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ezgoin

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Posted: 01/14/20 09:48am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi everyone,

We’re taking I-25 north to Orin, then East on hwy 18 thru Lusk and Edgemont.
Then onto 89 and 385 north thru Hill City.

I would appreciate any info those highway conditions. Google maps looks pretty good, but some personal info always helps.

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Posted: 01/14/20 10:12am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Compared to the mountains, it is easy.

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Where are you starting in Colorado? I-25 from Colorado Springs through Denver all the way up to Ft Collins can get dicey only because of the sheer amount of traffic, even in the middle of the day in some parts. The other concern once you get north of Ft Collins is the wind, but that's something you just have to hope for the best on.


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Posted: 01/14/20 10:32am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We are actually starting from Arizona, stopping in Colorado Springs before heading farther north. Planning on the trip for early fall. I guess I should have made my route more understandable. Not looking forward to the drive through Denver either.

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I25 from Monument to Castle Rock is a mess as they are widening about 18 miles all at the same time. Won't be finished 'till 2022. I'd avoid it if at all possible. From Colorado Springs I'd suggest US24 to Limon and then north or to Burlington and then north on US385 which goes all the way to the Black Hills area. I've traveled US385 and it is a good road.

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I use Wyoming DOT website
WYO ROAD
and downloaded their mobile app to keep an eye on the roads.

I travel to Custer and Rapid City fairly regularly.


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We just made this trip this fall. The shortest route is 24 to Limon, then 70 to Brush and I 76 to Sterling. Sterling to Sidney, NE and pick up 385 into SD. Much of 385 is divided highway and a good road. 385 goes into Hot Springs and into the Black Hills. Highway 79 at Hot Springs goes north into Rapid City depending on where you are staying.


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A few years ago did somewhat the same route. I would highly recommend spending a couple nights at Fort Robinson State park. http://outdoornebraska.gov/fortrobinson/

Their rv park is great if you are into history this is a place you will want to stop at.


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ezgoin wrote:

Hi everyone,

We’re taking I-25 north to Orin, then East on hwy 18 thru Lusk and Edgemont.
Then onto 89 and 385 north thru Hill City.

I would appreciate any info those highway conditions. Google maps looks pretty good, but some personal info always helps.

Thanks to all,
Bill


Specific to the above....lonely. I'm in northern CO, have done that drive more than a few times. Some tips:

Fuel up in Cheyenne. Gas/Diesel will be cheaper than in Colorado. and there's no fuel north of Cheyenne for quite a while. Used to be a place in Chugwater but no more. Next fuel is in Wheatland, some 70 miles north of Cheyenne. There's also a truck stop or 2 at Orin Junction.

From Orin Jct to Lusk, there are some little "towns" (place names) but very little there, until you get to Lusk. If you need it, fuel up in Lusk. There's absolutely nothing north of Lusk on US 85 other than wide open Wyoming and it's big ranches. There's no cell service in that area, as is the case in a goodly sized portion of Wyoming.

There's a rest area at Mule Creek Junction, where US 18 splits from US 85 but nothing else. Good place to stop and stretch a bit.

There a goodly climb in elevation heading east from Mule Creek til you get to the SD/WY line. There's fuel in Edgemont. Nice drive once you reach where it flattens out (a relative term for the Black Hills area). Watch for the SD89 turn off, it always seems to sneak up on me [emoticon] Rolling terrain, some curves but a good drive all the way in to where you meet up with US 385 at Pringle, and on in the Custer. Hill City is an easy drive up from Custer.

Early fall time frame should be a good time for this, but just be aware that it can still get a bit warm...or a bit cold. Did the drive from Lusk to Mule Jct one time when it was 105+ degrees all the way, then cooled to the 80s in Edgemont.

ETA: As an alternative, you could take US 85/exit 17 on I-25 in Cheyenne northeast to Torrington, then west on US 26 to Fort Laramie, which is, in my opinion, an underrated attraction and historical site, worth spending some time there learning about the history of that part of Wyoming. Double back to Lingle and pick up US 85 north to Lusk. I've enjoyed that part of the drive more than the part from Orin Jct to Lusk.

Whichever way you go, have a great trip!


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You can drive out in the Plains by Sterling and go through Nebraska if you want, but staying in Wyoming is much more interesting.

Driving thru Denver takes some time. Be there when it is not rush hour.

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