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Old 04-11-2010, 10:06 AM   #1
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Florida to Montana Hwys??

The last time we drove from Fl to Montana (In Car), we went straight up and drove Hwy I-90 all the way west. We are thinking this time(in rv) about I-70 west to Denver and I -25 N straight up to I-90. Has anybody driven on I-70 or I-25 lately and are threre steep grades?? Thanks
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Hi rjwetnight,
I traveled the opposite direction you will be traveling, the summer of 2009. I 70 was okay. I 25 from Denver north to the Wyoming border was rough. Denver traffic was as bad as Atlanta. For me, the people in Denver are the worst drivers in the entire nation. I will travel through Denver only when there are no (and I do mean no) alternatives. If it were me, I'd do the I 90 route. There is a whole bunch more to see and do along I 90 than 70 & 25.

There are no major grades on the 70 & 25 route.
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We have gone many times from Montana to Florida(in RV) with very little travel on Interstates. Actual you can make great time on the back roads 55-60mph and no to little traffic. Just plot it out and you will find many sideroads without cities, traffic, etc.
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For me, the people in Denver are the worst drivers in the entire nation.

Apparently, you've never driven in Florida.

Or, New Jersey.
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Hi MT flyfisher,
I live in south Florida (20 years). In 32 years of owning a coach, I'm working on touring the USA (all 50 states) for the second time. For me, 1st place for poor drivers, by far, is the Denver area. Been through the area 6 times (never during rush hour times) and encountered the most rude, aggressive and uncaring drivers. Because of the light traffic, these drivers didn't need to be rude, the were just mean. Maybe Colorado residents resent out of state tourists coming to their state and spending $s? Maybe they just don't get the value.

The most courteous drivers, by far I have found to be in the Los Angeles area. I've driven there many times (sometimes during rush and sometimes not). People actually allow one to change lanes when the turn signal is flashing. Five lanes of traffic and nobody is trying to command the road. Everybody just seems to move along, get on and off without the testosterone show of force.
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I just came from livingston, Mt to Weatherford, Tx
Hwy 287 to Amarillo then all the way to Limon, Co is a good road. I take I-70 from Limon west to Bennett and then take the road north to Prospect Valley then that road west to I-25. I-25 north to I-90 in Buffalo, Wy.
There are mountains in Wy and Mt, but I make them fine. Don't go till June as there may be a snow storm to contend with.
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May I suggest another thought.......

Instead of I-70, get yourself up to I-80 through Nebraska. You'll bypass Denver. If you go that way, by all means, stop at Kearney, NE and visit The Great Platte River Road Archway Memorial. It is an excellent museum covering the expansion westward by wagon trains, railroad, and auto. Two hours will cover the museum, and they welcome RVers to overnight in their large parking area. This museum looks like a gigantic covered bridge spanning the I-80 right-of-way.

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Hit St.Louis and take Hwy-70 west to Kansas City then North to Sioux Falls then west across SD. That's the way I go to Sturgis and just keep trucking to Montana. Not a bad ride.

No hill climbing. 75MPH speed limit in SD

Wouldn't it be nice to take a trip and find they have all the highways done?
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Don't forget the huge Cabellas and campground on I-80, also
There is a nice campground on I-80 in North Platte, Ne too
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