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Old 08-02-2012, 10:09 AM
 
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First, I thank you for all the replies.

I am starting in Tucson, so I-15 is too far west, in the opposite direction where I need to go. The shortest route, as far as I can see, and one that avoids the big mountain passes, is I-10 to 85, north to Albuquerque, then East on 40 to OK City, then 44 to St. Louis, and so on.I think all of you are correct, however, and I-70 is too darn difficult to climb with a rental truck.

I was thinking of an alternate route that might save me from going through TX and Ok, and might also be a bit more "scenic": What do you think of taking I-25 north to Denver, then 76 and then 80 East? How much of a climb is it on 25? I have never taken I-25, so I don't know it. Again, any advice is welcome. Many thanks.

Robert
There are no STEEP mountain grades on I-25 between ABQ and Denver. If I remember correctly the pass near Trinidad is only around 7,000 feet altitude. A good pull but nothing nearly as dangerous as what you would encounter on I-70 in Colorado.

I-25 to I-76 then I-80 is easy driving but the scenery on one of the parallel highways like Hwy 34 or 30 is a lot more interesting. Interstates qare great for getting places in a hurry but to really enjoy a trip take the two lane back roads. Take advantage of your move and turn it in to an adventure. Talk to the locals in small town cafes, bars farmers markets etc. You will be glad you did.
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Old 08-02-2012, 11:33 AM
 
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I've been on this road a few hundred thousand miles worth, .... I took a couple dozen pipeline workers over Raton pass dozens of times in an old '66 Greyhound bus. ....
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Old 08-02-2012, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Colorado - Oh, yeah!
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I have done Tucson to Denver several times and I-10 to I-25 (via Hatch) is the way to go. I can't speak to I-80 vs other routes once you are on I-25, but so long as you don't fall asleep on I-10 East (long, flat, brown and boring) you will be fine.

Raton Pass does have a few turns, but as others have said, gear down, easy on the brakes and you will be fine.
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Old 08-04-2012, 06:18 PM
 
Location: Mount Pleasant, Michigan
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Many thanks for all the responses and the good advice. I think I will take I-25 north. If anything changes, I will let you know. Again, thank you.
Robert
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Old 08-07-2012, 10:00 AM
 
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I've been on this road a few hundred thousand miles worth, regarding I-25. If you DO want to go this route, there are no problems. Raton pass has an elevation of 7834 ft. The town of Raton is a little over 6500 ft. on the New Mexico side and Trinidad's elevation is 6025 ft.. It's an easy drive, trust me. I worked on a Colo./New Mexico/Texas pipeline project in the 80's and I took a couple dozen pipeline workers over that pass dozens of times in an old '66 Greyhound bus. Piece of cake.

Don't underestimate the lack of scenery going I-25 into Colorado. When you get past the New Mexico port of entry you can see the sweeping view of the Sangre De Cristo mountains to the west, the Spanish peaks near Walsenburg, the Wet Mountain Range south of Pueblo, the famous Pikes Peak (14110 ft. elevation) and of course the Front Range mountains that go from Colorado Springs to Denver. No mountains east of you, but mountain range after mountain range west of you.

It's been 17 years since I took a rental truck through New Mexico, it would be a good idea to call the New Mexico state government to see if rental trucks are required to check in at the Port of Entry. Most states don't, but some states do. It would be a good idea to call them and check. The New Mexico and Colorado port of entries are maybe a dozen miles apart.
This is the route I would take with a rental truck. Then at Colorado Spgs, take US24 east out to pick up I70 at Limon. Then east on I70 out to whatever your chosen N-S interstate is to take you up into MI.

If not taking US24 at Colo Spgs, you could stay on 25 to Denver and take I76 east to pick up I80 in Nebraska. Then take I80 to just east of Gary, IN where you could pick up I94 up into MI.

You should have a fair number of safe choices to pick from.
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