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Old 11-30-2017, 03:39 PM   #1
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Route recommendation, AZ, So Cal

heading west in a couple of weeks. Looking at I40w most of the way. then down to I10w to Temecula area. there are a number of ways to go down from I40 to I10. From Needles, can take 95S, to 65W, to 127S. However, not familiar with these roads. any recommendations would greatly be appreciated. thank you.
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Old 11-30-2017, 03:55 PM   #2
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The I40 ends at the I15 so you can take until it ends at Barstow and take I15 southbound all the way to Temecula. Only big grade is Cajon Pass but youíll be on the downhill side of that. Thatís all interstate. If you prefer smaller highways there all other options.
Other caution is timing. If you find yourself westbound and southbound on Sunday, donít do it. Most important is to buy fuel before you hit California!
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Old 11-30-2017, 04:25 PM   #3
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Cajon Pass is interstate but always has a ton of traffic. Most of the smaller US routes are two lanes, decent shoulders, relatively smooth. Lot's of great scenery in the whole area.

Really depends on why you're going and how long you're going to take getting there. If it's a quick trip, take I 15. If it's a slow trip, any route will do. Just find some stuff you want to see and go that way.
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Old 11-30-2017, 05:04 PM   #4
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Thank you.

Bill, that was the route I took last year to Oceanside.. was "hoping" for a less traffic route, guess for socal thats wishful!!

looking at mid week. and yes the fuel is a a must. last year had a hard time finding a place for a big rig and a trailer in tow to fuel..

Dan, some of the smaller US routes are fine. however, Gmap recommends I10w to 79s from palm desert.. I think I drove that route once with my car last year, If I recall, it was a fun drive with car, not sure some parts of it would work for a 45' and a 22' trailer in tow.. guess, elbow to elbow I15 it is..

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Another option for you to really avoid as much of So Cals Traffic and 55 mile an hour speed limit is to turn South on the 17 at Flagstaff off of the 40. The 17 meets up with the 10 in Phoenix. However to avoid the worst of the Phoenix traffic get off at the 101 Westbound and it loops around to the 10 also. The 10 continues on to either the 215 South back to the 15 just above Temecula or continue all the way to the 15 and go South. There are some smaller roads like the 79 that connect up but that is up to you. The 95 from Needles to Blythe is not the greatest road but doable. Good luck and God bless
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AZ 95 is much better than CA 95 from the I40 to I10. 79 is not bad. It cuts off a lot of freeway traffic from the 215.
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If you want to change your route some from last trip your original plan works. I'd avoid the 79. Once you get to the 10 in Desert Center just take the 10 to the 215 to Temecula. You can fuel at the pilot about 20-30 miles east of Needles. Right now the weather is pleasant but take a look at the forecast while in route.
Have a safe and wonderful journey.
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... I-17 meets up with I-10 in Phoenix. However to avoid the worst of the Phoenix traffic get off at Loop-101 Westbound and it loops around to I-10 also...
I live in AZ currently. A newer Phoenix bypass is Loop-303 that exits I-17 before Loop-101 and stays even farther west of the heavy traffic areas and meets I-10 at Goodyear AZ. From there it is a straight shot to CA on I-10.
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We just drove I-40 from Flagstaff to I-15 and back. Can't comment on the southbound part of your question, but I can tell you this. That stretch of I-40 is pretty good westbound (lots of new pavement) but has a lot of rough stretches eastbound.
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I live in AZ currently. A newer Phoenix bypass is Loop-303 that exits I-17 before Loop-101 and stays even farther west of the heavy traffic areas and meets I-10 at Goodyear AZ. From there it is a straight shot to CA on I-10.


Totally agree on the 303 loop from the 17 to the 10. Drove it in October and it was great.
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A lot more to see on Arizona 95 then Calif's 95.....just came thru there
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Why do people put the word "the" in front of a perfectly good and descriptive road name? Is that a California thing?
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Why do people put the word "the" in front of a perfectly good and descriptive road name? Is that a California thing?
I agree. Never could understand that. "I'll take I80" is a faster easier way to say "I'll take THE I80".
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Ya it’s a California thing. Just like giving direction. All travel is in time rather than miles. LOL
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