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Old 07-03-2015, 01:28 PM   #1
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Reno to Eureka

Does anyone have any advice about the best way to get from Reno, NV to Eureka, CA? Up to Redding and across CA 299? Or I80 to I5 to CA 20? Or some other route? We have a 40 footer and are towing.

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Old 07-03-2015, 02:38 PM   #2
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Gail--299 is doable but not much fun--long, really winding, 2-lane road. Our friends from Fresno would rather go thru Grants Pass and down but 199 is no picnic either--IMHO. Our experience with 101 north of Willits was pretty good but dont know about 20 over from the 5....wonder what the NOWAC folks will think?
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Old 07-03-2015, 03:47 PM   #3
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Hi Gail, Option 1:I80 to ca20 to US101. Almost all 2 lane but I have taken 45's-towing, on it between I80 and Clear Lake. Need to be alert, use engine brake, but nothing too crazy. I've not done Clear Lake to 101 but lots of boaters do.
Option 2: I80 to CA12 to 101. Longer, but less time on 2 lanes (probably my choice).
Option 3 (sort-a) see if you can track down Holly Muenzer and see how she and Rick went East out of Crescent City. She might be able to fill you in on any "Oregon" options.
Have a safe trip. See you in Indio?
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Old 07-03-2015, 03:54 PM   #4
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Hello Gail, Old Scout is right, I have been across 299 a couple of times and it is slow and winding, as well as 199. If you have the time, take I-80 to Vallejo and cut across on 37 to the 101. I like 101 to Eureka, it is a much nicer drive and easier than cutting across from the 5 to the 101.


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Gale, Dave's suggestion is probably the easiest of all to drive. Just be sure to do it after 10am or before 2pm if on a work day. The rush hour traffic there, is some of the worst in the BAY Area.
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Old 07-03-2015, 05:26 PM   #6
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Thanks all! John doesn't want to go south as far as the 37 or the 12, so I think we'll try I80 to 20 to 101...your first option, Matt. When I mapped it, it was about an hour and a quarter less driving time, even with the slower speeds. We'll just get an early start so John feels like it's a shorter day. ;-)
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Gail & John. That is the most scenic of the choices. Take it slow and enjoy.
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Old 07-03-2015, 08:46 PM   #8
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After you get to Eureka, visit the Blue Ox Museum. You will not believe the collection of human powered tools and what the owner has done with them. There are a couple of Victorian mansions worth the visit and a meal on the island where there was an old logging camp is worth the trip. Also the WW2 gun emplacements. If you are a Moose member, they have a park with electricity, water and an onsite dump.


Ferndale has a beautiful downtown of all Victorian buildings.
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Gail and John,


We just did your planned route in May from Carson City/Reno to Eureka and beyond; via I-80, to join I-5 at Sacramento, Williams, CA-20, Clearlake, to US-101 and it's absolutely a piece of cake. We have done this trip many times during the past 30 plus years, and it is definitely much easier driving, and faster, to just stay on I-80 all the way to Sacramento to join I-5. Yes, you can cut off at Newcastle or Rocklin and make your way over to Marysville and Yuba City, but it's two lane through towns and winds all over the place.


This trip we stayed at Robinson Rancheria Resort & Casino at Clear Lake and dry camped in their lot. Very nice people, it was wide open and level where we parked. The best of all is they have their own gas station across the road. It's almost as large as a truck stop, easy maneuvering, and Diesel #2 was selling for a mere $2.82; definitely a bargain in CA.


We actually did a bit of a detour on the route and continued on US-101/CA-20 to Willits, and over to Fort Bragg/Mendocino where we stayed for about ten days. Great camping at Pomo Campground, Fort Bragg. Should you, or anyone else contemplate that trip, I would strongly recommend if you plan to continue north on US-101; backtrack to Willits. We hadn't done CA-1 north to Rockport, Hales, Grove, Leggett and 101 north in many years and apparently had forgotten how exciting that segment can be. The road is extremely narrow, steep grades, and winding with 180 degree switchbacks that in places the shoulder white line was sprayed on the dirt -- you don't want to go there with an Alpine towing.
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Well, we did the I80 to CA20 to US101... to go all the way from Reno to Eureka that way in one day was just plain dumb!! Pretty drive, but so much windy road, I thought John was going to string me up! If we ever do this again, we'll make it a 2 day trip and probably do as some suggested and go I80 to 37 to 101 or at least I80 to I5 to CA 20.

We'll rest here for a bit and then begin our journey north...sure hope Rt1 from here isn't as exciting as Dick said it is north of Fort Bragg!!!

And thanks to the Wrights for the tips on things to do/see here in and around Eureka!
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Gail and John,
I didn't notice if you were planning to cut across from Eureka through Redding on 299 East, if so, keep in mind that there are several road construction sites with delays. The worst is on Buckhorn Summit west of Weaverville. This is the big one that has delays of up to 30 minutes or so and starts at 3 am till 3:30 pm. Good luck and safe travels.
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Gail and John,
I didn't notice if you were planning to cut across from Eureka through Redding on 299 East, if so, keep in mind that there are several road construction sites with delays. The worst is on Buckhorn Summit west of Weaverville. This is the big one that has delays of up to 30 minutes or so and starts at 3 am till 3:30 pm. Good luck and safe travels.
Steve, that had been my original plan, but happily we did not go that way. We are now in Astoria, OR, where it is around mid-60s...only about 50 degrees cooler than what we left behind in Vegas!

Tomorrow, we head to our ultimate destination in Sequim, where we'll stay for 5 nights before visiting with Mike & Cindy Kelley and then heading home. Can't get the old dude to stay out much longer than 2 1/2 weeks anymore. We were gone 2 months last summer...the only time I've ever gotten him to stay out so long...and I think I'm lucky we are still married!

Our Mindy sure has been having a wonderful time playing at the beaches along the way, so I'm really glad we wandered up the coast!

Hope you all are having a wonderful summer of traveling!
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