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Old 09-12-2012, 10:07 PM   #1
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Avoiding Sacramento

Enroute south this fall (early Nov) via I-5 plan on heading to the Reno area but want to avoid Sacramento. Driving a 40`DP + tow. Was looking at leaving I-5 at Williams (exit 578) and driving CA 20 and joining I-80 near Emigrant Gap.
Recommendations/suggestions to folks familiar/driving this area regularly are requested.

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Old 09-12-2012, 10:16 PM   #2
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Personal opinion is that it's not worth the grief (20 to I-80). The Sacramento freeways and the "Reno Cutoff" will take you either through or around Sac with no problem and under normal circumstances, no delay, no matter what size your rig or what you are towing.

Of course, if you want to take the real scenic route , and don't mind adding a couple of hours to your trip (sometimes on two way roads), then by all means take that route.

If you go down 5 to 80 you'll essentually bypass Sac., you'll save a couple of hours and suffer far less driving stress than taking the route you outlined.

If your goal is to take it easy, see more of California, etc. then 20 to 80 is the route for you

Hope this helps
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Old 09-12-2012, 10:37 PM   #3
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Thanks Firecapt.
What about CA 20 to Marysville then CA 65 to I-80 near Citrus Hts ?
I see what you mean re staying on I-5 as I-80 exit is in North Sac.
Thanks for your insite.
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Old 09-12-2012, 10:46 PM   #4
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I wouldn't detour from 5 to 80 unless you want to slow it down and see some of CA that maybe you haven't seen before (nothing wrong with this, just so you are aware of the delay)

Believe me, 5 to 80 is the fastest least stress and easiest route to Reno from wherever you are coming from on 5. We have a 32' 5er and if it were me, that is the route I'd take, and I'm very familiar with all of the options you have outlined
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The 20 route thru Marysville takes you thru Yuba City then downtown Marysville. If you do that, stay in the second from right lane when approaching the turn off 20 east to 65 south thru Marysville; the far right lane is a pretty dog gone tight right turn. IMHO the 80 stretch thru Sacto is no worse than the other routes you are contemplating.

If I was looking for a great scenic route as opposed to a somewhat dry I-5 view & city traffic, I'd take the 36/99 east split at Red Bluff thru Chico, take the cutoff to Oroville just south of Chico (don't remember the hwy#), then left at Hwy 70 and up Feather River Canyon. Waaaaaay scenic. Right at Hwy 395 south into Reno. the F.R. Canyon is a fabulous drive. Done it a coupla times in the coach.
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Thanks everyone. Trying to make time vs sightseeing. Looks like 5 and 80.
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Old 09-13-2012, 12:22 AM   #7
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Sacramento is a breeze to drive through. I've driven through many times with different configurations up to 65Ft. Plan on driving through during non busy times ie. 9:30 Am to no later than 2:30PM or after 6:30Pm. Drive in the center lane that says "Trucks are OK" This helps you avoid merging traffic and sucker lanes that will exit 2 at a time. Another tip is to watch what the truckers are doing. If all of a sudden a few trucks start changing lanes for no apparent reason think to yourself there must be an apparent reason. I've followed their lead in several cities and have ended up better off. I haven't ended up at the loading docks yet. While we are on the subject it's worth watching the majority of trucks when you come to a bypass around a city. Most bypasses where built years ago and now the cities have caught up to them and are just as congested as the straight through route. Seattle and Portland both are a waste of time using the bypass. Just bull your way through with the rest of the truckers that don't bother with the bypasses.
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The roads around Sacto are not too bad, they were specifically built so our legislators could make their hasty getaways on weekends and holidays.

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I lived near Sac for 25 years and also vote for the I5 to I80 route. The past few years they have been rebuilding that stretch of 80 and it's actually not too bad now.

Hwy 65 from Marysville to Roseville is undivided two lane in most places and can be a "blood alley" with head on collisions.

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Flyboy57, You didn't say where you are coming from but if from way north you can take 89 in Northern CA to 395 and down to Reno. According to my mapping program this cuts off well over 100 miles on that trip from Medford. In November you would want to watch the weather.
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Old 09-13-2012, 02:41 PM   #11
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Thanks everyone. Our first choice will be 89,44 to 395 as we have never been in that area before. It will be weather dependant of course. Fall back will be 5 and 80.
Once again thank you.

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Flyboy57, You didn't say where you are coming from but if from way north you can take 89 in Northern CA to 395 and down to Reno. According to my mapping program this cuts off well over 100 miles on that trip from Medford. In November you would want to watch the weather.
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We go on 395 every year we travel to No. Cal. it really saves miles and is very pleassent to drive, takes you out in Sparks on I-80
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NO!!! Do NOT go on 20!! Just hit Sacramento on a week end or mid day and it's fine.... Avoid the 5 to 80 interchange between 3:30 and 6:00 and it won't be a problem.
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We travel through Sac all the time and never had a bad experience. Well, except for a few weeks ago when we were following a 1 ton PU towing a 25' Boston Whaler. All of a sudden without warning, he hits his brakes along with others in the lanes next to him. Thank goodness for air brakes and not following too close. As traffic came to a complete stop ahead, we see a Dashhound ,Dachshound Oh heck, Weener dog running back and forth across the freeway. Miracle it didn't get hit and someone stopped in the far left lane and scooped it up. How it got on the freeway is still a mystery. All went well.
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