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    Welcome to the RTA Forum! I think the route...

    Welcome to the RTA Forum!

    I think the route using I-39/I-74/I-57 straight down the middle of Illinois is your best bet. It's all freeway and doesn't have any obvious traffic spots, and has only 1...
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    Welcome to the RTA Forum! I presume this is a...

    Welcome to the RTA Forum!

    I presume this is a one way trip, which means you've got a nice amount of time for this journey. It's about 2000 miles, so you could make the trip in as little as 4 days,...
  3. It's worth noting that you've asked about...

    It's worth noting that you've asked about traveling to San Francisco/out west a few times now, and on your previous threads you were given several suggestions for non-interstate alternatives to I-70....
  4. Welcome to the RTA Forum, Izzie! Those are all...

    Welcome to the RTA Forum, Izzie!

    Those are all great things to see, but this thread is from 2007, so I suspect the OP's trip has long since come and gone.
  5. I'm aware of them, including the claim of their...

    I'm aware of them, including the claim of their "world's largest convenience store" in New Braunfels, but I've never stopped at one. I actually didn't realize they had spread beyond Texas, much less...
  6. That would add a lot of miles and almost...

    That would add a lot of miles and almost certainly cost more in extra gas than the 2 or 3 tolls you have in IL.

    I believe those tolls will cost you about $3. If you really want to avoid them, take...
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    If this is my trip, I'm skipping Cody this time...

    If this is my trip, I'm skipping Cody this time and saving it for when I do go to Yellowstone. To me, this is just too much of a detour just to see a rodeo. While it doesn't look that far afield by...
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    If I'm reading this right, you're going all the...

    If I'm reading this right, you're going all the way to Cody, but you're just spending the night and then heading to glacier, and not visiting Yellowstone? That feels like an odd choice?

    It's also...
  9. As both Dave and NoFanofCB have indicated, I...

    As both Dave and NoFanofCB have indicated, I think you missed the point of Dave's original advice.

    The suggestion wasn't that you needed to slow it down a bit, it was a reality check that covering...
  10. As Dave mentioned, those are perfectly good...

    As Dave mentioned, those are perfectly good roads, but they are mostly 2 lane roads, and more importantly, they go through some pretty remote, unpopulated areas.

    If the roads are clear, it's a...
  11. Welcome to the RTA Forum! This looks like a...

    Welcome to the RTA Forum!

    This looks like a very good plan and I don't see much anything I'd suggest changing. The only thoughts I have are pretty minor potential tweaks. I'd perhaps give one more...
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    I think you're on the right track in terms of...

    I think you're on the right track in terms of route, but as Buck indicated, Time isn't exactly on your side, yet time is the single most important thing you want on a winter trip.

    500 miles a day...
  13. The route you've laid out is an excellent...

    The route you've laid out is an excellent starting point, and exactly what I would do. I-90 is often a better choice than I-80, especially across the Rockies. This route also does give you the...
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    I'm just a couple hours north of you and I used...

    I'm just a couple hours north of you and I used to have family in Tampa/Clearwater so I've made this drive many times.

    The options you are looking at are both good and ones I've used many times....
  15. Sticky: Historic US-99 seems like a tough thing to really...

    Historic US-99 seems like a tough thing to really get behind when a large portion of it just became CA-99. Frankly, I can think of quite a few decommissioned US highways that continue on as state...
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    For baking, there's an interesting stovetop oven...

    For baking, there's an interesting stovetop oven that I have heard good things about.

    https://www.omniasweden.com/us/

    I haven't used it myself, but it's been in my Amazon cart for a while. The...
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    Welcome to the RTA Forum! Yes, this trip is...

    Welcome to the RTA Forum!

    Yes, this trip is possible in 2 days, presuming everything goes well. It's about 1100 miles, so you'll be looking at about 9-10 hours on the road each day. The most...
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    The biggest issues with I-80 and I-70 are...

    The biggest issues with I-80 and I-70 are elevation.

    I-70 crosses the Colorado rockies at over 10,000 ft.
    I-80 across Wyoming doesn't go as high, but is still over 8,000 ft across much of...
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    I can tell you would love to be given single...

    I can tell you would love to be given single answers of exactly how you should go about this trip - this is the best route, this is the best weather forecast, etc - but this isn't the kind of thing...
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    Welcome to the RTA Forum! Honestly, no -...

    Welcome to the RTA Forum!

    Honestly, no - because "winter conditions" are not a static thing so flexibility is key. Generally speaking, the best route is the direct route - the shorter the...
  21. As GLC mentioned, gates for winter closures are...

    As GLC mentioned, gates for winter closures are hardly unique to I-90.

    If they do close the highway, it will be obvious where you have to get off - they will direct all traffic onto an off ramp,...
  22. It should probably be pointed out that for low...

    It should probably be pointed out that for low elevation, I-90 is the best choice. It's at a lower elevation than any cross country interstate other than i-10 (which would not be a good choice for...
  23. I will remind you that you will have to review...

    I will remind you that you will have to review the COVID guidelines for crossing the border. While it is open, there are restrictions and you'll have to see how they apply to you as a Canadian...
  24. Welcome to the RTA Forum! I think you're on...

    Welcome to the RTA Forum!

    I think you're on the right track here.

    I-80 being mostly free of snow is a likely outcome, but not a certain one. Once you're into November, snow is a possibility...
  25. Where in Oregon are you planning to fly into?...

    Where in Oregon are you planning to fly into? Trying to get from Portland all the way down the coast into California would be a pretty long day on the road, especially if you want to see things along...
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