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Old 08-24-2010, 12:39 PM   #43
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The road to Chaco Canyon. That's all that needs to be said.

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Old 08-24-2010, 01:38 PM   #44
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Coming downhill from Cloudcroft, NM westbound is the most "fun" we've ever had; unless you like the smell of brakes burning.
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Old 08-24-2010, 01:56 PM   #45
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30 east of Dallas is not too bad, but I have not driven 20 east of Dallas in a while. It wasn't the best the last time I did, perhaps 5 years ago?

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We lived in Ft worth till 4 years ago and would trek to Shreveport area to visit relatives quite a bit until the babies came. I-20 is/was in a constant state of repair. I-30 was much better... at the time.
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Old 08-24-2010, 02:11 PM   #46
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There are so many bad roads—

On the northern part of the Cassiar Hwy in BC in late May, the last 5-7 miles before the Yukon border were the worst washboard we've ever experienced. There was a construction project that was not finished and appeared abandoned.

The Alaska Hwy just south of Toad River in mid-July where it was being seal coated, it rained before it dried, the dirt became mud and the seal coat left tar and sticky stuff all over the trailer and truck. This was also in BC. Most of the Alaska Hwy is pretty good, but frost heaves in permafrost country make it a challenge.

Last fall, the W. Va. Turnpike was very bumpy and we'll never take that road again. You have to pay to be miserable!

Last time we were in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland was 2004, but the roads were bumpy, wavy, and more bumpy, especially in NS.

I-80 in Cal. west of the Nevada border was terrible a few years ago—the concrete was so worn that it was gravel with cement between—but it was being rebuilt when we traveled through.

Taylor Hwy between the Boundary Rd and Eagle, Alaska, is in places very narrow and has scores and scores of tedious blind curves—not for trailers, though it could be done, very slowly.

A few years ago, I-70 eastbound from Vail Pass east had large chunks of road missing, several inches deep along grooves made by large trucks. It has been repaved since.

The county roads where we live are badly built and deteriorate quickly because the road crews are badly trained and the county commissioners hate to spend money, so they build cheap roads and in the long run spend more money.

NYC—lots of pot holes. It was the same in 2008 when we visited as I remembered from 40 and more years ago.

We've been on a lot of narrow, winding, steep roads—a lot of people don't like them. To us it's the way to get to beautiful and remote places. Try Colo. 92 from Crawford to Blue Mesa Dam (at US 50)—a beautiful drive along the Black Canyon, but a challenge without a lot of guard rail, sharp drops, blind curves, but good pavement. We've taken it scores of times in all seasons, several times towing. The passenger will appreciate the scenery more than the driver.

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Old 08-24-2010, 02:18 PM   #47
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The worst for us was coming out of North Idaho from Cemetary Ridge after a heavy rain...road?...what road? It was nearly washed out and very narrow!!!
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Old 08-24-2010, 02:18 PM   #48
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I-287 in NY, between I-684 and the Tappan Zee Bridge is tied with the Cross Bronx Expressway for worst in my book. YUCK!
I-287. the Cross Westchester Expressway section has happily enjoyed much improvement in recent years, with lanes, exits, and surfaces, so I'd take it off the "worst" list.....

on the other hand, I-95 North, the Cross Bronx Expressway between the George Washington Bridge and the Throgs Neck Bridge is as ugly, bumpy, bumper-to-bumper as ever! thank God it's at least mostly flat!

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Old 08-24-2010, 02:44 PM   #49
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A stretch of road in Utah where a leaky manure spreader had just gone through and had paved the right lane with fresh, aromatic cow poop. The whole front of the trailer got plastered and dried up before I could get to it. I don't like mud flaps, so I paid dearly. Ahhhh...the open range...
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We just came back from Maine. On our way there we went thru Massachusetts by way of I-495. The road was fine but the bridges were all horribly patched. You come off the the road at 60-65 MPH on to the various bridges and it was a great test of welds and rivets.
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We just came back from Maine. On our way there we went thru Massachusetts by way of I-495. The road was fine but the bridges were all horribly patched. You come off the the road at 60-65 MPH on to the various bridges and it was a great test of welds and rivets.

ooh!

thanks for the heads up on this, as we'll be enroute from NJ to MA to ME next week.

can I presume that you're talking about the I-495 loop north and above the Mass Pike? or were you coming up from I-95?

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Don't get me wrong, the road is worth it. Absolutely gorgeous and unique area with lakes, elk and expansive meadows, majestic mountains in the middle of nowhere. There is one dirt road from the east 25mi and one from the west 25mi.

A local guy in Cimarron, NM told me where the turn off was. Then told me one road was good and one was bad but he could not remember which was which, the east or west road. 25 miles of the worst washboard I ever drove. Just when I thought it could not get worse it did. I could have walked faster. After getting to a gorgeous campground I proceeded on glad the bad road was behind me. It wasn't. That was the good road.
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Friends of ours were up at Valle Vidal with their Casita earlier this week. The road to take in is the one out of Cimarron, not the one out of Costilla (north of Taos).

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Just drove today I49 in LA. The part from Baton Rouge to Opelousas was so bumpy. I thought my front axle had a problem. It is one of those old highways with concrete slabs. It felt like being on a boat speeding in a light shop.
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Friends of ours were up at Valle Vidal with their Casita earlier this week. The road to take in is the one out of Cimarron, not the one out of Costilla (north of Taos).

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I did some backpackig in the Valle a few years back - absolutely gorgeous country!
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I've seen a lot of confirmation on this thread of what I've noticed—concrete roads can be really bad when I'm towing the trailer. It doesn't have to be an old road—I-70 east of Denver has long sections of newer concrete out towards Limon that are like a subdued roller coaster. Any road can feel worse with a trailer and some resonate really badly with the rig and concrete seems to be particularly bad.

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