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Old 02-27-2015, 03:48 PM   #1
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Road condition of hwy 54 and 400 from Tucumcari NM to Wichita KS

Planning our trip back from Phoenix to Mpls and looks like this route is shorter than interstate by a couple hundred miles. Anyone tell me about the road. Two lane or four lane? Traveling with Class A DP.
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Old 02-27-2015, 08:24 PM   #2
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I wouldn't try traveling that route this weekend. Snow and ice and wind! Saturday is to be the worst day.

I would also suggest an alternate route. Once you enter Kansas, bear North on HWY 283 towards Dodge City. Take HWY 50 from Dodge City to Great Bend. And take HWY 156 from Great Bend to I-70. These highways are good 2 lanes without much traffic and scenic (mostly 65 mph).

I-35 from Wichita to Topeka is very good 4 lane, but it is a toll road, and you get Wichita traffic to deal with.
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Thanks 5er. Not headed that direction until end of March and know March can go out like a lion.
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We took US 54 from Tucumcari all the way to Illinois last year. Good road, off the beaten path, plenty of places to fuel. I'd go that way again without any qualms if I am traveling that direction. We made good use of Gas Buddy and Google Maps in locating places to fuel.
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Old 02-28-2015, 09:21 AM   #6
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We took 54 back to Wisconsin. It is a long desolate, 2 lane,... flat, and WINDY.. But on a good day it would be your best bet. It is the most direct route, so keep an eye on the weather reports. And, it is a truck route, be prepared to be blown by the 18 wheelers..
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My son lives in MSP and I have driven that route a number of times in my pickup. A few small towns to maneuver through, so watch the signs. It is a great break for the interstates. A few truck on it, but not that many, the long haulers stay on the interstates. Some places have a low hills and dips and such, but not bad. The route is well traveled and has its share of road construction going on. It will save about 100 miles.

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