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Old 07-12-2017, 02:49 PM   #1
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Hello, Anyone one how flat I-40 is going in and out of Albuquerque?? I'm trying to avoid any grades higher than 2 or 3% ......tx
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There's a pretty decent climb to Cedar Crest and then a downhill into town.

Why the concern? Trucks and RV's travel that route safely all the time.
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There's a pretty decent climb to Cedar Crest and then a downhill into town.

Why the concern? Trucks and RV's travel that route safely all the time.
correct. we run into and out of ALBQ twice a year and while we're not pulling the grade at 60-mph we do climb it without issue. if you can't or won't climb more than 2-3% grade you might as well move to florida. why the concern?
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I live in Albuquerque and travel I 40 often. Tijeras Canyon, just east of town is probably the steepest grade you'll encounter all the way to Amarillo. A few shorter ones but like others have said, you shouldn't encounter anything worth worrying about. You could jump onto Rt 66 in Edgewood and take the 2 lane road at a much slower pace down the canyon.
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Guys my wife is terrified of steep grades. If i cannot avoid them she's not going!
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Guys my wife is terrified of steep grades. If i cannot avoid them she's not going!
I would not consider the grades on I40 steep. I travel with someone who is not a fan of mountain driving and has no problem going through/out of Albuquerque from either direction.
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Guys my wife is terrified of steep grades. If i cannot avoid them she's not going!
sorry to hear that but the grade into/out of ALBQ is not like driving in the rockies. if she is adamant about this then you're out of luck. we do it twice a year in our class A + toad.
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We traveled across I-40 this spring after driving through Colorado. I-40 is just some rolling hills by comparison. Nothing that would be considered steep. Not even enough to warrant mention in the Mountain directory.
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What about driving in the dark, while she sleeps ????
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You are going to miss out on lots of really cool places if you can't exceed 2-3% grades. :(
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I ran that route twice a week for 15 years, Like someone said if she cant handle that you had better go to Florida and stay there.
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Guys my wife is terrified of steep grades. If i cannot avoid them she's not going!
Have her speak to her MD about Klonopin or maybe another anxiety medicine. She doesn't have to live with being so terrified.
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Just did the route today. Sign says 4% grade. Other than some curves, it is NOT a bad descent.
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