Originally Posted by Navimama
We are leaving the San Francisco area 11/8 heading to Asheville N.C. (ETA 11/24). We plan to take I-40, but have concerns about 2 areas: Flagstaff, AZ and Asheville, N.C. Regarding Flagstaff: does it usually snow in early November? Regarding Asheville: The section of the I-40 after Knoxville, TN that drops down into Asheville, N.C. looks very curvy on the map. Any comments/recommendations are appreciated!
The section of I40 from Newport, TN to Asheville, NC traverses the Pigeon River Gorge. It's curvy, with many short climbs and descents. From a drivers point of view there is nothing to worry about. The speed limit through that section is reduced and there is a prohibition on trucks in the left lane. I've traveled that route many times in a 40' coach with toad. It's a beautiful drive so relax and enjoy the view.
If you are traveling east or south of Asheville, be aware that there is a long 7-8% descent on both I40 and I26.