Just a note that 99N is still a joke at Merced, with whatever they are doing about the speed rail (?) thing still having the northbound lanes split with no ability to exit from the super narrow left/split lane, and it gets backed up. Sometimes rip hair out bad.
Southbound 99 also gets some bad backups in the same Merced location. The 2 lanes are together but super narrow (like the N bound) and it tends to get a log jam as motorists freak being inches from semis that really have to pay attention to not take some of the other lane.
You don’t like I-5? No issues there whatsoever.
Merced isn't relevant for me. I join highway 99 south coming from highway 152 east. On the return I get on 152 west.
That said, I do recall running into some terrible traffic at night on highway 99 before MUCH further south, near a rest area.
The primary thing for me is that highway 99 has WAY more DC fast charging choices than 5 + more free (cost nothing) ones. Some on 5 are notoriously bad like EA Raju Countryside Market - Shell | PlugShare
. Per Plugshare, there are reports sometimes of 1 out of 4 DC FCs working coupled w/long lines. The check-ins have aged off the web site but I think I've seen it where all were down at that site. Harris Inn Steakhouse | PlugShare
has had reports of line lines sometimes.
Shell Firebaugh | PlugShare
sometimes has lines and down DC FCs.
Chalios Mexican Restaurant | PlugShare
didn't exist before, IIRC.
I think he lives in the foothills east of 99; but far enough north that I-5 has moved further west.
If you're referring to me, no. I live in the Bay Area. To go to the Los Angeles area, my path in an EV is 101 south to 152 east (until it ends) to 99 south until it ends and merges with 5 south.
In an ICEV, I'd normally go 101 south to 152 east to 5 south.
Going to that link, then itself links to an "incident" posted on a Facebook Group, that itself is private and the information cannot be accessed generally.
Could you go back to that post (which is very helpful information from you, as usual) and give a summary of that incident?
Will try when I get a chance. I think I might've already included most or all of the issues that person ran into in my bullet points.