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A friend and I are planning a trip from DC to Las Vegas From Feb 29-Mar 2. We'll be doing a "speed run," using a rental car, and I'm curious as to suggestions on route.
THis trip is a followup from a trip about 2 and 1/2 years ago, from Savannah to Vegas, largely along I-40. We'd like to do something different, and are strongly considering I-70. We had a pretty easy time of it, although refugees from Hurricane Rita made it difficult to find lodging the first night; we're hoping to be better prepared this time.
What weather conditions are we likely to face in the Rockies in early March? I'm assuming the most challenging part of the route is likely to be Denver-Rifle; am I underestimating the topography (and likely poor weather?)
Truth be told, we are expecting a short (probably 4-5 hour) day on Friday (Feb 29) and doing the vast majority over two days. I'd like to "lay up" somewhere in western Kansas/ eastern CO, so that we can tackle the high passes early in the day. I'm totally unfamiliar with that part of the country; should we expect significant hills/ mtns until Denver, or just a gradual increase in elevation?