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Old 06-11-2007, 03:46 PM   #1
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Can anyone tell me what Highway 242 (Old McKenzie Hiway) between Sisters, Oregon and where it meets Highway 126 to the west is like? According to the maps I've seen there seems to be quite a few pretty tight switchbacks. I'll be driving a 35 foot class A motorhome pulling a toad. I'm trying to find the quickest and/or easiest way to get from Bend, OR to Eugene, OR.

The elevations don't bother me, I'm from Colorado and driven all over our mountains and high mountain passes, but this McKenzie road being a two lane and with the switchbacks I just want to be sure.
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Can anyone tell me what Highway 242 (Old McKenzie Hiway) between Sisters, Oregon and where it meets Highway 126 to the west is like? According to the maps I've seen there seems to be quite a few pretty tight switchbacks. I'll be driving a 35 foot class A motorhome pulling a toad. I'm trying to find the quickest and/or easiest way to get from Bend, OR to Eugene, OR.

The elevations don't bother me, I'm from Colorado and driven all over our mountains and high mountain passes, but this McKenzie road being a two lane and with the switchbacks I just want to be sure.
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Old 06-11-2007, 08:12 PM   #3
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Go south from Bend on US97 about 30-40 miles. There's an arterial over Willamette Pass down to I-5 and north then into Eugene. Excellent hiway and easy grades. Can't recall the no.s but it's plain on the maps....
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Thanks for the info... That does look like a better route.
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There is a cutoff in Crescent that will connect you to Highway 58 and save you some time. It's a gorgeous drive that will take you right by some of the lava-flows in the area.
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I have driven the route you questioned Route 242 many times and it is a nice drive mountainous, but no real steep grades and the road is wide with shoulders. I've driven 36' towing and 45' with no tow. You need to watch the signage in Springfield to get to I5. There is a right turn off of 242 as I recall that takes you to I 5
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OOPPS!! I did NOT drive 242...It was 126. Hwy 126 is a left turn off of Hwy 20. Well Marked. The comments I made are for that route SORRY!
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