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  1. Default San Diego/Los Angeles to Minneapolis MN - FASTEST ROUTE I80 or I70

    Well I did this trip 2 years ago in feb and took the i70 through grand jucntion up through denver (didn't hit any traffic) alone pretty much non stop..

    this time , time is of the essence too, we will be splitting the driving, me and a buddy and sleeping at rest stops if we even need to.


    Were leaving san diego at about 5pm on Thursday was wondering what is the best route to take the i70 or straight up to salt lake city and take the i80 across, I am looking for the fastest way ( i think the i80 route is more miles though) ...

    thanks pros!

    btw the car is

    a 96 honda civic, lowered, 17 inch wheels, tuned up, new ignition wires, new distrubtor cap, all belts including timing belt and water pump have been done within the last 10k, also new brakes all the way around so we shouldn't have problems, 86k on the car.

    also looking for the smoothest roads (les pot wholes, bumps ect)

    did the trip last time in an accord with 160k.

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    Default Close Call

    Welcome to the RTA Forum!

    Its a close call between the two. I would think if time is the absolute most important thing, then I would chose I-80.

    I-70 is slightly shorter in terms of distance, but between the greater elevation gain and the significant chance of hitting traffic in Denver, I'd say I-80 would be the better bet for pure speed.

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    well kick start my heart, i'm ready, btw any tips on where we can fly and where we should watch our speed?

    anything interesting from salt lake on I80? last time i took the 70, nice scenery but your right some of those elevations are steep, but driving through a mountain is an experience! And the last stop with the gas station and a sign leading up saying 200 mile w/ no gas stations or service get gas now or something of the sort, they were charging 14.00 for a jug of coolant lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elw612
    well kick start my heart, i'm ready, btw any tips on where we can fly and where we should watch our speed?

    anything interesting from salt lake on I80? last time i took the 70, nice scenery but your right some of those elevations are steep, but driving through a mountain is an experience! And the last stop with the gas station and a sign leading up saying 200 mile w/ no gas stations or service get gas now or something of the sort, they were charging 14.00 for a jug of coolant lol.
    If you don't mind, could you tell me exactly where this is located? I'm going to plot that on my GPS. I'm going the same route except towards Cleveland and we decided to go the I70 way.

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    well i am not sure about on your way from cleveland ( i have never driven to the west just always home from it) but on your way home it was when i got on the i70 in utah and crossed into the colorado area i believe, it was def before grand junction where you'll see GAY JOHNSONS tire veil colorodo heading to denver this was the booneys, and trust me if you never have done the drive when you get into utah you will get a kick out of some the trailer parks, i don't even know how they survive when stores are so far way..

    you will see the signs, trust me and have a blast !

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    oh and when i said driving through a mountain , i meant it, not just going around, a man made tunnel through some, pretty neat, especially some of those turns through the mountains, if you have a the right car its like your racing.

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    :) ok thanks.. be safe man.

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    Default It's not 200 miles,

    Quote Originally Posted by s-one
    If you don't mind, could you tell me exactly where this is located? I'm going to plot that on my GPS.
    There is no place in Colorado along I-70 with 200 miles between fuel stops. There may be ~102 miles between Green River, Utah and Salina that is fuel-free -- along the San Rafael Swell.

    Mark

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    I'm reading your referenced link now. Thanks Mark.

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    hmm i know it was longer than 100 miles for sure but then again it was 2 years ago..but i thought it was atleast 196 miles


    looks like my friend wants to go through denver so we will be taking i70, i'll stop and take pics and look at the mile marker ect so I can give you a better description...


    carefull though i remember alot of hwy patrols on i70 in denver when you follow the river..

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