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Old 06-29-2006, 12:25 PM   #15
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My least favorites are the freeways around Los Angeles. They are bumpy, congested and in poor overall condition. Many miles of washboard type concrete surface that give terrible trailer hop. Makes stuff wander all over the inside of your trailer, regardless of axle condition....
101 through Camarillo is pretty bad and choppy, although not ugly by any means.
I-40 through the Texas panhandle and east of there was pretty terrifying a few years back, but I have not been there since, might be repaired by now. Not much to look at tehre, besides Cadillac Ranch.
Some section of Mexican Hwy 5 from Mexicali to San Felipe are in pretty bad condition as well, but the I find the drive there at a slower pace quite interesting.
Sections of Wolf Creek pass in Colorado gooing East were pretty torn up, turning to gravel road in places - love/hate. Love the scenery, hate the road conditions

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Old 06-29-2006, 01:29 PM   #16
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495 around Washington DC. If your driving either North or South on 95 you'll end up on it. At rush hour it will take forever to get through it. I think it's rated as one of the most congested in the U.S.
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Old 06-29-2006, 02:04 PM   #17
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I don't remember the number (Thank God, the mind heals!), but the freeway loop around Atlanta, at dusk, 14+ lanes, all going at least 75 MPH and cutting in front of you, with headlight glare! Never again. I don't care if all roads lead to Atlanta, we're not going there.
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Old 06-29-2006, 02:16 PM   #18
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I-75 for the first 75 miles.........

Going north out of Florida, or the last 75 as you are heading south out of Georgia. Under construction to widen it to 3 lanes in each direction. The tourists heading south can smell Florida after driving with a load of tired, hot kids towards Disneyworld from Michigan or somewhere. The north-bound are eager to get the hell out of hot, steamy Florida and back home. It is a shooting gallery, and as dangerous as road in America.....and I've been on most of them, to include I-5, I-95, Jersey Turnpike, etc. Take your time, and maybe you can survive it for another day.
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Old 06-29-2006, 02:54 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by Goin camping
This is the road you hate to drive on but seem to use it anyway and why.

I despise interstate 5 in Ca. where it goes through the San Jaquin valley. No offense to anyone who lives there but it's ugly,dreary and stinks. Especially near that cattle yard. Yet I take it several times a year on my way to Oregon. How about you?
I have to agree with you. That's pretty BLAH!
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Old 06-29-2006, 08:05 PM   #20
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I-10 east of Houston

I-10 around Beaumont. Its been under construction forever. Concrete barriers placed right smack on the left and right stripes - ZERO room for sway if an 18-wheeler passes you fast.

Get off onto the feeder is the only answer.
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Old 06-30-2006, 12:08 AM   #21
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I-5 is awful...

Originally Posted by Goin camping
This is the road you hate to drive on but seem to use it anyway and why.

I despise interstate 5 in Ca. where it goes through the San Jaquin valley. No offense to anyone who lives there but it's ugly,dreary and stinks. Especially near that cattle yard. Yet I take it several times a year on my way to Oregon. How about you?
Well, for over 20 years we lived 12 miles from I-5 (where it really stinks) at the Harris Feedlot and the oil fields. Terrible. Anyway, I agree, it is one of the worst roads. The actual road is getting bumpy because it was built in 1965 and I doubt if they have done much to it since then.... but the total lack of scenery is dreadful, although with many illegal and unlicensed drivers on the road down there one doesn't have time to watch the scenery anyway. Some of the semi truck drivers are very scary no concept of speed limits. I drove from there to the Oregon border every weekend for a year. Once I got north of Sacramento everything seemed to calm down. Maybe I was just getting tired and didn't notice...

There are alternate routes you can take along most of I-t throughout California... look for Historic Hwy 99 and much of it is still there. Much quieter, but does take longer ~ you'd be driving 55. A really nice part of it goes through interesting farm land from just north of Sacramento to Red Bluff. Miss all the I-5 traffic, but you drive fairly parallel and can see everyone racing by... it is great in spring and fall. I wouldn't drive it in the winter when it was foggy.

I vote I-5 in California as terrible # 1.

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Old 08-22-2006, 09:29 AM   #22
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C. Illinois to Seattle - Road Reflections

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I-80 in western Iowa and again in several spots crossing Wyoming. Nasty washboard. Drive slower and it's Mike Tyson pounding on your lower back, drive faster and you suffer high-speed three stooges slaps. An absolute treat everytime I drive between Oregon and Indiana.
We just returned to central Illinois from Seattle. We made the same trip last year. We've done I-90 (twice), I-94, and I-80. Here are some reactions:

--Overall, I-94 has the least traffic but the stretch across Minnesota -- from Fargo through Minneapolis is a traffic nightmare (esp. on the weekend) and the road isn't that good.

-- I had dreaded the thought of crossing Nebraska on I-80 (given pre-Airstream experiences of past years), but actually the road surface wasn't that bad -- except as noted -- in W. Iowa. The main problem with I-80 is the number of trucks -- across NE and Iowa. Across Wyoming there are terrible stretches of washboard (eastbound) in the vicinity of mile-marker 260 and again for about 10 miles east of Cheyenne. Otherwise it's good road -- not much traffic and magnificent views . . .

-- That leaves I-90 which I strongly prefer. The traffic isn't bad. Around Missoula, MT -- they've repaved what was (last year) absolutely the second-worst stretch of washboard on the planet-- and now the road surface for 2400 miles is the best I think anyone could hope for. The drive through Montana is delightful. Sadly, Eastern Washington is just Eastern Washington. We've taken four different routes across E. Washington and there is no good solution -- just focus your eyes on the road ahead and get it behind you as fast as you can.

Now . . . I referred to the SECOND worst washboard to be found. The absolute worst is I-5 through Seattle!! Don't give it a moment's consideration -- take I-405 instead.
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Old 08-22-2006, 09:47 AM   #23
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From Redding to Arcata on the coast. This sign says it all--very slow, very narrow, and in some places very steep. Every one of the 140 miles. Plus fog if you try it at night or early morning. Count on the drive taking 5-6 hours.

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California 140 from Yosemite to Mariposa is just as bad, but it's only 42 miles long. It was laid out by a drunken Cat driver who liked to do tight turns for no discernable reason.
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Old 08-22-2006, 09:55 AM   #24
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Close to home for me

My trailer is stored only 9 miles away, but the direct access has been closed and under construction for 6 months and will not be finished until about next February. It isn't impassable, but every time I sneak through, there is a new set of ditches.

In the meantime, the next most reasonable route is 4 miles longer and also has a stretch that is under construction, although not closed. There is a 5-mile collection of patches, heaves, one-lane stretches. If I bring the trailer home, everything inside has been rearranged. The mattress is halfway off the bed and anything moveable has shifted.

Both are county roads and, to cut costs, the contracts allow a full year to completion. In the meantime, we usually start trips from the storage yard rather than load at home.
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Old 08-22-2006, 10:00 AM   #25
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The worst road(s), well for the past 6 month, thanks to the total lack of forward planning, is the stretch of I-80 just south of Chicago. Eastbound coming in to the junction with 294, the genius traffic planners take 4 lanes of traffic down to one for the merge to eastbound I 80-94. This road is tore up and is down to two lanes per direction all the way into Indiana. Then in another fantastic lack of planning they have chosen to tear up I-94 going north into the city and they have also torn up the Skyway. Congratulations Chicago highway planners, you have created complete gridlock. There is no way to get to/from an area east of Chicago to/from an area west of Chicago without wasting hours in traffic.

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Old 08-22-2006, 12:40 PM   #26
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I dare say our worst road is the half mile of gravel from our front gate to the state highway we must access before we can go anywhere. The road is either dusty in dry weather or muddy in wet weather (should we be so lucky!) and washboard all the time. Usually the doors jump out of their tracks in the Airstream and anything loose gets rearranged. Our first stop is about a mile down the blacktop to where we can put things back together.

With that as our starting point, any other road is heavenly.

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Old 08-22-2006, 12:52 PM   #27
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Originally Posted by farmboydkb
Sadly, Eastern Washington is just Eastern Washington. We've taken four different routes across E. Washington and there is no good solution -- just focus your eyes on the road ahead and get it behind you as fast as you can.
Watch it...there are Eastern Washington people on this forum who find our dry upland vast views of nothingness quite beautiful.

I will agree with Mel and others that the stretch of I-5 north of Seattle about dislodged our trailer from its frame. Last spring on the way to the tulip festival the washboard was so bad we almost had to pull over to compose ourselves.
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Old 08-22-2006, 01:19 PM   #28
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I-95 Southbound at I-10 in Downtown Jacksonville. This is the only place in the entire Interstate Highway System where there is perminent single lane travel. I don't think that it is intended to be that way. This major junction has been under construction continuously for the past twenty-eight years that I am aware of. It was like that when I moved to Jacksonville in 1978.

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