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Old 08-16-2007, 01:50 PM   #15
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If I were planning a trip from Rice to San Francisco I would drive the following route.

north from Rice on I-45 and exit on US 287 just south of Ennis

US 287 through Fort Worth, Wichita Falls, and Amarillo

at Amarillo take I-40 west through Tucumcari, Albuquerque, Gallup, Flagstaff, Kingman, Barstow

at Barstow take US 58 to Bakersfield

go north on US 99 but exit on CA48 thru Wasco to I-5

go north on I-5 , west on I-580 to San Francisco

We just drive the same trip only starting in Pleasant Hill, CA (SF Bay area) and ending in Arlington, TX (DFW area). We were towing and driving 60 mph. It took us 3 days.
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Old 08-16-2007, 05:50 PM   #16
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If you are planning on taking I-40, I suggest you have a backup plan using I-10. Winter comes early in Northern NM and Arizona and you could see snow in late October. Check the weather before you leave Rice and then decide.

Good Luck!

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Old 08-16-2007, 10:16 PM   #17
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Marv is right!

One year we traveled thru snow and ice from Albuqueque to Amarillo and then Amarillo to Wichita Falls (on 287). The weather was absolute beautiful west of Albuqueque. The snow started when we reached the top of the pass just east of Albuqueque (altitude near 8,00 feet). We spent the night in Vernon, TX where 12 inches of snow fell overnignt.
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Old 08-20-2007, 12:41 AM   #18
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I have spent about 100,000 miles over the last 5 years towing all sorts of trailers along our Interstates, and of all the truck stops, the Flying J truck stops are the BEST ones to overnight at.

They have all-night security, adequate long parking spaces for TV/Trailer combinations, and fairly clean facilities.

I have noted a deterioration of their facilities over the past few years cleanliness wise, as well as their buffet food, but given their great parking areas, it's my continuing first choice overnight place.

Pilot, Petro, and Loves truck stops rarely have decent parking for trailers, and even stopping at these for a fuel and potty break has left me leaving w/o service because of obstacles to get to their car-diesel pumps with a trailer in tow, and many have ZERO places to park even a TV/Casita for a few minutes.

In TX, NM, and AZ you CAN overnight in state rest areas, and I have done that regularity, but I cannot vouch for the safety. I am not that worried, and carry a firearm for protection, but for a lone female, I would prefer a Flying J.

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Old 08-20-2007, 02:02 AM   #19
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I'm picking up our new Casita in Rice TX and driving it back to California alone, in late October. As I need to take the fastest route home, I plan to drive back on either the I-40 or the I-10. I've read about Flying J Plazas as good places to eat (dinner and breakfast) and safe places for solo women travellers to overnight.

Have you had any experience stopping overnight at a Flying J? If you can comment, please do!

After Bakersfield, I'll be heading up the I-5, where there are no Flying J locations. Can anyone recommend a safe overnight stopping place about halfway between Bakersfield and San Francisco --- ideally, close to the I-5?
FWIW: Others may have shared this website, [b]Road Notes, before. but it makes planning a trip with YOUR objective (locations of truck stops and MUCH more) pretty easy! Have a safe trip!
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Old 08-20-2007, 11:06 AM   #20
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Thanks to all of you for your advice!

In an earlier post, I said that I planned to travel from one Flying J to the next, along I-40. After reading the posts from Marv and CD Smith, I switched to the I-10 --- and found that the Flying Js are just too far apart for me to stay there overnight (I expect to average 50 mph and drive for no more than 8 hours per day). I next searched for 24-hour Walmarts but found that they, too, are too far apart to stay at every night. So, reluctantly, I'm planning to stay in RV campgrounds. While it will be more costly, this will enable me to test out the trailer's systems.

I'm having enormous fun planning the trip.

Again, thank you for your help!

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Old 08-20-2007, 10:02 PM   #21
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Thanks to all of you for your advice!

In an earlier post, I said that I planned to travel from one Flying J to the next, along I-40. After reading the posts from Marv and CD Smith, I switched to the I-10 --- and found that the Flying Js are just too far apart for me to stay there overnight (I expect to average 50 mph and drive for no more than 8 hours per day). I next searched for 24-hour Walmarts but found that they, too, are too far apart to stay at every night. So, reluctantly, I'm planning to stay in RV campgrounds. While it will be more costly, this will enable me to test out the trailer's systems.

I'm having enormous fun planning the trip.

Again, thank you for your help!

Cheers,
Petit Lapin
I use the following information in MS Streets and Trips to locate the nearest truck stop/refuel location when traveling.


All_Fuel_Stops.pdf


This map includes Love's, Travel America's, Pilot's, and Fluing J's. All four allow overnighting if they have the space.
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Thanks to all of you for your advice!

In an earlier post, I said that I planned to travel from one Flying J to the next, along I-40. After reading the posts from Marv and CD Smith, I switched to the I-10 --- and found that the Flying Js are just too far apart for me to stay there overnight (I expect to average 50 mph and drive for no more than 8 hours per day). I next searched for 24-hour Walmarts but found that they, too, are too far apart to stay at every night. So, reluctantly, I'm planning to stay in RV campgrounds. While it will be more costly, this will enable me to test out the trailer's systems.

I'm having enormous fun planning the trip.

Again, thank you for your help!

Cheers, Petit Lapin
Flying Js at Abiline, Pecos, and El Paso, TX (two, the one at the TX/NM Border the better of the two), and at Casa Grande, AZ along I-10.

Most of those are well within your chosen range. You could mix-and-match along your trip with an occasional RV Park thrown in. If you cannot quite make it to Casa Grande from El Paso, there is a State Park at Picacho Peak AZ (near Eloy).

You may find after getting comfortable towing, that a couple more hours at a slightly higher speed will feel entirely comfortable, too.

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an aside...

There is an interesting show on the History channel this week.. on the History of Truck Stops.

Some good stuff on how they came about, and the trucks that go to them!

It is on Modern Marvels. No link to post, sorry!

Back to your regularly schedule post....
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If I were planning a trip from Rice to San Francisco I would drive the following route.
north from Rice on I-45 and exit on US 287 just south of Ennis
US 287 through Fort Worth, Wichita Falls, and Amarillo
at Amarillo take I-40 west through Tucumcari, Albuquerque, Gallup, Flagstaff, Kingman, Barstow
at Barstow take US 58 to Bakersfield
go north on US 99 but exit on CA48 thru Wasco to I-5
go north on I-5 , west on I-580 to San Francisco
We just drive the same trip only starting in Pleasant Hill, CA (SF Bay area) and ending in Arlington, TX (DFW area). We were towing and driving 60 mph. It took us 3 days.
I have stayed many nights in Indian Casinos and Wal-Marts. The Casinos have been very considerate about RV'ers staying overnight. All the casinos I've stayed in in CA and NV have all night lighting and cameras. I have always felt very secure staying in them.

I have only run across one Wal-Mart that will not accept overnight RVs and that is in Crescent City, CA. Don't know why, but have seen their large sign. I have logged probably 15,000 miles on my 2005 13' Scamp all over OR, CA and Nevada and have only stayed in a real RV park once.

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