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Old 02-06-2014, 07:36 AM   #1
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Portland to Phoenix, originally planning to travel to Canyonville, Corning, Bakersfield, Needles then to Phoenix. Trying to avoid LA and all that traffic. Good Sam maps has me getting on 99 at Sacramento. It looks to me that I could stay on I 5, then take 58 over to Bakersfield.. First time in that area, looking for ideas. Is all this too much just to avoid LA?
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Old 02-06-2014, 07:58 AM   #2
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personally I would avoid calif. altogether. several other options to get to Phoenix. jmo
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Old 02-06-2014, 08:07 AM   #3
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Take 58 over.
You will not want to do LA.
The road is good and you are on the high plains.
Sometimes there may be a cross wind but no problem

99 can be slower due to lots of small towns and some
parts of the road are typical California rough.

Still worth not doing LA
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Just made the trip from Portland to Tucson last month. We did I5 to Bakersfield, then to Lake Havasu, and then to Tucson. I used to run 99 and it can be a bit more traffic. I wouldn't hesitate if there's something you want to see on that route, but personally prefer I5.

Have a great trip. We sure enjoyed ours.
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Old 02-06-2014, 10:14 AM   #5
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Thanks all, I did some click and drag on my GS map and now have something I can live with.
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We did SF Bay Area to Phoenix last year and went via Bakersfield also. Bakersfield RV Resort is a great stop. Nice park with great pull thrus, you don't need to unhook toad. Have a bar and grill onsite. We liked being able to park and grab lunch and relax a bit. Nice grass at the sites and freshly baked cookies every afternoon at the office. Nice folks. Amenities

We went via Disneyland, of all things, in our 40 ft. At first my husband was not happy about LA freeways, but to be honest it just takes patience and watching the GPS to see what's ahead. We did fine. But coming back from Phoenix we went up to Flagstaff using 17, up to 40 and then over to see the Grand Canyon in Williams and drove to Vegas before heading back thru Bakersfield. We liked that route and it avoids the LA freeways. All of the return was easy to handle. Have a great trip.
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Portland to Phoenix, originally planning to travel to Canyonville, Corning, Bakersfield, Needles then to Phoenix. Trying to avoid LA and all that traffic. Good Sam maps has me getting on 99 at Sacramento. It looks to me that I could stay on I 5, then take 58 over to Bakersfield.. First time in that area, looking for ideas. Is all this too much just to avoid LA?
Thanks, Don
Both 99 and I-5 to 58 are OK highways. 99 might be a bit slower. Weather permitting we often take Hwy 89 out of northern CA to Susanville, 395 to Reno, and 95 to Las Vegas and 93 to Phoenix. Mostly two lane highways but good road surface.
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A big thanks to all, WE are back in Oregon and will be home today. Returned from Phoenix through Palm Springs area and came across the north side of LA.. No big deal at mid-day. I already miss wearing shorts and sandals everyday.
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