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RE: Driving to Durango CO from Moab with a Fifth Wheel

Even Interstate 70 in Colorado has numerous 6% grades. Eg., both sides of Vail Pass, west approach to the Eisenhower Tunnel, Silver Plume to Georgetown, Mt. Vernon Canyon and Floyd Hill west of Golden, etc. That's why most of them have runaway truck ramps and flashing signs telling you to use low gear.
fanrgs 07/02/20 11:31pm Roads and Routes
RE: Monarch or Cottonwood

We just went over Cottonwood and Monarch passes last Thursday. We just did a day trip to drive the newly paved Cottonwood Pass road. They have done a great job of widening the curves compared to the old gravel road. I wouldn't hesitate to take our fifth wheel over it now. My wife said that she would use it for business trips to Crested Butte instead of Monarch, if she were still working (love that retirement!). If you need suggestions on routes, campgrounds, or sights in that area, see the US 285 and US 50 posts on my blog HERE.
fanrgs 07/02/20 11:14pm Roads and Routes
RE: Trip to granby

Do you want to see mountain scenery or city traffic? I-25 is east of the mountains, not in them. So, I agree that US 24 to Colorado 9 is more scenic, although South Park can get rather boring. For some ideas on camping and not-to-miss sights along US 24 and US 40, see my blog HERE.
fanrgs 07/02/20 11:05pm Roads and Routes
RE: Denali NP-probable shutdown 2020 season-Updated 2/19/20

Guess I have been luckier than most as I have seen Denali in clear, sunny skies every time I have been there since 1972. Have also had a grizzly walk directly under my bus window on the Denali bus tour (I still have the photo taken from above). And we once had to stay on the bus at the Eielson Visitors Center because a mother grizzly and her cub were walking through the breezeway of the building. After we were allowed off the bus, we watched the two bears amble down the trail to the river for nearly 10 minutes. We also have photos of a male caribou taken from ~150', several close photos of other caribou and a bull moose, and more distant photos of Dall sheep, all taken on Denali bus trips. However, our best bear photos were of a mother grizzly and her FOUR yearling cubs in Valdez. Every evening, she led the cubs along the road to the Alaska Pipeline terminal to get to the fish hatchery. There they gorged themselves on the salmon returning to their birthplace to spawn.
fanrgs 12/31/19 10:55pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Oklahoma City to Palm Springs Ca. In February best route???

We are in Phoenix right now. We got here yesterday from Denver via I-10, not I-40, because temperatures along I-40 were in the teens at night compared to the 30s along I-10. When you are stopping along your route for several nights, that is a major difference unless you have much better RV insulation than we have. And when we had rain on our route, Flagstaff had snow (the elevation of Flagstaff is 7,000'). So I would definitely follow the I-20/I-10 route recommended by the others.
fanrgs 12/31/19 10:20pm Roads and Routes
RE: Campgrounds near Socorro NM

If you are looking for parks near Bosque del Apache NWR, there are two. We have stayed at Bosque Birdwatchers and the other--Chupadero Mountain View--is just north of it on NM Highway 1. Birdwatchers is much larger, but Bill is very difficult to contact by phone. So just go there without reservations, pull into an empty FHU space, and set up. Bill will come and collect the $25/per night from you. The nearest campground to Socorro at Elephant Butte State Park is the South Monticello cg. It has very long, 30/50A electric sites, water, a dump, and a new solar restroom-shower building, for $14/night, including the daily park pass. However, it is ~50 miles from BdA and 65 miles from Socorro.
fanrgs 12/31/19 09:54pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Wichita to Albuquerque suggestions

It all depends on the time of year, the weather, the amount of time you have for the trip, your interests, and what you want to experience on your trip. We just traveled US 54 from Guymon to Tucumcari two weeks ago. Very little to see or experience until Tucumcari. Having taken multiple routes from Wichita, I personally would drive U.S. 50 to La Junta, Colorado, U.S. 350 to Trinidad, and I-25 to Albuquerque. Why would I take this route? Because I am a Western history buff and there is so much of historical interest on that route--the Santa Fe Trail, Dodge City, Bent's Fort NHS, Raton Pass, Ft. Union NHS, Glorietta Pass Civil War Battlefield, Pecos National Monument, and Santa Fe, with many of the oldest buildings in the U.S. And I would even take time for lesser known historical sites like Amache, a WWII Japanese internment camp near Granada, CO, and Boggsville, where Kit Carson died, near Las Animas. But, if I were leading one of my car clubs on a tour, I would head south from Wichita on I-35 to Oklahoma City, then follow the remains of U.S. 66 all the way to Albuquerque. I would stop at the many iconic motels, gas stations, and restaurants along the "Mother Road" for photos of 1950's kitsch. And I would not miss the Route 66 museums in Clinton and Elk City, OK. So, your route really depends on your primary objectives for taking the trip!
fanrgs 11/17/19 10:29pm Roads and Routes
RE: Route Advice Estes Park to Great Basin and then Utah

We did the reverse of your trip several years ago--Great Basin NP to Denver, not Estes Park. We used US 50 to I-70, with an overnight stop at Colorado River State Park, Robb unit, in Fruita, CO.
fanrgs 08/29/19 08:17pm Roads and Routes
RE: Taking Hwy50 form Montrose to Colorado Springs~

For information on camping and sightseeing along US 50, Salida, Monarch Pass, Gunnison, and the Black Canyon, see my blog at Oops, forgot to go to the "Advanced Post Form" for my link!
fanrgs 08/29/19 10:15am Roads and Routes
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2019

Commenting on Alaskan Highway - I used to live in 4-seasons and know what winter can do to the roads. IMHO the Alaskan Highway was poorly build to start with. You have nice stretches of smooth asphalt for few miles and then build "speed bumps" that will get you airborne at 60 mph. Evidently different crews build different stretches. Than don't see any surface repairs done. Whenever there are cracks, or other pavement build flaw, they dump few tons of gravel, set warning signs and call it the season. Kind of sucks as 40 years ago somebody invented an asphalt truck, who could make the patches driving 40 mph. But that technology never got here. OK, but did you live in the parts of Alaska or Canada with permafrost, where the subsurface is frozen year-round? Have you driven Alaska roads in winter, then spring. The roads are generally ok, except for surface ice, as long as they stay frozen. But when the surface layer of permafrost begins to thaw, then refreeze, the frost heaves form. The heaves have everything to do with climate and nothing to do with highway technology. So, no Alaskan even tries to go 60 mph on those roads once the heaves form, especially in an RV.
fanrgs 08/16/19 10:49pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
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