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Old 09-22-2017, 08:20 AM   #1
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Georgia routing

We're heading from Northeaster FL to Blairsville GA the first wk of October. Planning on 75 north to Macon, 129 no to 441 past Athens. From there it looks like 441 into Demorest, then 115 NW to 129 north into Blairsville. To those who have traveled those roads before what d'ya think. Any better ways to get there. How are the roads that I've chosen. I see no need to get involved with the Atlanta chaos to get there.
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Old 09-22-2017, 04:14 PM   #2
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Yikes! US-129 is the worst mountain pass in Georgia. Hereís how I go. US-441 from I-10 all the way to Clayton, GA then US-76 west to Blairsville. I have also taken the route through Atlanta: I-75 to I-575 to US-76. Its not too bad if you pass through the city between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. Stay on I -75 through town, donít take the bypass I-285. There are no mountain passes to negotiate on the route through Atlanta. On my other route itís a little windy on US-76, but nothing like you will encounter on US-129. I have family in that area so I travel up there a lot.
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I agree with staying OFF of 129. It's just too hard and I am not sure it's even doable with a trailer. 441 is great, no problems at all and I just drove that route last week coming out of Helen. 76 is much better than 129. Just my opinion. Ga state road 75 just north of Helen is not advisable so avoid that road altogether.
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Thanks for the heads up about 129. Looks like 441 merges with 129 just north of Eatonton and then takes off on its own just north of Athens. Couple of questions, do you stay on 441/129 right through Athens ? What's the best way to get around the city?
If I decided on taking 441 right off of I-10, I know you said the road is 4 lanes. Does it go through every whistle stop on the way up with lots of traffic lights ? We know that although 75 is boring as hell, the speed average would probably be 60-65 mph. What would I expect on 441 average?
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Correct about the merge. There are bypasses around the larger towns including Athens. Take them if youíre trying to make time. The bypass around Athens is like an interstate. Take the route around the east side. Some towns are nice to drive through though, like Madison, if you have the time. 441 is four lanes in some places, but two lane much of the way. I set my speed control at 60 and rarely had to pass anyone other than the occasional farm tractor. You could probably expect to average 50 Ė 55 but it wouldnít be a boring ride. Lots of truck stops, gas stations and chain restaurants where 441 crosses the interstates. There is also a Starbucks, if youíre a fan, in a big parking lot north of Milledgeville, where 441 bypass and 441 come back together. Makes for a nice coffee break.
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We took your route a month ago, but only to Helen, to watch the eclipse (stayed at the Top of Georgia Airstream Park).

The 129 route from Macon to Athens is good, and so is 441 up toward Demorest, as you've laid it out. I'd endorse your route, as far as I've traveled it.

I've not tried 129 from Cleveland to Blairsville, so can't help you there.

We took U.S. 19 up to Macon, instead of I-75 (which ranks No. 2 on my Interstate Hate List, after I-95). Excellent ó 4 lanes, smooth pavement, not much traffic. But that might be a bit of a reach, coming from NE Florida.
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so far I really like what I see with the route 441 north out of FL. We'll be doing a stop over about 1/2 way on the way up, which puts us near Dublin, GA. We prefer overnighting at a full hook up park and the only one I can find up there ( within reason) is a place called Honeysuckle, right off of 16 at Dublin. Only problem is their reviews are fine EXCEPT if there is rain. Reviews indicate the gravel turns to a lot of mud, so if the weather report calls for rain on the night of our stopover, that may question that decision. I, too would prefer to stay away from I-75, way too boring. Anyone have any experience with that park or any others in that general area?
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Havenít stayed there, but I have stopped at the campground on the south side of Milledgeville. It was fine as I remember it.
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I am heading to that area on Oct 9th (Vogel St Park) near Blairsville from Florida and will take 75 - 475(macon Bypass) - 75 -- 675 -285 - 85 up thru Dahlonega and over 129 to Vogel.

I have done this many times with various rigs including the Airstream. It is a twisty road but much of the uphill side has 2 uphill lanes. You just take your time and use your gearing on the descent.

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I have made the 129 route many times from Blairsville to Cleveland and vice versa. I tow a 23D with a 2015 F150 V8 and have no problems. I have even towed my AS over Richard Russel scenic hwy - now that was an experience.
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There is a perimeter road around Athens ( Ga-10) which is 4 lanes, great to avoid going through Athens. My Average speed was 60, that includes stop lights so I didn't think that was too bad and it's a much more interesting drive than all interstate driving.
I have driven Atlanta to Orlando hundreds of times and had always used the interstate but since I have the Airstream I would prefer using either the 441 or 19 route. Much more interesting Drive. I will still use I-75 when driving solo since I usually drive 80mph but with the AS I never go over 65 anyway so the more scenic route is much nicer.
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... but with the AS I never go over 65 anyway so the more scenic route is much nicer.

Same here.
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Well we're leaving tomorrow morning and this is how it shakes out:

From: Saint Augustine - route 16, 100, 41, 10, 75 North to Elko Ga where we are overnighting at Twin Oaks RV park. (I wanted to go 441, but we decided since we would be doing state roads on the 2nd day, the express route was better the first day.).

Next day, back to 75N, to Macon, around Macon ( I guess on 10) to 441 north to 23 to Clayton and then west on 76 to Blairsville.

We'll post feedback and I'd like to post pics, but every time I try, it tells me my pics are too large. Any help on that would be appreciated.

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Well we're leaving tomorrow morning and this is how it shakes out:

From: Saint Augustine - route 16, 100, 41, 10, 75 North to Elko Ga where we are overnighting at Twin Oaks RV park. (I wanted to go 441, but we decided since we would be doing state roads on the 2nd day, the express route was better the first day.).

Next day, back to 75N, to Macon, around Macon ( I guess on 10) to 441 north to 23 to Clayton and then west on 76 to Blairsville.

We'll post feedback and I'd like to post pics, but every time I try, it tells me my pics are too large. Any help on that would be appreciated.

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