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« Reply #15 on: July 19, 2013, 12:29:24 PM »

Good weekend to be in Tahoe. Today it starts climbing in Roseville, CA Sacramento area 100 over next 5 days to 105. Tahoe generally 65 to 75 this time of year and chilly at night. Have fun. Hope you are heading up I-80 50 is pretty windy and steep. Good food places in Truckee.

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« Reply #16 on: July 20, 2013, 02:30:42 AM »

Hope you are heading up I-80, US50 is pretty windy and steep.

Dave -

You missed that Tom's headed to Zephyr Cove.  Doesn't make sense to take 80 if you're going to South Shore.

Sure, 50's a little windy on the Tahoe side of the summit, especially on that final drop into Myers, but charter buses do it daily year round, except when CalTrans decides to close the road due to snow.  It will just allow Tom to wake up a little after the boring ride on the freeways from the Bay Area!

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« Reply #17 on: July 20, 2013, 06:55:17 AM »

RJ ,actually it does make sense IMHO! I enjoy the drive around the lake and have done to ZC many times. If I can stay away from the clubs all the better. Never cared for state line on the 50 side. We like north-shore this time of year. Used to have a friend with a condo at Northstar we'd stop and see on the way when I used to ski.

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« Reply #18 on: July 20, 2013, 08:27:24 AM »

We'll probably take I-80 since we're visiting Donna's cousin in Rocklin (just north of Sacramento). I've taken 50-while a beautiful drive, a lot is just 2 lane. If I have to pull off for a cool down, it will much harder then being on the Interstate. The I-80 is only about 20 miles further. With over 100 degree heat, I feel more comfortable on the big 4 lane. Good Luck, TomC
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« Reply #19 on: July 20, 2013, 10:00:53 AM »

Rocklin is 8 minutes north east of us if you have any problems give us a holler. Have fun on your trip Tom!...
Some trivia, the Granite for the Washington monument came form Rocklin. You can still see the remnants of the quarry today off Taylor road.
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« Reply #20 on: July 22, 2013, 08:08:58 PM »

Wow I am always amazed at everyones offers to help out others on their road trips, The American spirit is alive and well on this site.
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« Reply #21 on: July 23, 2013, 06:02:15 AM »

That's what it is all about eh!...

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« Reply #22 on: July 26, 2013, 09:12:54 AM »

We lucked out with the temp being only in the 90's pulling 80 to Truckee then down to Tahoe. Only had to use the misters a couple of times and then for only about 2 minutes each time. Bus ran well-got 5.85mpg. Now in Mammoth. Had a serious down pour around June lake-which I hoped for so I could try out the new electric wipers. Worked well in the down pour. Discovered a windshield leak. Weather now is beautiful. Will be back in L.A. on Mon (darn). Good Luck, TomC
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« Reply #23 on: July 26, 2013, 09:29:54 AM »

Hi Tom, great trip, always curious as to mountain climbs, as to speed and gears used. Always thought a manual trans was better in the mountain west, but freeways of course, automatics rule, lvmci...
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« Reply #24 on: July 26, 2013, 01:32:00 PM »

Hi Tom, great trip, always curious as to mountain climbs, as to speed and gears used. Always thought a manual trans was better in the mountain west, but freeways of course, automatics rule, lvmci...

Since Tom's got a V-drive 3-spd automatic, his "numbers" are going to be different than your T-drive 4-spd MCI.

But for the most part, your coach will climb I-80 going to/from Reno over the Sierras in 2nd & 3rd gears, depending on the grade and altitude.  The closer you get to the summit (7,229' EB/7,337' WB), the more time you'll spend in 2nd @ about 30 mph.  Don't worry, tho, CalTrans has provided truck lanes specifically for us slow pokes!

If you have Jakes, you'll virtually never have to touch your service brakes coming down, either.  Steeper on the Reno side, but longer (70 miles!) on the Sacramento side.

Shift it like a manual and keep the rpms in the 1700 - 1900 range on a partial throttle and you'll be fine.

BTDTHTS!

FWIW & HTH. . .

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« Reply #25 on: July 26, 2013, 09:08:57 PM »

Hi RJ, I spend most of my time up or down Cajon Pass or Hwy 14 the Antelope Valley Fwy (Palmdale Hwy), to and from LA, both hard climbs, Im used to 27mph and 2nd gear with the old 8V71. I tow a wrangler yj , It always gets me there. I would like a tach and its on my wish list. I love taking the bus out, especially for vacations, but Im happy to drive her to work, to live in, when working in LA. Thanks, lvmci...
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