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Old 10-06-2014, 12:21 PM   #1
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Heading West to Florida need an easy quick route

On Friday we are taking the AS from Eugene Ore to Ormond Beach Fl. I need to make this a quick trip so need some suggestions. Prefer lowest elevation passes due to no 4 wheel drive on the TV. Also looking to avoid major city
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Old 10-06-2014, 12:40 PM   #2
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I think you will find that it is easier to head EAST to Florida from Oregon. That western route across the Pacific, China, Siberia, Europe and the Atlantic is a real bear in an Airstream.

The eastern route is easy. Especially if you head south first.
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Old 10-06-2014, 12:43 PM   #3
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Duhh! Thanks for pointing that out.
If I head south on I5, how far before heading east? Reno? Vegas?


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Get on I-10 and take it all the way. Texas is going to be a looooong part of the journey!
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Get on I-10 and take it all the way. Texas is going to be a looooong part of the journey!
But when you get to Baton Rouge, take I-12 north of Lake Pontchartrain and thereby avoid the New Orleans metro area.
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Stay away from I-70 if you don't like elevation.

As far as low elevation, probably I-5 south to I-40. That will add about 2 (49) hours to the trip as opposed to I-84/I-80 (47). You can detour on to 58 in Bakersfield to avoid LA.

The problem with I-80 is you have to go through Kansas City and St Louis. I-80 crosses the continental divide through Wyoming, which is high desert and no curvy roads. Those cities weren't too bad last time I went through.

The Google Maps default directions starts 126/20, and I've never driven that, so don't know about elevations. I've only driven from Portland to the east coast along I-84/I-80. The default directions will take you through Atlanta, which you should avoid like the plague. There is an alternate route out of Kansas City which would take you through Birmingham and Tallahassee, to avoid St Louis and Atlanta.

I'd drive an extra thousand miles to avoid ever driving through Atlanta or Chicago again.
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Get yourself to I-10 as soon as possible this time of year to avoid weather.

Avoid Atlanta at all cost.

Long drive any way you cut it.
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I80 goes to Chicago, not St. Louis. If you do go through St. Louis (coming off I70), there is a 370 bypass which connect eventually to I 55 South, or go on to mid IL on I70, catch I57...or go on over to I65 south in IN.

The St. Louis bypass is pretty easy, especially in non-rush hour times.
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I80 goes to Chicago, not St. Louis. If you do go through St. Louis (coming off I70), there is a 370 bypass which connect eventually to I 55 South, or go on to mid IL on I70, catch I57...or go on over to I65 south in IN.

The St. Louis bypass is pretty easy, especially in non-rush hour times.
Oops, I should have mentioned that what Google Maps calls the I-84/I-80 route actually drops down to I-70 via I-29 outside of Lincoln.
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I'd drive an extra thousand miles to avoid ever driving through Atlanta or Chicago again.
I've driven through Atlanta. I've driven around Atlanta on I-285. Between the two, going through downtown was infinitely easier. I-285 was bumper-to-bumper semis in every lane, all jockeying for just the right off-ramp, and all at fifteen miles over the limit. Which might not be so bad for someone accustomed to SoCal driving, but it unnerved me badly enough that my butt was biting a chunk out of the upholstery!
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I've driven through Atlanta. I've driven around Atlanta on I-285. Between the two, going through downtown was infinitely easier. I-285 was bumper-to-bumper semis in every lane, all jockeying for just the right off-ramp, and all at fifteen miles over the limit. Which might not be so bad for someone accustomed to SoCal driving, but it unnerved me badly enough that my butt was biting a chunk out of the upholstery!
I agree the direct route is better than the bypass. I actually lived in Atlanta for almost three years and never did get used to the traffic. 285 alternates between a race track and a parking lot. SR 400 north out of Atlanta is affectionately known by the locals as the North Georgia Autobahn. It's downright terrifying.
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So looking at Google maps, if I head south from Oregon is Hwy99 a full blown highway through California? I have only traveled on I5 going to LA. Google says take it to Bakersfield and get on 58 to I40 to Amarillo. Get on 287 in Wichita Falls then to 114 outside of Dallas. Take 30 to 20 East of Dallas to Jackson MS. Then 49 to 98 to Mobile get on 10 to Jacksonville and then 95 S to destination. Only 3300 miles 48 hrs! Yikes!!
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If I were you I would avoid the entire Wichita Falls Dallas area. 287 thru Wichita Falls and the whole Dallas 30/ 20 exchange is a mess. Narrow roads, Construction, heavy traffic, bad storms.
Better off taking 40 to I-25 south at Albuquerque down to I-10 East and stay on 10 all the way across Texas. Much better travel and consistently better weather. Fewer big cities to go through.
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No 4X4 bothers you? You got snow in those passes already? Surely on the Interstates they keep the roads clean. I'd go 84 to SLC the 80 to Cheyenne, then 25 to Denver and 70 to St Louis. The bypass around the south of St L. is easy. Then go to Nashville and pick your way south from there. It's got to be shorter than going around the outside of the square.
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