My son is moving back from California to NJ one way. When he moved to California, he went the "northern route" I-80 to San Francisco.
Because its winter, and the Midwest/Chicago is inundated with storm watches, he was thinking he should go the "southern route" -- starting in Las Vegas before heading east. He is presently en route to LV as I type. He's a poker player, so will likely stay a day or 2 before heading out.
He says he will either go I-40 or up to I-70.
Being typical worrywort Mom, and b/c he will have no internet access, I volunteered to do a little research to help him decide when the time comes to head east.
Not knowing much about roadtrips across country, I went to AAA... I look on the map, and I see from Las Vegas to Denver to I-70 goes through the Rockies, which I envision as the ultimate in winter storms, treacherous roads, etc... they dont seem to give much information on road conditions that I can find.
But then, doing Google searching, people have said worse things about I-40: such things as Gas Up every time you see a gas station, carry plenty of water, you can really get in trouble otherwise because you can drive hundreds and hundreds of miles without seeing anyone. Worst roads, etc etc etc... and then I even found one recommendation Never stop in Amarillo, Texas, it is horrible...
But I am not sure what is reliable information and what is not!!!?
Can anyone point me to some good, clear, realistic information about what would be the better route to take east, at this time of year, and how to find a good link to obtaining clear reliable highway weather forecasts for over the next week?
Thanks, I really appreciate it,