My husband and I are getting ready to move from Nashville, TN to Medford, OR. We are planning to leave February 1st. Wow, I can't believe that is only 12 days away! We are going to be driving a 16 foot Penske truck and pulling our car on a car carrier. I've done a little research on the best route to take, but we still have a lot of questions and are a little nervous about making a cross country trip in February with such a big truck!
My questions for you guys:
1) Per my research, it seems that I-80 is the best route to take. Can someone confirm this? I've read that I-40 can get terrible ice in the winter and the highways aren't as regulated/maintained during bad weather. As far as I-90, it seems to be a well maintained highway, but it's a longer route and I've read that in winter travel, the best route is always the shortest route. So am I thinking correctly for leaning towards taking I-80?
2) The part of the route that makes us the most nervous is everything after Winnemucca, NV. Google Maps suggested to take Hwy 140 through Lakeview, OR and Klamath Falls, OR but I have a couple of concerns about doing that. First concern is: I've read a lot of people say how scary Doherty Slide is right near the NV/OR border. I checked it out on Google Maps and I see what people are saying! Not sure I want us to be driving a giant truck on a narrow and curvy road by a cliff in early February! My second concern about taking Hwy 140: I grew up in the Rogue Valley in Southern Oregon and every time someone mentioned Klamath Falls it was always in relation to the many terrible car accidents there in the wintertime because of the terrible icy and curvy roads. So it makes me nervous to be driving through Klamath Falls in Feb, especially with our grant truck and car carrier! Because of those 2 concerns with Hwy 140 (Doherty Slide and Klamath Falls), I started looking into alternate routes to take after Winnemucca, NV. I'm thinking that perhaps going south into Reno, NV might be a better idea, but even after Reno there's still a few different paths to take and I don't know the best one.
Option #1: Hwy 395 through Susanville to Hwy 44 through Lassen National Forrest to Hwy 89 through McCloud to I-5 which takes you straight up to Medford, OR
Option #2: After Reno, continue on I-80 and go through Sacramento and then take I-5 all the way up to Medford, OR
Or perhaps, there's another route I'm not even aware of?
I guess I'm kind of asking a lot of different questions haha. Basically, I am wanting to know what is the best route to take after Winnemucca, NV.
Would appreciate any thoughts and advice! Thank you :)