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Old 01-28-2007, 05:35 PM   #1
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Just wondering if I 40 from Amarillo to Flagstaff is a good route. Are the mountains really big? How would they compare to the Virginia mountains? Going to Mesa would it be better to avoid this route?
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Just wondering if I 40 from Amarillo to Flagstaff is a good route. Are the mountains really big? How would they compare to the Virginia mountains? Going to Mesa would it be better to avoid this route?
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Old 01-28-2007, 06:27 PM   #3
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You did not say when you were going to be using this route. Other than the frequent closings of the road between Amarillo and Alb. NM because of snow in recent weeks, it is an "okay" road.

I-40 is used heavily by over-the-road truckers and can be crowded with big rigs. This highway takes a beating from all the traffic and can be uncomfortably rough in some sections.

Regardless, if I were heading to Mesa and wanted to stay on an interstate, I would not hesitate to use I-40.
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Thanks for the reply JPerry. Mid April is when we will be taking our trip west. We are starting out in Ontario and will be stopping in Sarnia, Joplin, Amarillo and then on to Mesa.
I do see a bit of a short cut which would take us on to some secondary roads from Holbrook down to Mesa but im not sure of this route. I like to stick to the main interstates but perhaps I could avoid some big mountains by taking this route. Anyways I have plenty of time to research it.

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Stevegeorgetown, if the shortcut from Holbrook to Mesa takes you thru Snowflake, Show Low, Globe on down to Mesa it is as follows.. State highways, good condition, essentially flat(almost) from Holbrook to Show Low,(A town wagered, and lost in a 1800's card game, thus its name) flat again from Globe to Mesa, but in between Show Low, and Mesa, some spectatular mountain country, (actually the most spectacular part is a "mountain" in reverse, the trip down into and out of the Salt River Canyon. The trip thru there will likely be the highlight of your trip, extrmely scenic, but with sweepy, fairly steep grades.( Im guessing 6% or less tho) You should be accustomed to controling your speed on the down side. I consider all the roads on this "shortcut" to be good ones, tho alot of 2 lane. The part thru Salt River Canyon, is VERY good, wide, properly cambered, and several turn outs. It is one of the most scenic spots you will see anywhere.. As to weather, we often get one last winter blow in early april, a little snow, maybe some rain, but nothing like you are probably used to.. Im sure you can tell, Im hoping you will take this route, that time of the year traffic shouldnt be a concern, especially during the week.. Summer weekends, bumper to bumper.. BTW, I am going thru there, Northbound in a couple of weeks, 33'WH Bago, 3300# toad. looking forward to it ...rgr...
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Thanks for the reply rgrstndgby. That sounds like a nice route.
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We're in Gallup, New Mexico, heading for Tempe, and am looking at 2 routes. One goes through Show Low down 77 to 60 to Globe, the other is down 377 to 87 to Payson. Do you have any info on either of these routes? I see the info on the Showlow route to Globe, but interested in % grades and road conditions.
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Hardy, both routes are fairly compatible. Either way you will see some awesome mountain scenery. I prefer 377 to 87 through Payson. I just think it is a bit more scenic but that is just me. I'm sure others will tell you they like going through Globe and Salt River Canyon. I think the roads are better going through Payson. It is pretty much two lane each direction for 95% of the way. The Globe route has you on two lane road the majority of the time so if you get behind a real slow truck etc. you may have to wait a bit before you can get around.
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I 40 west to Holbrook. Take 77 south out of Holbrook for about 1 mile take a right on 377 towards Heber. When 377 ends turn right towards Heber (about 8 miles) turn right again in Heber towards Payson. In Payson Turn left on 87 towards Mesa. 87 will take you right in to Mesa. It will cross the 202 loop if you need to catch it, or take all the way to 60 and beyond.

I think the Payson way is easier driving than the Globe route. Interstate to Holbrook Good two lane to Payson and four lane to Mesa.
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