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Old 11-23-2006, 08:52 PM   #1
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Route from Minnesota to Florida?

On Monday we're heading south from Minneapolis to near Gainsville, North Florida, to be reunited with our Airstream. I'm looking for the quickest route, and expect to take three days over the 1500 mile trip. (No trailer, just the truck). I've checked Mapquest and MapPoint. They agree on most of the route to Nashville, but differ on whether to use I75 or I65 on the last day. Do you kind folks have any advice for me? Thanks.
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Old 11-23-2006, 09:21 PM   #2
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I would suggest staying away from I-65; It ends up in Mobile and its cut-offs to Florida are not that great unless you're heading to the Panhandle. Go from Nashville to Chattanooga and catch I-75 to Atlanta and directly on to Gainesville. I'm guessing that you're headed to the Airstream dealer in Alachau; it's only about 5 miles off of I-75.
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Old 11-23-2006, 09:31 PM   #3
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Thanks, Moosetag, that's very helpful. We keep our trailer near Trenton, west of Gainsville, and that's where we're headed. BTW,Sander's at Alachua, the Airstream dealer you mentioned, is our local source for parts, and the staff are very helpful. Thanks again.
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Old 11-24-2006, 09:09 AM   #4
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I would suggest staying away from I-65; It ends up in Mobile and its cut-offs to Florida are not that great unless you're heading to the Panhandle. Go from Nashville to Chattanooga and catch I-75 to Atlanta and directly on to Gainesville.
Having made that trip several times I totally agree. One caveat is to avoid Chicago at all costs. Go around Chiicago to the west. From Rockford we go south on I39 to Bloomington and then I74 to I75. Sometimes though, we take I65 out of Indy and go through Nashville, then I24 to I75. Makes a nice trip out of it.
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Old 11-24-2006, 09:14 AM   #5
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Another nice thing to do is instead of going south on I94, go south on Highway 52 along the Mississippi River. Not as fast but certainly more scenic. You then join I90 at La Crosse and go east to I94. Stop for brakfast at the resturant on the cornor of the first stop light in Lake City. Can't beat it.
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Old 11-24-2006, 10:50 AM   #6
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Hello Nickcrowhurst, I'd take 75 out of nashville to Fl. if you are going to Trenton take 26 out of Gainesville Fl to trenton...
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Old 11-24-2006, 02:03 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone for all those very helpful suggestions.
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Welcome to Florida, Nick?
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Or if you've got time just follow this route... Head east, each time you hit water turn right... continue until you find it warm enough for the winter. This route may take some time but hey you are on vacation right? The interstates are full of folks pulling SOB's in a hurry to get to Floirda right now. Avoid the rush, head east and turn right at the water.
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Old 11-30-2006, 01:42 PM   #10
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We're safely in Florida, thanks, Bob, after an easy trip, other than Atlanta with a major accident downtown that diverted us. There seem to be bypasses to the east and west of Atlanta, as well as 75 through the middle. I'm wondering which is the best option of the three when we do the return trip in the spring.
There's always a curved ball waiting for me when I get to the trailer after being away from it for 8 months. This time it was a wasps' nest in the battery box, and water pouring from the bottom of the trailer. I'll post the details in the appropriate repair forum. Here:
http://www.airforums.com/forum...pair-5206.html?
Thanks everyone for helping with the route selection. It was an easy drive.
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Hi Nick , on the way back take the west way around Atlanta it is shorter. try to go through atlanta between 10 am and 2 pm ..you will avoid most of the rush hr traffic sorry about the delay but that happens all the time there during rush hr.last time I went through Atlanta there wasan accident on all the75 's all fatalitys. 2hr wait.
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Thanks, Bob. That's what we'll do.
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Old 12-03-2006, 08:44 PM   #13
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MN to FL

If you want to avoid Chicago and all their freeway destruction, take I 94 to I-90 to Rockford, I-39 to Bloomington/Normal, I-74 to Cincinnati, and I-75 south.....or you can take I-65 south from Indianapolis to Nashville and I-24 to Chattanooga for 75.

check out www.freetrip.com

unless they've made drastic progress in Chicago since the middle of August, I'd avoid it completely. It took me 3 hours to get less than 10 miles where 94 and 80 merge.
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Old 12-07-2006, 09:18 AM   #14
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Jack, thank you. That's the route I took, and it was excellent. Nick.
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