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Old 11-02-2008, 11:31 PM
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I am moving from the west coast of Canada(Vancouver) to Macon Georgia in January driving a 26 ft Penske truck. I am concerned about which route to take during winter. Mapquest says to go through Montana, Wyoming ect... If I go straight down I-5 from Seattle to San Fran I can go a more southernly route but it will take longer. Any suggestions or tips??
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Old 11-03-2008, 12:40 AM
Location: Cosmic Consciousness
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Hi, phaedra. In January, you will be dealing with not just snow, blizzards and whiteouts in which you and the other drivers become functionally blind, but also ice, packed snow and ice, lots of wind including crosswinds that can push you off the road, narrow mountain roads, closed roads due to avalanche danger, potential isolation and starvation if the slightest mechanical or medical thing goes wrong, frequent long absence of cell phone coverage..... Are you SURE you want to do this in January? For your safety, if I were in your shoes I would ship my stuff and fly to my destination...

A recent thread in the WA forum might be helpful in at least advising you about what to avoid. Then the same question was posed by the poster in the Montana forum. Both those states, of course, deal with serious and dangerous mountains and passes -- and the threads ask about November, not January. But they can offer you some information.

I wish you safety.

winter drive over the mountains

Driving across Montana in winter
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Old 11-03-2008, 12:49 AM
Location: ***Spokane***
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Yes, I've made the trip a few times from Seattle to Georgia and used mapquest primarily and cut directly through the US of A...not using I-5 at all, it's going directly south which is surely wasting time and more important fuel prices and hotels....

Basically I took I-90 from Seattle east toward Idaho...385 miles, then I-29 South toward Iowa..., I-70 to Illinois...I-64 to Kentucky, I-57 to Memphis,
then I-24 to Tennessee to Georgia...I hit a blizzard on I-70 and the freeway was shutdown for 4 days, lived in a hotel with my wife...that stunk..but mother nature has control....semi trucks were everywhere, this was in February timeframe....

Estimated Time: 40 hours 49 minutes Estimated Distance: 2730.82 miles
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Old 04-05-2009, 08:33 PM
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Hey all,
We made it. It was a wonderful drive. We made it in 6 days with no problems.
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