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RE: Best Route from Rock Springs, Wy to Yellowstone

West Yellowstone is the easiest entry point, both in terms of approachs from south and north, and access to the main attractions, but that's bit out of your way. South entrance from Grand Tetons is also reasonable. The east entrance via Cody climbs more. Read up on roads in the park. It is a effectively a volcanic mountain top, with a 7000 ft lake in the middle. Some roads are easy, others more difficult. Approaches are only part of the drive.
paulj 10/14/21 08:11pm Roads and Routes
RE: Great River Road

You don't have to stick to one side or the other. The shore varies as you go north. I lived in Chicago, and visited relatives in Minneapolis, and often preferred the river north of I90 to taking I94. Even rode that part on a bike trip between the cities. In Illinois the best views and access to the river are at Mississippi Palisades State Park. Galena is away from the river, but has tourism charm based on historic lead mining. From there I don't know if trying to stay close to the river is worth the effort or not. SW Wisconsin, even as far east as New Glarus, might more interesting. You can drive down to lower Wisconsin River to its mouth, and resume the Mississippi drive. WI 35 stays along the river to La Crosse. The west side also looks close, though it might be a lesser quality road. US61 is a major road on the west side until Red Wing. On the east, 35 is next to the river where it can, but heads inland where necessary. Here its enough of a valley, that grades in/out can be significant. From Hastings you aren't close to the river until you get to St Paul.
paulj 10/04/21 05:26pm Roads and Routes
RE: Lemhi Pass, Idaho

My impression from videos and comments is that driving up the Montana side is easier than the Idaho. It's not as steep, and relatively open, basically a ranch road that climbs. Still only you can judge whats safe for your RV. I haven't driven it. Last time through the area I camped near Salmon (BLM) and crossed over Lost Trail Pass. This was early June, and we actually got snow flurries at the top. I checked out the road to the east that goes past a battlefield memorial site, but decided I didn't have time to go all the way.
paulj 10/04/21 09:42am Roads and Routes
RE: Figuring Mileages

I'd try to figure out what was different in the routes, between what planned on Google and what you drove. If the routes were actually the same I'd expect miles to be the same, or at least close. Then I'd try to tweak the google route to match the driven. That's easy. I often explore alternative routes, not just the ones the GM suggests. For long distance drives, I find I really have to take major detours to change the mileage significantly (more, say than an hour's drive). Matching times may be harder, since that depends not only on distance, but on estimated speed, which may vary with the road condition. In fact I use time vs distance to judge whether one route has slower roads than another - e.g. freeway or not, curvy or not, mountain or not. Speed estimates though are always rougher. Garmin also has some online mapping tools. I've only dabbled in those, since the only Garmin I have is a watch.
paulj 09/27/21 01:10am Roads and Routes
RE: Hwy 93 from Missoula to Salmon, ID.

Those aren't switchbacks, just 20 mph signed curves. The radius isn't any tighter than a freeway cloverleaf. On google maps, look at the Streetview.
paulj 09/21/21 09:00pm Roads and Routes
RE: Moki Dugway

paulj 09/20/21 12:21pm Roads and Routes
RE: Moki Dugway

... As for the washout posted above, this may be the problem. Yes, with that stretch of 95 closed, there isn't any other way across the Colorado between Moab and Page. When I drove the Dugway years ago I used the Halls Crossing ferry. I was hoping to take Burr Trail, but due to recent rains had go around via Capitol Reef (a nice enough drive).
paulj 09/20/21 12:20pm Roads and Routes
RE: Moki Dugway

I'm sure there are videos of the road as well as Google Streetview. It's been a while since I drove it (in a cuteute), but I don't recall anything particularly nasty about it. There are 'switchbacks' but they don't require 3 point turns (at least not for cars). Ultimately you have to judge whether your truck and trailer can handle the grade, some gravel, and the turns. There was a recent thread about a washout that threatened and closed a bridge on UT 95 between the 261 turn off and Blanding. Google maps traffic says that stretch is closed until Oct 29. Reviewing streetview, it looks like the topmost hairpin is the tightest, the one labeled as 'view of the valley of the gods'. I imagine a 18 wheeler would require skill, but a competent RV owner can handle it as well as most suburban street or cul de sac turns. https://www.blm.gov/sites/blm.gov/files/documents/files/Utah_BENM_Valley-Of_Gods_Brochure.pdf https://vanlifewanderer.com/2021/06/12/is-moki-dugway-safe/
paulj 09/20/21 12:49am Roads and Routes
RE: Route from Billings to St Mary KOA East Glacier

While road construction can make a stretch of road slow and rough, I don't expect routes in this part of the country to change that much over the years. I drove this route nearly 20 years ago. I generally followed a diagonal on the paper map. US89 north of US12 crosses a mountain range (colored as National Forest) that was pleasant, but might not be optimal for a RV seeking flat land. But most of the route is wide open high prairie. US89 Great Falls to Browning was fine, generally flat and straight. However after Browning it gets into the foothills and becomes more windy and up/down. At the end of full day that was tiring, even in an easy driving SUV. Other posters have recommended Duck Lake Rd, MT 464, as flatter and straighter. That said, I vaguely recall posts talking about road work on 89, so it might now be a better drive. Google Maps streetview gives good details on roads, though I see all the images in this part of Montana date from 2008. But the sat images are new. Also look at Terrain mode to get idea of the grades. Google Maps 'live-traffic' may also flag (major) construction. State DOT also has construction information.
paulj 09/11/21 05:04pm Roads and Routes
RE: Long Beach, WA to Spokane

Whatever you do avoid I90 like a blank wall in a hospital.... Kind of hard to approach Spokane from the W/SW without using I90. We could direct them further north and take US2 across the Cascades and eastern Washington. Better yet take WA20 across :)
paulj 08/29/21 10:11pm Roads and Routes
RE: Astoria,OR to Florence OR

...Watch for bicycles as they will always appear in the worst spot. ... ah, yes, those long distance touring cyclists, who just wait to pop out and ride down the shoulder whenever an RV with extra-wide mirrors comes around the corner :( Maybe this stretch needs the kind of 'cyclist-ahead' warning lights the put on some tunnels. OR a `sharrow` road marking. Cyclists don't like busy roads with narrow shoulders any more than RVs do.
paulj 08/29/21 06:41pm Roads and Routes
RE: 26 through Portland

But yet they allow them over Cornelius Pass Road. Can't fix stupid. Tunnels have HazMat restrictions because fires are especially hazardous in tunnels, and hard to fight. It's not that crashes are anymore likely. Trucks hauling hazardous materials should use the safest available highway routes. Safe routes are those where accidents are less likely to occur, and where the consequences will be less severe if accidents occur. Some tunnels have fire suppression systems, and may allow HazMat loads, though that's still determined at a local level. Apparently there's some debate whether the systems in the I70 tunnels west of Denver are enough. Fire damage, even if suppressed relatively quickly, could be as disruptive as the recent landslides.
paulj 08/26/21 04:42pm Roads and Routes
RE: Tunnels, bridges & hair pin turns

All states post the locations where there are clearance problems as they want truckers to have this information. ... It took a bit of digging to find this: https://sdtruckinfo.sd.gov/docs/Vertical_Clear_List.pdf The Custer State Park map shows the same tunnel information, plus widths.
paulj 08/22/21 05:40pm Roads and Routes
RE: Route 281 Trail of the Ancients in Utah

You can see some of the same sorts of ruins to the east of Blanding. Hovenweep is perhaps the largest. But I've also visited some along County Road G west of Cortez, CO airport. The west end of this is Ismay Trading Post Rd at Aneth, UT. Sights at the south end of 261 include Goosenecks St Park, and Valley of the Gods off of 163 (dirt, but not tricky or curvy, when dry) If you could drop the trailer off at Goosenecks or Mexican Hat, you could spend a day or two exploring roads around there.
paulj 08/21/21 03:33pm Roads and Routes
RE: Sylvan Lake Campground to Mt Rushmore

According to the Custer SP map I found for your other question, 87 in both directions has tunnels (with listed sizes).
paulj 08/21/21 09:31am Roads and Routes
RE: Tunnels, bridges & hair pin turns

The respective park pages should tell you all you need. Except for the Black Hills themselves, South Dakota is flat prairie, and all state and federal numbered highways should be just fine. https://www.nps.gov/badl/planyourvisit/directions.htm The Badlands is an eroded river valley(s), and all sightseeing is from overlooks along the rim. The parks page describes one paved rim road, and a couple of gravel alternatives. You can also enquire at the the visitor center. https://gfp.sd.gov/csp-scenic-drives/ Custer has some scenic drives with tunnels - those dimensions are given on this park page. https://gfp.sd.gov/userdocs/docs/custer-map.pdf The park map shows tunnels in the surrounding area, including a few on the drive toward Rushmore. Parks also have visitor guides (often large format newspaper like ones) with maps and road information. These can also be found online. https://gfp.sd.gov/userdocs/docs/tatanka_2021.pdf
paulj 08/20/21 09:55am Roads and Routes
RE: Glenwood Canyon I-70 mudslides....!

... Well that is remarkably sensible for the government. But don't you want a road that safer for "large slow moving recreational vehicles"? From the US50 Blue Canyon project page: Between 2000 and 2018, 230 crashes have occurred in this area with 67 injuries, 156 instances of property damage, and eight fatalities. This, coupled with the fact it can be hard to negotiate large, slow-moving recreation vehicles and trucks through the canyon, makes the canyon a challenging driving environment for everyone. This project is designed to make the canyon safer and improve the driving experience between Gunnison and Montrose.
paulj 08/11/21 05:28pm Roads and Routes
RE: Oregon, Bend to The Dalles

197 also has a river crossing at Maupin with a downgrade.
paulj 08/08/21 06:29pm Roads and Routes
RE: Cheyenne WY to Glenwood Springs CO

With the I70 closure, traffic on alternative routes to Glenwood Springs may be heavier. News also reports some shortages, such as for gas.
paulj 08/06/21 02:25pm Roads and Routes
RE: Port Townsend WA to I5 Tacoma

You can examine the whole route on Google streetview. WSDOT also has many webcams along the route, but no traffic maps until you get close to Tacoma. I suspect WA3 from the Hood Canal bridge to Poulsbo will feel heaviest, especially in the morning, since it is 2 lane. South of there it is mostly divided highway. Rush hour traffic into Tacoma is bound to be heavy, though I haven't experienced it myself. 101 to Olympia is a long way around, with a long stretch of waterfront driving (scenic, but curvy). And then there's the I5 drive back to Tacoma.
paulj 08/03/21 07:41pm Roads and Routes
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