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Old 01-02-2014, 03:04 PM
Location: Northern Colorado
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Like I said we will be going in about 4 months, probably around the end of May/first of June. Weather "shouldn't" play a big roll at that point...... hopefully not anyhow.

And I apologize for leaving out a little bit of important info... we will ultimately be leaving from south Denver and not Fort Collins.

Idunn, thanks for the reply! Using Google maps from Denver it shows 18 hours 22 minutes from Denver to San Jose going through Grand Junction, I-15 down through Vegas, then up I-5 from Bakersfield. Even just taking I-25 back through Denver to I-80, then I-80 all the way is 18 hours 41 minutes. So not a drastic difference one way or the other it seems. When I went from Fort Collins to a little town south of Sacto a few years ago we did that in just about 18 hours.

Dreaming of Hawaii - I've had the "privilege" of driving across I-80 to Kemmerer, north of Evanston, Wyo and east a little, in the middle of a blizzard not once, but twice! There's a power plant there we do some work for. Lucky me.

We will be leaving from our home near Fort Collins, then picking up our friend in south Denver, then heading west from there. So I guess my two routes I have in mind at this point (depending on weather) are either 1) the south route through Grand Junction, then I-15 through Vegas, then up I-5 from Bakersfield to San Jose, or 2) head back north to Cheyenne and blow across I-80.

Unless there is the prospect of bad weather, the differences look so small that we might just go one route there and another back.
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Old 01-02-2014, 06:03 PM
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The only viable alternative I would use is to go west on I-70 then take the (two-lane) cut-off through Price to I-15 and north to I-80 in Salt Lake City.

I'm very familiar with this road as I have friends who live west of Salt Lake that I visit a few times a year. As far as slowing down for towns, you only go through one town, and that is Wellington. No stop lights but you get that speed limit at 40 m.p.h. and keep it there as the road is well patrolled. Highway 6 bypasses downtown Price and you can go through there and the next town of Helper at 50 to 55.

That doesn't mean you can make up for the slower speed once you get past Helper. Some things to look for is the port of entry (truck scales) and give semis room to merge. You have a fair amount of deer and elk that cross through there at the top of Soldier's Summit (7784 ft.) But it is a 5% grade, the climb is easy and over the last two years the U-Dot people have added several passing lanes on this highway, which had been needed for some time. NOTE: This part of the road is well patrolled as well!

Now you WILL run into a few stop lights when you get down the canyon and come into Spanish Fork but that would be a good stop anyway for eats and gasoline as several stations are available. Then just a few minutes later you're at the I-15 junction. When you get on 15 it's best of course to take the I-215 loop westbound so you miss all that downtown traffic. And early May is a good time for weather in Utah, don't be surprised about snow from Idaho Springs to Glenwood Springs in Coloraado.

Was on this road a few months ago and stayed at the Peppermill Hotel and Casino in Wendover (on the Nevada side), got in a concert at their concert venue. Price was reasonable for room, eats, and the show itself!

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