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Old 07-08-2007, 05:04 PM   #15
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I 5 Between the grapevine and Sacramento.

The road surface will pop a shock absorber through your hood. I can hear my trailer crying for mercy.

Scenery. It is grim go through at night if you can.

Hastings Ranch. That smell has knocked buzzards of wagons. If you've smelled it you know I'm being polite.
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Old 07-08-2007, 05:10 PM   #16
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As far as the route, State Route 28 in North Carolina along with US 129 between Bryson City and Chilhowee. the condition of the road is okay, but the twisting, turning, and up-and-down (constant) make it a nightmare to drive. I don't think I ever went more than 25 mph, and usually that seemed recklessly fast. I had (very) briefly considered taking our trailer that way, as the map said it was very scenic, and recommended to travel. It would break a snake's back to try to travel this route.
As for an Interstate, I-80 in Western Pennsylvania was really bad the last time I had the misfortune to have to drive it, some sections were gravel, with huge potholes. And this was an Interstate!
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Old 07-08-2007, 05:53 PM   #17
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I 5 Between the grapevine and Sacramento.

The road surface will pop a shock absorber through your hood. I can hear my trailer crying for mercy.

Scenery. It is grim go through at night if you can.

Hastings Ranch. That smell has knocked buzzards of wagons. If you've smelled it you know I'm being polite.
I did that trip a couple of years ago to buy (not) an Airstream just north of Santa Rosa. The road was not too bad, but I did not have a trailer in tow. The scenery did improve after the sun set

I do not know Hastings Ranch, but the air going past Bakersville had a bad taste to it
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Arch Back Alley

This has to be the ultimate shaker path.
Goes thru an Indian reservation, and is not graded often.
Dirt and very wide, about 40'

We were on a mission to see all the arches we could.
There was one on the cover of Rand Mac back around '96 that was down this road.

Really did look just like the old washboard.
No speed was good.
Too slow was like horse back...
Too fast and you had no control.

Just north of Moab in Utah

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Old 07-08-2007, 06:13 PM   #19
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I do not know Hastings Ranch, but the air going past Bakersville had a bad taste to it
Oh the bad taste is the cropdusters. A lovely combination of dirt and chemicals.

Hastings ranch, the actual ranch and not the diner is a cattle finishing yard. You can roll up the windows and turn off all vents and still smell/taste/feel the stench.

I 5 is a truck highway most cars take the 99 to the East. All those trucks have done a number on the road surface.
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Gonin Camping - that foul area on I-5 is just north of Harris Ranch, not Hastings Ranch. When we see/smell it 'comin we put the AC on recirc and hope for the best. My kids used to try and hold their breath.

Hastings Ranch sounds real familiar - but I can't place it, other than a subdivision in or near Sierra Madre off the 210 in SoCal.
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If you've ever been in Michigan "The Lodge"

Yep my worst road in Michigan vote is for the lodge, aka M-10 (thank goodness I don't work in D-town)!Used to be the potholes on Southfield Fwy were #1 in my worst road book!

In Louisiana 10 was pretty bad pre katrina, of course the causeway over Lake Ponchatrain with the expansion joints wasn't fun either, but New Orleans was worth visiting for sure--time to rebuild her!!
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Between Shiprock and Gallup. I've never been so happy to see Gallup. Too bad because the scenery is great.
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Gonin Camping - that foul area on I-5 is just north of Harris Ranch, not Hastings Ranch. When we see/smell it 'comin we put the AC on recirc and hope for the best. My kids used to try and hold their breath.

Hastings Ranch sounds real familiar - but I can't place it, other than a subdivision in or near Sierra Madre off the 210 in SoCal.

Yep, thats the spot. I used to live next to Sierra Madre. Guess my brain is scrambled today.
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Gonin Camping - that foul area on I-5 is just north of Harris Ranch, not Hastings Ranch. When we see/smell it 'comin we put the AC on recirc and hope for the best. My kids used to try and hold their breath.

Hastings Ranch sounds real familiar - but I can't place it, other than a subdivision in or near Sierra Madre off the 210 in SoCal.
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Any road near Amarillo. Same smell as mentioned above. Although the folks from here say it is the smell of money. Since I don't get the money it smells like bovine feces to me. :-)
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Our worst road is 405 thru LA, had to check my teeth to make sure the fillings were still in there.

Did go by a pig farm in Nebraska that made Harris Ranch smell sweet! (I think I80?)
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Hwy 90 from New Orleans through Boutte, Louisiana was called the Death Highway for the longest time, not due to the condition of the road, but rather to the people driving it. Folks would drive to N.O., get drunk, and try to drive home. The highway has a mounded median with a curb, and if you weave over and hit the curb at speed, it will flip your car into oncoming traffic.

I think it is redone now, thank goodness. I had several high-school friends killed on that road.

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Between Shiprock and Gallup. I've never been so happy to see Gallup. Too bad because the scenery is great.
I have done the Gallup to Shitrock more times then I would like to admit. Bad road and local going 30 MPH. Yes the scenery is great.
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Our worst road is 405 thru LA, had to check my teeth to make sure the fillings were still in there.
Hi, I was going to say the 405 through L.A. too, but before they rebuilt the 5 through Santa Ana, it was so bad, it made the 405 seem like silk.
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