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RE: portland to reno advice

Especially in the summer you have lots of choices, all with scenic stretches. For example a southern route down I5 to California and then diagonally across on 89 maximizes your views a green part of Oregon, plus Shasta and Lassen. You could stick with 89 all the way to Truckee and I80. East on 70 at Graeagle (where Renoites go to golf) is faster, but gets into the high desert quickly (and US395 isn't particularly scenic in this area). Alternatively you could cross the Oregon mountains on one of several different passes (or via the scenic Gorge) to US97, then OR31 diagonally to US395. This has a different kind of scenery, and will be hotter in the summer. One trip I took forest service roads through the Lava Beds forest east of Shasta. On my first trip to Reno, I drove down US101 (coastal route) with Redwoods sightseeing, and then CA20 across to the Central Valley and into the Sierras - with some detours into the historic gold mining areas. On the return I started south, Virginia City, Carson City and Lake Tahoe. Then 89 to Lassen (had to turn back because of snow), and across I5 to CA3 (Trinity Lake). I5 over the stateline, and east from Ashland to US97.
paulj 02/24/21 10:45am Roads and Routes
RE: West Glacier to Moab in 4 days?

Some years ago I did roughly the same in 2 1/2 days, from Alberta to Moab. I'd visited Yellowstone the year before, so didn't need to do any sightseeing. This was in 55 mph speed limit days. It was down I15 to Butte, and another night in Provo, then the diagonal through Price to I70 and down to Moab, gettng to Dead Horse State Park midday.
paulj 02/09/21 10:32am Roads and Routes
RE: Port Townsend Ferry to Coupeville in WA

About once a month there's a week where tides are quite asymetric, with one low tide much lower than the other. That -1.6 ft is typical of the summer, with the lows dropping during the previous week and shifting toward noon and beyond. Tide Cancellations on the Port Townsend/Coupeville Route The Port Townsend/Coupeville route is subject to scheduled cancellations or adjustments to sailing times due to tidal currents. Visit the Port Townsend/Coupeville Tidal Cancellations page to view all cancelled and adjusted sailings for the current or upcoming schedules. I thought the problem on this run was the shallow depth at Coupeville, but this talks about the currents. Trying to match cancelation times with tide tables suggests that they cancel runs about a hour before the lower low tide, and not just on negative days. So the ebb current past Admiralty Head must be strongest on these days where there's a big swing. If I read https://wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/sailing-schedules/low-tide right, ramp angles aren't a big concern for this route. Cancellation tables don't extend to August yet, but I'd guess that one or more of the late morning runs on 8/8 to Coupeville will be cancelled due to currents. I found current predictions as well as tides. On 8/8, the lowest tide of -1.6 is at 11 am, but the strongest ebb current is 4.7kt at 8 am.
paulj 02/06/21 01:34pm Roads and Routes
RE: Seattle Area I-5 South to Carnation

WSDOT was fixing some washout damage on 203 north of Carnation this winter, but I think that work is done. 203 south from Monroe starts relatively straight and flat. Novelty to Stillwater it skirts a hill side, but doesn't have significant curves or grades. All the routes directy from the west have to drop down to the river level, with names like Novelty Hill Rd and Tolt Hill Rd. 520 to Redmond and 202 to Fall City avoids those hills, but is a long way around. Google Maps with Terrain mode highlights these details.
paulj 02/05/21 10:16pm Roads and Routes
RE: Salina, Utah to Arington, Washington

WSDOT has a lot of information and cameras. Check them for pass conditions and traffic. If pass conditions allow, I82/90 is the most direct way over the Cascades. And if you get over by early afternoon, I405/I5 will take you north to Arlington without too much hassle. The usual commuter rush hour patterns apply, but up to the moment details are available. Google Maps seems to have good traffic data and time estimates. I've done the Fall City etc route, but even in a car it's more of slow country drive. WA9 north of US2 will have the same north bound rush hour problems as I5 (the commuters are just as good at seeking alternatives). That's assuming you are traveling now, as opposed to your usual summer invasion time. Then US2 or even WA20 is an option. Currently its rainy and warm in Seattle, with the mountains keeping the Canadian cold well to the east.
paulj 02/01/21 04:03pm Roads and Routes
RE: Best route from Grand Tetons to West Yellowstone?

The only real alternative to going north through the parks, is to exit south past Jackson, go into Idaho, and up 20 to W Yellowstone, and then in. That's much longer. Don't take Teton Pass into Idaho. I believe the park web site(s) should describe the different roads.
paulj 01/31/21 01:27am Roads and Routes
RE: Bryce to Cortez, Co area

I don't know about "best" but some years ago I drove Cortez to Bryce by a scenic route. This was in cute-ute, not a big RV, but it should be doable by any vehicle. From Cortez I took at county road west (turn off near the airport), which went right past at least one Monument trailhead. That took us to 162, Aneth, UT. We could have detoured to Hovenweep (but saw that some years before). Then to Mexican Hat and up Moki Dugway. 191 and 95 would be a more RV friendly route. Then 276 to Halls Crossing. We missed the last ferry, so camped on the south side and crossed in the morning. I'd been planning on taking a BLM route across to Boulder, but recent storms had closed a river crossing, so we looped north to Hanksville and Capitol Reef. US95 with a high bridge across the Colorado would have been shorter. Then UT12 to Escalante (camp) and on to Bryce. 12 is curvy but doable by RV. It gets lots of RV discussion. Overall it was about 40 miles longer than the alternatives that Google Maps suggests. But it gave a nice overview of southern Utah.
paulj 01/15/21 12:29pm Roads and Routes
RE: Rainbow Oregon to Oakridge OR on a “black" road ??

The is NF-19, a paved forest service road. I've driven it in early June in a crossover. By that point in your trip you'll probably tried other shorter "black roads" in the Oregon mountains. https://www.tripcheck.com/Pages/Scenic-Byways-West-Cascades
paulj 01/08/21 10:30am Roads and Routes
RE: Hungry Horse, MT to Theodore Roosevelt NP, ND

US2 is closer to the North Unit, I94 passes through the south unit. US2 in western ND used to be notorious for oil field traffic, but with the downturn in oil prices and the pandemic that may be different. Google Maps is suggesting a middle route MT200 (from Great Falls). Some years ago I drove the reverse route. When I entered MT on 94 I debated taking 200 across, but with limited information on camping or motels along 200, I chose to stay on 94 to Miles City, and the next day took a diagonal route from Billings to Browning. 15/94 between Helena, Butte and Billings is somewhat mountainous (with broad passes), while 2/200 are quite flat and featureless - and fewer towns and services. But decent roads (and speeds) all around.
paulj 01/02/21 08:08pm Roads and Routes
RE: Arizona Hwy 89 ALT info please

For the most part 89A skirts the Cliffs, and relatively flat (slow slope to Marble Canyon) and straight. The only curvy part is from Jacob Lake to House Rock Rd turnoff (which passes along the west side of the mesa to 89.
paulj 01/02/21 03:11pm Roads and Routes
RE: Arizona Hwy 89 ALT info please

Google maps has most of the information that you need about drop offs, guard rails, shoulders etc. Start by looking the route in terrain mode. This will show where the road crosses flat open spaces, when it's in ravines and where it is winding down or up a cliff. Then there's sat view where you can judge shoulder widths. And finally streetview where you can count guardrail posts. I can't find the drop offs that the directory warns about. On the descent to the east after the Grand Canyon park turn off there are sweeping curves with long views out toward, but no sharp drop offs. Not much of a shoulder; the road surface looks like it's been around for some time. There are some guard rails. At the Colorado Rive crossing, Marble Canyon, there are 2 bridges, an new wide one, and a narrow pedestrian only one - the original. US89 through Page has wider shoulders, and may be preferable if you have a big rig, and don't need to see the North Rim. Speaking of drop offs, US89 has a major rim climb just after the 89A split (east of the river). Several years ago that was closed by a major rock slide. We followed that closure, the detours and repairs on this forum. US89A closer to Sedona is less-rv friendly, with tighter curves and drop offs. Again that's quite evident on the maps.
paulj 01/02/21 10:22am Roads and Routes
RE: Towing in the mountains: the routes near big bear lake

Looking at Google Sat view, both 18 and 330 are mostly 4 lane on this climbs, while 18 Rim of the World between 138 junction and Running Springs is 2 lane - but without major grades or tight turns.
paulj 12/09/20 11:42am Roads and Routes
RE: I 75 Bridge over Ohio river CLOSED

Looking on the map I see a pedestrian bridge. Is that a former railway bridge?
paulj 11/13/20 09:49am Roads and Routes
RE: CA168

The Google Streetview images are from 2008.
paulj 11/03/20 11:36am Roads and Routes
RE: A traffic mess in Moab

... if 191 is screwed up you can take 128 and follow the Colorado river in to moab. it is a little longer with curves as it follows the river but it is awesome scenery While the backups may extend north of the Arches turnoff on 191, the actual construction is south of the bridge (where 128 turns off). It's the 2 lane stretch between the bridge and town that they are widening.
paulj 10/30/20 12:14pm Roads and Routes
RE: A traffic mess in Moab

UDOT project page UDOT has a project description. They are expanding 191 from Motel 6 north to the bridge to have 5 lanes plus shoulders. They are also doing storm drain work. Traffic volumes are above normal and congestion is anticipated particularly in the southbound lanes North of the Colorado River Bridge this week with an influx of tourists. Traffic models shows congestion typically picks up around meal times, and hotel check-in check-out times. It is particularly heavy at dusk. Avoid travel southbound into Moab between 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Northbound travel out of Moab typically peaks between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. While there are still single lanes running in each direction as previous to construction, left turns will be limited and disruptive to traffic flow during peak times. UDOT has some web cams from Arches south through town. http://udottraffic.utah.gov/1_devices/aux17403.jpeg
paulj 10/30/20 09:47am Roads and Routes
RE: A traffic mess in Moab

I've been to Moab twice. In 88 we drove in on 191, and after a brief stop at the visitor center visited Arches. We used BLM campgrounds on the river. Even when going up to Island In The Sky I bypassed most of 191, using Shafer Trail and Long Canyon. In the mid 2000s I skipped 191 north of the river entirely, going directly to Dead Horse Pt for camping, and down Long Canyon (under the newish bolder). After a brief stop in town for lunch and groceries, I took 128 to Castle Valley and looped around town via the La Sal Mtns. Admittedly both trips were in small campers (by RV.NET standards) - a 4x4 pickup with popup camper shell, and a CuteUte (with RT4WD). When complaining about how ugly the town is, keep in mind that there have only been two businesses there - mining and tourists. Most of the roads/tracks originated with uranium prospectors, and pretty potash ponds are only remaining industry. And tourists come to sightsee and play outside of town.
paulj 10/24/20 10:35am Roads and Routes
RE: Elko Nevada to Cedar City Utah-Help!

From Panaca NV 319 climbs gradually to the Panaca summit, (2000ft climb in 12 miles). A bit of winding road through the juniper highlands, but no major curves or grades. Then downhill and straight to CC. Basic western 2 lane highway.
paulj 09/26/20 05:51pm Roads and Routes
RE: Mt Rainier - east side

wsdot 410/123 web page park road page The park page lists a tunnel height for 123 (and Stevens Canyon). The tunnel on 123 is 2.7 miles south of the 410 junction (form Google Maps) I don't recall any tunnels on 410, or if there are any they aren't very noticeable (in a car).
paulj 08/08/20 10:25pm Roads and Routes
RE: Hwy 95 though Idaho November

Slide is up by Riggins, ID. OP plans on going south from I-84 the way I understand it. Slide is north of I-84 like 100 miles. You may know more about the OP than is obvious from the post, but I don't see any mention of I84 or first passing through Oregon. So I assumed they were thinking picking up 95 further north, such as Spokane or Lewiston. US95 south of I84 remains of Idaho for only 60 miles (out of a total of 500). I was going to say that's pretty flat, but I see from the map it has a 1000 ft climb over a ridge. When I drove to Jordan Valley some years ago I went through Succor Creek, bypassing that part of US95. In terms of road conditions, weather related or grades, it's the central part of US95 that should be of most concern. The main grades pass in and out of the Snake and Salmon River valleys. One spring when I vacationed in the Idaho mountains, the main state park at McCall didn't open until after Memorial Day due to lingering snow. That's somewhat higher than US95 at NewMeadows. Later we encountered snow flurries at Lost Trail pass on US93.
paulj 08/03/20 08:38pm Roads and Routes
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