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Old 02-03-2010, 04:45 PM
 
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Coming from Denver, is it fastest to go I25 through Texline and get on 287? Don't know about the speed limits/number of towns. Anybody driven that stretch?

Or just stick with the interstates 70/35 and do the high speed but much less direct route?
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Old 02-03-2010, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Greeley, Colorado
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Well I usually do the 25-70-35 route (roughly 17 hours of driving time). However I've heard it's faster if you take 25 down to highway 84 just before Albuquerque, NM (just after Las Vegas, NM) and jog over to 40. From there you can go to Amarillo and then take 287 (or simply continue until Oklahoma City and hop onto 35.)
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Old 02-03-2010, 05:01 PM
 
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Well I usually do the 25-70-35 route (roughly 17 hours of driving time). However I've heard it's faster if you take 25 down to highway 84 just before Albuquerque, NM (just after Las Vegas, NM) and jog over to 40. From there you can go to Amarillo and then take 287 (or simply continue until Oklahoma City and hop onto 35.)
17?! Are you up near Ft Collins? Google maps is only saying 14 hours taking 70 to 35.

And I think instead of driving all the way to Las Vegas, you can get on hwy 87 at Raton and cross into the TX panhandle.

Edit: just saw the Loveland
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Old 02-03-2010, 05:11 PM
 
Location: Ned CO @ 8300'
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I've driven every possible route many times as has family driving here to visit me. Quickest is east on I-70 hang a right in Salina on 35. My brother drives it in less than 13 hours. (Btw I've found that Google maps always over estimates drive time.)
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Old 02-03-2010, 05:15 PM
 
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I like the I-25 to U.S.84 route to I-40 and then 287. 84 is a rural road, and have always made good time there.It has always seemed to be a little quicker, to me anyway. Been to Dallas the other routes as well. One thing I do is check the states web sites to see if there is any road construction on those routes.
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Old 02-03-2010, 05:26 PM
 
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I've driven every possible route many times as has family driving here to visit me. Quickest is east on I-70 hang a right in Salina on 35. My brother drives it in less than 13 hours. (Btw I've found that Google maps always over estimates drive time.)
That's good to know!
I-25 to Raton, 87 to Texline, then 287 through Amarillo looks tempting since it's so direct though. How long has that route taken you?

guess I will stick with 70 & 35
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Old 02-03-2010, 05:28 PM
 
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I like the I-25 to U.S.84 route to I-40 and then 287. 84 is a rural road, and have always made good time there.It has always seemed to be a little quicker, to me anyway. Been to Dallas the other routes as well. One thing I do is check the states web sites to see if there is any road construction on those routes.
Driving all the way to Las Vegas seems unnecessary though unless 87 is THAT much slower than 84 + the extra distance on I-40??
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Old 02-03-2010, 05:45 PM
 
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Driving all the way to Las Vegas seems unnecessary though unless 87 is THAT much slower than 84 + the extra distance on I-40??
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.
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Old 02-03-2010, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Ned CO @ 8300'
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That's good to know!
I-25 to Raton, 87 to Texline, then 287 through Amarillo looks tempting since it's so direct though. How long has that route taken you?
We'll only drive that route if there's no chance for "weather". We got stuck in Dumas years ago during an ice storm. It's shorter distance but with two-lane highways, going through small towns... I'd say about an hour to hour and a half more drive time.
Also DoubleH is right about speeding tickets in Dalhart and Dumas.
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Old 02-03-2010, 07:49 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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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.
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