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And this is why if you're driving to Las Vegas, you need to plan carefully!!!

Discussion in 'Getting There & Getting Around' started by DaiLun, Dec 2, 2019.

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  1. DaiLun

    DaiLun R.C., L.C., and A.A.N.G.

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    Asia closed, Canada closed, I'm left with Boston, AC, Philadelphia
    Scheduled, but cancellable
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  2. nostresshere

    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    If you do even a LITTLE planning, you will NOT make the drive on Sunday after a long weekend... and most sundays are not much better.
     
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  3. Eric1285

    Eric1285 Low-Roller

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    Be prepared for backups even with careful planning. We were once stationary on the 15 for 3 hours due to a vehicle fire that turned into a brush fire.
     
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  4. ken2v

    ken2v Wish I was in Bend

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    I've been stuck on the 5, 10, 58, you name it as often as the 15, when talking about the unexpected. It's easy enough to plan around the expected.
     
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  5. FABismonte

    FABismonte Tell my wife I am "about even."

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    About 20 years ago I drove from Vegas to Silicon Valley on Sunday Thanksgiving weekend. It took 15 hours due to the backup when it only took 8 hours to go to Vegas. I swapped driving with my brother as I needed to get a few hours (restless) sleep before a meeting on Monday. I have only taken flights since then. I now know it was poor planning but I did not know any better then.
     
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    tfcoach72 High-Roller

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    Returning to Vegas from 2018 Rose Bowl (UGA/OKLA) on New Year’s Day. It was a solid stream of cars heading west from LAS. I’m sure it was at least a 20 mile backup and maybe more. I can’t imagine how long that trip took.
     
  7. SMG

    SMG High-Roller

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    I'm glad that I don't live in California. LOL Traffic in the Chicago area is bad enough. I also have relatives out in Cal and I don't know how they can put up with some of those massive traffic jams.
     
  8. ken2v

    ken2v Wish I was in Bend

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    California is a big place. The vast majority of it is free-flowing. But, yes, I don't know how anyone deals with a metro area and a commute.
     
  9. JSR1968

    JSR1968 Low-Roller

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    If people don’t know that sort of stuff happens then they aren’t paying attention.

    It’s one thing to get stuck behind an accident (especially on Cajon Pass) which cannot be helped at ANY time but that bottleneck at the state line is AWFUL.

    That is exactly why I won’t drive to Vegas from San Diego on a Friday afternoon or drive home on a Sunday after 8am.

    When I lived in the Bay Area the drive to/from Reno and/or Tahoe was AWFUL on Fri/Sun.
     
  10. h0llywood

    h0llywood VIP Whale

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    When I used to live in CA, I almost always left VEGAS at 6 a.m. on Sundays. Always made it back for football.
     
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  11. Eric1285

    Eric1285 Low-Roller

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    After living here for 9 years, I feel like my left leg is stronger / larger than my right leg thanks to constantly having to work the clutch in stop and go traffic. I think I've driven 90% of a 25 mile commute home in 1st gear before.
     
  12. wagon b0y

    wagon b0y Low-Roller

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    Left at 5am on sunday. Traffic was already heavy on the 15 at 5AM! Never seen it so bad that early. Was still moving pretty good but just a lot of cars. Usually there's only a few cars that early on a regular sunday when i leave.

    58 was pretty empty and so was 99. Was at home by 9.30.

    Wanted to leave at 4:30am but played some blackjack right before i left to chase loses. Won 900$ in 3 minutes from $200 and got the hell out of there.
     

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  13. ken2v

    ken2v Wish I was in Bend

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    I remember those days on the 91.
     
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    bobby jones VIP Whale

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    Sounds like you guys need a high speed train....never mind
     
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  15. JSR1968

    JSR1968 Low-Roller

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    I-15 was closed TWICE yesterday between Baker and Stateline due to snow and ice.
     
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    I think it it still closed between Baker and Stateline. Talk about a nightmare drive being stuck on the Hwy due to snow. Not many facilities out there once you pass Baker.
     
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    JSR1968 Low-Roller

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    It was 45 at my house in San Diego this morning so I know it’s cold enough up there haha
     
  18. Maxbet

    Maxbet Low-Roller

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    I-15 remains closed this morning between Baker and Stateline. Another storm moving in Sunday into Monday. I was going to drive out Monday but now am considering leaving Sunday. Very unfortunate if I have to spend an extra day in Vegas. :D
     
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  19. azlefty

    azlefty VIP Whale

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    When there is no traffic, which is 80% of the time, it doesn't make the news. I drove back from LV on Wednesday (what some folks apparently refer to as "Christmas") and it was smooth sailing except for a 15 minute slowdown on the Cajon pass, when it slowed to about 20 mph. The way up, we did it in about 4.5 hours which is pretty comparable to flying when you consider the door to door time.

    Flights can be delayed as well.
     
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  20. azlefty

    azlefty VIP Whale

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    I have found traffic to be much worse in the Bay area than in LA. In LA, if one freeway is backed up, there are usually 6 or 7 other ways to get there. In the Bay area, you always have to take the bridge. When I lived in a northern suburb of Chicago as a kid, I don't think there was a freeway to the airport so we had to take surface streets.
     
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