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Old 06-12-2009, 05:34 PM
 
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At the end of July, I'll be driving from Albuquerque to Phoenix. I'm older, and I don't like big highways or insanely high speeds (above 65 is pushing it for me. Feel free to laugh. I understand.) My car doesn't do well in high winds, and I don't care about time or extra miles added on, so long as I know I'm driving a safe, well-traveled road that avoids hairpin curves, hordes of semitrailers, and double-decker highways. Can somebody tell me what the easiest, most peaceful way to make the drive is?
I'm slow on the uptake when it comes to directions, so if you could be somewhat specific, I'd really appreciate it.
Thanks much in advance for your help!
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Old 06-12-2009, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Tempe
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Cant you just jump on the 1-10, bam, bam you're there.
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Old 06-12-2009, 09:01 PM
 
Location: Surprise, Az
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Cant you just jump on the 1-10, bam, bam you're there.
No...I-10 to Las Cruces, then I-25 to Albuquerque.

Or I-17 to I-40.

Or go through the mountains (Globe, Showlow, Springerville, Soccorro, then I-25 to Albuquerque)
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Old 06-12-2009, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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No...I-10 to Las Cruces, then I-25 to Albuquerque.

Or I-17 to I-40.

Or go through the mountains (Globe, Showlow, Springerville, Soccorro, then I-25 to Albuquerque)
I believe Greta is coming TO Phoenix. But yes, I would head south on I-25 then West through Silver City, NM into the White Mountains in Arizona. I'm not sure if it is free of hairpin turns and tight, mountain roads but it would be "less busy" relative to the main interstates. And much slower because you will be traveling on mountain grade highways.
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Old 06-13-2009, 12:02 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Or pick up a Southwest Airlines DING! fare for $39 each way......
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Old 06-13-2009, 10:39 AM
 
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I believe Greta is coming TO Phoenix. But yes, I would head south on I-25 then West through Silver City, NM into the White Mountains in Arizona. I'm not sure if it is free of hairpin turns and tight, mountain roads but it would be "less busy" relative to the main interstates. And much slower because you will be traveling on mountain grade highways.

yea i believe it's the 25 down to the 60 west it goes through all the mountains i went that way before takes like 9 or 10 hours because of mountains and towns.
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Old 06-13-2009, 11:27 AM
 
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i haven't tried the southern route as it would seem like it would just take way too long

i would say the absolute easiest is from abq connect to I-40 to I-17 ........ 40 is pretty much flat and straight across, the 17 is a downhill run that can get a little curvey and high traffic at times ........ if you stay right though you could probably run 60-65 and feel fine

i've cut through the mountains a few times as well, eventually dropping onto the 60 - much more scenic drive, slow going, but a ton of hairpin curves - especially if you drive up and down the stunning salt river canyon

recently though I've found it much easier (and cheaper) to just fly
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Old 06-13-2009, 08:59 PM
 
Location: Mesa, Az
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i haven't tried the southern route as it would seem like it would just take way too long

i would say the absolute easiest is from abq connect to I-40 to I-17 ........ 40 is pretty much flat and straight across, the 17 is a downhill run that can get a little curvey and high traffic at times ........ if you stay right though you could probably run 60-65 and feel fine

i've cut through the mountains a few times as well, eventually dropping onto the 60 - much more scenic drive, slow going, but a ton of hairpin curves - especially if you drive up and down the stunning salt river canyon

recently though I've found it much easier (and cheaper) to just fly
The route you described would be OK during most of the year. No comment on Flag winters.
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Old 06-13-2009, 11:11 PM
 
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I also agree that the I-40 to I-17 is the best route, the trickiest part is from Flagstaff to Phoenix when you do have some curves that can be a bit discomforting to a timid driver not used to mountain roads. Just do like the trucks do; slow down, put on your blinkers of you need to really slow down, and drive within your comfort zone in the right hand lane. There is no rush, get there safe. If you drive on the weekends with an early start you will avoid alot of traffic. It is actually a pleasant drive that I always look forward to, especially the part from Albuquerque to Flagstaff.

The last time I drove in mid July my air-conditioner failed on the way to Phoenix from Flagstaff. It was the slow descent into Dante's Inferno. What a miserable ride that was!
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Old 04-26-2010, 09:58 PM
 
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If your a scenic road kind of guy, then you can take I-40 through Gallup then exit off in Holbrook in AZ and drive southwest thru the scary and dangerous Arizona state routes that have absolutely no sholders and break-down lanes the rest of the way. but it's a pretty nice drive thru the forests.

If yr an interstate guy, take 40 all the way to flagstaff and down to phoenix and your there. Please dont take I 25 down to Las Cruces cause that'll take clear out of your way, unless you want to drive from Las Cruces to Deming 35 mi west Of LC and say hi to the hobos picking up trash at the gas station showin their cracks at ya. haha
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