(This post was made by member celtdancer and moved here by the Editor)
I just stumbled upon your forum (and this website) about RoadTripping. I'm moving from Portland (Oregon, of course) to Vegas next week. And I still can't decide "which way" to go. The common Map services like Mapquest as well as Triple A told me to just take I-5 all the way down to Bakersfield, then turn in for a ways and go east til I hit Vegas.
But then there's a thread on this site - which I found by googling - that suggests using smaller roads through Susanville and Reno. Can you help me decide?
Here are relevant details in case you are familiar with this drive(s) and feel like helping:
I'm leaving Portland on Sunday March 5th. I don't mind doing two overnights (in hotels) but I'd rather just do one (i.e., split the drive into only two days of driving). It doesn't really snow here in Portland, so I'm thinking that this will be a nice, sunny roadtrip with my sunroof open! However, then I realized I'm going over/near Mt Shasta, where there might be snow, as well as possibly hitting some fog in the Sacramento area (if I'm on I-5).
I'm driving a little Honda Civic 2-door hatchback. Front wheel drive - which should be "fine" if I hit any snow, but to be honest I'd be way more comfortable if I didn't hit ANY snow, as all my years of serious snow-driving were done in 4WD Subarus! The car will not be too too heavy, as I don't want to pack it too full, but it will have some weight in the back (2 suitcases and a few duffel bags). But still where you can see out all the windows.
A friend said that I-5 from Sacramento all the way to Bakersfield is really "awful", that it's not only ugly but also full of speeding trucks as well as that potential for fog. So, that sounds scary. But on the other hand, mountain passes if I go the other way, right?
Help! Any advice is appreciated. Thanks!
Tina in Portland Oregon