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Old 04-08-2016, 08:44 PM   #1
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we are in charlotte at the speedway and will be heading out Wednesday to Bristol motor speedway. anyone have any ideas as to which route we should take? last year went through blowing rock on 321 and was really a struggle with the fog , road construction and the rain. looking for an easier route.
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Straight north from Charlotte on I-77, then south on I-81 to Bristol. About 40 miles longer than more "direct" routes, but substantially shorter in time. And, it's the kind of road a 36 ft bus was designed to use.

As soon as you enter Virginia northbound you will commence a 7-8 mile uphill grade to Fancy Gap. It's a decent pull, but nothing your coach can't handle, and the views are astounding. Enjoy!


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When you pull the hill entering VA wave I live in that view can see trucks and RVs from my house
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Straight north from Charlotte on I-77, then south on I-81 to Bristol. About 40 miles longer than more "direct" routes, but substantially shorter in time. And, it's the kind of road a 36 ft bus was designed to use.

As soon as you enter Virginia northbound you will commence a 7-8 mile uphill grade to Fancy Gap. It's a decent pull, but nothing your coach can't handle, and the views are astounding. Enjoy!


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Whats it like going down the other side ?
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Whats it like going down the other side ?
Same as going up only down
Seriously its a decent grade but take it easy and your fine. Don't go down any faster than you went up

I just put my foot on the exhaust brake, let it downshift and ride it down the hill with an occasional stab on the service brake to keep it at my desired speed.
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Weather on I77 can get bad if the conditions are right. Check the cameras at Virginia 511 Web before committing. I40 over the mountains can be just as bad though.
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Whats it like going down the other side ?

Actually, not so bad. Part is a similar grade, about 7%, but it doesn't drop as much elevation as you have gained.

Generally, from around the NC/VA line you climb from 1400 ft to 2900 ft at Fancy Gap, 1500 ft in about 10-12 miles. Descending from Fancy Gap to I-81 you come down from 2900 ft to about 2000 ft. It's a stretch of about 28 miles, but the last several miles are flat or very gentle. So on the north side of the hill you come down only 900 ft in about 18 miles. As I said, there is a fairly short stretch of 7%, but it's not like the south side.


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