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Old 10-04-2016, 09:58 AM   #1
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Planning a trip in early spring along the southern coast

We live in Arizona and are planning a three month trip along the southern states and Great Smokey Mtn. NP and end up in Jackson Center May 31. Is April too early to head east and what roads are best. Thanks
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The only road to avoid is Interstate 10 in La.
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Old 10-04-2016, 10:29 AM   #3
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The only road to avoid is Interstate 10 in La.
Well it is a good road to test the structural integrity of your rig and boondocking on the Atchafalaya basin when wrecks occur is often fun.
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Yes and if you do use Route 10 in La. it is a good idea to have all dental work completed before you do.
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"On Top Of Old Smokey…..,all covered with snow"

Those are the actual lyrics.

The Appalachian Trail Hikers usually report snow in April up in the Smokies.
And there are high points on the interstates that experience HEAVY HEAVY fog in that area.

In higher elevations , the weather is like a box of chocolates….you never know what you are gonna get.

At 1100 feet, I got 7 inches of snow, while 700 feet was bone dry.

One night on the 4rth of July, It was 28 degrees in Pennsylvania.
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The only road to avoid is Interstate 10 in La.
Add to that I-20 in Louisiana especially through Shreveport and Bossier City.
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I have to concur on I-10 in LA. Unfortunately it lies between my home base and the west I love to visit. #1 dread, and the only one really, is the I-10 route, especially around Baton Rouge.
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I-40 through Arkansas and Tennessee is pretty bad, too.
Maybe avoid interstates altogether?
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If you have time head to south Louisinia Cajun country. It is all about friendly folks, food, music and did I say food. I-10 may not be the worst road in the country but it is pretty close. Fortunetly the secondary roads eventually end up in the same place.
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Thank you everyone for responding. It sounds like we should avoid 1-10 east of Texas. We love the local roads and food. It seems like it will be hit or miss with the weather. Can we say global warming.
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When you travel through the Smoky Mountains from the Tennessee side the main road through the park is US 441. US 441 connects to the Blue Ridge Parkway near Cherokee, NC. The Blue Ridge Parkway is beautiful, but as others have said weather can be an issue at times. I've driven through mid winter, so it is doable in spring, weather permitting. The BRP connects to the Skyline Parkway in Virginia. Elevation across these parkways vary from just over 1,000 feet on the Skyline to just under 7,000 feet at a few points on the BRP.
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Just watch the weather and radar. Leave a little buffer in your schedule and go for it! Enjoy.
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It sounds like we should avoid 1-10 east of Texas.
Once you cross from Louisiana to Mississippi and on across Florida I-10 improves dramatically. Interstate upkeep has never been a priority in Lousiania for some reason.
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After a while the continuous kabump, kabump, kabump on bad roads with expansion joints gets my neck stiff.
That's the stuff that makes drawers in the trailer come open.
You know it's rough because it takes 2 motions to open a drawer- up and out.
If a road can do that, it's a rough road.
We will be traveling I-20 through Bossier City and Shreveport next week.
Taking 220 around to the north is slightly smoother, but not much.
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