Oregon to Texas Roadtrip: which is the better route, down through California/AZ/NM or through Utah/NM?
My wife and I are moving from Portand, OR to Central Texas. We're planning on driving down the second week of April.
Google Maps suggests going through Utah and New Mexico
. This route is a little faster and shorter, but more complicated.
AAA TripTik suggests going through California
. This route is a little bit longer, but it seems to be easier. Instead of taking many smaller highways with lots of exchanges and exits, you basically take I-5 S and I-10 E for much of the trip.
* The Utah/NM route goes through Roswell, which appeals to me.
* AAA TripTik says there's a road advisory
for the entire state of Arizona because "traffic laws are being enforced to an unusually strict degree by local and/or state law enforcement." This advisory is dated from "Feb 2009 to 'until further notice,'" so I don't know how accurate that information is.
* My wife and I are taking this trip with our 4 year old son and three cats in a Honda Fit loaded with luggage and possessions. We're not planning on doing a lot of sightseeing.
Does anyone have any experience driving either of these routes, or something similar to them? Is it worth the extra time/distance to drive through California?