Hey all, great forums!
We're taking a trip from Milwaukee to Vegas, Vegas to Sacramento, CA, then back to Milwaukee from 1/30/09 to about 2/6/09. Plan is to take I-70 in and I-80 out.
Unfortunately, this is our only timeframe to take our vacation due to work, etc., but we're doing it nonetheless.
In the past I've gone from Milwaukee to the Badlands, got stuck in a blizzard and headed south (to the warmth!), got blocked out of the freeways in Colorado and found side roads to keep us moving down to Arizona/New Mexico and across through Vegas to Death Valley. We eventually ended up in Malibu before we turned back. (many, many stories and not enough time...)
I also have a 180 mile round trip commute daily and am no stranger to the road.
I come here as it's been a while since my above-noted road trip and I'm looking for any "heads-up" advice on this trip and/or simply discuss the same.
I've purchased a AAA membership and ordered all the maps and tour guides, etc., that I could possibly take advantage of through this adventure.
We'll be driving a smaller 4 door Saturn with Bridgestone Blizzak snow tires. Is the purchase of chains necessary?
We don't plan on stopping unless we need sleep / food / gas until Vegas, then marching on. Our end goal is visiting a friend in the Air Force who's just re-enlisted (Sacramento area) and won't return home for some time. We're planning for 2 days or so there.
Concerns with driving I-70 and/or I-80 at this time of year? During my above-noted road trip when we broke off the freeway due to closure we ended up crossing through the mountains and landed in Durango, CO. Not sure how that happened, but it was do-able in a Ford Taurus.
Any major speed traps where they'll pull you over for 1-2 mph over the limit / hassle you with out-of-state plates?
Any general advice is welcome...