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Old 04-27-2004, 06:51 PM   #1
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How's I-81

I'll be pulling a 59 overland from NC to CT. I can run out I40 to I85 to I95 North and run the coast with DC, Baltimore, ect (not favorites for me for traffic) or I can go up 77 to 81 North and the inland route. I know 81 in Pa is up and down big hills ( called them mountains until I went to Colorado). How is 81 in Virginia. Looking at my terrain map I can see its' mountains but cann't tell if it runs a level top or is up and down the peaks. I'll be cutting east in PA before the "hills" but don't know about 81 down south or 85 for that matter.
Anyone know these sections?
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Old 04-27-2004, 07:18 PM   #2
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I know 40 west of Asheville to 81 is one of my all time favorite roads in a good running good handling car, but I wouldn't want to pull a trailer there. Lots of curves and hills, awesone scenery. Definitely NASCAR country.

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Old 04-27-2004, 07:25 PM   #3
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Just drove that stretch with my Caravel (south and north) a few weeks back. I took I-81 from PA southward all the way to I-77 and then I-26 back to I-95. This route is considerably more pleasant than I-95. The mountains were no issue at all for my Honda Pilot towing the Caravel -- easily maintained 60-65 MPH all the way. I'd recommend it for great scenery and less traffic.
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Old 04-27-2004, 07:37 PM   #4
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The section of I 40 in the Pisgah NF looks like it wants me to visit, but not with the AS.
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Old 04-27-2004, 09:15 PM   #5
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Probably the only thing that would really concern me is the mass quantities of semi's on I81. I would try to drive it on the weekend, less big rigs, and more laid back as a result. This from my own experience driving weekdays and weekends. Happy motoring.
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Old 04-27-2004, 09:42 PM   #6
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Paul, Many big rigs on Thu 12 noon til midnight, and Sun noon til Mon at noon. This is because they want to get to the NE states to unload before the weekend, or to be there Mon early to unload. During these two time frames, stay away. It is much like NASCAR for big rigs! Some are courteous, and many are not. It only takes one to completely ruin your day, and trying to drive during those times will wear you out!. It is a very beautiful, up and down route with some of the best road surfaces you will drive anywhere (in VA anyway)
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Old 05-15-2004, 01:49 PM   #7
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I'm back
I81 was good road from Asheville, NC to Harrisburg Pa. Went on I78 East from there and hit some really bad sections. Very trailer unfriendly. Big bumps and holes with occasional new road, I will avoid this in the future. The section of I 26? from I 81 over the mountians into Ashville is serious hills, but good road and great views.
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Old 05-15-2004, 02:03 PM   #8
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Welcome back Paul..
Sounds like you had a good trip~~
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Since you're in CT., I wonder why you didn't connect with I-84, off of I-81 in the Scranton area?? Much better road..If it doesn't put you out too far.
Where you able to take pictures of your trip?
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Being from the area of PA where 80 and 81 cross I am only to aware of the mountain you go up from 80 to 84 on 81. In fact soon after Harrisburg it starts. Also 84 is NJ and NY has some long climbs. Stayed on the flats. Trip was a challenge but successful. Got home to find someone crashed into my wife's garage.
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Being from the area of PA where 80 and 81 cross I am only to aware of the mountain you go up from 80 to 84 on 81. In fact soon after Harrisburg it starts. Also 84 is NJ and NY has some long climbs. Stayed on the flats. Trip was a challenge but successful. Got home to find someone crashed into my wife's garage.
Paul..
Ouch..that wasn't nice..
I'd like to try that route you took one day.when I head South..
Flat is definitely good~!!
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All the weather proofing for the 64 GT paid off.. just a few drops inside of one window..That had more to do with with a small gap in the rubber strips used to hold the Lex an in place..
I'm impressed considering it POURED DOWN~!~
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I Love New York. I just hate what it takes to get South with it in the way.
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