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Old 04-03-2016, 01:20 AM
 
Location: Littleton, CO
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This is a three-day drive with a U-haul. I would go south and take I-40. There is only about a 120 mile difference and you will avoid late snowstorms better going through New Mexico than you would going through Colorado or Wyoming. It is less windy too.
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Old 04-03-2016, 04:23 AM
 
Location: Boydton, VA
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I agree...I would go south as quickly as possible..... south on 35 to 40, to 58 at Barstow to 5n at Bakersfield to 46w to 101s at Paso Robles. Cuesta grade is downhill into SLO....I have taken other roads btwn Bakersfield and SLO, but 46 is a safer route.
OK TX, NM and AZ can be iffy in April tho'

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Old 04-03-2016, 09:13 AM
 
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davidv wrote: This is a three-day drive with a U-haul. I would go south and take I-40.


IMO, this route makes the most sense! The only relative highpoint is going thru Flagstaff, and it's not too bad. Also, being further south lessens the chances of running into winter weather, though the possibility is still there.
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Old 04-05-2016, 08:00 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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This is a three-day drive with a U-haul. I would go south and take I-40. There is only about a 120 mile difference and you will avoid late snowstorms better going through New Mexico than you would going through Colorado or Wyoming. It is less windy too.
Yup... Wind and potential ground blizzards... If DRY... Use I-80 and drive it at night (you won't miss the scenery).

If any chance of WY / NE / UT ice / ground blizzards, drive I-40.

I did nightly trucking trips from DEN to Rock Springs (and Buffalo / RC)... I really hated the Rock Springs run.

Full moon glistening on snowy prairie excluded. WoW... Enjoy SLO !!!!
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Old 04-11-2016, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Lakewood, CO
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The I-70 route is pretty, but more traffic. Another alternate is to take US 40 over Berthoud Pass. It's only 2 lanes, and a lot slower if you get behind trucks, and the dropoffs and hairpins on the pass are a bit challenging, but you sure will see a lot more than blasting by on an interstate. Ranches, wildlife (moose all the time in the Frasier valley), and peaceful vistas. You will get a chance to see what rural Colorado is really like.

Also, do you have a V6 or better in your vehicle? 4 cylinders are slow going through Eisenhower Tunnel and Vail Pass. I advise getting a high-altitude tune up. Will make a difference.

I suggest taking one route out, and another back. You'll see a lot more that way.

The I-80 route seems the best time and towing option, though.

Best wishes for a wonderful journey,
A White Raven
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Old 04-12-2016, 10:10 AM
 
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Another alternate is to take US 40 over Berthoud Pass. It's only 2 lanes, and a lot slower if you get behind trucks, and the dropoffs and hairpins on the pass are a bit challenging, but you sure will see a lot more than blasting by on an interstate.
Oh lord. I'd much rather take a UHaul over I-70 than negotiate Berthoud Pass. You'll be the one to slow things down and that would get highly stressful in a hurry IMO. Better to take an interstate that has a designated slow lane....
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Old 04-12-2016, 02:34 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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I advise getting a high-altitude tune up. Will make a difference.
Great Scott! Carburators haven't been used in the Ford chassis under a U-Haul since 1989. EFI and all the sensors that come in modern engines controls see no benefit from a high altitude tune up to a point I'd say it doesn't exist any more, unless you're driving a classic.
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Old 04-13-2016, 11:00 AM
 
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When exactly is this trip? There's a big fat snowstorm on the way this weekend. GO SOUTH!
(I also had to chuckle at the Berthoud Pass and "high altitude tune" suggestions)
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Old 04-14-2016, 03:19 PM
 
Location: The Springs
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Yeah, I ran amok in Winnemucca once.

If I take i-80 I will turn left in SLC.
Yep. Take a left and go up Parley's Canyon, through Park City, down and around Strawberry Reservoir and by the time you hit Evanston you'll be out of the hills and in for miles and miles of wind-blown nothin.
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Old 04-14-2016, 08:30 PM
 
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Take I-35 thru IA, MO, KS, OK. If you want to avoid OK City go W to Enid then S to I-40 at El Reno if I remember right. Then west thru TX, NM, AZ. Not a bad drive at all. A long downhill into Albuquerque and another west of Flagstaff but thats about the worst of it. Then your choice to get to your destination. Safe trip and just remember your stopping distances will be longer so plan accordingly. And don't let your downhill speeds get out of control. You'll be just fine almost any route you choose. Watch the weather.

I'm driving to Flagstaff in a couple days. The route above was my usual route. Especially in winter. But this time taking 35 to 80 to 25, but I avoid Denver, then Alb and Flag.
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