I-70 Colorado Mountains

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Wind's Comment
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Hey guys!

So today is my 3rd day of being out with my mentor! I got to drive through the rocky mountains through the vail pass. It was pretty intense! It was night time, raining, and a lot of steep hills! I was wonder if this route in general is considered a difficult route? Although beautiful scenery I'm not gonna lie my palms were sweating haha

PackRat's Comment
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That IS a tricky route to drive through. Best to be super-cautious and take your time. Slowly navigate all the twists and turns. It gets really intense heading east once you pop out of the Eisenhower Tunnel and start to handle all of that Denver traffic. Slow and steady wins! Wait until you do it with the snow coming down.smile.gifgood-luck.gif

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Beautiful now, deadly in winter. Avoid during winter.

Keith A.'s Comment
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Which direction were you headed, Wind?

Turtle's Comment
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One of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring stretches of highway in the country, also one of my favorites. Certainly one worthy of extreme respect.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Keep in mind last year they had to chain on memorial day!

honeslty, i just avoid it. from CA i drive across I 40 instead.

Wind's Comment
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Toward Denver, Colorado coming from California!

Which direction were you headed, Wind?

Keith A.'s Comment
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Good stuff. I missed you by two days, was doing some Denver-Grand Junction runs for my company. I honestly have a grand time on 70 once I make it west of Vail.

Diver Driver's Comment
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One of my favorite stops is near there. "No name rest area". You can walk along the Colorado river on the bike path, and actually get close enough to put your feet in the river. (Nothing like ice water on your feet after driving all day)

OtrEscapeArtist's Comment
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I drive OTR for a company out of Montana. We get all the western passes and a few out east as well. We do not use 70 (Vail)...

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OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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