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Old 03-10-2011, 09:17 PM   #1
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Winter route Denver to Vegas to Tracy CA - winter?

We plan to leave 3/26 in our 23ft Class C (V-10) but we don't know if we'll be able to go through CO on I-70 (due to possible snow) then head south to Vegas & up to Tracy OR maybe head straight to Albuquerque NM then west to Vegas & up to Tracy. Is even that semi-southern route a crazy thought this time of year? Would like to stay at Walmarts if possible but the main thing is dealing with weather. Only have a week for the round trip... visiting mom in the nursing home. Thanks for advice!
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I'd just check the weather shortly before u go. Either route could get snow or be dry roads. It seemed like I-40 took a lot longer than I-70 if I remember right.
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I always check the Highway cam's (State) the day b4 I go on a trip. Have a local Radio Staion on. They like to keep the good and bad weather out for the listeners

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We plan to leave 3/26 in our 23ft Class C (V-10) but we don't know if we'll be able to go through CO on I-70 (due to possible snow) then head south to Vegas & up to Tracy OR maybe head straight to Albuquerque NM then west to Vegas & up to Tracy. Is even that semi-southern route a crazy thought this time of year? Would like to stay at Walmarts if possible but the main thing is dealing with weather. Only have a week for the round trip... visiting mom in the nursing home. Thanks for advice!
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We did the drive to see Mom in her Sun City CA Nursing Home and always took I-70. Yes, it's shorter, but it's much more direct for us out of Denver. Also, north NM and south CO on I-25 around Raton Pass can be REALLY dicey, depending on how Storms move through.

Moving out to CO >35 years ago, we hit severe ICE around Flagstaff. Cars in the Ditch; Gas Stations became 'outposts' for stranded folks; really a 1st Class mess. So, as mentioned above, check that weather and pick a route. I trust Weather Underground, or other services, to be pretty accurate starting about 3 days prior to travel. I load important Phone Numbers into my Phone, or print them out and carry them. Then, nothing bad happens cuz I'm prepared [at least the way I like to be prepared].

I check in advance on Vail CO, Salina UT and Beaver UT or St. George UT. West of Salina before teeing off on I-15 can be nasty in the Mountain range there. A Good Samaritan was just killed in that stretch by a Car careening off the Ice while the fellow was helping a couple whose Vehicle had just careened and flipped off the same Ice.

Vail and the Eisenhower Tunnel can be seen on Cameras here:

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I use the free Voice Portal 'Tell Me' on my Phone, too: 1.800.555.TELL. Being Voice Rec, the background environment needs to be a little quiet, and not on a Speakerphone function to allow the far end Server to hear what you're asking.
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