I am moving house at the end of December, from Western Canada home to SoCal.
My car is just not built for steep mountain terrain: the engine runs hot and I have to crawl up at 35 mph while busloads of blue-haired ladies zoom past me and scream "GET OFF THE ROAD!" And that's in the summer months. Anything that says "Chains recommended, next six miles? No way. (Maybe the air filters are clogged?)
In addition, I am bringing all my furniture down in a U-Haul trailer behind me! It's not much, but it's mine. My car can deal with that okay, even up hills, but going up and down mountains all the time? No way can I do that in the dead of winter.
I was considering going I-25 southbound from Cheyenne to Albuquerque, then going to Yuma, then north along the Salton Sea to Palm Springs. But I can amend that.
A truly flat route would add 17 hours to my trip... advice please?