US-50 through Colorado, Kansas
Hi everyone, I was looking through this forum for information on the US-50 drive through Colorado and Kansas and couldn't find anything, so I thought I'd give it a post.
I'm currently planning a road trip from California to Ohio, and the backbone of the trip will be I-15 to I-70. Once in Utah, I plan on hitting up all the parks and such, and then cross over into Colorado via UT-46 and CO-90 to US-50.
Question: I'm trying to use MapQuest to estimate my driving times, and it is giving me some estimates that seem incredibly overestimated for US-50 through Colorado and Kansas. Maybe I wasn't so surprised for the US-50 drive through western Colorado, but I would have expected US-50 to straighten out past Canon City and definitely through Kansas. Any advice would be appreciated. I will definitely take the time to enjoy the scenery while driving US-50 through western Colorado, but once I hit Canon City I'd like to just zip through Kansas.
Zipping isn't much of an option
It is very hard to maintain highway speed thru Kansas on US-50 because of the number of small towns. Just about the time you reach cruising speed you will be slowing down (and you had better, Kansas troopers love out-of-state cars...)
If you want to "zip" gotta head for the Interstate -- I-70, there is very little zipping on any other east/west highway.
hwy 50 through ks
I run hwy 50 from dodge city going to kansas city 5 days a week in a truck. the speed limit is 65, but you can run 70-75 without a problem. it is 17 miles farther than running the toll road. but that saves me $27.00 each way. if there is anything I can help with on your trip through the wide open plains of kansas feel free to ask
Wide Open Plains of Kansas?
Obviously your experience is more recent than mine, but on my last trip, it certainly seemed like I was slowing down often for the smaller towns.
Of more importance -- what are your favorite places along your daily run? Scenic views? Unusual?
Some interesting Kansas sights
If you are able to stray off I-70 at all, I highly recommend the Garden of Eden in Lucas. A concrete garden of folk art that is really quite impressive. There are some great Mushroom rock formations near Salina at Mushroom Rock State Park.
Editor's Note: Normally, we do not allow referral links to site's owned by RTA members without permission -- but in this case, Eric's site is quite entertaining and one that we were not familiar with.
Last edited by Mark Sedenquist; 10-13-2006 at 12:04 PM.
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