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Old 04-24-2011, 01:30 PM   #1
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Northern California..44, 89 ... ??

We are currently in Lone Pine, Ca and headed north on US 395. Its been a great road and ride so far. However, once we get to Susanville, Ca we pick up 44 and turn west. After passing Lassen the road splits and 44 goes south toward Shingletown and 89 goes north toward McCloud. Either road will take us to Interstate 5 which is where we are headed.

After checking the Mountain Directory West, I saw that staying on 44 would give us some bigger up and downs. But can anyone tell me about Ca 89 which goes through McCloud before meeting up with Interstate 5?

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Old 04-24-2011, 02:15 PM   #2
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I travel 89 twice a year or so in our RV. I'll use it anytime I can instead of I-5 when heading to Las Vegas or AZ - weather permitting. Hwy 89 is a good route - several passing lanes and places to stop for a break. I have not travelled 44. I have traveled 89 pulling my previous RV a 36 foot 5th wheel as well as driving three different motorhomes. Sometimes slow but beautiful highway.

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Old 04-25-2011, 09:08 AM   #3
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44/89 is good. Use it frequently in my 35 foot bus.

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Can you tell me how Hwy 44 is just east of where it hits 89? It looks like there are a couple of sharp hairpin turns which might give our long rig a problem and may indicate steep grades.
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Old 06-13-2011, 12:02 PM   #5
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From Susanville we took 44 west to the intersection with 89 and then north on 89 to McCloud and Mt Shasta. Leaving Susanville there was an uphill climb for a couple of miles, but after that it was a pretty nice drive. Nothing to worry about. However, if you stay on 44 all the way to I 5, I believe the road does have some bad turns and hills. Actually the worst part of the whole drive was I 5...boy is that road in bad shape. And then the pass going into Oregon was really something! But all in all, 395 north through Ca, then 44 and 89, was certainly the way for us to go.
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