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Old 12-10-2019, 01:51 PM   #43
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Driving through Portland, OR

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Northbound: Best time during the day is to pass through Wilsonville around 10:30am, and take I-205. Alternate: stay on I-5, then take I-405 through the city center.

Southbound: Take I-205 north of Vancouver, WA around 11am. Alternate: stay on I-5 (stay out of right lane), and cross Columbia River around 11:15am. Take I-405 through city center.

Avoid I-5 through Oregon/WA: northbound take Highway 97 from Weed, CA all the way through Central Oregon, as far as to I-90 in Washington. Mostly 2-lane, but lots of passing lanes and wide shoulders. Favorite trucker route.

Avoid I-5 altogether: northbound from Victorville area on Highway 395. Merge to Highway 97 in Oregon.

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Old 12-15-2019, 03:43 PM   #44
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El Paso by-pass is a high mountain pass. One doesn't usually make up any time this way.

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Old 12-15-2019, 04:06 PM   #45
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Pittsburgh! There is no bypass around the city and all major highways lead into the city, across bridges and through tunnels.
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Old 12-15-2019, 04:10 PM   #46
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Atlanta,particularly because there's no good way to get around it
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Old 12-15-2019, 04:24 PM   #47
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After driving a semi truck thur most of this bigger city. Now are motorcoach they are all bad a certain times of day. Even the smaller town lol.
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Old 12-15-2019, 04:52 PM   #48
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Large citys are really bad ! For a small town try to get thru bend Oregon? It's a real joke!
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Old 12-15-2019, 04:56 PM   #49
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I agree with oh no. Depending on the time of day all heavily populated areas are an experience to drive through. I generally like to tuck in behind an 18-wheeler as they are usually heading the same way I plan on and those drivers know best how to get through those areas. Better yet .. plan your trip to drive through those areas before 6 a.m. or after 9 p.m.
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Old 12-15-2019, 05:18 PM   #51
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Never, ever drive through Salt Lake City via I-15. Just don't do it.
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We used to travel from Nor-Cali thru LA basin to get down to Baja in Mexico a couple times a year...

We always timed it thru LA at 3-4:00 AM to avoid the masses of cars there - even then you’d be surprised at the traffic on the freeways..! Most big urban areas never ‘sleep’ anymore, it seems..!
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Sounds like every major city in the country!
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Old 12-15-2019, 05:40 PM   #54
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After driving a semi truck thur most of this bigger city. Now are motorcoach they are all bad a certain times of day. Even the smaller town lol.
Agreed, time of day can make a huge difference in traffic. I've zoomed through New York and over the GW and I've sat for what seemed like hours watching the boats going under. I've also sat in traffic at midnight in the boondocks for construction at 2am.

Generally I try to preview cities on Google maps with traffic on to get a feel for the traffic flow. Also I try to find the state DOT website and find construction report. It's more good planning than avoiding an area altogether that keeps you moving.
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Caught in Manhattan

We got caught in Manhattan for about 4 hours one fine Sunday afternoon with an '04 Arctic Fox 25' 5th wheel behind my '03 RAM 2500 LB with a 6sp manual Tranny, just a couple days before the 2013 government shutdown. Very exciting, this was.

If you are a good driver, and love excitement, I highly recommend this as a memorable portion of your east coast trip. Again, I thank the City of New York's finest policemen who escorted me out of their city.

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