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RE: Hwy 2 Newport Wa to Kalispell Mt

ID/MT 200 is another option - it stays in river valley all the way to US93.
paulj 07/07/19 06:08pm Roads and Routes
RE: Oregon FS 39

I did it 10 years ago in a car - starting from the Joseph end - actually no I took gravel roads to the Hat Point overlook first. So the pavement of 39 was a step up. But the state highway, 86, if not wider, did have the full set of lane markers. It was, and probably still is, just a paved forest service road, more or less 2 lane (not just one lane plus pullouts).
paulj 07/05/19 09:57pm Roads and Routes
RE: Route 6/191 from Provo to Canyonland

Nothing tricky about the roads between Moab and Capital Reef - ordinary state and federal highways. But it's a long way around, either to the north or south. The canyons and rivers are in the way of a direct route. Highways generally avoid the difficult stuff (unlike the jeep trails), or make big cuts and fills, as I70 does.
paulj 06/20/19 12:57am Roads and Routes
RE: Route 6/191 from Provo to Canyonland

Which part of Canyonlands? I shouldn't have to ask that; in an RV, Island In the Sky is the most likely choice. The other units are more backcountry. US191 is the only road that connects most of these units and Arches (and Moab). Unless you want to take the Shafer switchbacks off of Island to the Potash Rd and UT 279! :)
paulj 06/19/19 12:39am Roads and Routes
RE: North Dakota road trip?

The Missouri River crossing on I90 in S Dakota is somewhat memorable, with a L&C museum and some grades (and COE campground). I don't recall much from the I94 crossing. The Teddy Roosevelt Nat Park further west felt like the first view of the 'West'. Otherwise my memories of I94 are of a cross wind, and long days covering the whole state in one day. The west end of US2 used to be busy with limited camping due the oil boom. I remember Grand Forks mainly for the flat, sugar beets, and warm buggy summers (I spent several summer school sessions as UND).
paulj 06/14/19 03:54pm Roads and Routes
RE: Travelling from Calgary to Vancouver

I like to use BC Prov. Parks. They are easy to find. Sites are usually well separated and spacious ('industrial quality pads). And many have trails for after dinner hiking. But they aren't free. There are also BC 'rec sites', formerly forestry ones. Their quality varies, as is accessibility. In the past I've used Backroads Mapbooks to find those. But those are better for pickup campers seeking out of the way spots.
paulj 06/13/19 08:47pm Roads and Routes
RE: The Wide Open West - an Example

NV/OR 140 is one of the longest stretches. Winnemucca, NV to Lakeview, OR.
paulj 06/12/19 09:07pm Roads and Routes
RE: Elkhart to Out West AFTER ACTION REPORT

Locals often take Bypass 20 (south side) to IN 2 to US20 to I94. It's pretty straight and fast, and avoids the I90 tolls. It still gets the heavy (but usually fast) traffic across the south side of the Metro area, and a short piece of toll, before leaving the area on I80.
paulj 06/08/19 07:35pm Roads and Routes
RE: Hwy 2 Washington

Most accidents occur at the busy west end, with turnings or drivers crossing over middle. Maybe there's a good reason for those towns being speed traps - though I've never observed such traps myself (or been caught in one). After Gold Bar traffic tends to smooth out, but the road gets curvier. Not that there's anything a mega-RV can't handle with a good driver. The OP is from Southern California. Unless you stick with the freeways you can't leave the LA basin without driving on similar roads.
paulj 06/01/19 10:04am Roads and Routes
RE: Hwy 2 Washington

Google Maps has streetview the whole way. WSDOT has a number of traffic cams. There's also some paving work at the west end (around the town of Snohomish). Traffic can be heavy in the Monroe to Gold Bar stretch, with commuters and vacationers. The main grade east bound is the final loop before the summit. The stretch through Tumwater Canyon (before Leavenworth) is relatively flat but twisty as it follows the river. The passenger will enjoy the views more than the driver.
paulj 05/31/19 10:35pm Roads and Routes
RE: Idaho - Hwy 55 Road Construction

https://itdprojects.org/projects/id55smithsferryrepave/ says the work is milling/repaving a 6 mile stretch of poor pavement. That would account for use of pilot cars during working hours. But they are quite emphatic about the construction not affecting weekend and holiday traffic.
paulj 05/23/19 10:49am Roads and Routes
RE: Idaho - Hwy 55 Road Construction

The full 511 text says the construction is Mon-Thur, and none on weekends (and I assume that includes Memorial Day).
paulj 05/22/19 02:01pm Roads and Routes
RE: US-2 Road Condition in Montana

It's that 10 mile dirt section that's the OP's worry. According to comments last year they seemed to making no progress. And MT DOT still lists it as requiring a pilot car.
paulj 05/19/19 11:44pm Roads and Routes
RE: US-2 Road Condition in Montana

You could inquire in Havre when you get there. If they warn against it, take 232 NW to White Horse and AB41. There's nothing wrong with doing a bit of sightseeing in the Cypress Hills. It's one of the few bits of forest green east of the Rockies in this part of the Plains.
paulj 05/18/19 05:29pm Roads and Routes
RE: Washington National Parks-- route recommendations?

When I ask Google Maps for Ashford to Sedro-Wooley, it gives a 150 mile route with time estimate ranging from 2hr 40min to an hour more. One choice in the south is between WA7 (via Spanaway) and 161 (Puyallup). Both have twisty sections in the south, and suburban business in the north before hitting the freeways. The other choice is between I5 and I405, about the same. If I tell it to avoid freeways, and drag the route to Snoqualmie, it adds 10-15 miles, and a hour to the route. I like the drive through the Snoqualmie valley. I was just out there checking out a 30 mile bike trail. But if my goal was to get from one end to the other, as opposed to sightseeing and poking around, I'm not sure that avoiding the freeways is worth it. With the mountains to the east, and Sound to the west, there aren't any fast outer beltways around the metro area. North of King Co, WA9 is the main alternative to I5. But that doesn't get into country until north of Arlington. And after that there are windy sections. Often I leave the freeway at Arlington, and head east to Darrington and then north to WA20, bypassing the town driving at the west end of 20. If I change the destinations to Packwood and Winthrop, it takes me east to US97 and north, adding 100 miles, and estimated time of 5 hr. I like that drive, but that's basically a full day's travel.
paulj 05/14/19 12:29am Roads and Routes
RE: Washington National Parks-- route recommendations?

West or east side of the mountains?
paulj 05/12/19 11:00pm Roads and Routes
RE: Polson to Coeur D’alene

135 between 200 and I90 is fairly flat, generally taking wide sweeping curves as it follows the river. Another option is to stick with 200 all the way to Sandpoint. This follows a broad valley. In fact my impression is that it's straighter than I90, which has to climb to a pass on the state line, and other inside of Idaho. There aren't, though, many tourist facilities along 200. Last time I drove this stretch of I90 was late on a September afternoon. Curving in and out of the setting sun and shadows was tiring, even on a freeway where I didn't have to worry about on coming traffic. Yet another choice is US2 to Sandpoint.
paulj 05/11/19 03:19pm Roads and Routes
RE: Washington National Parks-- route recommendations?

I imagine in Central NJ you are used to driving your rig on urban freeways. The freeways through the Seattle metro area (Everett to Tacoma) can't any worse than that. But go to the WSDOT website if you need more information on traffic levels and such. I've also gotten good traffic timings from Google maps. But for these parks you don't need to pass through the cites, provided you are willing to spend some money on ferries. WA20 or US2 across the eastern half of the state, the WA20 across the North Cascades is a good scenic choice. Then continue on WA 20 onto Whidbey Island, and short ferry ride to Port Townsend (check WSDOT for times, fares and reservations). Check WA state parks for this area. Then loop around the Olympics (I just did that in 3 days with a 2 night stay at Kalaloch Campground. Use the jeep to take side trips into the Olympic mountains and valleys. Then US12 to the Rainier area. Camping on US12 around Packwood might be a good idea, with Jeep drives into Rainier, and maybe south to St Helens. The road up to Paradise can be driven in the full rig, but would be more fun in a car - especially if you want to park and takes walks. You can drive any state and federally numbered highway with your rig (at least in Washington).
paulj 05/11/19 12:13am Roads and Routes
RE: Best Route To Santa Fe NM from Michigan

North to the UP, US2 to Montana, US89 south
paulj 04/26/19 09:54pm Roads and Routes
RE: Vancouver, B.C. to Whitehorse via Vancouver Island?

The main highway up the island is freeway all the way to Campbell River, fast and easy, but far enough inland that you miss all the seaside sights and businesses along the old coastal road. There are the usual exits and access roads. North of there population and traffic drops off significantly. There's a bit of a pass, but no tight or curvy sections. The main business, until it returns to the coast, is logging. I've mainly used provincial parks for camping and sight seeing.
paulj 04/25/19 02:21pm Roads and Routes
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