Hello and thanks for looking at my post,
I'm very grateful for all the excellent information on this site, and for the amazing community on this forum. I've been reading a lot to get prepared to move my family from Chicago to San Francisco at the end of the month.
I'm having a tough time making one planning decision: how to get from Denver to Reno. My indecision is rooted in a lack of faith in my car and my very limited experience road tripping in the Western states. My car is a 10 year old VW Golf Diesel, and last week, the day after it received a clean bill of health from a mechanic, the clutch failed and left me stranded in the city. Now, I'm worried that something else is lurking and waiting to fail.
This concern is influencing my drive planning. I'm leaning toward taking I-80 from Denver to Reno via Cheyenne because it appears to be a more populated route that's also slightly cooler and over less elevation than the alternatives. Should I have another breakdown, I imagine that my family and I'll have an easier time getting a AAA tow truck and a service station along that route.
However, if I-80 and I-70 are about equally challenging if I were to have a breakdown, then posts on this forum have led me to believe that I-70 is so much more beautiful, that it's the way to go, especially in the warmer months.
So I'm left choosing between:
1) From Denver to Cheyenne, then I-80 to Reno
2) same as above, but with a jog up to Ogden/Layton via 84/15 near Salt Lake City
3) Or I-70 to 191/6 to Salt Lake City, I-80 to Reno
If anyone has any advice for me, I'd greatly appreciate it.