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Hulk
03-28-2008, 10:06 PM
So Tuesday night, which is probably the most difficult night to find lodging, is now covered.

Let's talk Monday night. We'll be leaving from Denver on Monday morning. We have 2 options for routes:

Up through Cheyenne, across WY, down to SLC, etc.
1,175 mi about 16 hours 37 mins (Google Maps)
Across I-70 thru Grand Junction, up to SLC, etc.
1,168 mi about 17 hours 43 mins (Google Maps)Either way the distance is nearly the same. If we want to travel slightly more than halfway, we could aim for the UT/NV state line. That's 647 miles: appox. 10 hours of driving according to Google Maps.

Is that too far on the first day? I was thinking that if we knocked off more than half on the first day, we could roll into our Tuesday night digs and kick back some more.

Hulk
03-28-2008, 10:07 PM
Looking for places to stay:

Utah state parks (just east of the UT/NV state line)
Bonneville Salt Flats State Park
Danger Cave State Park
Can't tell if they have camping or not

Nevada places to stay (just west of the UT/NV state line)
City of West Wendover
Peppermill Hotel & Casino -- has good reviews online
Several KOA campgrounds

Hulk
03-28-2008, 10:13 PM
Here's the area I'm thinking of (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&hl=en&geocode=3568661070464753523,39.727760,-105.013620%3B7966881619204789643,39.065340,-108.566130%3B6057491324706168594,40.740490,-113.907810&saddr=Unknown+road+%4039.727760,+-105.013620&daddr=I-70-BL+W%2FE+Ute+Ave+%4039.065340,+-108.566130+to:40.734771,-114.060059&mra=dme&mrcr=0&mrsp=2&sz=8&via=1&sll=40.094882,-112.879028&sspn=3.613678,4.44397&ie=UTF8&ll=40.633757,-113.902817&spn=0.448134,0.555496&z=11).

Romer
03-28-2008, 10:19 PM
I'm in to going over half way and then have a reasonable drive the next day relaxing in our resort accomodations.

Nevada would be my pick. Casinos usually have some inexpensive lodging and places to eat nearby.

Uncle Ben
03-28-2008, 10:24 PM
Here's the area I'm thinking of (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&hl=en&geocode=3568661070464753523,39.727760,-105.013620%3B7966881619204789643,39.065340,-108.566130%3B6057491324706168594,40.740490,-113.907810&saddr=Unknown+road+%4039.727760,+-105.013620&daddr=I-70-BL+W%2FE+Ute+Ave+%4039.065340,+-108.566130+to:40.734771,-114.060059&mra=dme&mrcr=0&mrsp=2&sz=8&via=1&sll=40.094882,-112.879028&sspn=3.613678,4.44397&ie=UTF8&ll=40.633757,-113.902817&spn=0.448134,0.555496&z=11).

As I suggested! Great stopping place!

Hulk
03-28-2008, 10:27 PM
More about Wendover

"Wendover, Utah... The town straddles Nevada, where it's called West Wendover. The Nevada side is casino-rich, the Utah side is trailers for casino workers."

Some pictures, including "Wendover Will."

Hulk
03-28-2008, 10:39 PM
Apparently the division between the fortunes of the two towns is so drastic that the two towns were considering moving the state line, so they could merge and have the whole town in Nevada. Everyone spends their money on the Nevada side, where there is drinking and gambling. Story (http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9805E2DD153DF931A15756C0A9679C8B63)

Shark Bait
03-29-2008, 12:23 AM
Sounds good to me. I always like this (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&hl=en&geocode=11396960116865119636,39.544100,-107.645020%3B6314715158616591970,40.096770,-108.823060&saddr=Englewood,+CO&daddr=I-70+W+%4039.544100,+-107.645020+to:CO-64+%4040.096770,+-108.823060+to:Wendover,+NV&mra=pe&mrcr=0&via=1,2&sll=40.896906,-108.116455&sspn=4.44232,8.789063&ie=UTF8&ll=40.563895,-109.27002&spn=4.464587,8.789063&z=7) route when we go the Crater in Heber City, UT to go diving. I added the leg to Wendover for comparison. :D

lfd270ben
03-29-2008, 03:55 AM
Is that too far on the first day? I was thinking that if we knocked off more than half on the first day, we could roll into our Tuesday night digs and kick back some more.

It's not as far as you would think I drove straight through to LA 2 summers ago It really wasn't bad I left at like 3-4 pm and arrived at 7am I didn't start to get tired til Las vegas I would take the I-70 route it is much more scenic Wyoming and I- 80 suck Soooooo windy

MDH33
03-29-2008, 08:06 AM
It's not as far as you would think I drove straight through to LA 2 summers ago It really wasn't bad I left at like 3-4 pm and arrived at 7am I didn't start to get tired til Las vegas I would take the I-70 route it is much more scenic Wyoming and I- 80 suck Soooooo windy

Yeah, but in your 40? :rolleyes: ;)

DaveInDenver
03-29-2008, 03:30 PM
It's about 650 miles and 10 hours from Denver to Wendover.

If there's any interested, we're wondering about leaving Sunday instead.

On Hulk's route, we'd stay somewhere in Utah, maybe Black Dragon Canyon? But the route Chris linked looks pretty cool, too. That could be fun leaving on Sunday and staying around Dinosaur N.M. or doing Flaming Gorge and head north to I-80 on Monday.

The plan is set in Jell-O right now, we'd rather travel with the group (or at least a group). Just throwing some extra things out as options. I figure why lead foot it if I'm taking Monday off anyway. Could finish packing Saturday and do a very easy pace out.

Romer
03-29-2008, 03:35 PM
I'm not leaving till Monday. Have family stuff

Hulk
03-29-2008, 03:53 PM
Sounds good to me. I always like this (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&hl=en&geocode=11396960116865119636,39.544100,-107.645020%3B6314715158616591970,40.096770,-108.823060&saddr=Englewood,+CO&daddr=I-70+W+%4039.544100,+-107.645020+to:CO-64+%4040.096770,+-108.823060+to:Wendover,+NV&mra=pe&mrcr=0&via=1,2&sll=40.896906,-108.116455&sspn=4.44232,8.789063&ie=UTF8&ll=40.563895,-109.27002&spn=4.464587,8.789063&z=7) route when we go the Crater in Heber City, UT to go diving. I added the leg to Wendover for comparison. :D

That route looks awesome! You think we can still make it to Wendover in a day? Google Maps says it's only 10.5 hours.

Shark Bait
03-29-2008, 04:51 PM
That route looks awesome! You think we can still make it to Wendover in a day? Google Maps says it's only 10.5 hours.

I've done that route a bunch going to Heber City. It's all rural 2-lane from Rifle through Meeker and Rangely, to Dinosaur. US 40 is kind of nice. Flaming Gorge would be cool, north of Vernal, and you can continue up to I-80 that way.

I've done the run through Green River and up Price Canyon and it's pretty, too. Since we're leaving Monday I'd be up for pushing as hard as we can and going long to Wendover. So the fastest route would be best, IMO. I'd even stay in a motel Monday night.

Convert
03-30-2008, 06:14 PM
I like the route that Chris posted,Wendover looks like a good spot for monday night

bh4rnnr
03-30-2008, 06:47 PM
If you guys go I-70, be sure to stop at Rays Tavern in Green River. Best burger in the state per Paul May. The burgers are so good, we stopped there on our way into the desert, and again before we headed home on a recent trip. Good eating:cool::beer::beer:

nakman
04-07-2008, 01:11 PM
I like the route that Chris posted,Wendover looks like a good spot for monday night

x2. or 3, or 4.. just got around to looking at this but I agree that's a great Route. So that leaves only about 5 hours to get to Reno the next day, which means a few of us can hang out in Reno & wait for Bruce to fly in, while the others make it down to Robb's Valley, then we all hook up later. I'm also working on a facility tour in Reno for some of us that afternoon, one that will surely impress you particularly if you're an engineer. More details on that to follow.. :D