Well, there was some of that on your previous thread on the Road Trips forum here:
If you are having truck problems, I would definitely go the easier way which would be down I15 from there in Butte, picking up I86 near Pocatello ID to connect to I84 and then West to Portland from there.
I think it is more scenic going West on I90 and picking up US 395 past Spokane which will take you on down to connect to I84. This is thru mountains, so while not switchbacks which was your previous concern, it is up and down significant grades.
You ~might~ have less smoke going over I90 especially in Idaho, but that is just a guess.
PamEdited: 30 August 2012, 17:48
We used to live a couple hours south of Portland and tried every possible route. D0bby's route is the one we decided
was the easiest:
W on I-90 past Spokane to Ritzville
S on US-395 past Tri Cities to Umatilla / Hermiston
W on I-84 to Portland.
Getting through the Cascades on I-84 is by far the easiest route. You could take I-90 to I-5 south, but I wouldn't. We felt the route south from Butte to Idaho took too long.Edited: 30 August 2012, 18:30
Many thanks. We shall do the I 90 , 395 to I 84 starting tomorrow. Plan to stay in Ritzville the first night.Truck is to be done this PM.
With our modifications we plan to be in Portland on Sat . After the weekend, we shall head to the 101. I think we shall not go to far south and am thinking of starting near Toolamook and slowly head north towards Astoria. Could you suggest a route from Portland to the 101?
There are several routes to 101 from Portland, depending where on the coast you want to end up.
To get to Tillamook, take I-84 into town; get in left lane and follow signs to Hwy 26/Beaverton. This involves going up a fairly steep freeway hill, but there are 4 lanes so you can just get in the far right lane and go slow. Stay on 26 through the urban area past Hillsboro. The road (no longer a freeway) divides with the left lane going directly to Tillamook (Hwy 6) on a fairly windy, but decent road. The right lane remains as Hwy 26 and goes to Cannon Beach and Seaside.
Note that the town of Tillamook is not on the beach, but there are campgrounds, many of which take reservations, that are by the beach.
Cannon Beach is the "beachy" town with lots of boutique type stores. Seaside is more family oriented with arcades, etc. Astoria is a wonderful, historic town. It is near the beach, but actually on the Columbia River.
I also like Cannon Beach and Seaside. The big inland section between Cannon Beach and roughly Lincoln City is not my idea of fun.
Thanks to all of you as your timely information is well used. NOW the Ford dealer is looking at injectors as well as a high pressure pump. So we await tomorrow to see where and when we can leave Butte. It may be after the long weekend.
RV'ers reality sometimes is frustrating.
Rest assured your time to respond is appreciated.
I hope you are taking the chance to explore Butte! It is a pretty cool place. The mineral room on campus, the mining museum, the blast-from-the-past downtown, the Berkeley Pit -- all worth seeing. Be sure to go to Joe's for a pasty (with gravy is best, in my opinion). I'd skip the "famous" pork chop John's sandwich, but that's just me.
If you end up there for a weekend, make lemonade out of your lemons and tour the local area. There's lots to do.
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