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Old 03-15-2015, 10:15 AM   #15
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I will typically try and avoid that area by going through Lucern Valley, Yucca and then dropping down into Morongo. It is a loop but will for the most part keep you out of the winds. Banning is like a venturi with mountains both sides of the Interstate 10. The other option may be the 40.


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Old 03-15-2015, 11:01 AM   #16
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All of the wind concerns in this area are quite valid. I have been sandblasted, overheated, and nearly blown completely off of the road. I have seen several high-profile vehicles blown off the road and tipped over at the junction of I-10 and Hwy. 62. This is part of the the standard route for military convoys between Camp Pendleton and 29 Palms. When the winds are up, in either direction, slow and steady (with a large dose of caution) wins the race.

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Old 03-15-2015, 01:14 PM   #17
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Curious. The last several times I've driven through there (four to six times a year for the past two or three years), there hasn't been enough wind to write home about, let alone even run the windmills. I used to hate making a pit stop at Whitewater because of the wind but that hasn't been an issue in quite some time.
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We went thru there on Thursday and then on Sunday morning and there was just a slight breeze...I travel that way a lot and it can be pretty bad. Heading East usually results in a nice tail wind!
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Could be. I remember years ago when I made that drive far more often than I do now, most of the time, the wind was pretty ferocious. I stayed well away from the big rigs and RVs because the wind was batting them around like a cat with a toy. I once saw an SUV in my rear view mirror get blown from the right lane into the left guard rail.
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The Highway patrol always has wind/road conditions for the Pass and lower deserts. I've drove that route many times over the last 30 + years while playing in the So Cal deserts. My one rule/advice is " never drive any faster than you feel like crashing at ". Sounds kinda funny but it's not. Only when the sand is blowing do I not drive in the wind. Get in the slow lane and slow down , have both hands on the wheel at all times, if possible get behind a 18 wheeler even in a strong crosswind helps. But each person needs to know their own capability.

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