SLC to Albuquerque

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by Upinsmoke, Apr 21, 2019.

  1. Upinsmoke

    Upinsmoke Light Load Member

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    Know the fort Stockton section.
    Just never attempted the route from up north.
    Thanks.
     
  2. Espressolane

    Espressolane Road Train Member

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    Follow truck navigation system.
    When you get to shiprock, go to Gallup then 40.
    Running 64 and 550 is a lot slower, construction, traffic lights, towns. Plus it dumps you out north of Albuquerque.
     
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  3. snowwy

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    There's a backroad BEFORE you get to cortez. No going through the scale. Follow that to Durango and the 550 to 25 south to ALBQ.

    The first stretch is like 8 miles. Left at the end and take the first right. That second stretch is a better stretch and about 15 miles.

    I can't find the road on maps but there's a little restaurant or gas station. I can't remember which. And there's a small post office. Occasionally you'll see trucks parked for a nap or a 10.

    Very seldom did I roll through Cortez, Shiprock or Farmington.
     
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  4. snowwy

    snowwy Road Train Member

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    Found it.

    SR 184 from lewis to mancos. SR 160 from mancos to durango. SR 160/550 to 25S to ALB.

    I hauled 60 ft. Rebar from Nucor to Alb quite a bit. Almost weekly.
    That detour would save me a 15 - 30 minute visit with the cortez scale.
     
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  5. Intothesunset

    Intothesunset Road Train Member

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    I think I've taken all the routes said by everyone. They are all nice and scenic.
    Fun fact Route 191/491 is the old Route 666. Many spooky stories about the night time.
    I think that route takes you near skin Walker ranch.
     
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  6. HoneyBadger67

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    Don't park on 83 after dark unless you have a gun in the truck.
     
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  7. Flat Earth Trucker

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    A scenic route would be south on 15 to 89 south into Arizona then into Flagstaff, staying on the 40 from there.

    The lake area by Page is magnificent. And there is a Walmart in Page, too.

    I really dislike 491 through Shipwreck. Seeing all those dead dogs along the road is depressing.
     
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  8. JoeyJunk

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    All those Dead dogs?!?! Please explain as I never go past Memphis :(
     
  9. Flat Earth Trucker

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    Just like Pennsylvania has dead deer every five miles on its roads, 491 has dead dogs on it. This is true throughout Navajo reservation land.

    Whenever I see a dog dead on the road in a populated area, I'm inclined to believe that the poor pooch got lost and was struck by a car. But whenever I see a dead dog along the road in a remote area, I'm inclined to think it was a case of dog murder. Either that or some jack ### didn't know his dog fell out of his pickup truck.

    One day, driving on a remote stretch of I 80 in Wyoming, I saw a state trooper looking over the carcass of a dead dog.

    This is why I believe dog murder occurs there.
     
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  10. snowwy

    snowwy Road Train Member

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    In NM. It's legal for drunks to lay on the road. Probably dead dogs too. It's a common occurance and if you call 911. You're just wasting your time. They'll never go out.

    Yep. I did that. He was laying 2 miles from where I stopped for dinner and a 10.

    I don't know why anyone would take the Flagstaff route. That's a lot of extra miles.
     
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