Hagerstown, Md. to Jurupa St. Ontario, Ca.

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  1. Truckersheldan

    Truckersheldan Light Load Member

    Jul 30, 2011
    Taneytown, Md.
    Any thoughts on this run would be appreciated. Looking at around middle to end of May. Two routes I saw were I70 to I15 or I81 to I40 to I15. Also does anybody have any knowledge of that area? Only been as far as Flagstaff, Az. Any insight on traffic or any other problems would be appreciated. Looks about 5 days.
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  3. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

    Jul 25, 2008
    Nashville, TN
    Few people, unfamiliar with I-70, will run on I-70 West of Denver in CO because of the MPG-killing hills. I ran from Nashville, TN to L.A. often and I-40 is a good route, I-81 is OK but I hate it in VA as the traffic and hills conspire to make it frustrating. 99% of cars will stay 3 inches from the car in front (in the Left lane) and never ever leave until they exit. This means most trucks are stuck in the right lane until about 45 minutes after they needed to pass a slow truck in front of them.

    Google is showing stay on I-70 to St Louis and from there go to Oklahoma City, OK and finish on I-40/I-15 into L.A. Traffic is terrible and there is very litle parking other than Ontario, CA about an hour East of L.A. The mileage difference is 50-100 miles. CA speed limit for trucks is 55mph and they require trucks to stay in the right 2 lanes. It's not called Commiefornia for nothing. Many drivers hate CA, for good reason. Think Ohio, with sunshine and many more criminals.
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  4. JC1971

    JC1971 Road Train Member

    Jul 29, 2013
    Jurupa St. is easy to get to: I-15 south just past I-10, exit at Jurupa. Nice wide streets and you don't have to go anywhere near L.A. You have both the huge TA and Petro very close. They're both pay to park or buy 50 gallons of fuel. There's also a Flying J nearby that I've never been to that I assume is full 24 hours every day. Plus, the traffic around there is horrible.

    I-81/I-40/I-15 would probably be faster even though it's a little bit longer.
  5. ‘Olhand

    ‘Olhand Cantankerous Crusty

    Jan 18, 2011
    It’s approximately 75 miles further to run 81-40-15 But you’ll save about $115 in tolls....if you have ez pass for Pa...if not you’ll save almost $200....so operating cost vs tolls
    You do the math
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  6. gokiddogo

    gokiddogo Road Train Member

    Mar 5, 2012
    Ontario Canada
    If you want to give your truck a workout, possibly need to use chains (required to carry Sept 1 to may 31 for i70 west of denver, and for good reason, the altitude tops out at 11 or 12k feet), in exchange for imo some incredible natural earth beauty... go for it. It's one of those, gotta see it at least once, or once in a while, but if you strictly want to take it easier on your equipment or have already been over 70 by car or bike or just plain don't care, then 81 to 40 to 15 is a good route as well.
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  7. Concorde

    Concorde Road Train Member

    Jun 29, 2016
    West Melbourne Florida
    81 south to 40 is a peaceful ride if you can handle running nights. Otherwise it’s a cluster fluff of solar powered truckers during the day.

    Nashville morning rush hour and Cajon Pass will be a pain if you don’t time it right. Normally if I’m inbound I’ll stop at the TA in Barstow mainly because they have a Black Bear Diner and roll into Ontario before rush hour.

    There’s a good sized TA and Petro right where you’re going so parking won’t be a problem. I’ve always preferred the Petro however AT&T cell service is absolutely horrible. You also got to spend $30? there to get free parking otherwise you’ll be paying cash to leave.

    As with any new area it can be a little intimidating at first but otherwise it’s nothing. Split speed limits so be careful of the local morons flying by you on both sides.

    Other than that you may experience a little bit of culture shock..homeless living in tents on the side of the highway..etc. Keep it under 60 mph and you’ll be okay.
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  8. snowwy

    snowwy Road Train Member

    Jul 6, 2009
    Once you get to Hesperia. Before dropping down cahoun. Traffic gets bad. Max speed limit down the hill. I don't remember what it is. There used to be a scale. I haven't been that way since it burned down. Others would have to chime in.
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  9. Truckersheldan

    Truckersheldan Light Load Member

    Jul 30, 2011
    Taneytown, Md.
    Want to thank you all for the replies. The company I work for let’s me choose my runs and run as I please. No forced dispatch. I think I’ll bow out of California. They have a run to Tampa, Fl. also and I think I’ll run that instead. Could use a little Florida weather.
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  10. mstrchf117

    mstrchf117 Medium Load Member

    May 21, 2016
    Idk what you're running, like reefer, van etc but that might not be the best idea, Florida sucks for so many reasons but freight out is a big one. Idk if la is any better, especially recently, but Florida is notoriously unreliable. Unless this is like a dedicated thing?
  11. Allow Me.

    Allow Me. Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    May 28, 2009
    Rancho Mirage, Ca.
    Doing a run into Ca. is a notch in your belt. Where you're going is as easy as it gets. You don't want to someday be telling trucking stories to your grandkids and have to tell them you never ran Ca. ! Can you say embarrased ? FYI, On Etiwanda Ave between the I-10 and SR 60 there's 2 burger places with lots of truck parking. Farmer boys and Cowboys.
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