I will be hauling a Uhaul trailer with my ford ranger from KC to San Francisco. I will return from SF to StL in the ranger minus the trailer. I am trying to plan both the shortest way out and the most scenic drive from SF to StL.
Hwy 80 is the shortest but keeping in mind the possibility of snow I imagine that my best option while hauling the trailer is hwy 40, the southern route through Albequerque.
On my return I would like to see the sights that the west has to offer. I have looked at, but am not tied to places like Canyon de Chelle and Mesa Verde. I would really like to see the Arches national park but that may be too far north. I plan on camping when I can and have at least 2 extra days to meander. The sights that I would prefer would be mostly auto tour and some day hiking. I will most likely be alone and don't want to spend the night away from my ride. I am open to two lane pavement, I prefer smaller highways to the interstate if they keep me headed home.
Some of the many questions that I have; Is hwy 15 through Las Vegas then hwy 50 to connect up with hwy 70 a remote option? Is fuel an issue with hwy 50?
Can anyone offer advice about what routes could be dramatically affected by weather in October? And suggestions for places to see on the route?