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Old 12-28-2012, 04:46 PM   #1
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Smile Seattle to San Diego 1st week of February 2013

Retiring the end of January & ready to hit the road running.
Need recondition on the safest route from Seattle to San Diego in the first week of February 2013. Worried about running into show at Grants Pass in Or. & Grapevine, Ca. would you recommend staying on I5 all the way or get off on 20 in Corvallis Or over to 101 & then back to I5 via 580 at San Rafael Ca. and then bypass the Grapevine by using 58/395/I15 to San Diego.
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Old 12-29-2012, 02:24 PM   #2
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I5 at Sexton Summit and Siskiyou in CA are the trouble spots. ODOT has TripCheck cameras to see what's what in live time. Oregon Local News, Breaking News, Sports & Weather - OregonLive.com

101 south means you are in the lane that goes down the cliff should you be inattentive or have a bad blow-out. Sun is in your eyes in late PM on 101, going south.
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From Portland I do the I5 all the way - over the Grapevine, then east on 210, angle down to the I15 and take it into San Diego. However, jf coming through LA when traffic is not a problem and you are heading into San Diego downtown/coastal then bring the I5 all the way rather than cutting over to the I15.

And as Scooter mentioned the weather problem areas up north.
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Old 12-29-2012, 04:08 PM   #4
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We live in the Bay Area and have family in Washington traval up on 101 and come back on 101.
When we go to Palm Springs we head South on 101 and when we come home we head North on 101.
There is so much more to see on 101 then 5.
All you see on 5 is roadway.
I will take 101 anytime.
I guess what helps us out is we stay at Elk's Lodges all along the way.
(you have to be a member of some Elk's Lodge somewhere in order to stay at them).
Between Seattle Washington and Palm Springs I would say we stay at about 9 Elk's Lodges.
Just a thought
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Old 12-29-2012, 09:58 PM   #5
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Not too good a link. Sorry. Try TripCheck - Road Cams, Road & Weather Conditions in Oregon - ODOT
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I know ever pothole between Redding and San Diego

My wife's parents live in Redding. We've made the drive at least biannually for over 3 decades. Experience has taught me the following. First, in the Sacramento area stay on 5. Jump to 99 in Manteca. In Manteca you will find another Costco and Bass Pro Shops. (We gas up at Costco in Woodland - In 'n Out burger right there!). We use 99 for it's abundance of easy on and off places to take a break, and nice RV parks. Plus, it avoids LA and grapevine. I'd suggest you spend the night in one of the very nice parks in Bakersfield. Take the freeway over Tehachapi first thing in the morning. You want to avoid the desert winds. After coming down Cajon Pass, avoid San Bernardino - heavy duty freeway construction. At Devore, bear to the right, heading towards Corona and San Diego. I'd highly recommend the RV resort at Pechanga. Easy shot to San Diego between commuting hours from there.
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I want to thank everyone for all of the information in your replies. You guys really seemed to know your stuff and I appreciated all of your answers.
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My wife's parents live in Redding. We've made the drive at least biannually for over 3 decades. Experience has taught me the following. First, in the Sacramento area stay on 5. Jump to 99 in Manteca. In Manteca you will find another Costco and Bass Pro Shops. (We gas up at Costco in Woodland - In 'n Out burger right there!). We use 99 for it's abundance of easy on and off places to take a break, and nice RV parks. Plus, it avoids LA and grapevine. I'd suggest you spend the night in one of the very nice parks in Bakersfield. Take the freeway over Tehachapi first thing in the morning. You want to avoid the desert winds. After coming down Cajon Pass, avoid San Bernardino - heavy duty freeway construction. At Devore, bear to the right, heading towards Corona and San Diego. I'd highly recommend the RV resort at Pechanga. Easy shot to San Diego between commuting hours from there.
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Interstate highways are always the best option because there is more equipment available to clear the highway. If there is a snowstorm, it will more that likely be clear within hours, or the next morning if really falling.

Of course, a major multi-day storm would be an exception, however, if you are in one then your pre trip planning was off.

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I live in Southern Oregon - It seems when I-5 is closed because of snow the interstate truckers tend to go over to 101 - they have to keep moving, no? So the end result is 101 traffic is heavy and slow. Best is to wait out for I-5 to clear - seems it is never closed more than a day. ODOT & CALTRANS do a very commendable job fighting the elements. (just my opinion)
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