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Old 11-27-2011, 06:27 PM   #1
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I-76 to I-80 ?

I've heard some comments about I-76 from the Denver area up to I-80. What are your thoughts about this stretch of road?

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Old 11-27-2011, 10:08 PM   #2
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What kind of comments?

I have not travelled it for about 5 years ... you drive through wide open country and lose over 2000 feet of elevation ... you will probably have a tail wind ... downhill with a tailwind that is good ...

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Old 11-28-2011, 07:44 AM   #3
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I was on it about a year ago and have no memory about it positive or negative. So I guess there is little about it to report.
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Old 11-28-2011, 08:05 AM   #4
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I-76 From A Local

A pretty uneventful drive as Interstates go. 2 full Lanes and a full-width Emergency Lane with un-constricted On/Off Ramps. There's often large Dirt, or better, Parking Areas near the top of an Off Ramp to provide informal Car Pool Parking, or a place for Truckers or Farm Equipment Drivers to check on their Rigs.

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Old 11-28-2011, 08:08 AM   #5
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A bit of a rough ride the first 75 miles east of Denver. Other than that, no problem. You will be out in the middle of nowhere! Not many fuel stops between Denver and Ogallala, Ne. Don't pass any up if you are low on fuel.
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Old 11-28-2011, 06:58 PM   #6
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The closer you get to Denver, the rougher the road gets. In terms of smoothness, it's probably the roughest interstate we have out here in Colorado. But, it sure is nice to have that interstate for traffic heading to Denver from the plains and upper midwest. Lastly, I agree with others about the wind. But, that's normal out here. You'll get wind whether you're on I-70, I-25, or I-76, so I wouldn't be overly concerned about it.
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Here's another choice, if you are coming to the Denver area from the south.

One year we were heading north on I-25 toward Nebraska. Got off at Exit 139 at Colorado Springs and took US 24 northeast to Limon, along I-70. At Limon, we followed SR 71 north to Brush, CO and picked up I-76 at Exit 92.
Was a very relaxing ride, hardly any traffic to speak of. Fuel stop (Flying J) at Limon, if necessary. Not much to see except high-plains farm country, but a nice drive.

Completely eliminated the Denver traffic hassle.


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