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#1 of 3 Old 12-09-2006, 12:20 AM - Thread Starter
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We are moving cross country and dh is doing the u-haul alone. He'll be coming through mid-December on highway 80. I'm worried about him because of winter weather- snow, ice (especially if he hits mountains). We are trying to find the safest route.

Would it be a better/safer choice to go down to highway 76 in Colorado? What should he avoid? Are there any mountain passes or anything that wouldn't be a good idea?

Please, I would love some input. I'm a nervous wife!

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Hi, I hear you on the worried bit, we moved to MT in early spring (still lots of snow) from the east coast, and I was worried, too.
Where are you moving from-to? if at all possible, I would take the southern route, as in through arizona! But one thing my dh did, was if the weather was bad, he would just stop and get a hotel. Planning out your route is really important, I think triple A could help in terms of where to stay, and weather, and road conditions. You can get a personalized map from them, tracking your route. Our friends did this for us and it was a huge help to us in the trip.
Good luck!
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If you take the main highway that goes through cheyenne and casper you should be fine. It doesn't go through any passes or mountains. Between Douglas and Wheatland is the worst. They are pretty good about trying to keep the roads clear. I woudl just keep an eye on the weather. They ahve a saying in Wyoming about the weather "Give it a minute, it will change."

We moved to Washington from Wyoming in the middle of winter with 3 feet of snow on the ground. I suggest driving more in the day because the roads are not as icy. Once it starts getting dark, the roads get really icy. And if they start getting bad, stop and get a room for the night.

If you decide to go through colorado, stay away from all the highways that go through the mountains. Winters in Colorado are not as bad as Wyoming (I lived there too ). The mountain passes are a whole different story.

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