I-40 Or I-70 Decision Time

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Amber L.'s Comment
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So bad weather every where. We have a 19600 load going from LA to Toledo, OH. They said we can take I 40 to tucumcarri, NM then hwy 54 to I35 but looking at the weather that route is getting hit right now with a storm.

We can also take I 15 to I 70 but there are strong wind warnings on I15 and then 70 has been hit and is in the mountains.

What would you guys do??

PackRat's Comment
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It's February, so you're going to get winter weather no matter what route you may travel west of the Mississippi River.

Expect snow from September through the middle of June. Better to be delayed for weather than take unnecessary risks by driving. Dispatch will understand this, too, so don't worry.

SNOW: Slowly Navigate Or Wait.

Turtle's Comment
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Personally, I'd take the southerly route. But I'd go 40 all the way to OKC, 44 up to St Louis, stop and visit Rob D for a few, then 70 up to Indy, and so on. That should get around the next couple of days worth the storms.

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Yup thats the route we took few days ago to KC Missouri 40 to OKC then north was clear sailing. But now hearing how NMex is been hit who knows....I-80 west was ok drive here to SLC UT where we sit waiting for a load now.....did have to wait for WY to reopen but was clear after......Seems SLC is like Phx or denver lol they get us in then we wait to get out.....

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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I'd still take 40. 70 just had a significant snowfall from grand junction to just west of Denver. Several sections have been closed on and off and they've been working avalanche mitigation as well.

TCB's Comment
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You might could take the I-10, I-20 corridor, then the I-35 north out of Dallas. You would probably go through winds in the Banning area. The highest elevation would be the stretch through NM and West Texas where elevation is 4500-5000, but pretty flat with not many steep upgrades.

PackRat's Comment
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You might could take the I-10, I-20 corridor, then the I-35 north out of Dallas. You would probably go through winds in the Banning area. The highest elevation would be the stretch through NM and West Texas where elevation is 4500-5000, but pretty flat with not many steep upgrades.

Way too far south out of route for either of those two.

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Rob. D.'s Comment
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Turtle flatters me:

Personally, I'd take the southerly route. But I'd go 40 all the way to OKC, 44 up to St Louis, stop and visit Rob D for a few, then 70 up to Indy, and so on. That should get around the next couple of days worth the storms.

Based on my stalking, doesn't look like you will make to St. Louis anytime soon. I guess we'll have to wait until I'm solo and on the east coast.

With regard to the route, I had never thought of the alternate route of US 54 and I-35 from Tucumcari, NM to Toledo, Ohio, which according to Google maps is actually 20 miles shorter. Nice to have that option if one gets tired of the Route 66 way.

TCB's Comment
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I just got word that Swift Jurupa is preventing empty trailers from leaving the terminal due to high winds. Winds are about 25mph with gust up to 60-70 in some areas. Stay safe guys, especially if traveling through the passes.

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Turtle's Comment
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54 is no doubt a beautiful ride, and a nice break from the interstate. But it'll cost you time in the long run due to the lower speed limits and small towns. If my trip had to run through KC, that's the way I'd go.

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