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Old 06-21-2010, 11:40 AM   #1
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Whidbey Island, WA and going East - best route

We are leaving Whidbey in the morning and we will be traveling East. Has anyone use US-2. Anyone traveled I-90 (I'll bet there have been). Any other routes heading East that anyone can recommend.

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If you want to make time, go I90. If you want a senic route then 2 is better but 2 lane and slower.
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Thanks.

US-20 was another option.

I think we will be going I-90. We are both ready to get out of the cold and rain.
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US-20 over the North Cascades is very scenic. That's always my choice.
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We did the I-90 after the tires were installed. Only did 80 some miles. Stopped at Whispering Pines in Cle Elum. I-90 was a breeze, so far. And for us flatlanders, slightly scenic.

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Take a look at my earlier thread on Montana Travel. Used US 2 mainly from Bismarck ND to Everett WA. We did skip the part that goes through Bonners Ferry. Doing this route again I would use US 2 from Everett to I-90 just West of Spokane then I-90 to Missoula, then go north on US 93 north and pick up US 2 in Kalispell. The scenery is great the road is OK much of it is 2 lane and in some spots there are only small shoulders, but nothing I could not manage in our MH. Not sure about using 20 I am sure it is more scenic but in a earlier drive in the car I found it to have a lot of tight turns.
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Highway 2 maximum pass altitude is 4000 feet. SR20 goes to about 5700. Both are predominantly two lane roads and the grades aren't too bad. Highway 2 is a four lane only from Everett to Snohomish (the first 15 miles or so).


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Well, we made it on I-90, then on to West Yellowstone. We cut off of I-90 at MT 359 and picked up MT-2. Using MT-359/Mt-2 cut of the Cardwell pass. There was one downhill 7% grade on MT-2, but it was only a couple miles and did not pose any problem. It was a very scenic rid. MT-2 ran into US-287 and we took it into W. Yellowstone. Nice ride.

Monday we take US-191 to Moran Junction and then US-26 to Dubois where we stop for the night. Probably US-26 to US-287 and to I-80. Don't know where we are going.

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Hey Sarge!... After Dubois, what about E. on 20/26 to Riverton, then Casper, Douglas, then...just S. of Douglas, (at Orin) run E. on 18/20 over to Lusk then N. on 18/85 and into those beautiful Black Hills. Various great approaches! Either follow 18 E. just about 35ish miles N. of Lusk and on into Custer, Hill City, etc., OR...stay on 85 N. of Lusk on up and through Newcastle, picking up "Scenic" route on into Deadwood and/or other Nrthrn. Hills areas.

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Steve,

Well, with the 4th weekend coming up I made some reservations and we wanted to be somewhere that the shopping was good (DW's idea) So tomorrow it's Dubois, then Rawlins, then Colorado Springs for 1 week. Next trip I'll look into at that route.
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Wayne, I haven't heard the name Whidbey Island in a long time. I was stationed there in the late 60's attached to VA 165. I am sure it has changed a lot since then. Have a safe trip.
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Offshore,
It was my first time there. I was in VMAQ-2 at Cherry Point for awhile and we had a detachment of EA-6B's there. It was nice to finally visit the Island.
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Wayne, we also flew the A-6's and were just getting into the highly electronic versions. We made two cruses, one on the Ranger and another on the America. Those are surely some very nice birds.
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