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Old 06-06-2016, 03:57 PM   #1
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Avoiding switchbacks and steep grades to Oregon

Hi. We've been trying to full time, to get to Oregon since 2007 when we took one 6 month trip to Colorado with the kids then went home. Finally got the kids grown and out of the bunkhouse, living in the home...looking for the best route through Colorado to Oregon. We are in Branson, Missouri where we have been parked for 18 months in a mobile home park right off 65 and Country Music Blvd/76 if anyone is interested. I can get us to Denver without issue but after that I don't know the best route but with a 37 foot 5er we aren't anxious to tackle switchbacks and steep grades. Specific advice? Thanks.
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You have two mountain ranges to cross. Do, or do not.

In the meantime, consider going north from Denver in to Wyoming, where the passes will not be as long. From there, you just have to cross another mountain range to get to the West Coast, period.

Get your rig checked out so that mechanically you are in top shape before you leave Denver. Start out at the top of the descent very slowly. You can always shift up easier than you can shift down if you find you're simply going To Darned Slow and the engine is more slowing you down than keeping the speed constant. Take your time, don't be nervous, and remember that plenty of folks have gone down those long hills with no trouble at all, as long as they took it easy and did what was needed to stay off the brakes as much as possible.

But you're gonna have to do mountain grades, one way or the other.
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Ya, unless your into the thrill of looking at Beetle kill forests, take I-25 out of Denver up to I-80 in Cheyenne and point west. you'll still have to cross the Rockies, but not as steep as I-70.
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Time Mile Instruction For Toward
Summary: 2012.1 miles (3 days, 4 hours, 32 minutes)

DAY 1
9:00 AM 0.0 Depart Branson on S 2nd St (North) 87 yds
9:00 AM 0.1 Turn RIGHT (East) onto W College St, then immediately turn LEFT (North) onto US-65 Branch [MO-76] 0.6 mi
9:02 AM 0.6 At roundabout, take the THIRD exit onto US-65 Branch [Branson Landing Blvd] 0.5 mi
9:02 AM 1.1 Take Ramp (RIGHT) onto US-65 41.4 mi US-65 N / Springfield
9:39 AM 42.5 Keep RIGHT onto Ramp 0.2 mi I-44 / Airport / Joplin / St Louis
9:39 AM 42.8 Take Ramp (LEFT) onto I-44 4.8 mi I-44 W / Joplin / Airport
9:44 AM 47.5 At exit 77, turn off onto Ramp 0.1 mi MO-13 / Kansas Expwy / Bolivar
9:44 AM 47.7 Keep STRAIGHT to stay on Ramp 65 yds MO-13 N / Bolivar
9:44 AM 47.7 Bear RIGHT (North) onto MO-13 [N MO-13 E] 86.7 mi
10:58 AM 134.4 Keep STRAIGHT onto MO-7 36.8 mi
11:30 AM 171.2 Take Ramp (RIGHT) onto US-71 [MO-7] 26.4 mi US-71 N / MO-7 / Kansas City
11:53 AM 197.6 Take Ramp (RIGHT) onto I-435 37.3 mi I-435 N / Des Moines
12:24 PM 235.0 Merge onto I-29 [I-435] 119.9 mi
1:57 PM 345.1 Entering Iowa
2:05 PM 354.9 At exit 10, turn RIGHT onto Ramp 0.3 mi IA-2 / Nebr City / Sidney
2:06 PM 355.2 Road name changes to Local road(s) 10 yds
2:06 PM 355.2 Turn LEFT (West) onto IA-2 3.2 mi
2:09 PM 358.4 Entering Nebraska
2:09 PM 358.4 Road name changes to NE-2 [Sterling Morton Beltway] 2.0 mi
2:11 PM 360.5 Keep STRAIGHT onto US-75 [NE-2] 2.0 mi
2:13 PM 362.5 Road name changes to NE-2 46.0 mi
2:54 PM 408.5 Turn LEFT (West) onto NE-2 [Van Dorn St] 1.2 mi
2:55 PM 409.7 Take Ramp (RIGHT) onto US-77 [Homestead Expy] 2.2 mi US-77 N / I-80
2:58 PM 411.9 Keep RIGHT onto Ramp 0.2 mi US-6 / West O St / Lincoln
2:58 PM 412.1 Keep STRAIGHT onto Local road(s) 10 yds
2:58 PM 412.1 Turn LEFT (West) onto US-6 [W O St] 0.4 mi
2:58 PM 412.5 Take Ramp (RIGHT) onto I-80 143.3 mi I-80 W
5:00 PM 555.8 End of day

DAY 2
Check your departure time; the next stop is in a different time zone.
9:00 AM 555.8 Stay on I-80 568.9 mi
12:33 PM 808.9 Entering Wyoming
Check local time; this stop is in a different time zone.
5:00 PM 1124.7 End of day

DAY 3
Check your departure time; the next stop is in a different time zone.
9:00 AM 1124.7 Stay on I-80 [US-30] 115.7 mi
10:12 AM 1211.1 Entering Utah
10:37 AM 1240.4 At exit 168, take Ramp (RIGHT) onto I-84 38.5 mi I-84 W / Ogden
11:10 AM 1278.9 Take Ramp onto I-15 [I-84] 39.2 mi
11:43 AM 1318.1 Keep LEFT onto I-84 95.3 mi I-84 W / Boise
12:18 PM 1360.2 Entering Idaho
1:03 PM 1413.4 At exit 222, take Ramp (RIGHT) onto I-84 [US-30] 280.1 mi I-84 W / US-30 W / Twin Falls
4:11 PM 1635.9 Entering Oregon
Check local time; this stop is in a different time zone.
5:00 PM 1693.5 End of day

DAY 4
9:00 AM 1693.5 Stay on I-84 [US-30] 317.0 mi
1:29 PM 2010.5 Turn LEFT onto Ramp 0.3 mi I-5 S / Salem / Beaverton / City Center
1:30 PM 2010.8 Keep RIGHT to stay on Ramp 0.2 mi City Center
1:30 PM 2011.1 Keep RIGHT to stay on Ramp 0.2 mi Morrison St. / City Center
1:30 PM 2011.2 Bear RIGHT (West) onto Morrison Bridge 0.2 mi
1:30 PM 2011.4 Bear RIGHT (North) onto Ramp 0.1 mi I-5 S / Naito Pkwy / Salem
1:31 PM 2011.6 Bear RIGHT (South) onto SW Naito Pkwy [SW Front Ave] 0.5 mi
1:32 PM 2012.1 Arrive Portland

SUMMARY
Driving distance: 2012.1 miles
Trip duration: 3 days, 4 hours, 32 minutes
Driving time: 28 hours, 32 minutes
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Time Mile Instruction For Toward
Summary: 2012.1 miles (3 days, 4 hours, 32 minutes)

DAY 1
9:00 AM 0.0 Depart Branson on S 2nd St (North) 87 yds
9:00 AM 0.1 Turn RIGHT (East) onto W College St, then immediately turn LEFT (North) onto US-65 Branch [MO-76] 0.6 mi
9:02 AM 0.6 At roundabout, take the THIRD exit onto US-65 Branch [Branson Landing Blvd] 0.5 mi
9:02 AM 1.1 Take Ramp (RIGHT) onto US-65 41.4 mi US-65 N / Springfield
9:39 AM 42.5 Keep RIGHT onto Ramp 0.2 mi I-44 / Airport / Joplin / St Louis
9:39 AM 42.8 Take Ramp (LEFT) onto I-44 4.8 mi I-44 W / Joplin / Airport
9:44 AM 47.5 At exit 77, turn off onto Ramp 0.1 mi MO-13 / Kansas Expwy / Bolivar
9:44 AM 47.7 Keep STRAIGHT to stay on Ramp 65 yds MO-13 N / Bolivar
9:44 AM 47.7 Bear RIGHT (North) onto MO-13 [N MO-13 E] 86.7 mi
10:58 AM 134.4 Keep STRAIGHT onto MO-7 36.8 mi
11:30 AM 171.2 Take Ramp (RIGHT) onto US-71 [MO-7] 26.4 mi US-71 N / MO-7 / Kansas City
11:53 AM 197.6 Take Ramp (RIGHT) onto I-435 37.3 mi I-435 N / Des Moines
12:24 PM 235.0 Merge onto I-29 [I-435] 119.9 mi
1:57 PM 345.1 Entering Iowa
2:05 PM 354.9 At exit 10, turn RIGHT onto Ramp 0.3 mi IA-2 / Nebr City / Sidney
2:06 PM 355.2 Road name changes to Local road(s) 10 yds
2:06 PM 355.2 Turn LEFT (West) onto IA-2 3.2 mi
2:09 PM 358.4 Entering Nebraska
2:09 PM 358.4 Road name changes to NE-2 [Sterling Morton Beltway] 2.0 mi
2:11 PM 360.5 Keep STRAIGHT onto US-75 [NE-2] 2.0 mi
2:13 PM 362.5 Road name changes to NE-2 46.0 mi
2:54 PM 408.5 Turn LEFT (West) onto NE-2 [Van Dorn St] 1.2 mi
2:55 PM 409.7 Take Ramp (RIGHT) onto US-77 [Homestead Expy] 2.2 mi US-77 N / I-80
2:58 PM 411.9 Keep RIGHT onto Ramp 0.2 mi US-6 / West O St / Lincoln
2:58 PM 412.1 Keep STRAIGHT onto Local road(s) 10 yds
2:58 PM 412.1 Turn LEFT (West) onto US-6 [W O St] 0.4 mi
2:58 PM 412.5 Take Ramp (RIGHT) onto I-80 143.3 mi I-80 W
5:00 PM 555.8 End of day

DAY 2
Check your departure time; the next stop is in a different time zone.
9:00 AM 555.8 Stay on I-80 568.9 mi
12:33 PM 808.9 Entering Wyoming
Check local time; this stop is in a different time zone.
5:00 PM 1124.7 End of day

DAY 3
Check your departure time; the next stop is in a different time zone.
9:00 AM 1124.7 Stay on I-80 [US-30] 115.7 mi
10:12 AM 1211.1 Entering Utah
10:37 AM 1240.4 At exit 168, take Ramp (RIGHT) onto I-84 38.5 mi I-84 W / Ogden
11:10 AM 1278.9 Take Ramp onto I-15 [I-84] 39.2 mi
11:43 AM 1318.1 Keep LEFT onto I-84 95.3 mi I-84 W / Boise
12:18 PM 1360.2 Entering Idaho
1:03 PM 1413.4 At exit 222, take Ramp (RIGHT) onto I-84 [US-30] 280.1 mi I-84 W / US-30 W / Twin Falls
4:11 PM 1635.9 Entering Oregon
Check local time; this stop is in a different time zone.
5:00 PM 1693.5 End of day

DAY 4
9:00 AM 1693.5 Stay on I-84 [US-30] 317.0 mi
1:29 PM 2010.5 Turn LEFT onto Ramp 0.3 mi I-5 S / Salem / Beaverton / City Center
1:30 PM 2010.8 Keep RIGHT to stay on Ramp 0.2 mi City Center
1:30 PM 2011.1 Keep RIGHT to stay on Ramp 0.2 mi Morrison St. / City Center
1:30 PM 2011.2 Bear RIGHT (West) onto Morrison Bridge 0.2 mi
1:30 PM 2011.4 Bear RIGHT (North) onto Ramp 0.1 mi I-5 S / Naito Pkwy / Salem
1:31 PM 2011.6 Bear RIGHT (South) onto SW Naito Pkwy [SW Front Ave] 0.5 mi
1:32 PM 2012.1 Arrive Portland

SUMMARY
Driving distance: 2012.1 miles
Trip duration: 3 days, 4 hours, 32 minutes
Driving time: 28 hours, 32 minutes
Could you be a bit more specific, please. (-:
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Coming from Branson, I'd actually go north first. The traffic in Denver is bad. Once you're up to I-80, it's a straight shot to I-84.

I-80 in Wyoming is at a fairly high alttitude, but it's on a plateau, so its mostly flat with minor grades.
I-84 through Idaho was flat. Boise has a little traffic, but nothing bad.

I-84 west of La Grande, OR has a few hills until you get to Pendleton, OR. After that, you basically follow the Columbia River inside the gorge and therefore mostly flat.

The only variation I took while eastbound last year was I avoided Utah and took US-30 (a two lane road) from Idaho to Wyoming. It's not challenging and avoids Salt Lake City.
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Where in Oregon do you want to stop? That might help giving you directions.

Don't you want to see any of Colorado at all? It's a beautiful state.

Is this a siteseeing trip or are you in a rush? Don't be afraid of secondary roads. They are so much better to leisurely travel than interstates.

Since your RV has been sitting for 1-1/2 years definitely examine your tires. Check the date of them. If older than 6 years, think about getting new. This is a long trip ahead of you. Change tires by age not appearance. Just sitting in one spot can deteriorate tires, too.

By the way, it will take you more than 3 days to get there. Driving in the western state will be slower and you'll surely want to stay at places on your way.

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You are going to miss a VERY beautiful state if you skip Colorado. It's not all beetle kill..lol
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Good advice

Thanks everyone. To answer some questions: we have actually done southern Colorado, Durango up to the sand dunes, and Wolf's Creek Pass our first trip in 2007. Colorado is a beautiful state and I've seen very little. I wrote an ode to the clouds there in Vallecito! I got elevation sickness, couldn't get over so left after 6 weeks.

The hubby is putting on new tires now as well as the rims he found was 'leaking' (?) Yeah he explained, sounds like cracking to me but okay. The tires were 8 years old, from when we bought this unit. So yeah, this is Mr. Safety and Security here, I never worry about those issues. The trucks tranny has also been prepped--had to change the solinoids(sp) again.

There is no hurry since we didn't get the job on Gold Beach we thought was a done deal so are heading to Eugene or Florence where by the month lots seem to be cheaper. We vacationed there a few years ago by flying, car rental; absolutely love the coast, Florence and Newport in particular. (We don't have to work but I don't mind extra spending money for yarn and fabric I have to send home ...

Tom, our mpg is only 9-10 with Bertha in tow, I calculated ~ $450, and 8 days at top mileage per day but we won't be in a hurry.

I'm going to write all the suggestions in my travellog, figure this out. Thanks again.
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I like this idea, thanks!
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I did say specific advice didn't I? Funny guys.
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If you've done Wolf Creek Pass in Colorado, why all the worry about mountain driving? You're a pro!
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We don't remember it! Yeah, we just looked up the route we must have taken, we must have climbed some doozies but don't remember it. It's the narrow roads and switchbacks, like the drive to Telluride we will never do again and that with only the truck, we want to avoid. I usually wind up doing the mountains but it's hair raising--I don't have enough hair to risk these days
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