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Looking for advice on driving to Vegas from MIlwaukee

Looking for advice on driving to Vegas from MIlwaukee

Old Jan 26th, 2002, 11:43 AM
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Looking for advice on driving to Vegas from MIlwaukee

HI! We are helping friends move to Vegas...and driving two vehicles ..a truck(hauling a car)..and a second car. We are taking the southern route St.Louis Oklahoma City...Amarillo..Albuquerque ...etc. Anyone driven this lately? Just curious about road construction/ detours, etc. I think our friends have a "triptik" ..and I have Microsoft Streets and Trips....but looking for any first-hand advice. The good news is we can drive as much as we feel like...no pressure on when we get there, although the sooner the better! With 4 drivers we should be able to make some tracks...
Appreciate any words of wisdom!!
Kevin
 
Old Jan 26th, 2002, 01:05 PM
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You are doing the right thing by avoiding Colorado this time of year!! Have lots of patience driving that far with a truck...people are crazy out there!! Good Luck! I'm sure a few others have done this..as Vegas is the fastest growing city in america!!
 
Old Jan 26th, 2002, 03:05 PM
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If you pass through Salisaw Oklahoma, on the Arkansas border, be sure to eat at Lesley's Cafe. Great food and the best pie in the world.
La Quinta Inns are usually a good value on the road with special rates for AAA members.
 
Old Jan 27th, 2002, 11:46 AM
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Kevin
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Thanks Joe!! That's the kind of info we are seeking!!! Appreciate the help! Anyone else?????
 
Old Jan 27th, 2002, 01:07 PM
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Hi! We have also made that trip...It's very long...bring books on tape and a pillow to sit on!!!!! Not sure what the road contruction is like right now...hope you have good weather!!
 
Old Jan 27th, 2002, 03:36 PM
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We drove from St. Louis to Vegas last summer. We went the southern route through Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona,and then up to Vegas. We returned through Colorado and Kansas. You are making the right decision by not going through Colorado. You will drive through some mountainous areas on the Southern route but nothing like going through Colorado. The roads are pretty good with some minor construction areas and moderate traffic through St. Louis and Oklahoma City (depending on the time of day). Watch out for wind sheer when you drive through New Mexico and Arizona. Then wind can literally blow you off the road,expecially in a truck. We drove about 7 hours a day. We stopped to spend the night in Amarillo and Flagstaff. Traffic can be backed up in the Hoover Dam area and you will also run into some steep grades there. You will have to pay tolls when you drive through Oklahoma so have some cash on hand. We were never bored. You will be driving through some beautiful terrain. Just take your time and you will be okay.
 
Old Jan 27th, 2002, 08:44 PM
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Thanks Vicki! We never thought about Hoover Dam traffic...eeeek...maybe we can get through that area at an off-peak time, as well as the metro areas!
Appreciate the words of wisdom!
 
Old Jan 28th, 2002, 02:20 PM
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We also found La Quinta Inns to be very clean and reasonable. As you enter each state, stop at the visitor center and they should have valuable info on lodging,restaurants,etc
 
Old Jan 28th, 2002, 04:44 PM
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One more thing...If you are ready to stop for the night and have a nice sit down dinner, Zeno's Best Western in Rolla, Mo is a great place to eat and stay. It is about 100 mi west of St. Louis on I44. You won't be disappointed.
 
Old Jan 28th, 2002, 04:53 PM
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Is it true La Quints means "next to Denny's" in Spanish?
 
Old Jan 29th, 2002, 06:25 PM
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road warrior
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Drive Carefully houling a car! We did it, and it realy slows you down!! Good luck with the weather!
 
Old Jan 30th, 2002, 07:36 PM
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