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Old 11-29-2010, 01:52 PM   #1
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Advice- I-70 Eastbound through Colorado

Hi, I have a 35' Blue Bird with an 8.2L Detroit Diesel. He's a solid bus! I am traveling from Utah to St Louis and I am really torn on which way to go. I don't want to go I-80 as its long, windy, and cold. I don't want to go south to I-40 as it will add 5 hours and $100 to my trip. I REALLY want to go I-70 as it is quickest, shortest, and easy once you reach Denver. That all said, how tough is it making it from Utah to Denver. I have made the drive a million times in a car or van but I don't know what to think about the bus. Weather is not an issue, should be fine any way I go, I just need to know about Mountain Grades. I have taken my bus all up and down Cailfornia, even to Shelter Cove, across the Sierras on I-80 and 50, and from Los Angeles to Utah on I-15. Crossing the Sierras was my greatest feat, is I-70 much worse? Any input will be appreciated!
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Old 11-29-2010, 05:26 PM   #2
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Re: Advice- I-70 Eastbound through Colorado

For trip advice, I would suggest asking over on Escapees or as the folks there can give you advice on driving a big RV over the grades. You will have to register to post on the forums... you do not have to be a member of Escapees to post on the forum. You may be able to do a search and find your answer that way.
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Old 11-29-2010, 05:43 PM   #3
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would you need tire chains?
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Old 12-23-2010, 12:53 AM   #4
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Re: Advice- I-70 Eastbound through Colorado


Don't know if you've made your trip yet. I'm just across the Colorado border in Kansas on I-70. If you need something, give me a shout and I"ll do what I can.

As far as road conditions west of Denver, I can't speak. But front Denver to St. Louis across Kansas and Missouri, you'll have clear sailing on long as the weather is good!

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