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Old 11-04-2006, 08:04 PM   #113
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I go through Atlanta a lot on I-85. The rules are to avoid Atlanta during rush hour (both AM and PM) at aLL cost. At these times, even the loop (I-285) dosen't help much. Going through at any other time or on weekends, just take the Connector (I-75/I-85) right through downtown. Also keep in mind that with two people on board, you can use the diamond lane, even with an Airstream in tow.
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Old 11-04-2006, 08:10 PM   #114
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There is one other item to keep in mind when coming in from the east. Santa Rosa Beach is in Central Standard Time. This is an item to remenber when planning your arrival time.
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Old 11-04-2006, 08:12 PM   #115
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Atlanta Traffic

I have to agree with all the previous posts, Atlanta traffic is really really bad. Going and coming home from the Georgia Fall campout was not a pleasure through Atlanta. Sorry, if you call Atlanta home - I've been there on business and have enjoyed the city - but that traffic is by far the worst in the south in my opinion. It was white knuckle the whole time on the 285 loop. Problem is , there is no acceptable way around Atlanta going to some of the places I want to go. Yes, lots of back roads - but the area is so over developed that there are masses of small jams on the back roads - and lights for ever.

No advice here, just past nightmares of a breakdown and that traffic........
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Old 11-05-2006, 05:31 AM   #116
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We just got home from St.Augustine.We had a blast on this one.Met a great family that were our next door neighbors for the week.I know it is off topic but I can not resist this one.This family is great.The most down to earth people you could ever meet.I dont know if we will ever meet them again for a while because they are on the road traveling but here is a pic for you all.Our little one Breanna and there Daughter had a great time on Halloween and did not stop playing forever.I am glad they met each other.Mabey there will be a few kids at the Get-together for Breanna to meet also.

Ah... so you are the nice family in Rich L.'s blog! It's almost like sooner or later we all get to meet from this forum.
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Old 11-05-2006, 09:21 AM   #117
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last note on ATL traffic...

we live here and HATE it! don't plan on hitting atlanta between 4PM-7PM... and don't expect anyone to let you over a lane, even with your blinker on, and a wheel over the white line. Use 285 for sure. if you're coming down 75 go west, 85 go east... the bit between those 2 highways on the "top end" as they call it in all the reports is horrible. 285 doesn't have the ride share lane, so don't bother working your way left... you'll never get back right. ha!

looking forward to this! we'll be bringing our 9 month old, and 2 adorable Boston Terriers. what's the weather usually like down there in Jan? is it still bike-able? or do we need to bundle up?

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Old 11-05-2006, 09:55 AM   #118
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Heck...
I'd run down West side of Virgina and go thru Knoxville just to avoid Atlanta
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History Weather for January 2006

Highest high = 73^
Lowest high = 46^

Highest low = 62^
Lowest low = 26^

The first weekend was
50/26 on Saturday
68/33 on Sunday

Look at this montly...mostly mid 60s every day
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We have changed our reservations and will be arriving on Thursday the 4th or early morning Friday. We have rally creep.

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Old 11-05-2006, 10:59 AM   #121
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Any special events planned?
Food, goodies, teen queen,
Texas barbeque sauce,Rasta flag/beret

Pot Luck going to happen?
Friday night?
Saturday? ZZBreakfast?, Lunch?, Dinner?

We will be checking out Sunday 12 O'clock high
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Any special events planned?
Food, goodies, teen queen,
Texas barbeque sauce,Rasta flag/beret

Pot Luck going to happen?
Friday night?
Saturday? ZZBreakfast?, Lunch?, Dinner?

We will be checking out Sunday 12 O'clock high
A pot luck was mentioned for Saturday dinner, I am up for that. I want to see some of the trailers an coaches but I am going to be pushy and just ask, yours is on the list btw.

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we live here and HATE it! don't plan on hitting atlanta between 4PM-7PM...
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I looked at a map, heading S95 I can get over to 84 towards Valdosa, is that road ok?

I 'm not sure I would save much distance?

Over this route, from Savannah GA to Destin is about 450 miles taking 95 to 10W.


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Old 11-05-2006, 02:34 PM   #124
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Just looked up where your starting from...whew!
New York City right off the bat!
I really would take I-75/I-81 and avoid,
All the toll roads,
Philly,
Baltimore,
D.C.,
Richmond,
Charlotte,
and Atlanta!

So much faster and less stressfull.

Only Chattanooga needs both hands.
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Pot Luck

How about we do Pot luck on Sat for sure and the rest is just whatever takes place.I am pretty sure we are going to be doing an open house during the whole day and then just whatever else.I am going to be as Lazy as I can get.Seems some people will be coming early and some on friday.
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Lippets, I agree with everyone else here. I would avoid Baltimore, Charlotte and Atlanta at all costs. You could take I-81 down to just above Knoxville and pick up I-40 in Knoxville to I-75 to Chattanooga. It's about a 4-5 hour drive from the Virginia state line to Chatt-Town.

It will take you about 7-8 hours from Chattanooga to Panama City. Topsail is about 25 miles north of Panama. From Chattanooga, you would take I-59 down to B'ham then pick up I-65 to Montgomery, then 331 down to FLA.

What day are you coming through? I am thinking about going down on Wednesday or Thursday. If you come through Chatt-Town before I leave, you are welcome to park in my driveway.
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