I'm a 23-year-old college student leaving from Ohio to Gallup, New Mexico. I'll be taking my Dodge Neon, and my Mom is riding along with me (for safety).
We'll be leaving between January 3rd and 5th, hoping to arrive before the 10th or 11th.
Our recommended route from AAA (and Google Maps, etc.) is through St. Louis, down I-44, and then along I-40 until we reach Gallup, New Mexico.
Here's the deal: I'm starting to fear taking I-40. I've heard horror stories from others who have traveled out the same way, saying that the highway is often closed due to ice or snow.
What do you guys recommend? We'll definitely be stopping in St. Louis the first day, but from there, I wonder if taking I-40 in early January is the best idea. Is taking I-70 a better bet?
Thank you SO MUCH!!!
(Here is the map of the general recommended route.)