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Old 05-04-2021, 06:24 AM   #15
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In general, going from east to west, there will be a steep climb at the beginning and a LONG downhill run into the valley. I'd say the most important skill to have regardless of route is being able to manage your speed on the downhills without burning up your brakes or going airborne.

In my class A I've only ever crossed via 80. No shame in doing that, although it takes you out of the way, gotta go through Reno, and still have to manage a high speed downhill run.

50 has a short steep climb past echo lake on a narrow road with cliffs and all. Usually a lot of traffic too. Wouldn't be eager to tackle that in a class A but I've been in worse.

88 has a longer climb but less steep. Probably less stressful, and really pretty besides. Avoid 89.

As to where you cut over, there are a lot of teeny little roads between 50 and 88 that are gorgeous but it can get pretty tight in some places. I've mostly been back there in my motorcycle, typically with no idea whatsoever where I was, or where I was going.

In an RV? Omo Ranch is OK I guess, it gets really tight in some places, I'd wonder about tree clearance in spots. Mormon Emmigrant Trail is pretty and not particularly technical, might be worth a look.

88-49-Pleasant Valley is the easy-button option. You'll run into a little traffic in Jackson but not too much. Been a couple of years but my recollection is, Pleasant Valley road is easy.

I don't think I've been all the way into Somerset, although I might have. Like I said, I was typically blissfully lost the whole time.
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Old Today, 11:57 AM   #16
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The drive 88 to Omo Ranch was perfect!

Took 88 to Omo Ranch over to Fairplay Wednesday morning 11:15-2 pm. The climb up was incredibly beautiful. Caples lake is still covered in ice I dropped into 2nd gear on the big grades to maintain 40 mph, high water temp was 190 and transmission fluid was only 213!

Navigated the descent in 2nd for most of the road which made the many curves and steep grades super easy to navigate. I pulled over twice for groups of drivers to pass but there was very little traffic, everyone was patient and driving very well.

Thank everyone for your input and words of confidence. Safe travels
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