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    Jewels Guest

    Default Vancouver to Monterey this December

    I am planning to drive solo from Vancouver BC to Monterey CA. As this is my first solo road trip I have given myself two days. I am leaving Van. probably on Dec. 18 and returning to Van. by Jan 3rd.

    My reason for posting is to determine the best route for the trip. As I have no need to sight see I would like to determine the quickest and safest way down. And the recommendation of some reasonable cost effective accomodations?

    My car is reliable and is being checked out by a mechanic before my journey as well as buying chains. However, it's a small '87 Toyota Tercel and as a result I'm cautious about driving down the I5 straight due to the possible road conditions and am wondering if I should head over to the 101 at Grants Pass??

    All and any thoughts or suggestions are welcomed!!!

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jewels
    I am planning to drive solo from Vancouver BC to Monterey CA. As this is my first solo road trip I have given myself two days. I am leaving Van. probably on Dec. 18 and returning to Van. by Jan 3rd. My car is reliable and is being checked out by a mechanic before my journey as well as buying chains. However, it's a small '87 Toyota Tercel and as a result I'm cautious about driving down the I5 straight due to the possible road conditions and am wondering if I should head over to the 101 at Grants Pass??
    Welcome to the Forum!

    As you probably know, the most direct (& therefore fastest) route would be I-5, even using I-5, this will still be a 1050 mile trip -- which will require two full days of driving. If you divert over to US-101 at Grants Pass, it will add about 3-4 hours of driving time. I would suggest you plan on staying on I-5 and only head for the coast if there is certain threat of snow and/or closures on I-5.

    mark

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    I agree with Mark. Expect a little snow in the pass areas of SO OR and NO CALI, but for the most part it shouldn't be too bad. Check out the gear-up section for some items you should pack in your car. A CB radio with NOAA weather function is a good buy. Just keep an eye on the weather conditions, listen to the AM dial every so often for weather reports of if you have a web-enabled cell phone you can get info directly from there. Pass reports can also be obtained by dialing 5-1-1, which will connect you with the state DOT traveler information service. They are recordings, but they do post advisories about pass conditions.

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    Jewels Guest

    Default THanks!

    Thanks for the suggestions!!! They are all great!

    Although plans have changed a little, ie. I now have driving companions!!! the journey shall not be as long and your suggestions are still relevant!!!

    Thanks again!

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    I just returned from a trip to Bakersfield Ca. from Seattle. I-5 is your best bet. Even over the siskiyous pass. The States of Oregon and California do a pretty good job of keeping the passes clear of snow and Ice. I drove my 86 Toyota pickup down there and back with little problem.

    Maybe the only problem your tercel may encounter would be the steep 6% grade at the siskiyous. Your car may only be able to go 50-55 MPH at best and the posted speed limit through there is about 65. Unless your vehicle has a V6 or V8, this would be the norm though. Just take it slow and easy and you will be fine. We left Seattle at 6 AM and hit the pass by around 2 PM that same day, so if you are coming from Vancouver tack on another 2 or 3 hours. It's best to take the pass in daylight hours as Nightime visibility is pretty bad this time of year. So I would leave at 3 or 4 AM if I were you. That should put you in Ashland by about 2 or 3 PM. Then gas up in Ashland to have a full tank for the pass.

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