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Old 10-09-2012, 07:08 AM   #1
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Question about roads

We are taking our first major trip, in a week or so, from California to Ohio. Mapquest offers two routes. One is straight across on Routes 40/66/70 which we have driven a number of times in the car. A second route offered is to hit Tucomcari and take 54 North East to Kansas City and then east. Any opinions about the routes?

I know there is lots of climbing going through MO, but is it enough to make me take a 2 lane truck route going through Kansas City?
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Climbing in Missouri? Missouri has a number of rolling hills on I-70 but nothing you can't handle easily. You can always take I-40 and then pick up I-44 in Oklahoma. This will take you into St. Louis where you can pick up I-70 through Indianna and then on to Ohio.
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Old 10-09-2012, 08:10 AM   #3
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Climbing in Missouri? Missouri has a number of rolling hills on I-70 but nothing you can't handle easily. You can always take I-40 and then pick up I-44 in Oklahoma. This will take you into St. Louis where you can pick up I-70 through Indianna and then on to Ohio.
I agree with you suggestion! Currently I am in Branson MO and the only steep hills we ran into was the last hour drive into Branson itself. Still we met many RV's, some with TOADs, that managed without any difficulty. Happy travels
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Old 10-09-2012, 08:34 AM   #4
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I've done that basic trip countless times with 18 wheels..... I would take the US 54 cutoff from Tucomcari. Once in Liberal KS, take US 83 north to US 56. Once in Great Bend, just east of town pick up KS 156 more or less north to I 70. (Great Bend has an easy access wally world that doesn't mind RV or truck parking if needed.) Of course from I 70 blaze your trail east to Ohio...

Fewer hills this route, fewer tolls. Minor toll on the stretch of I70 between Topeka and KC. A few more smaller towns, but you'll bypass Oklahoma City and Tulsa not to mention the over priced toll on I 44.

Happy trails! You might see me with a car hauler 18 wheeler on the way...


I might also add if you are going this route, once getting close to St.Louis, you can easily bypass the better part of the city by catching MO 370 to I 270 and straight back onto I 70. It is all nearly a smooth shot across the north side of the metro area. Unless of course you gotta go see that arch. Which IMHO is way over rated.
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We travel from Wisconsin to our daughter in Gallup, NM. When driving the car we take the interstate because we can go 75+ mph. When driving the coach we take 54 because we stick around 60 mph, interstate or not. Hwy 54 is about 150 miles shorter for us which means about 20 gls. of gas. We don't get stuck behind slow trucks because we are the slow truck. It's a decent road.
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I've done that basic trip countless times with 18 wheels..... I would take the US 54 cutoff from Tucomcari. Once in Liberal KS, take US 83 north to US 56. Once in Great Bend, just east of town pick up KS 156 more or less north to I 70. (Great Bend has an easy access wally world that doesn't mind RV or truck parking if needed.) Of course from I 70 blaze your trail east to Ohio...

Fewer hills this route, fewer tolls. Minor toll on the stretch of I70 between Topeka and KC. A few more smaller towns, but you'll bypass Oklahoma City and Tulsa not to mention the over priced toll on I 44.

Happy trails! You might see me with a car hauler 18 wheeler on the way...


I might also add if you are going this route, once getting close to St.Louis, you can easily bypass the better part of the city by catching MO 370 to I 270 and straight back onto I 70. It is all nearly a smooth shot across the north side of the metro area. Unless of course you gotta go see that arch. Which IMHO is way over rated.
Thanks for the suggestions.... I normally set the cruise at 60-62, so it sounds like going towards Kansas City shouldn't be a problem.
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Thanks for the suggestions.... I normally set the cruise at 60-62, so it sounds like going towards Kansas City shouldn't be a problem.

Might also consider staying with US54 through Liberal. It will eventually become US54/US400. Run on into Wichita. I 235 north, I 135 north to Newtan. Catch US 50 east which is a smooth high speed exit to the right. Stay with US 50 to Emporia, and onto I 35 north to KC and I 435 to I 70.

This might be quicker and easier for you, and no tolls at all.... Again, happy trails!
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Might also consider staying with US54 through Liberal. It will eventually become US54/US400. Run on into Wichita. I 235 north, I 135 north to Newtan. Catch US 50 east which is a smooth high speed exit to the right. Stay with US 50 to Emporia, and onto I 35 north to KC and I 435 to I 70.

This might be quicker and easier for you, and no tolls at all.... Again, happy trails!
I have travelled this exact route (in the other direction) and I recommend it.
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