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Old 09-21-2012, 08:48 AM   #85
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Many years ago I drove my motor-home To the top of pikes peak coming down was the worst drive I have ever been on.
Why would you even think about doing that?

Did you have any brakes by the time you reached the bottom? I drove my Saturn Vue up there last April and I had to stop at times just to cool off the brakes because the smell was getting to us.

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Old 09-21-2012, 09:15 AM   #86
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Why would you even think about doing that?

Did you have any brakes by the time you reached the bottom? I drove my Saturn Vue up there last April and I had to stop at times just to cool off the brakes because the smell was getting to us.

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I get the shakes just thinking about making that drive in a motor home! Yikes!

By the way, I'd like to add to my original post that started this thread... I-90 eastbound in Indiana is also a nightmare. This is especially true near Chicago to South Bend. This December on my way to Florida I am bypassing I-65 southbound in Indiana and trying US-41 to Evansville. In the past the 4 lane "backroads" of Indiana have been pretty good. Hopefully US-41 is no exception. I can't take another minute of I-65 in Indiana. Now if I can just find a nice detour around Birmingham to avoid the bone-rattling section of I-65 through the city... It's brutal going through there!
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Old 09-21-2012, 11:43 AM   #87
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Here are 2 really bad ones I found

The first one is in Oregon and is 197 south out of the Dalles. No warnings of potential disaster, nothing, notta, zip. To make a long story short you end up on a road that there is noway to turn around and go back, it has 7 ft lanes, extremely curvey and off too the right is a thousand ft. cliff that bottoms in the Dechutes river, oh yeah, and no guard railing. My lovely copilot ended up reciting the 23rd psalm over and over and over again. The second was 89a south into Sedona Az. Pretty much the same as 197, except switch backs for 20 miles, no guard rails and heavily trafficked. This was only a week after 197, but this time the copilot wasn't praying, she went the extreme the other way, can't quote what she said to me, only that they weren't compliments regarding my intellect. 37' mh towing a mini-cooper.
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Old 09-21-2012, 11:49 AM   #88
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We're new at this, I'll just have to do more research before I get off the interstate As for the brakes I went down in 2nd.
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I-81at Scranton was awful... All the way down. When we got to Md and Va it was good. But when we drove south on I 65 out of Chicago last month, the road was so rough that one of our windshield shades jumped out of its fixture and cut the dash ( Grrr) a Flying J was at the next exit so we pulled in for the night. Will NEVEr do that again! Bad road around Memphis , 65 at Birmingham will grind your teeth down. Will say that Hwy 6 across Pa was good.
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I used to complain about the I-5 corridor in California for the 16 years that I had lived there. Well, we are back using the south bound lanes headed to just north of LA. We have driven over 300 miles from the Oregon border and I am very pleased with the condition of the road surface except for the city of Stockton. It appears that they have been reworking most of the road so far. I have another 300 miles to go so we shall see if it continues.

I don't have much hope for the Grapevine which has always been the WORST.

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Last summer, my buddy said he took a detour because of how bad the roads were in California.
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65 has always been rough almost anywhere in the state. The big trucks tear it up.
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Old 09-30-2012, 10:28 AM   #93
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65 has always been rough almost anywhere in the state. The big trucks tear it up.
You can blame it on the trucks if you want to, but if a road is built properly the heavy loaded trucks wont do any damage to it.

If you want to blame something or someone, blame the big dogs that stole the highways moneys, stuffing it in their back pockets to make them self rich & then their mentality to heck with the rest of the people in the world.
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You can blame it on the trucks if you want to, but if a road is built properly the heavy loaded trucks wont do any damage to it.

If you want to blame something or someone, blame the big dogs that stole the highways moneys, stuffing it in their back pockets to make them self rich & then their mentality to heck with the rest of the people in the world.
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I certainly agree with this... In Illinois several major interstate projects that were finished about two years ago are already being resurfaced. A common technique here is "planing" the concrete down after a couple of years to smooth out the undulations that are everywhere RIGHT AFTER the project is completed. I can only imagine the kickbacks going to our local politicians in Illinois... My "favorite" is the Tri-State Tollway... It's never finished because it's such a great moneymaker for the corrupt leaders of our state. I'm sure this is going on in other states too.

By the way, driving on the Tri-State yesterday with our coach was a joke. The "resurfacing" project going on makes the road unsafe for passenger cars too! Coming through Indiana we drove U.S. route 20 and 6 to avoid Interstate 90 and is horrible surface. For the most part, they were smooth and quiet. They're also MUCH more scenic than the interstate!
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Highway 12 from Fairfield, Ca to Stockton. I think they still refer to it as a road.
I just re installed my headlight that broke it's mounts on that wreck of a trail .
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OK, I have reached my southern California destination at the Valencia Travel Village just off the I-5 Freeway on the CA 126. I just recently traveled a total of 625 miles of the California south bound I-5 corridor and my overall opinion is that it has greatly improved over 2 years ago.

The areas still in need of help are the city limits of Stockton, a 25 mile section south of CA RT 46 where I finally ended up using the left lane in that area because the right was SO bad. I let the autos use the right lane to pass me. Then there was a section of the Grapevine south of Lebec that was terrible for a small section but they are doing some work on many parts of the Grapevine so I won't complain too much about the Grapevine.

Overall, I am genuinely pleased with the progress that California has made with improving the I-5 corridor. I only hope that the area through LA is being worked on to although I have no plans to head that way soon.

This is the first trip using the I-5 where I don't have to go through the coach to tighten all of the loose screws.

So for the total trip of about 3600 miles from Fairbanks Alaska to Southern California, the two areas of that trip I was dreading the most, 100 miles between the AK/CA border and Destruction Bay YK and the entire California I-5 Freeway corridor, both have or are being worked on such that they were pleasant to drive this trip.

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