I'm looking for a little help...
I have always used I-40 when traveling between Los Angeles and Minneapolis. I am usually loaded down and have always felt I-40 is less stressful. And I've always avoided I-70 just because I've heard it is maybe too mountainous for smaller SUV's with a decent load. But, I am considering I-80 eastbound in a couple weeks as I will be visiting family in Sacramento before I leave California. Obviously, I don't want to add the extra 800 miles by looping back through L.A. to take my regular route to I-40. My concern though, having never traveled I-80, is that it may be significantly more mountainous (more up and down hills?) compared to I-40 East. I am traveling in a 96 Jeep Cherokee V-6 4.0L 4x4 5-spd manual transmission. Engine is pretty solid with 211,000 miles, but I will be loaded down a bit... maybe an extra 800lbs. I-40 is generally not a problem for me, but I always get a bit nervous east of Albuquerque going up that one last real steep grade. Does anyone know if there are any (more) similar uphill grades like this on I-80 going east? Are there any other significant concerns I might need to be aware of, other than snow? I also believe fuel will be a wee bit more expensive on I-80.
Any feedback is appreciated. Thanks!