us 20 in oregon

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  1. eptp88

    eptp88 Bobtail Member

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    its about 100 miles shorter for me to go us 20 through Oregon then to take 84 through Oregon to Idaho. Is anyone familiar with that stretch of road and is it pretty good for trucks or is it narrow windy and up a bunch of steep grades and small towns..
     
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  3. MachoCyclone

    MachoCyclone Road Train Member

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    Just because it is shorter doesn't mean it is faster. The legal speed limit along 84 is 55mph for trucks. Some go faster I know. How many small towns are going to go through on US-20? Most likely you will not be able to maintain 55mph through the small towns.
     
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  4. Y2K

    Y2K Road Train Member

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    Parts of it on the West side of the Cascades are length restricted and quite narrow and twisty as well as having small town speed zones and steep grades, everything on the East side is easy peasy.
    Where are you starting from and going to?
     
  5. TAfool

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    Its a good road but has some twisties and an 8% grade or two over the coastals. Note you must take sr126, 226 or 22 from the I-5 as us20 is restricted. I prefer the back roads but freeway flyers will loath it. Once you get east of Bend its pretty smooth going. And yes, a few towns with speed zones and lights will be hit.
     
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  6. joseph1135

    joseph1135 Papa Murphy

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    If I'm not mistaken, you can run 20 with a 53' all the way across. And it's a pretty ride too, especially around Sisters. Santiam can be a little challenging in winter, but not a bad ride.
     
  7. broodmom

    broodmom Light Load Member

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    We went east by car from Newport Oregon recently after taking 84 on the way west, You have to remember those E-W highways also go over the Cascade Mountains but have more curves and are slower. Ok for trucks, but 84 is much faster. There are hills and curves but lots of straight driving at 65 instead of 30 thru small towns.
     
  8. ErikN

    ErikN Light Load Member

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    sure ya can , the small towns have no problem with you speeding 55 through the town , I'm sure the little 1 or 2 officer departments love it when you do that.....:biggrin_25523:

    However a few little towns aren't going to make 100 miles less take longer, my company rewards me for not driving out of route mileage, if you budget for making the bonus it may be worth it to shave 100 miles and make your out of route mileage negative.
     
  9. joseph1135

    joseph1135 Papa Murphy

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    You're getting paid by the mile. Not by the time. Remember that.
     
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  10. snowwy

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    It's not that bad a road. and there aren't that many towns. I've pulled a 53 flat many times. and sometimes the loads were 100k. speed limit is 55. but civilian life is miles away. most trucks will speed through there as there as no cops. who wants to do speed patrol with the nearest toilet 100 miles away. or anything

    and the only 2 scales on the route. more then likely won't be open.
     
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  11. CargoWahgo

    CargoWahgo Road Train Member

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    I was glad it wasn't winter going through Mackenzie pass twin sisters and the like earlier this year.

    Great views some of the biggest trees you'll ever see. Worth the hassle even if you are pulling 40k.

    If you can get ahold of a license and pole fishing is on my to do list on that route 315 or somin like that ish

    Lots of pull offs

    Be sure to fill the coolant ;)
     
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