of the PA TPK to I-80, and I-76 for the final leg). It was a fine way to go. Plenty of facilities along the way, etc.
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Old 07-28-2010, 12:52 PM
 
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Good info here. I'll be driving a 16 footer with a car trailer, a dog and a cat from CT to Boulder. Any info on best routes, places to stop, especially hotels friendly to animals. Books on tape is a good idea, as well as sun glasses, any thing else I'm missing?
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