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Old 04-10-2011, 10:37 PM   #15
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That bad, eh? I was planning on driving that road in the near future. Anybody else have experience on it?


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Do you have a high tolerance for heights and dropoffs? LOL! I remember there was a warning sign about it being an unmaintained road but by then it was way too late to turn around. This was a couple years ago and I'm a New Englander (will drive in a blizzard).... still wouldn't take that road in anything bigger than a motorcycle!!! ps my husband says I exaggerate but I maintain he was too busy driving to be scared!

By the way I said 35 minutes in my original post , I should have said 35 MILES and actually it turns out its more like 47 miles. So much for exaggeration!

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Old 04-11-2011, 08:55 AM   #16
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Yes, that's one of the websites I looked at in planning this. It all looks fairly tame still! (Kind of like many roads in the west, it is not maintained much and downright ugly after rains.) Maybe we'll still try it.

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Old 04-11-2011, 09:36 AM   #17
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I traveled this route in June 2004 and enjoyed the journey. Long stretches of washboard roads but the scenery was great. I would not hesitate to take my Safari through there, but then it has no option but to follow me. I think your impressions would depend on what kind of roads you are used to. Gravel and dirt roads lead you to some of the best of this country.
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Old 04-11-2011, 09:41 AM   #18
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Worst road towing - definitely Chaco Canyon in NM will loosen your cabinet screws and empty your drawers.

Scariest road driving-Black Bear dropping into Telluride....high pucker factor.
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"Top of the World Highway" between Dawson City Yukon Terr. and Tok Alaska. It is a beautiful 120 mile drive. However if you catch it as we did , it can be extremely rough. Made the drive in 12.5 hrs. and spent 2 days retightning all the screws in the trailer. It was all gravel with about 1.5 to 2 inch washboard type ridges running across the road surface due to the traffic since it was last graded.
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Old 04-20-2011, 09:53 AM   #20
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Alaska highway from Beaver Creek, Yukon to the Alaska border last fall. Posted at 55, you might average 30 due to the cracks and hugely uneven pavement. There were many places where you slowed to 15 to keep from breaking an axle or destroying a tire. Probably not much better this year..beware.
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Old 04-20-2011, 04:11 PM   #21
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Do you have a high tolerance for heights and dropoffs? LOL! I remember there was a warning sign about it being an unmaintained road but by then it was way too late to turn around. This was a couple years ago and I'm a New Englander (will drive in a blizzard).... still wouldn't take that road in anything bigger than a motorcycle!!! ps my husband says I exaggerate but I maintain he was too busy driving to be scared!

By the way I said 35 minutes in my original post , I should have said 35 MILES and actually it turns out its more like 47 miles. So much for exaggeration!

Another review Cottonwood Canyon Road, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah

I have done the road in the tow vehicle...no problems because it was dry.

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Old 04-20-2011, 04:29 PM   #22
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Its been a few years but at the time, highway 80 over Donner pass was the worst interstate I've towed on. Buckboard concrete, potholes, eroded surface. Plus construction zones coned down to one lane, cones erratically placed with concrete barrier on the other side. Just a delightful experience towing a newish Airstream trailer.
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Old 04-20-2011, 05:27 PM   #23
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tpi, we were on that road several years ago too when it was under construction. The concrete was worn down to a rough gravel surface and the concrete barriers were much too close.

But there are so many bad roads—some in no particular order:

1. I-70 in the Limon area is new concrete with expansion joints that resonate with the TV and trailer.

2. Several years ago I-70 on the east side of Vail Pass had ruts about 4" deep running along it where the paving had broken up. It's been repaired.

3. Any road with frost heaves in northern Canada and Alaska can be bad, but some of the worst are the last 100 miles or so before the Alaska border in Yukon.

4. The last couple of miles in BC on the Cassair Hwy before the Yukon border had the worst washboard of all time. It looked like the contractor had abandoned it.

5. A lot of roads in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland when we were there in 2004.

6. Brooklyn-Queens Expressway in Brooklyn was pothole city in 2008.

7. Some concrete hwys in southern California also resonate.

8. Black Bear Road into Telluride is one of the scariest roads of several such old mining roads in Colorado. We haven't been on that one, but when you are in Telluride and look up the face of the mountain and look at it, you may not want to try it, especially in a full size pickup. We have been on a lot of these roads, some way off camber, hoping no one is coming the other way. One of the worst is Red Hill where I followed a Toyota pickup going down it sideways about 30 years ago.

9. The Dempster Hwy from Dawson City, Yukon, to Inuvik, NWT, is well maintained, about 500 miles long, goes through beautiful land, but when it rains, wait 'til it dries out because it turns to grease. We didn't wait and it was two days of tense driving.

10. West Virginia Turnpike—they should pay you to use it.

11. I-70 in Illinois.

12. We've been to Chaco Canyon twice and I didn't think it was that bad for a dirt road, but it was dry when we were there and I guess it had been graded recently. We were lucky.

13. Old 66 in Arizona west of Kingman has some very narrow parts with many blind curves and it slow driving. This is the way roads were before WWII.

14. North of Chicken, Alaska, from the cut off to Canada to Eagle, Alaska, has some very narrow sections and many, many, many blind curves.

I'm sure I could think of more given time, but there is a sample. Generally the more densely populated a place is, the worse the roads may be because of lots of traffic. Mountain roads are expensive to maintain and build, and places with severe winters mean lots of potholes. Most of Canada seems to have better roads than the US.

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Another vote for West Virginia Turnpike
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A third vote for the W Virginia turnpike.
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A 4th for the WV turnpike mainly the right lane. zz
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We have done a lot of the roads that were mentioned above. When we return to Long Island, NY from the mainland all roads are HORRIBLE: The approach to and the George Washington Bridge, Cross Bronx Expressway(Pirannha Exwpy), Gowanus Expwy, Brooklyn-Queens Expwy. They are potholed and always under construction. These are the main roads to get a trailer onto the Long Island. Depending on the time of day you can be surrounded by a lot of nutsy in a rush local commercial truckers(long haul guys are pretty good) and other driving idiots.
After going to Alaska last year, towing our AS, the worst portion of the road and drive was the last 2 1/2 hours going through NJ and NY City.

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ALL the roads are bad in Alaska, but the one to Chicken from the South is so bad it shouldn't even be on the map!
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