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Old 07-16-2013, 08:15 AM   #1
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Loadin' up for the "stream-a-bout"

We will be leaving on Friday for a 16 day jaunt through the SW and up the spine.

I already know my daily destinations, but am interested on road conditions, especially in the Rockies with a 30'er in tow.

Route in a nutshell is:

Chicago - Stanton, MO
Stanton, MO - El Reno, OK
El Reno, OK - Albuquerque
Albuquerque - Show Low, AZ
Show Low - Prescott
Prescott - Durango
Durango - Gunnison
Gunnison - Rocky Mtn Nat. Pk
Rocky Mtn - Dodge City
Dodge - Joplin, Mo
Joplin - Poplar Bluff
PB - Home

I notice that in many of these areas there are designated scenic routes, which we like to take whenever possible. Info on routes to avoid and routes to not miss would be much appreciated.
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Old 07-16-2013, 08:50 AM   #2
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You can go to Weather.com and get weather forecasts for all of the points on your itinerary, with forecasts up to 10 days in advance.

That doesn't help with road conditions, exactly, but I always check the weather en route so that I can route myself around thunderstorms and the like.
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Old 07-16-2013, 09:04 AM   #3
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Yup, I do that a lot...business travel, etc. I am more interested in the road conditions that don't change. Like state of repair and whether a 30'er can travel some of the byways in the Rockies. I am not afraid to wind around....just don't want a road to peter out and die on me. Also gravel SUCKS.
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In Oklahoma there is always some construction on I-44 but no big deal. The biggie will be west side of Okc to Yukon headed to ElReno They just started the 13 mo project and I already hate it. It's only a few mile and no good way to bypass.
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In Oklahoma there is always some construction on I-44 but no big deal. The biggie will be west side of Okc to Yukon headed to ElReno They just started the 13 mo project and I already hate it. It's only a few mile and no good way to bypass.
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Your trip will find some steep grades and winding passes, but it is all doable if you take your time and occasionally use pullouts to let traffic get by. For road conditions and construction, use these sites. cotrip.org, nmroads.com, az511.gov
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Old 07-16-2013, 09:27 AM   #7
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Thanks, Mojo. Taking a 2500 Duramax on this trip, but don't plan on running hard. Ill check those sites.
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Hi from AZ. . . The sites for NMDOT & AZDOT have current conditions, etc. I think Texas DOT does same thing. hope you'll try Sid's in El Reno, GREAT onionburger ! Regards, Craig
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If you've got a tablet computer (or a smartphone) you might try the MapQuest Maps, GPS & Traffic app. I use the Android version on my tablet.
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I've got an Ipad and will load the app. I just went through the states' maps on their respective DOT sites. The camera shots and streams all look fine for my routes and a big trailer.

I am trying to decide if I should take my 1986 Yamaha Riva 125cc. It does pretty well at lower altitudes with 2 up...but without rejetting, I wonder about power at 5000 - 10,000 feet?????? Any experience out there.
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Pro is right. All the info. can be found on the net.

I also use Google Earth on my prospective route -
to see what I'm getting into!
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