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Old 01-30-2020, 12:49 PM   #1
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Route through Kansas

we are in the planning stages of a trip from Minnesota to Eagle Nest, NM. Google maps shows three possible routes. We are thinking that one of our overnights will be Dodge City KS.


The route I am leaning towards is I-35 through Kansas City, I-625, to I-70. There is a toll on this road. Is this worth avoiding? What would the toll cost?


We are in a Class A, pulling a toad. We will be leaving at the end of May, and probably stay 2-3 weeks.


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The toll from Eastern entrance to the Topeka I-70 exit for a RV towing a car is $ 6.00 cash or $ 4.45 if you get a free K-tag sticker for your RV and set up an account. ksturnpike.com. It's worth it comparted to the non-toll routes.

I suggest I-35 to I-29 north to I-635 south to I-70 west to K-156 southwest ...

Alternate with no toll would be to go thru St. Joseph MO and see the sites there then cut down to I-70 at Topeka.

Some possible stops include Topeka KS (State Capitol, Kansas Museum of History), Abilene KS (Eisenhower Library, Historical Museums, really good food at Brookville Hotel), Larnerd KS ( Ft. Larnerd National Historical Site )
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We did a partial drive on your route, leaving Eagles Nest, NM and went down to Springer NM on I25 and cut off east to Wichita, KS. The roads were 2 lanes but fuel was available and traffic light.

You can use google map and set options at "no tolls" and see how that looks. We enjoyed Eagles Nest although it was cold at night in mid September.
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We've used the route you're thinking about at least one way every year on our OR-WV-OR trips since the late '70s. The only difference is that we come into KC on 70. As mentioned the toll is insignificant, and for us it is the best way when going all the way through KC and Topeka on 70. When approaching from the north there may be a better way, I don't know.

We went to Dodge on one of those trips going west and used 156 and 56 from 70 to Dodge. It was not a very exciting road, mostly open land and an occasional feed lot. We did enjoy our visit to Dodge.

We have also enjoyed visiting MN a number of times, but could have done without the blood sucking flies. Even with them, it was enjoyable and beautiful.

Enjoy your trip!!

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Thanks everyone, that useful information. The toll road isn't as expensive as I thought it would be.


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Toll road cost In 2019 was $3.50 one way....
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If you want to avoid the KC traffic, take Highway 36 off of I35. Go west to Highway 75 and then south to I70. Highway 36 will be four lane in Missouri then change to two lane in Kansas. The Kansas part will move at 60 to 65 mph and is not bad with a RV. I drive it twice a year with a RV going to the races.
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