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Old 10-01-2011, 11:43 AM
 
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We are moving from San Antonio, TX to the Central California Coast (Santa Cruz/Monterey area) in early November. We will be taking a few small things in our vehicle, otherwise a moving company is doing the majority for us.

What is the best route to take in early November?

Originally we were looking at taking I-10 from San Antonio, through Phoenix and into the San Bernadino area. From there cutting up to Mojave (to skip LA and hopefully most of the traffic) and then taking 58 to I-5, and then 152 over to 1. What are the most likely weather conditions we are going to have travelling these areas that time of year?

The other option we are considering, mostly to stay away from the border, is to take I-10 to 285 (near Ft Stockton) then up to I-40 through Albuquerque, Flagstaff, and Bakersfield area before getting on I-5 as mentioned above. This route also looks like it will bypass most major traffic areas, without really adding any miles to the drive. We know there are higher elevations, but when does snow usually start falling in these areas?

We will be driving a Mercury Montego (V6 I think, automatic) and Saturn View (4 cyl manual trans). Both vehicles are in good condition and will be checked out again before we leave just to make sure they are ready for the trip. We will not be towing anything.

Travel will probably start between Oct 31st and Nov 3rd, and we are hoping for 4 days (3 nights of hotel).

Any input is appreciated! Thanks in advance for the advice!
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Old 10-01-2011, 12:14 PM
 
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moving from San Antonio, TX to the Central California Coast (Santa Cruz/Monterey area) in early November.
We will be taking a few small things in our vehicle, otherwise a moving company is doing the majority for us.

What is the best route to take in early November?
Any input is appreciated! Thanks in advance for the advice!
It all depends on what you haven't seen before and how much extra time you can take to do that.
But generally... every minute you can avoid on I-40 is worth two minutes on a smaller road.

From SA... I-10 all the way into AZ and Phoenix
--> then N to GCanyon/Flagstaff (and I-40) then W to Hoover/Vegas
--> then I-15 (toward LA if you've never been)
--> if you have then I-40 until you catch CA 58 at Barstow
--> CA58 west past Tehachapi into Bakersfield CA
(stop at Bucks place for some music)

One of my favorite roads then is to take the rest of CA58 (over the mountain!) up to 101.
See San Luis Obispo while there before heading N to Monterey.

enjoy.

ps: don't do that stretch of 58 from Barstow to Bakersfield in the afternoon if you can help it
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Old 10-01-2011, 06:31 PM
 
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