Actually most of the routes would be relatively safe if you stayed
with the Interstate System. However, since you want to avoid the
mountains as much as possible and with time and distance being no real
problem, I'll send you across the southern part of the country with a
sharp turn to the north to get you to Cleveland. Mountain crossings
will be minimal and at much lower elevations than the passes farther
From Cleveland to Boston, you will be pretty much stuck with the
Interstate System in the Northeast. Living fairly near Cleveland, I
can assure you that with the exception of extraordinarily winter
weather, for which there is plenty of advanced warning, the roads
around here are generally clear and open all year.
The fact that you use the terms "move" and "drive" in the same
question leads me to believe you are taking something other than just
an automobile, perhaps a pull trailer or rental truck. I am taking
that into account as well. If you are using just an auto, by planning
a trip based on something larger, I would be looking for lesser grades
to climb, etc. It will still make your trip a little safer.
You had mentioned "40" and I presume you mean Interstate 40. You seem
to have already picked the best route. You would cross a minimal
number of mountains such as the Cajone Pass out of Southern California
and the Sandia Mountains east of Albuquerque, NM. There are other
lesser elevation changes but the "climb" grade is steepest in the two
areas mentioned, though neither is out-of-line steep. The highest
elevation you will reach is a little over 7000 ft, and you might be
surprised to learn that is not a mountain pass but the western edge of
the Great Plains as you leave New Mexico.
Remain on I-40 to Knoxville, TN. I-40 merges with I-75 near Pine Top,
TN. and stays merged until Knoxville. From Knoxville, stay on I-75 to
just south of Toledo, OH. There you will go onto I-80 (the Ohio
Turnpike) and head east to Cleveland. You can leave I-80 either on
I-71 in Strongville, OH or I-77 in Brecksville, OH. Both will take
you into Cleveland.
While this route does not take you the farthest south, it is generally
open in the winter and as mentioned earlier, if there is to be severe
weather, there is sufficient advanced warning to take precautions. I
have made the identical trip several times in all seasons. I even
"hitched" it once - many, many moons ago.
As you pass Knoxville, throw stones. One of them might hit
Mathtalk-ga and as you glide by Toledo, honk and wave, Missy-ga might
be out hitch-hiking.
When you turn off I-80 to go into Cleveland, look to the south and I
will be looming over the horizon giving benediction to your travels.
For your drive from Cleveland to Boston, continue east on I-80 to
Teaneck, NJ. There you will go on to I-95 for a straight shot up to
Boston. While the eastern part of your trip will take you through
some Pennsylvania mountains, there is little to worry about. The
ranges are not all that high in that part of Pennsylvania.
If you should have an emergency, this route takes you through areas
where services are readily available. I-40 will take you through
Barstow, CA, Flagstaff, AZ, Albuquerque, NM, Amarillo, TX, Oklahoma
City, OK, Little Rock, AR, Memphis, TN and Knoxville.
I-75 - Through Lexington, KY, Cincinnati, OH
For the trip from Cleveland to Boston, you will never be far from
"civilization" and emergency services should be no problem.
Keep abreast of the weather conditions and you should have no problem
with the route suggested.
Search - Google
Terms - interstate maps - - plus personal experience with the route suggested.
If I may clarify anything, please ask
Welcome to Ohio. Why do you need to go on to Boston when we have
everything you could need, or want, right here in the Buckeye State? -
Including great baked beans. - - If you give Cleveland a chance, you
could easily fall in love with the place. The Coventry neighborhood
reminds me of San Francisco. And our art museums, sports facilities,
theater district, restaurants, parks and more, are among the finest in