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Old 12-05-2014, 01:09 PM   #31
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Hi Scuba55 and congrats on your new 5.0TA. Iíll add a little to what KarenH said about travelling through Seattle; Time it so youíre heading south after the morning rush hour and before the evening rush hour, 80% of the Seattle inbound is from the south.
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Old 12-05-2014, 02:13 PM   #32
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Hi Scuba55 and congrats on your new 5.0TA. Iíll add a little to what KarenH said about travelling through Seattle; Time it so youíre heading south after the morning rush hour and before the evening rush hour, 80% of the Seattle inbound is from the south.
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Amen to that. When we came back from ETI in November, we hit traffic north of Edmonds well before 3:00 pm, and didn't pass the Tacoma dome until well after dark.
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Old 12-05-2014, 02:20 PM   #33
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Amen to that. When we came back from ETI in November, we hit traffic north of Edmonds well before 3:00 pm, and didn't pass the Tacoma dome until well after dark.
Well after dark the following day?
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Old 12-05-2014, 02:25 PM   #34
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Well after dark the following day?
Yeah, it certainly seemed like it. My wife's brother held dinner in Longview for us until about 9:00 pm. More than made up for suffering through the traffic.

We decided that our next time going through the Seattle area would be, maybe, 0500 hrs, or so.
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Old 12-05-2014, 02:53 PM   #35
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Yeah, it certainly seemed like it. My wife's brother held dinner in Longview for us until about 9:00 pm. More than made up for suffering through the traffic.

We decided that our next time going through the Seattle area would be, maybe, 0500 hrs, or so.
I always plan to go through Seattle early on a Saturday or Sunday regardless of the direction we are headed. Even so... Not fun with a trailer. The only place we have found worse is going through the Salt Lake area on 15.
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I always plan to go through Seattle early on a Saturday or Sunday regardless of the direction we are headed. Even so... Not fun with a trailer. The only place we have found worse is going through the Salt Lake area on 15.
That's good to know. When we pick up our 17 next year, we'll plan to do northbound on the weekend, then to avoid I-5 southbound, use WA hwy 9 to US 2, then east to Montana, to visit our friends with the 5.0, then, who knows...
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Got to love the GPS sounding all the way through Seattle - "Keep Left" "Keep Left".
I thought the left lane was for faster vehicles so I'd edge over one, hoping I wasn't supposed to be in the far left lane for some weird exit and hoping the lane I was in didn't exit right.
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Old 12-05-2014, 03:40 PM   #38
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...then to avoid I-5 southbound, use WA hwy 9 to US 2, then east to Montana...
Just so you know...Hwy 9 can be very slow with a lot of stop-and-go (lights) traffic from Marysville through the Snohomish area connecting with US 2. Not a problem, but just have patience.
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Just so you know...Hwy 9 can be very slow with a lot of stop-and-go (lights) traffic from Marysville through the Snohomish area connecting with US 2. Not a problem, but just have patience.
Thanks, Karen, for the info.
We had taken WA 9 from Sumas to WA 542 to Bellingham, and found the drive, scenery, and farms most interesting, plus, there was the railroad. Looks like next year when we finalize our trip to pick up our 17, we'll have to post the itinerary here for review.
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I always plan to go through Seattle early on a Saturday or Sunday regardless of the direction we are headed. Even so... Not fun with a trailer. The only place we have found worse is going through the Salt Lake area on 15.
No lie. I grew up in the SLC area in the 60's and 70's, and traffic on I-15 was pretty much nonexistent. How things have changed there.
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