Strut removal was as easy as the shock removal. The springs do not need to be compressed (but be careful), and all that's needed is removing the top strut nut, and three more bolts at the wheel arms. Should take you less than an hour per side, TOPS!
Yep, I've taken the Mt. Hamilton route through Mines Rd. in Livermore, and I've also done the Junction to Patterson route as well, but all this on a two-wheeled vehicle which I sorely miss.