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Old 11-04-2019, 02:44 PM   #1
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Hwy 97 BC to California

We are leaving BC thru Osoyoos and are planning to go south on 97. Any comments, tips or suggestions would be appreciated.
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Be prepared for snow in the mountainous regions, traffic on the interstates, and high fuel costs along the way. What part of CA are you heading for? If not the coast you might consider the inland route down to Nevada or head quickly out to the coast and drive Highway 101 to avoid snow and traffic. Depends on time and where you are headed.
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We are headed to desert hot springs for a few months. Our regular route has been from Sask onto I15 thru SLC and Vegas. I was thinking 97 to avoid the fires. We will be leaving end of this week.
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Gone this way many times at all times of the year. At this time of year should be good but do have chance of some of the higher elevations. Just check weather and proceed accordingly. Approximately 600 miles from Osoyoos to Calif. border. Good luck, Don
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Depends on time and where you are headed.
My home state is Washington and then head south before snow and ice to Las Vegas where my son lives. Full time in a MH.

It would help if you told us what kind of rig you have and where in California you are headed.

So there is all kinds of interesting places like Sun Lakes-Dry Falls State Park if you were leaving earlier.

Last year I did the Oregon coast about this time of year.

This year I came down I-5 because of visiting sisters and brothers. By Red Bluff I Had enough of traffic and headed east to US-95.

Lived in California for many year and there is a lot to see and do. I now consider it the 'no' state and RV unfriendly. The speed limit when towing 55 mph which I think is a good idea considering the traffic density.
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We are headed to desert hot springs for a few months. Our regular route has been from Sask onto I15 thru SLC and Vegas. I was thinking 97 to avoid the fires. We will be leaving end of this week.
Try US-95 or 395.

The best part of the US interstate system is it takes a lot of the truck off of the other roads.

Slow down and enjoy the drive.
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US97 is a beautiful drive. Once you get to WA watch for sighs and head toward Grande Coulee. Its shortens the drive and gets you somewhat out of the mountains. It does drop you onto I90 for a few miles before you get back onto 97 south. Crossing the bridge at Biggs there is a steap down and back up out of the Columbia river. Just remember this time of year central WA and OR weather can be iffy. Cold nights, generally sunny days. But you could just as easily experience snow. Bend has already had snow about a month ago.
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