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RE: Grand Canyon to Yellowstone

Most of the roads in/through Yellowstone will be closed by snow, with W. Yellowstone being the main access point for winter sports.
paulj 06/29/21 06:47pm Roads and Routes
RE: I hate roundabouts -- but maybe I am wrong

... We have bike trails near our house. Many drivers stop for an approaching bike on the trail. Bikes are not pedestrians. If a driver stops for a bike on a 4 lane road while drivers in the other lane fly by, that causes confusion for everybody. ... JK Multilane trail crossings are a bad idea. A trail that I use regularly has a couple like that, though fortunately the cross traffic isn't too heavy. But they are gradually being converted to single lane crossings, with islands or peninsulas, and warning lights. Busy crossing should have full stop lights, or better be grade separated. Few 'bike' trails are exclusively for bikes. Pedestrians, including parents with kids, strollers, and dogs are as common as bikes.
paulj 06/22/21 10:16am Roads and Routes
RE: I hate roundabouts -- but maybe I am wrong

I also don't like that they are very unsafe for pedestrians. People are looking for cars in the circle and not for pedestrians crossing the legs... The WSDOT design guide that I linked on the first page discusses pedestrian and bicycle design issues - where to put the cross walks, how to mark them, etc. It says that crossings on entry legs should should be acar length away from the entrance. That way the pedestrian can cross behind the driver that's focused on cars in the circle. That reminds me of a T intersection I frequently cross as pedestrian. Right turning drivers tend to focus on traffic from their left, and might not see a pedestrian (or bike) coming from their right). A well designed roundabout shouldn't be any worse than a 4 way stop or lights for pedestrians.
paulj 06/21/21 10:43pm Roads and Routes
RE: I hate roundabouts -- but maybe I am wrong

In the UK, even the canals have roundabouts :) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Turn_Junction
paulj 06/17/21 08:40pm Roads and Routes
RE: 93 North out of Vegas

The Google Maps images are bit out of date, but it appears that they've implemented half a diverging diamond interchange. US93 traffic appears to run on opposite sides under the freeway, and then make a switch on the north side. Normally in a diverging diamond that crossing would be controlled by a light. Either that light is still to come, or they think traffic isn't heavy enough to warrant one. I-515 @ Horizon Drive is a full diverging diamond in LV area.
paulj 06/17/21 01:42pm Roads and Routes
RE: I hate roundabouts -- but maybe I am wrong

It's ok to ride up on the center apron if needed. In WA state the texture is different, but they are designed to accommodate trucks. https://wsdot.wa.gov/publications/manuals/fulltext/M22-01/1320.pdf https://wsdot.wa.gov/Safety/roundabouts/benefits.htm
paulj 06/17/21 12:52pm Roads and Routes
RE: 16% Road incline!

California has a number of state highways that are restricted by length, either total length or 'kingpin' length. It's curvature that's the issue, though curves usually go along with grades. In fact the worst grades are on the inside of sharp curves. I'm thinking in particular of Sonora Pass (108). I know of some city street intersections like that in the Seattle area. Many of those California roads were originally wagon tracks, and due to terrain and usage have not seen much change in route or grade. CA162 (Lone Pine) follows a dry (usually) steam bed, crisscrossing it without bridges or culverts, and minimum of cut and fill. RV posters often worry about switch backs. But as one who grew up in the mountains, a true switchback is one where a pickup has to execute a 3 point (or more) turn, the equivalent of turning around in the middle of a city street. The only paved route that I've encountered like that is in Yoho Nat Park (BC). One pair of curves is signed, telling vehicles longer than 7 meters (21 ft) to back up the middle leg.
paulj 06/15/21 10:00am Roads and Routes
RE: 16% Road incline!

High Bar road descending into the Fraser Canyon, British Columbia, has 23% grade sign at the top. https://xpedbc.com/2017/08/27/time-travel-in-the-cariboo/ Half way down I stopped for a breather. The front wheels (on my suv) were too hot to touch. The Hill to Bella Coola is only 10-11%, but longer. I've seen a pickup camper with a brake fire at the bottom. Rennell Sound road on Haida Gwaii has 24% grade at the bottom http://britishcolumbia.com/plan-your-trip/regions-and-towns/northern-bc-and-haida-gwaii/rennell-sound/ Long Canyon in Utah (near Dead Horse State Park, Moad) is a good for testing your brakes or low-range. https://www.dangerousroads.org/north-america/usa/6502-long-canyon-road-pucker-pass.html
paulj 06/14/21 04:32pm Roads and Routes
RE: Idaho Boise to Challis

The route using US93 is generally flat and straight. The alternatives get into the mountains. One is 55 to Banks, then 17 to Lowman, and 21/75 through Stanley. Most of that follows rivers, with a gentle pass between Lowman and Stanley. 55 north from Boise has reputation of fast busy traffic, with weekend vacationers heading from the lakes and maountains, especially the McCall area. 21 from Boise cuts off a corner, but with a higher pass and signficant curves.
paulj 06/07/21 01:51pm Roads and Routes
RE: Idaho/Montana Route 200

From Sandpoint to US93 (north of Missoula) 200 runs in a broad river valley. It's an easy drive. Not a lot in terms of tourist activities. One state park with camping, Thompson Falls. I'm guessing there are forest service camp grounds in the surrounding mountains.
paulj 05/24/21 07:57pm Roads and Routes
RE: Pt Townsend Coupeville Ferry Seattle Area

This is how the ride can be. The ferry skipper is amazing. That's probably the classic case of a stiff west wind against the outgoing tidal current, producing short choppy waves.
paulj 05/09/21 10:49am Roads and Routes
RE: Pt Townsend Coupeville Ferry Seattle Area

https://wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/sailing-schedules/low-tide Port Townsend is not one of the runs with a low clearance warning. Cancellations later in August (19+) are due to currents (at the Coopeville end). Strongest cross current occurs somewhat before low tide https://www.whidbeynewstimes.com/news/when-the-ferry-quits-dredging-begins-at-keystone-harbor/
paulj 05/08/21 07:54pm Roads and Routes
RE: IH-5 through Seattle options?

WSDOT has a lot of good informaton, maps, times and cameras. Google Maps also handles the area well. You can choose a future travel time; future times are a range, since exact conditions will vary. But it highlights common tight spots. I5 won't have the heavy downtown oriented traffic (unless there's a game), but Saturday thru traffic can still be heavy. 405 isn't much different. There is a freeway alterternative using 167 that bypasses the core Tacoma traffic, though it still hits a tight spot around Renton. For minimal traffic, you could take 101 north to Port Townsend, and then the ferry. That ferry is short, but reservations are strongly recommended.
paulj 05/08/21 12:13pm Roads and Routes
RE: RV trip to Squim WA

I90 all the way to the Seattle area is an obvious choice. But from there, you have several options, depending on your taste for urban freeways, streets, and ferries. Sequim is on a peninsula, so getting there requires crossing a large body of water, or going around. US101 follows a coastline all the way from Olympia. While level, it's somewhat curvy and slow, but pretty. I84, I5 skirting Portland might be better for this than I90. WA16 and 3 to 101 crosses 2 major bridges. I think Tacoma Narrows is toll-free north bound. But traffic through Tacoma can be slow (take WA18 from I90). There may also be rush hour traffic in the Bremerton/Silverdale area. I'd be inclined to take I90/405 to Lynnwood, and then WA104 to the Edmonds ferry. But that involves a ferry cost, which is much more for RVs. And depending on the time of days 405 can be slow. A north route, WA20 all the way to Port Townsend (with a ferry ride) is most scenic, and avoids all the urban freeway driving, but I think the overall time will be more. Washington DOT, WSDOT, has good travel information, times, traffic maps and cameras. They also run the ferries. In my experience Google Maps travel times and route suggestions are also good, at least for this area.
paulj 05/07/21 12:43pm Roads and Routes
RE: West Yellowstone to Grand Tetons

33/22 is Teton Pass, one of the higher and steeper ones in the area. Fine for a car, but questionable for an RV. If going `outside`, go the long way around, US26 and 89.
paulj 05/05/21 09:45am Roads and Routes
RE: Rockford Il to Rochester, Mn

That stretch of I90 is not bad. It skirts the hilly SW corner of Wisconsin, and passes close to the touristy Wisconsin Dells and Devils Lake. Also the Mississippi river crossing is scenic. There is a good grade out of the river valley on the Minnesota side. Non-interstate routes across that corner of Wisconsin (and NW Illinois) will hillier. Also the Iowa side of the river. But with hills comes views. There are couple of towns with lead mining history (Galena Il).
paulj 04/30/21 01:37pm Roads and Routes
RE: RV trip to Squim WA

In Washington state you'll get different opinions about avoiding or favoring interstates mountain passes cites ferries
paulj 04/25/21 11:31am Roads and Routes
RE: Reno NV to Coos Bay OR

395/44/89 diagonally up to Shasta is direct without major grades. It mostly stays in the 5000/4000 ft level, same as Reno. I5 across the OR board does have one modest pass. My only complaint was that I felt like I was play hop-scotch with all the trucks. OR42 is one of the lower roads across the coastal mountains, and is the most direct route from the central corridor to the south coast and Coos bay. I think all the other suggestions will be longer and involve more grades. Crater Lake is a mountain top. US97 from Weed north is relatively flat, staying at the 4000 level past Bend. From there to the Cascade passes the climb is minor (especially OR58), but grades down to near sea level are long. Another option is to cross the Sierras on I80 or CA20, and then 20 across the coast range to US101. Then its redwoods and coast all the way north.
paulj 04/09/21 12:21pm Roads and Routes
RE: Montana "hi-line"

MT200 (along with ID and ND segments of the same number) is an in between option.
paulj 03/14/21 09:12am Roads and Routes
RE: Montana "hi-line"

You can check the park web sites. US2 around the south side of Glacier will be open, but Going To The Sun through Glacier is a late opening. There's still stuff to see on the west side, along with tourist towns. East side access points are through the Blackfoot Reservation, and have been closed this year. East of the mountains, US2 is open flat and straight, with a few small towns and a scattering of rec sites (COE). Camping in western ND used to hard to find due the oil field activity, but the past year may have cooled that. There have been tons of Yellowstone questions.
paulj 03/14/21 01:13am Roads and Routes
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