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Old 02-03-2010, 08:30 PM
 
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I prefer 70 to Limon then 287 to Decatur, Texas, then 380 to I-35 just north of Denton. You only go through 3 states and 287 is pretty heavily traveled by truckers so if you break down you're not stuck somewhere between Podunk and Armpit, NM with nary a car in sight.

Now if you want the fastest route, it's I-70 to I-135 to I-35. You spend most of your time driving through Kansas, though, which is about as exciting as a root canal.
Good call on that one Bluescreen. Yep, it's been a while since I've been on that road but it's a straight shot up the panhandle states. The truckers also like it because of the lack of port of entries. Now it's been over ten years since I've done that route, that situation could have changed! But coming north out of Dumas you can run wide open to Boise City, 60 miles up is Springfield, 60 miles up is Lamar, 45 miles up is Kit Carson, and then you're at Limon on 70 so you are movin' ok!
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Old 02-03-2010, 09:06 PM
 
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Um, in my case it's 2 words-speeding ticket! Got one in Dalhart in '91. You want to watch it in Dumas as well.
TX does NOT mess around w/ speeding

never more than 4 over
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Old 02-03-2010, 09:07 PM
 
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I prefer 70 to Limon then 287 to Decatur, Texas, then 380 to I-35 just north of Denton. You only go through 3 states and 287 is pretty heavily traveled by truckers so if you break down you're not stuck somewhere between Podunk and Armpit, NM with nary a car in sight.

Now if you want the fastest route, it's I-70 to I-135 to I-35. You spend most of your time driving through Kansas, though, which is about as exciting as a root canal.
Really? I seem to remember taking 287 up from Boise City to Limon once and it was sloooooow. like 45mph, 2 lane road the majority of the time?
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Old 02-03-2010, 09:39 PM
 
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I would way rather cruise down the more scenic Front Range corridor and 75 MPH speed limit of I-25 then drive through pudunk 287... at least as it goes through eastern Colorado. That 70-35 sounds like a good route time-wise... assuming it's 75 all the way. You've got about 20 miles of 65 through Colorado Springs to deal with and about 10 miles of 65/55/50 to deal with through Pueblo, but after that, it's pretty much smooth sailing to New Mexico.

Hope you have some good tunes.
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Old 02-03-2010, 09:51 PM
 
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Really? I seem to remember taking 287 up from Boise City to Limon once and it was sloooooow. like 45mph, 2 lane road the majority of the time?
2 lanes, yes, 45, no. They've been doing some intermittent construction on the road, but when I drove it Thanksgiving of '08 it was clear sailing the whole way.

I think 65 is the slowest you'll go outside towns.
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Old 02-03-2010, 11:05 PM
 
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I used to live in southwest Oklahoma and would visit relatives all the time in Denver during that five years. Also since I have driven that route many times thru Dallas.

The best and scenic way is I-25 to Raton, Highway 87 to Clayton, into Dalhart, Dumas and then 287 all the way down. There is also a 4 lane sealed off loop around Amarillo now. I don't think there are enough towns on that route to slow you down.

But if you just want to cruise interstate than I-70 to I-35 is simple.

In terms of timing it is probably a wash.
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Old 02-04-2010, 09:29 AM
 
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Let's face it - the fastest way, and least painful is flying!

Every time we drive (family is in Dallas), I say never again.....
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