15% grade

 

Our GPS took us on Route 342 that has a 15% grade and very sharp turns while going to Virginia City from Carson City, NV. The route was 50 to 341 anyone with an RV should stay on Route 341 (NOT 342) going to Virginia City, NV.

Sounds like fun!

I may try 342 with the vette...sounds like great fun!

Thanks!

Thanks for the warning ... as we learn to trust these silly (albeit helpful) gadgets, it is good to remember that ultimately, we need to pay attention ... they aren't perfect!!!

CC

Another steep grade

This is a fun one in Utah, called Moki Dugway on hiway 261. Not for motor homes or 5th wheels.
http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q297/spokybob/IMG_0092Mok...
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Do you have the numbers

Do you have the numbers mixed up? I thought Highway 341 had all the turns and grades?

Couple more.....

First of all Deal's Gap, route 129 in Tennessee, North Carolina. 318 turns in 11 miles. Strange grades in many curves. Lots of decreasing radius curves with angles, too! You don't get to see much on this road, except the next corner!

Second one is one hellacious switchback.. In Western Massachusetts, of all places!!!
Forgot the route, but steep uphill with a narrow 180 degree turn uphill...
Was on motorcycle pulling camping trailer, and it really caught me by surprise!! Made the turn and all that, but it was dicy because of the traffic going downhill that though they were in England!!
smile!

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Saddle River, NJ

This is a Google Streetview of a 180 I used to commute back in the 1980's when I worked in New Jersey:

http://goo.gl/maps/B1iK3

This is an aerial view of the location:

http://goo.gl/maps/LFJ8x

I never took the road when there were icy conditions. I would go for a longer detour as I never trusted my ability to not get thrown into the stone wall. I am actually surprised that twenty-five years later, the road has not really changed except there are many more houses there now. Much of the area was open land back in the mid-1980's.

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wrong GPS

You have wrong model of GPS. This sort of grade isn't big problem for passenger cars, so there is no warning or detour option. If you want this sort of alerts you will need GPS designed for heavy trucks, but they are much more expensive than "regular" GPS. Talk to truckers, they can give you all informations.

Some of regular GPSs have options for "truck" but I'm not sure what exactly it means routing-wise. There is no details in device specification, but for sure it is not as good as devices designed for big trucks. But if you have this option in your GPS you can try to simulate route through this grade and see, if you get warning or if GPS route around this grade with "truck" setting.

Other option, if you are driving motorhome of bus size, is to buy map for truckers (they have them on truck stop) and once you have route from GPS check it against this map. Then eventually you can alter GPS route with via points.

Thanks for the information

Something to keep in mind when traveling.

Virginai City Drive

Robert Jones wrote:

Our GPS took us on Route 342 that has a 15% grade and very sharp turns while going to Virginia City from Carson City, NV. The route was 50 to 341 anyone with an RV should stay on Route 341 (NOT 342) going to Virginia City, NV.

I was in that area a few weeks back. Although 342 had a steeper climb than 341, and went through some residential areas, I don't recall that many switchbacks. I thought the 341 north towards Reno was a lot dicier - and I was in a car!

Bet the people behind you were thrilled...

NOT!

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The Hairpin

Yes JanJ, this is on Rt 2 (Mohawk Trail) known as the Hairpin Turn just east of North Adams, MA. The westbound, downhill traffic does seem to take their half out of the middle, guess they prefer to hug the inside of the turn even if that lane belongs to the uphill traffic.

Until some time in the '40s, there was a gift shop and observation tower right at the outside shoulder at the tip of the switchback. It really caused a lot of traffic problems at that spot. It has since been replaced by a restaurant and parking lot that is back off the road.

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WV

Try Route 60 in West Virginia near Snake River (outside Raneille). I think that if I stuck my hand out, I could shake hands with myself.

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Hill Country

David King wrote:

Try Route 60 in West Virginia near Snake River (outside Raneille). I think that if I stuck my hand out, I could shake hands with myself.

That's today.

You should have been on some of those West Virginia roads 60 years ago - it was a real experience just as a passenger.

With best wishes,
- Tom -

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One possible option

grzesja wrote:

You have wrong model of GPS. This sort of grade isn't big problem for passenger cars, so there is no warning or detour option. If you want this sort of alerts you will need GPS designed for heavy trucks, but they are much more expensive than "regular" GPS. Talk to truckers, they can give you all informations.

Some of regular GPSs have options for "truck" but I'm not sure what exactly it means routing-wise. There is no details in device specification, but for sure it is not as good as devices designed for big trucks. But if you have this option in your GPS you can try to simulate route through this grade and see, if you get warning or if GPS route around this grade with "truck" setting.

I have heard that TomTom has models aimed at campers and RVs that include these types of options - grade warnings, warnings about bridge clearances, etc. - and that these are priced closer to the automobile models than to the professional trucker models.

However, I have no first-hand knowledge of the subject, so my comments may be worth what you paid for them.

With best wishes,
- Tom -

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50 years ago

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David King wrote:

Try Route 60 in West Virginia near Snake River (outside Raneille). I think that if I stuck my hand out, I could shake hands with myself.

That's today.

You should have been on some of those West Virginia roads 60 years ago - it was a real experience just as a passenger.

With best wishes,
- Tom -

I've been on this road as early as 50 years ago. It's the worst I've seen.

Regards

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POI Worthy?

Would this make a popular POI file?
I don't have the time at the moment, but might be an interesting file to have..

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We have the Steepest, so there

Baldwin Street

Baldwin Street, at Dunedin's Northern end is reputed by the Guinness Book of Records as being the steepest street in the world. 35% gradient = 1:2.86 You are advised against taking a car up the street so no cheating please. It is a very invigorating walk to the top on a cold day. Only about a ten minute walk but you can sure feel it.
At its maximum, the slope of Baldwin Street is approximately (19° or 35%) - that is, for every 2.86 metres travelled horizontally, the altitude rises by 1 metre.

There's a good photo here ---- http://www.ourshop.co.nz/baldwinstreet.htm

Google it and click on images

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